by Bill Forman
The messages now posted on the Rocket Room’s MySpace page are far from encouraging:
The end appears to be near! Come pay your respects
Not currently doing any booking due to issues with landlord
Nor was the club’s management any more optimistic this past Saturday, during what was an otherwise a great show by Chuck Snow & the Lo-Fi Cowboys.
It would also effectively eliminate the closest thing Colorado Springs has to a punk-rock environment, even though the venue has offered a vibrant mix of rockabilly, alt-country, indy rock, and about a dozen other mostly arbitrary labels that probably aren’t worth the pixels or paper they’re printed on.
Since its inception two and a half years ago, the Rocket Room has been the place to hear local favorites like the Jack Trades, the Nicotine Fits, the Haunted Windchimes, El Toro De La Muerte, Edith Makes a Paperchain, Mike Stephens, Tango Red Tapestry and the Mansfields. It's also hosted plenty of talented out-of-towners, including Wayne "The Train" Hancock, the Spittin' Cobras, Whitman, Hogjaw, and the Supersuckers.
Anyway, the club still has five shows left in December (including Wednesday night’s open mic), and there’s still a chance, however slim, that it could pull through. So now would be the time to check their schedule and consider paying a visit.