Friday, January 15, 2010

Floyd the Rocker

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 10:28 AM

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Let’s face it: There just aren’t a whole lot of local barbershops that book live bands. But that may change here soon, now that Al Bindley has set his sights on booking bands into the local Floyd’s 99 Barbershop franchise he owns and operates out on North Academy Boulevard.

Bindley is no longer content just to feature a pool table, wide-screen TVs and the odd Kurt Cobain poster. (Trivia note: Both the Nirvana song “Floyd the Barber” and the Colorado-based haircutting chain derive their names from the unctuous character in the old Andy Griffith Show.) Bindley says the idea is not only to bring potential new customers into the shop, but also to create a showcase for local artists that will have a “ripple effect across the community.”

Hey, don’t laugh. In San Francisco, I used to visit BrainWash, a Mission District laundromat where great indie bands would play while customers jostled for dryers. As a result, San Francisco now has a vibrant and vital music scene. (Oh wait, it already did.)

Bindley hasn’t booked any bands yet, but expects to soon. In the meantime, we’ve unearthed evidence that this scheme is not without precedent. Here for your listening and viewing pleasure are Sheriff Andy and his Mayberry pals playing “Whoa Mule” in the original Floyd’s barber shop:

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