Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Rocket Room crashing?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 7:43 PM

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

and

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.

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Even though winters are already notoriously difficult when it comes to getting people to come out and see shows (let alone play them), the prospect of the venue calling it quits at the end of the month would come as an extremely tough blow to local fans as well as area bands who play original music.

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.

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