So, this is Christmas? Indeed it is, and unfortunately, I have some terribly disheartening news. Like "hope" and "change" and "health care," it appears the Rocket Room could end up as yet another casualty of this, the Year of our Lord 2009. Although rumors had been swirling behind the scenes for some time, the official announcement came Sunday, via Facebook.
"The end appears to be near for the Rocket, so please drop in a time or two & pay your respects. We plan to have several great events before we close our doors. So check here often. The last day looks to be Dec 31. If anything changes we will let you know. All shows are FREE so come & bring along your friends!"
I have deep respect and admiration for anyone willing to invest their time, sweat and money into the creation, exhibition or distribution of original music — especially rock 'n roll music — and it absolutely terrifies me that we could very well lose what I believe is the only true "rock 'n roll" bar in town.
Anyhow, the Rocket Room has a whole slew of shows between now and "Doomsday," including a possible visit from the Conjugal Visits (members of the Nicotine Fits), as well as a free show with local noise gods Enemyswim, Ian Gott and bellydancer Miss Lexi on Sunday the 27th; Chris Mandile's birthday bash on the 29th with the Good Morning Accordion Terrorist, Chris Winters and Bud Ford; and the Kiowa Kartel's "New Beard's Eve" Spectacular on, well, New Year's Eve. Co-owner Dave Cantrell has led me to believe that with a quick infusion of cash (sound familiar?), the venue may be able to keep its doors open. So, let's infuse already!
Now, shifting gears from scary to outright tragic: As you read in last week's Indy, Colorado Springs is home to a considerable and growing homeless population. Local musician Bryant Jones, along with more than 15 local bands, has resolved to do something about it. On Saturday, Dec. 26, the Piano Warehouse will present Stay Human, "a day of music, poetry and performance art to benefit the local homeless."
Starting at noon, the event includes a ridiculous number of acts, including (deep breath) Grant Sabin and the Revelators, Jeremy Vasquez, Marvin Mecom, Fairlight Moriah, Michael Galvin, Joe Uveges, Kim Stone and a New Brain for Arnie, Steve Barta, Michael Reese, Bob Tudor, Marianne Louise, Jason Miller, B-Positive, Shakedown Street, George Douthit IV, and Ted Galloway and Friends. There will also be an auction, a winter clothing/blanket drive, and discussions on how to address the local homeless "problem." Several nonprofits will be taking donations of food, clothing or even, should you be so selfless, cash. (A $10 donation is recommended, but no one will be turned away.)
On that note I leave you with the enduring words of Old Skull, a group of 9-year-old punks circa 1989: "Homeless people, people that don't have homes. When I look into their eyes, I see sadness. They don't have enough money to pay the rent. They don't have good jobs. They're not getting a good education. Because of war games. It makes me feel dumb and I'm pissed off. I hate you Ronald Reagan."
Smell you later.
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