Since it opened in May 2007, the Rocket Room has endured ups and downs, cycling between punk-rock euphoria and nighthawks-at-the-diner melancholy.
Back in December, the club nearly shut down over a disagreement with the building's owner that ended up in court. But while owners Shalonda and Dave Cantrell pulled through that one, they're now putting the venue up for sale as they prepare to move out of the Springs. (See Adam Leech's Reverb column on p. 36.)
All of which means that, after one final Halloween show, the future of the Pueblo Avenue space is up for grabs. In a best-case scenario, it could return as a music venue. Or it could end up becoming an old man's bar, a tattoo parlor or a used car dealership.
Strangely enough, the Rocket Room's dilemma comes at a time when Damian Burford — who books the Triple Nickel up the street — has been landing impressive acts, ranging from the Sabbath-loving Antique Scream to the mighty Trainwreck, a sort of Southern rock Spinal Tap masterminded by Tenacious D's Kyle Gass.
But Burford's most impressive score to date is surely T-Model Ford, the 90-year-old bluesman who puts the venom back in venerable. Ford, who plays here this weekend, has been through serious ups and downs of his own. Read here, and he'll tell you all about them.