Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Rays of hope for Rocket Room, City Auditorium

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Awfully cute rabbit gets a swell David Bowie/Lady GaGa makeover from local hero Jermaine Rogers, who will also design the poster for an upcoming City Auditorium benefit.
  • Awfully cute rabbit gets a swell David Bowie/Lady GaGa makeover from local hero Jermaine Rogers, who will also design the poster for an upcoming City Auditorium benefit.
Two bits of good news on the local venues front today: First, the Rocket Room has ended a month-long booking hiatus and apparently warded off the threat of imminent closure.

Rocket Room ownership tells us the club went into crisis mode after landlord issues resulted in “a breakdown in communication, which, in turn, led to court appearances, threats of eviction, the hiring of lawyers, etc.”

Still, like many of us who remain in post-New Year's resolution mode, the Rocket Room expects to be slimming down a bit for the immediate future. Although they're getting a new jukebox, pool table and pinball machines, they expect to cut back the number of days they’re open to three or four a week, which could be a real problem for young alcoholics with Bettie Page haircuts.

On the live music front, the club will feature the band Unikord plus burlesque from Denver's Pandora Bellarose this Friday, followed by Grease Machine (also from Denver) on Saturday. In the coming months, look for shows from ’Frisco’s Birds and Batteries, Ohio one-man band Smokestack & the Foothill Fury, and Fargo Rock City’s Sleeping in Gethsemane.

Meanwhile, local musician Tommy Dorr tells us he’s come up with a plan to help out the City Auditorium, which once booked folks like Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Cash but has lately been dark when not hosting the occasional new age fair, revival shows featuring bands with virtually none of their original members, and a whole lot of volleyball.

Dorr is putting together what he hopes will be a series of benefit concerts at the budget-stricken facility, beginning with a Feb. 6 show featuring performances by Jeremy Facknitz, the Charlie Milo Trio, Molten Audio Experience and Sound Shop, as well as interstitial ragtime from Tom O’Boyle. Local illustrator Jermaine Rogers, famed for his Bowie, Radiohead and Neil Young posters, will be designing a special commemorative work for this concert, which is sure to grow in value considerably more than any stocks or real estate you're still hanging onto. For more info, you can reach Dorr at tommydorr@hotmail.com.

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