Last call: Chattanooga venue Ziggy's closing down for good Thursday

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Ziggy's at 607 Cherokee Blvd is pictured April 27. Ziggy's will close for good Thursday following the death of owner Michael Wood earlier this month after an illness, according to manager Kelley Eaves.

Carl Foshay played his first gig at Ziggy's on Cherokee Boulevard 15 years ago when he was 16. He played his last at what is now called Music Box at Ziggy's on Friday. For musicians like Foshay, the iconic bar closing this week was a place to see and be seen - and heard.

"The good thing about Ziggy's for musicians like us who are into hard rock is it was very inclusive," Foshay said in a telephone interview.

"I've played there with all sorts of genres, often on the same bill. It was nice to have that."

Ziggy's will close for good Thursday following the death of owner Michael Wood earlier this month after an illness, according to manager Kelley Eaves.

"That is the reason," she said. "It has nothing to do with any rumors about development."