Ever since a big "For Lease" sign went up on the side of Montrose rock dive Mango's in December, local underground music fans have been patiently and glumly waiting for word to come down regarding the venue's official closing date. Nearly four months later, though, the place remains up and running, and at least one guy is hoping he can help keep it that way.
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Juan Carlos Newton took over booking duties at Mango's late last year when former manager/booker Brandon Bowers left the country in a hurry. (Relax; he's conducting field research.) If anybody knows when the last gig at Mango's will take place, it's Newton. Right now, all he'll say is that it won't be soon.
"I'll do my best to keep it open as long as possible, and it's going pretty well," Newton says. "But I can't give you an exact date at this point. If all goes well, (Mango's) should be around for a while, which is what I'm hoping. That's why I'm doing this Save Mango's show this weekend."