So it seems that two decades of musical heritage is now reduced to two nights and two nights only. Jim Carlson, his band and quite a few assorted friends, family and others took to the stage last night to begin the farewell to the Pub. For a place that has made its reputation with live music, this weekend’s musical windup is most appropriate.
It may be true that the Pub has outlived its glory days by quite a bit. It is certainly showing its age and is no longer an ideal place for bigger shows. The stage is small, the room is acoustically awful and the lighting is marginal. But you cannot deny the atmosphere. You can almost feel the ghosts of all those who have come before. Even a venue as wonderful as Clark Place down in Stevens Point cannot match the pub for atmosphere, especially rock ‘n roll or blues atmosphere. The pub is drenched in that feeling.
The last two acts scheduled for the Pub are perfect picks to match the atmosphere. Tonight, the blues take center stage as Adam Douglas and his band the Deacons take the stage. And for the grand finale, Corpse Show Creeps, a psychobilly band from Minneapolis provides the soundtrack.
Over 50 years ago rock ‘n roll grew out of the intersection of the blues with rockabilly, if not actually in the Scott Street Pub, in places a lot like it. So you can relive history and at the same time see (and hear) the history book closing on an important era and irreplaceable music venue in our city. Hope to see you there.