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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Love Letter to Marcus Wilson

posted by on August 25 at 15:21 PM


I finally got a chance to check out Pony, the new-ish bar on Pine where the old Cha-Cha used to be.

I know this spot has already been written about tons on Slog and in the paper. Quick: Former Cha-Cha bartender Marcus Wilson (aka, comeback DJ, performance artist, sci-fi rock commander Ursula Android) opened Pony when the Cha-Cha moved east of Broadway and over a block to Pike.

Wilson’s place gives me hope for Seattle. Despite the condo invasion, the money pigs, Mayor Nickels, and the Grateful Dead/Doors/Jimi Hendrix on the Juke in Fremont, the weirdoes are alive and well. Pony is all Venus lipstick and Martian bracelets and air hockey and booze and dirty and dark.

I also caught Wilson’s band’s set (Ursula and the Ononos) which was great for a million reasons, starting with the fact that he’s the manager of the place. So, his 21st Century make-up face Andromeda Galaxy rock in the lower-level room, added to the sense that Pony is just Wilson’s cozy basement where we’re all invited to goof and flirt.

At a time when weirdo culture has been colonized out of existence, Wilson deserves sainthood for his tireless efforts to keep the witchcraft alive.

“War is Over if You Want!”

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I was told that Seattle was quirky and fun before I moved out here from Ohio. Compared to Cincinatti this place is like Burning Man! One of the guys in my condo building even has a pet iguana.

People who whine about condos and people making big money need to get over themselves. I went to Pony last week with one of my visiting fraternity brothers and he loved the place. A guy even hit on him. (We're straight but not narrow and are thinking of bringing our dates from J-date to Pony next week)

Seattle is great, it's easy to get a job, real estate market is hot and there's all kinds of weird shops and bars. I love it.

Posted by Arik | August 25, 2007 4:55 PM

Seriously, why is this not on Lineout?

Posted by just asking | August 25, 2007 6:08 PM

Marcus Wilson is truly a local hero, and one of the people in the nightclub scene you know will be real with you. He deserves our thanks, and he deserves the best.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | August 26, 2007 9:20 AM

Is that photo a still from Velvet Goldmine?

Did you accept the invite to flirt Josh, and if you did Score as a result ------- How Was It?

For Eric Grandy-

"I'm not a prophet
or a stone age man
Just a mortal
with the potential of a superman
I'm living on
I'm tethered to the logic
of Homo Sapien
Can't take my eyes
from the great salvation
Of bullshit faith"

Posted by Garrett | August 26, 2007 9:43 AM

Filling in for Josh today, the team of 'groot' brings you This Morning's News. Discuss

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Can also be seen/talked with at area parks flying remote controlled copters, styroplanes etc

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Tip to Seattle Times unsolicitid

Clever picture on ^Mortgage^ story, easily trumped by The Simpsons and Wonder Twins Powere activate imagery.

ihave nolife inthe morning

Posted by Garrett | August 26, 2007 11:43 AM

Josh, I was thinking the same thing Friday night while at Pony. I hope Marcus can make a move of it to another location. Until then, let the weird times roll.

Posted by Deacon Seattle | August 26, 2007 4:39 PM

what mark mitchell said @3, times a million. he is a local treasure.

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ah, i love love...

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