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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Last-Minute “Awesome” Show

posted by on March 28 at 15:19 PM

Way back in the day, before “Awesome” got all (provincially) famous and started playing rock clubs and fancy literary events and theaters like On the Boards, they did a series of intimate (but packed) shows in the long, dimly-lit theater in the Rendezvous that always, always makes me think I’m in a bordello.

(Even though it doesn’t look particularly bordello-ish. Did it used to be a bordello? Are the ghosts of cheerful turn-of-the-century prostitutes, gruff-but-sweet barmen, and a diminutive piano player named Mac floating around the place? I’d like to think so.)

Anyway, those old shows were great—surprising, conspiratorial, like you were in on a secret. They’re still my favorite “Awesome” shows. Special guests with improbable-looking horns (big saxes, long trumpets) kept coming out from backstage. A tub of water was used as a percussion instrument, getting the tub-player soaking wet. The national anthems of other countries were sung. Lots of people wore suits. Some guy behind me kept barking load, hoarse yeah!s every time a song ended. And drinks, of course, were drunk. Those were good nights. They looked like this:


(The photo in the banjo was, I think, of Patrick Swayze.)

This Friday, March 30, “Awesome” returns to the haunted bordello known as the Rendezvous for one night. The 8 pm show is sold out. The 10:30 pm show is almost sold out. You can get a ticket here.

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The rumor I'd always heard was that the Jewelbox was actually a blue movie theater back in the day when such things were carefully concealed. Hence the projection booth and extremely high clearance on the tables.

Don't know if that's true, but, like your bordello speculation, it makes the place seem simultaneously seedier and strangely more quaint.

Posted by flamingbanjo | March 28, 2007 5:21 PM

Sorry guys, but your romantic, slightly purient speculations to the contrary, the Jewel Box's history is much more prosaic.

Posted by COMTE | March 28, 2007 6:50 PM

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