Friday, September 17, 2010

Weekend To-Do: Vino's 20th Anniversary Celebration

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 2:17 PM

hohum2.jpg


VINO'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
7 p.m., Vino's. $5.

For me, it's about driving two hours up I-30 to see Soophie Nun Squad in '99. Or maybe the night I saw half of a Braid show before an unamused manager taught me the Get Out Shuffle through a side door after I started a bar tab with a bankcard (real, mine) and an Alabama i.d. (real, definitely not mine).

You can ask anyone who grew up spending weekends at Vino's: It's easy to get nostalgic about Seventh and Chester. There's a heavy-duty patina of stories — both good and habitually dumbassed — on those hardwood floors.

And the role of the back room in our colorful local music history can't be overstated. For that matter, it can't be summarized in this space, either. We'll just say that the tar-black stage has held both the earliest and final steps of almost every band to define the "Little Rock sound," not to mention a string of legendary shows still notorious in local lore (like Fugazi and Green Day, both in '91).

But now, in 2010, the Towncraft punks are doting dads, the proto-emo crews are young professionals, the indie kids are grad students and, now, the young metalcore crowd is enjoying its own era in the hallowed halls. However, with the Little Rock staple celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend, general manager Chris New is throwing a homecoming for the Vino's alum that defined its legacy.

"Last year, we all sat down and Henry [Lee, owner] said 'get started now and pull off something huge for 2010,' " says New. "We've spent the better part of a year planning and coordinating this weekend, drumming up the show to people we wanted to play."

Consider it a year well spent. Saturday night's lineup is a diverse retrospective of the '90s at Vino's, highlighted by some of the most influential locals to play their stage, many back together for the first time in years.

For example, mid-'90s college rockers The Baileys are set to reunite for the first time in 12 years. Since 1998, the trio left six releases and over 400 songs in their wake, but splintered off into other outfits, notably The Reds (John McAteer) and Ho-Hum (Brad Brown).

Another infamous gang of locals, Big Boss Line, is set to play its twisted, hedonistic version of hard-drug rock for the first time in eight years. There's no word as of yet on whether or not their infamous, winking "legalize heroin and murder" shirts will make a return to merch tables.

Living Sacrifice, the ipso facto pioneers of Christian death/thrash metal, has remained a unit for the better part of 20 years, touring, recording and influencing bands the world over. The group returns to the Vino's stage after a long absence, giving the night a dose of heaviness.

Currently residing in Memphis, Gino Delray, the neon-clad rockabilly revivalist dedicated to keeping the Sun sound around, revisits the backroom, as well.

Two esteemed local groups, Ashtray Babyhead and Boondogs, still perform semi-regularly, but make rare appearances on Saturday.

Ashtray Babyhead, which later evolved into The Kicks, enjoyed national success and has played a string of reunion shows over the last few years. But in their hey-day, the pop-punkers were a band of future all-stars if ever Little Rock had one, with Scott Cook currently enjoying a successful solo career and collaborations with Julian Lennon, Jeff Matika touring the world with Green Day and Jason Tedford recording local bands in his Wolfman Studios.

Boondogs, as locals know, are Little Rock's melodic, literate purveyors of understated bedroom pop, beloved at home and throughout the region.

And don't call it a "reunion" — the members maintain they never split — but Ho-Hum, arguably the greatest local band ever, is slated for its first show in three years since playing its "last show ever" during Towncraft Week in May 2007. The night starts at 7 p.m.; tickets are priced at a 1990-appropriate $5, but the deja vu is complimentary.

Friday the venue hosts a pre-party with Underclaire, Brother Andy, Whale Fire and Magic Hassle, 8 p.m., $5.

Favorite

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

More by John Tarpley

  • Grinding, taking selfies with Waka Flocka Flame at Juanita's

    When the man of the night finally showed his face to a compacted and subdued, Disney-Channel-and-dubstep demographic (most of whom had been sobering up for the better part of three hours, these kids banned from the bar and subject to a no-reentry rule), Waka Flocka Flame began to make with either a half-assed, cash grab show to a thin crowd or something accidentally truer and more intimate than that.
    • Feb 3, 2014
  • Pepperboy and the super hard way

    Long-toiling local rapper repents, reinvents and earns international attention.
    • Sep 12, 2012
  • The Dixie Bee-Liners come to Juanita's

    Plus 'Chicago' at Robinson, Chubby Checker at Oaklawn, the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre at The Village at Hendrix, Juneteenth at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Neon Trees at the Timberwood Amphitheater, Cedric the Entertainer at Robinson and The Rosebuds at Stickyz.
    • Jun 15, 2011
  • More »

Most Shared

  • Hutchinson's dilemma same as Beebe's and his GOP affiliation doesn't help

    Ernest Dumas writes about the difficulties faced by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in matching the achievements of Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, even though he, like the majority of the legislature is a Republican. In short, Hutchinson needs Obamacare money, though his party rests on a foundation that hates Obamacare.
  • Visionary Arkansans 2015

    They make an impact.
  • Brantley: South toward home

    A two-week cruise from Vancouver to Alaska was nicely timed for the August heat wave. It dipped into the 40s during my visit to the Hubbard Glacier, loudly "calving" with mighty booms of cracking ice. Here's a brief politically tinged travelogue.
  • New York Times fails again

    If one were of a low and suspicious nature regarding the New York Times' historically inept Washington Bureau, one might suspect yet another example of the "Clinton Rules" — that is, a shaky allegation unsupported by facts.
  • 'The presence of the past'

    A Q&A with poet Davis McCombs

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

Slideshows

 

© 2015 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation