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Some of DFW's Best Venue Managers Recall Their Favorite Bygone Venues

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Josh Baish, Owner of Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios

RICK'S PLACE

I saw Tripping Daisy here my first night in Denton, and never left. Ended up working there for five years, first as janitor, then 'light guy,' then bartender.

Favorite Bands I saw there: Tripping Daisy, Reverend Horton Heat, Deep Blue Something, Bass X, The Nixons, Slobberone. Hagfish, Brave Combo, Zeke, Edie Brikell, Frank Black, Course of Empire, funland, Mojo Nixon

THE ARGO

It sat two blocks away, and was Rick's biggest rival and complete opposite. It was home to Denton's core music community.

Favorite Bands, and People who made up the scene: Bed Head, Breadbox, Light Bright Highway, Choke Bore, Dooms UK, The Pulley Brothers, Will Johnson, John Freeman, Scott Danbom, Wanz Dover, Rob Peters, Trinidad, Phillip Crowley, Dave Willingham, and Matt Barnhart.

GALAXY CLUB

I really liked GC. Orbitnroom too. I once saw Sparklehorse play to a mostly empty room :,(

TREES

In the early '90s, the place to go to see any show in DFW bigger than a house show or mid sized venue. The old Trees will probably always be known by the whole Nirvana thing, which is actually a good story. Look it up.

HOUSE OF TINNITUS

Rob Peters ran a DIY house venue on the Denton south side. The best part about it was that no matter what day it was you could hear bands from three blocks away in a residential neighborhood. It was always loud and dark.

Bands, and people who made it great: White Mice, Liturgy, Shane English, Rob, Andrew Haas.

STEVE'S BBQ

Short lived as a venue, but no one who saw a "show" there will forgot walking into a 10'x10 smokehouse to be greeted by an ornery old black guy sitting behind the front counter in a trashed recliner, swigging from a gin bottle, and watching court shows, barking at you, "WHAT YOU WANNA ORDER?!?!? "

Seeing Astronautalis do early versions of audience-suggested topic freestyle with a crowd of 20 friends all sloshed on BYOB booze is a favorite Denton memory.

Bands, and people who made it great: Astronautilus. Steve. Batey. Wally Campbell (35 Denton Operations Manager) seemed to be around a lot.

GYPSY TEA ROOM/ BALLROOM

Just a really great venue. Sorely missed. I once had to break up an escalating confrontation between an ex and Mark E. Smith.

Bands that made it great: The fall, J. Mascis, Vic Chesnutt, My Morning Jacket, Gang of Four, Mastodon.

SECRET HEADQUATERS

Run by a gone too soon collective led by Mr. Scott Porter, it sat across the street from Dan's Silverleaf, the former DIY space now a Rusty Taco.

DAN'S BAR/ DAN'S SILVERLEAF

I first met Dan in '94? '95? Dan is a Denton treasure. I'd marry Dan. Has been the handsome older brother to me for longer than he'd probably like. He's the patron saint of Denton music.

Bands, and People who made it great: The Wrens, two Cow Garage, Drive-By Truckers, Slobberbone, Centromantic, Baptist Generals, Dan, Pam, Ashbaugh, brent, Kate, Bonnie, Issac

Bonus! Favorite new venue, sorta:

MACARONI ISLAND

My ex-roommate, Michael Briggs, hosted a web series. Violitionist Sessions, of endless bands in the front room of my house. I once made Ty Segal, Mikal Cronin & Co. some really stout drinks with 90% mix of alcohol, and whatever juice was left in the fridge

After I "kicked him out," he moved to a new house, and does the same thing, but now it's shows too, and he has a bunch of people over, whereas I wouldn't allow it. He calls it Macaroni Island, and he does it well, and I'm very proud of him. Briggs is a great guy with a genuine love for music. Sad to say I haven't been to MI yet, but that's only because I got married and had a couple of babies, and I'm old.

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