Let's face it. B'game is a daytime town. Once you get past the dinner hour, it's basically dead out there. Various establishments have tried to liven up our downtowns--Tavern Grill was awesome for about six months, B'way Grill fights the trend and Towle's Seafood (not breakfast) was even better with fun bands four nights a week. But right now, we are at a low point--well below sea level.
I was out on Saturday night on the Avenew. I had a great time, good meal, saw a bunch of friends, made a couple of new ones and was really looking forward to seeing live music on the "backside" of the Avenew at Rue du The. Kudos to those guys for trying to make something musical happen. One thing led to another and I didn't get to Rue du The until after 9:30. That meant I heard two songs from Kristen Jones and her pick-up band made up of members of Sea Trade who were all down from EssEff.
Kristen came by the table to say hello and told us they had to finish by 10pm due to the rules about outside music. Now that is just sad on a Saturday night on Donnelly Ln. We were surrounded by parking lots and empty retail, not to mention the poor burned-out historic houses. We have to do something about these arcane rules that cause musicians to shut down the amps when any self-respecting musician is still warming up. C'mon B'game. Let's not roll up the sidewalks at 10pm! Here's the band on the back patio at Rue du The.