JJ’s Bohemia owner John Shoemaker is working to raise money via a GoFundMepageto pay off debts related to a lawsuit.

“I recently had the misfortune of losing a lawsuit that’s going to cost me $25,000,” he said on the fundraising website. “I run JJ’s as a labor of love and the love I have for the musicians and friends I’ve met over the past nine years.I’ve been proud of being able to keep it afloat by myself without the aid of any grants or fundraisers, but it’s time to swallow my pride.”

He also said that his small business doesn’t allow him to handle such a large amount of debt and that any help would be appreciated.


In return to those who donate,Shoemaker said he will continue doing his best to bring talent and entertainment to the area.

“I plan on using this money to pay off the money I owe,” he said. “This fall I am having a 10-year anniversary block party. I want to be able to give back to those that have supported me and show thanks.”

As of Thursday afternoon, the campaign had raised $3,276 from 69 donations, some as recently as today.

AttorneyRich Heinsman suedShoemaker for back rent related toShoemaker’s former businesses Steelpan and Black Magpie Theory, which were located where The Bitter Alibi is now,Heinsman confirmed.

Heinsman owns the building, which is located at 825 Houston St.

A court document shows that the case is currently on hold, and Heinsman said Thursday that it’s on hold for “private reasons.”

Shoemaker couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Breach of lease agreement