"ARE YOU READY?" ask the bright red letters posted to the Craigslist classifieds board at 9:36 a.m. on Halloween 2009. "'13 PURE' NIGHTCLUB IN DOWTOWN (sic) COLORADO SPRINGS IS AVAILABLE NOW!!" Yes, for a mere $2.8 mil, the historic landmark-church-turned-infamous-booty-club can be yours, all yours!
Formerly known as Eden (until Adam spilled salad dressing on Eve's fig leaf, and all hell broke loose, nyuk, nyuk!), the scandalous compound at 217 E. Pikes Peak Ave. boasts 10,000 square feet spread over five different "high energy venues," two outdoor patios, four DJ booths, a full kitchen and state-of-the-art lighting and sound (including search lights so powerful you can simultaneously signal Batman and block out the stars for miles).
Assuming the scuff marks come off the bar tops, it looks like it could be a pretty sweet investment opportunity. So, go on, grab a few of your best banker buddies (didn't you hear, their recession is over!) and take the virtual tour at jerryclarkteam.com. Or, if you're really feeling adventurous, give ol' Jerry a call (toll free!) at 888/424-6101 and get yourself the VIP tour! In this booming economy, what could possibly go wrong?
In the meantime, I suppose you will have to settle for simply patronizing the local nightlife, which seems to be continuing its seemingly exponential growth.
This Friday, Nov. 6, the new Music Street Tavern (204 S. Union Blvd.) is hosting a local band that has experienced a little bit of growth of its own. Love Dog, the soft-country Southern rock duo of Jason Witt and Dan Wise, has recently added an entourage of experienced players: Erik Headle on bass, Kelly Walker on steel guitar, and the mysterious mono-monikered "Davin" on drums. Influenced by three of my own Top 10 artists of all time, Johnny Cash, Nirvana and Social Distortion, Love Dog is also pulled along by Jason's heavier '90s rock influence and Dan's tendencies toward country and blues.
The result is a blend of easily digestible country rock that, for better or worse, is (according to myspace.com/lovedogmusicrocks) "so fun to listen to ... even your mom will like it!" Rounding out the bill this evening is classic metal from Cañon City's Psycho Cabbie, as well as some Southern grunge from the Spgs' Deadwood Creek.
Also looking to make headway into the local nightlife "market" is Trinity Brewing Co. (1466 Garden of the Gods Road), which will host a number of notable acts over the next couple of weeks, including the Haunted Windchimes this Saturday, Nov. 7, and the funk- jazz-blues-reggae-fusion trio, Sprat, on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The Springs' own great white funk, Low Down High, is booked for Friday, Nov. 13.
And get out your highlighter, because the super-spacey electro-jam band Papadosio, from Athens, Ohio, is scheduled to appear on Saturday, Nov. 14. While you're there, be sure to sample a pint of Trinity's latest concoction, a 10 percent double IPA that goes by the name of Slap Your Mammy, one of the "hoppiest beers ever brewed in the world." For more information, visit trinitybrew.com.
Smell you later.
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