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Fans of live music in Sedalia will mark the end of an era on Saturday as longtime venue and eatery Dickie Doo Bar-B-Que closes its doors.

Owner Rick Hunt, who purchased the property with his wife, Trudy, in 2010 from Fred Kennedy, said he has enjoyed his run as owner but decided “it was just time.”

“We are just kind of tired and we are both ready to retire,” Hunt said.

He thanked patrons and musical acts for support, and also expressed gratitude for Vickie Norton, who worked as a waitress at the business for 33 years.

“She is just a great lady,” Hunt said.  

Along with their barbecue menu, Dickie Doo has played host to a number of popular regional and national blues and country music acts over the years, including Trampled Under Foot, popular Serbian blues singer and guitarist Ana Popovic and Warrensburg-based roots music act the Nace Brothers Band.

Jimmy Nace, the band’s guitarist, told the Democrat by telephone Thursday afternoon that the band was sorry to hear the venue was closing.

“That place has been Dickie Doo since I was a kid,” Nace said. “I think my dad (the late Johnny Nace) played there and we’ve been playing there off and on since ’84 or ’85.”

Nace said Sedalia has “always had dance music clubs clear back to the disco days and they’ve always had one or two live music bars.”

“(Hunt) carried that torch for a while and did a good job. We always thought that was a good gig,” he said. “It had a good run, and maybe it’s not over yet. Hopefully somebody will come along and buy it and get it back open.”

Dickie Doo, located at 4860 S. Limit Ave., will go out in style with a pair of shows, featuring the Saddle Bronc Girls at 8:30 tonight and Smokestack Soul at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free to both shows.

For more information, call 827-3344 or visit dickiedoobbq.com.

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