"The fact that we had to cancel shows until the parking lot was in was a real blow to Memory and Jason financially," Baish says. "But it actually gave us a chance to get a lot of things done, not having to worry about shows and staying late to get things done."
As of last week, the construction at Rubber Gloves is finally complete, or the majority of it anyway. The parking lot is finished, new bathrooms have been installed, the stage has been expanded, the walls have been painted, and -- thank God -- a new window air-conditioning unit is in place. Of course, it's still too early for the Worthams and Baish to stop worrying yet. They are still waiting on visits from the health inspector and fire marshal to find out what else needs to be done to meet city codes, and the club won't be fully functional (read: still no alcohol) until late October.
Baish says they are shooting for an October 30 completion date -- when the club hosts its second annual chili cook-off -- and believes that is a "realistic time frame" for Rubber Gloves' liquor license to be secured and for any and all remaining improvements to be sorted out. In the meantime, Rubber Gloves will continue to host shows, including a Silver Scooter-Fury III-Vasanic Switch bill on September 2, as well as a series of benefit concerts, which began last week with performances by Centro-matic, Little Grizzly, Lo-Fi Chorus, Dutch Treats, and Corn Mo. Give until it hurts.