Cosmic Charlie's
Cosmic Charlies
The front exterior of the original Cosmic location.
Background information
Founded 2009 - 2016 (Euclid Ave.)
2016 - 2018 (National Ave.)
2019 - 2020 (W. Loudon Ave.)
Capacity 200 (Original)
Location Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Website Official Page
Cosmic Charlie's was a music venue in Lexington, Kentucky. Named after the Grateful Dead song of the same name it's known largely for hosting shows along with having trivia nights and Grateful Mondays. Notably from 2009 - 2015 it was a common stop for touring bands in the stoner metal and sludge metal scene alongside Lexington's own local sludge & doom scene at the time. In recent times, heavier shows at the venue have been more sporadic.

The original location on Euclid Avenue would host a 200 capacity and opened on 11 September 2009, hosting dozens of bands and often a portion of the Boomslang Festival, a multi-venue festival in Lexington sponsored by WRFL.

On 3 August 2016 Cosmic Charlie's would announce a move to a location on National Ave. near a series of Breweries. The last show at the original location was on 30 September 2016 with the relocation to 723 National Ave. finished on 1 November.[1]

On 27 March 2018, Cosmic Charlie's would announce that they plan to move again, largely due to noise complaints in the surrounding area. One of the last shows for the second venue is Anvil, Shadowside, Metalfier and Autocrat. The venue plans to find a new location by late summer.[2] An intended show set for August featuring Witch Mountain, Blind Scryer and Swamp Hawk was in the books for a new location but ultimately moved to The Green Lantern.

Cosmic Charlie's third location had initially set to be re-opened by late August but ultimately suffered a host of delays, forcing many touring acts to perform at other venues in the meantime. The date it would open would be in March 2019, mere days after Weedeater was intended to play there (With that show moved to The Burl.). The first show hosted at the third incarnation would be a burlesque showcase. Cosmic would host several shows at this new location in 2019 (Including two festivals in Clairvoyance and Expansion).

The venue would temporarily close in 2020 due to The CO-VID19 Pandemic and host livestream concerts to compensate. On 25 May 2020 it would be announced that Cosmic Charlie's would be "passing away" and thus closing it's doors on 31 May 2020.[3]

Notable Performers (Euclid & Woodland)Edit

Notable Performers (National Ave.)Edit

Notable Performers (W. Loudon Ave)Edit

External LinksEdit


  3. Cosmic Charlie's Facebook
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