Downtown Austin jazz club the Elephant Room has been closed for several days because of a structural issue in an adjacent building, club owner J.P. Vermaelen confirmed on Monday.
“The problem is in the 301 Congress building but we have some damage from it,” Vermaelen noted. ”We are not sure how much yet. They are ready to open the floor.”
The closure began Friday and continued through the weekend. The Elephant Room informed patrons via its Facebook page that the closure involved “the structural integrity of our space and the safety of our patrons,” then followed up to clarify that the closure involved a neighboring building and should be temporary.
January marks the 25th anniversary of the venerable Austin music room, which occupies the basement space at 315 Congress Ave. Trombonist Michael Mordecai, who hosts the Elephant’s jazz jam every Monday and also handles the venue’s bookings through his agency BBA Management & Booking, also posted about the closure.
His Monday update acknowledged that the venue “remains closed until further notice; however, there seems to be hope that it will be able to re-open sometime this week. The engineers are cutting another hole to inspect the extent of the damage. The bulk of the real damage is next door under the bank building…the damage to the Elephant structure is being evaluated…too early to know for sure.”