Local and touring groups played at this jazz and blues club downtown at 637 S. Main Street until it was shut down by the state for falling short on payment of back sales taxes.


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Michigan State Department of Treasury officials auctioned off the Firefly Club's assets today - nearly two months after seizing the jazz venue because its owner fell short on back sales tax payments.

There was a time when we wrote about Ann Arbor’s Firefly Club as the hub of the A2 jazz scene, carrying on for the much-missed Bird of Paradise. Now the Firefly, which started off in 2000 in the Bird’s old digs on Ashley before a troubled move to South Main earlier in 2007, has closed its doors as well. And, according to an e-mail from owner Susan Chastain — whose name has been synonymous with the Firefly since its inception — it’s probably closing for good. Saturday’s birthday gig by saxophonist Tim Ries is moving to Kerrytown Concert House, and being turned into a benefit for the Firefly.

The club, located at 637 S. Main St., is owned by singer Susan Chastain.