Bomb Shelter

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The Bomb Shelter was a music venue located at 114 24th Street North. It was operated under varying degrees of formality from 1993 until 2008 by Gary Hyche, who leased and managed the building for owner Mitch Damsky.

In addition to hosting performances, the venue served as rehearsal space for numerous local bands, including Hyche's Menewa. It was an especially popular location during ArtWalk, with several bands booked and visual art on the walls.

In 2007 Hyche purchased a 2-story building on 41st Street South in Avondale for his cabinet shop and residence. In 2008 Damsky listed the downtown building for sale. The Bomb Shelter's final concert was a performance by Spottiswoode and his Enemies on March 18, 2008.

In 2017 the building was redeveloped as the five-unit North 24th Street Lofts.


  • "Bombed out" (January 24, 2008) Birmingham Weekly. Vol. 11, No. 22