Founder John Baccigaluppi is being forced to close the legendary space for economic reasons.
( Listen to Hangar owner John Baccigaluppi interviewed by Beth Ruyak on Tuesday's Insight )
On a recent weekday morning owner John Baccigaluppi gave us one last tour of the storied facility.
"Come on in you guys.
You want to go into the back?
guides me and Capital Public Radio photographer Andrew Nixon through a grungy lobby with faded plaid upholstered couches and dusty end tables.
opens the door to a huge room with a hodgepodge of microphones, cables and instruments.
"And we have this just ratty old Lazy-Boy chair that Kanye was kind of kick-back in," says Baccigaluppi
"And we always referred to that as the Kanye chair after that."
But West was just a footnote in the history of the Hangar
only recorded there for a few days.
is much more interested in talking about The Hangar
's role in recording sessions that lasted for months by bands like the folk-rock group Sea of Bees, indie pop band Little Wings and jazz saxophonist John Tchicai.
was inspired to bolster his
instrument collection in part by the Beatles' albums made at the famous Abbey Road studios.
"That's what I always thought makes those Beatles records so cool is the arrangements are so amazing," he
"And a lot of that's because Abbey Road had a bunch of cool instruments floating around the building."
With the advances in digital technology these days when musicians can record just about anywhere, Baccigaluppi
says huge recording studios like Abbey Road and The Hangar
are becoming extinct.
There are just a few such studios left.
"On the West Coast there's Skywalker Sound and Capitol Studios
and for another month this place.
And you know it's going to be kind of sad when it goes," says Baccigaluppi
is going, Baccigaluppi
explains, because this converted warehouse is falling apart.
The owners plan to renovate.
wouldn't be able to afford the higher rent.
found an affordable spot in Marin County and plans to move a smaller version of his
So how does he
feel about closing The Hangar
"I hate to see it go.
It's been such a great space," says Baccigaluppi
"I mean I'm really excited for what's next but I'll always miss this place.
I'm resigned to what's happening…you know, making the best of the last few weeks and trying to move forward."
isn't cutting his
ties to the Sacramento music scene.
plans to help a colleague open a smaller studio a few blocks away from The Hangar
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