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Leonard Caillouet

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What are some of the places that you love to go to listen to live music?
 
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Leonard Caillouet

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One of my favorite places to go is the Amphitheater in St. Augustine, FL.

While the sound is not the greatest, it is a wonderful place to go for an evening. Recent upgrades to the area outside the amphitheater and the nearby state park and great city make it worth the trip from Gainesville. The site is adjacent to the state park and you can walk from campsites if you like to camp. Parking with shuttles from the beach parking lot make it easy to access and allow for a walk along the beach before or after the events.


https://www.staugamphitheatre.com/
 

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There's a great venue near my home called the Strathmore. It's located in Rockville, MD. I just saw the Big Head Todd Blues tour there... Acoustics are out of this world... it's a special place. Another is a place called Wolf Trap located in Northern VA (which for you non-mid Atlantic folk is the area of VA that surrounds the DC Metro area). It's an outdoor venue that has covered seating and then a grassy area for general admission. They have great shows... I saw Ben Harper's first ever solo live performance there a few years ago (he was fantastic!)

My favorite venue - ever - however, was a total hole-in-the-wall club in NW Wash DC called 9:30 Club. The club has moved to a new location (1996), but when I was in high school it was located at 9th and F Street, which was semi- rundown area of Washington DC. It has since become the approximate location of the Verizon Center (where the Caps and Wizards play... its in the vicinity) and the whole area has become super nice...

Anyhow, 9:30.

It was a dump.

It smelled.

Sound wasn't good or bad, it was just loud!

It held about 200 people standing?

And it had great bands... bands like REM, Red Hot Chili Peppers played there... DC locals like FUGAZI... international acts like the Sundays and Cranberries... and everything in-between (I've seen big acts like Green Day at it's new larger location).

Going to 9:30 was an experience.

There were punks, slam dancers, suburbanites, you name it...

The entrance to the building was a narrow one surrounded by stores that always seemed to be closed. Here's a couple street shots:

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That door way led to a long hallway that was always open before shows... if you arrived earlier enough you could sit in the hallway and listen to sound checks (which, as a fan was a thrill):

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And once you entered the club you were super close to the stage during shows. So close you could take the set list off the stage after show... shake the artists' hands... people sat on the stage, jumped off the stage... it was crazy and flat-out fun.... here's a picture of the main stage room (you can see the stage in the background of this picture):

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The club had a DJ that played music prior to the show and in-between artists (the DJ booth is in the upper right portion of the above picture). The club always had bizarre videos playing (on hung televisions) with the music... it had this cool factor that I loved as a kid. Also, the dressing rooms were down a generally unmonitored staircase, so you could slip down and get autographs. One night a friend and I went to see a British band called Meat Beat Manifesto (great industrial/techno band way ahead of its time... actually, one of its songs was featured in The Matrix)... my buddy knew the owner of the band's label and we got to slip down into their dressing room to say hello. It just so happened they were opening for Nine Inch Nails that night...and we stumbled upon a young Trent Reznor dressed in an orange astronaut flight suit. He was busy pumping his band up. They rushed up the steps and started their set. The crowd started jumping and it sounded like the floor was going to cave... in hindsight, it was something else.

The dark rat-ridden alleyway behind the 9:30 club (that I would walk down if leaving through the club's side door) is the same alley that John Wilkes Booth used to escape Fords Theater after assassinating President Lincoln. Of course, the cat-sized rats in that alley were not to be messed with!

What a rush of memories!
 
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Wow Todd, those are truly good memories. Places like that simply dot exist here where I live. Wish I had access to a great jazz/blues club here. We have a few but they dont usually feature many great players except during Jazz week here.
 

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I love going to our local concert hall The Winspear I was just recently at a Prince tribute
Wonderful acoustics for live orchestra

 

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Wow Todd, those are truly good memories. Places like that simply dot exist here where I live. Wish I had access to a great jazz/blues club here. We have a few but they dont usually feature many great players except during Jazz week here.

They are... places like that are really hard to find.

I have stacks of tickets for events that I've been to (mostly sports)... and I just dug through it and found a news paper clipping (probably from the Washington Post or the City Paper...). Low and behold it has the concert Nine Inch Nails/Meat Beat Manifesto concert on it... no date on the clipping, by my guess is it's from 1988.

Looks like I went to see three shows that month: Something Happens w/ Miracle Legion, Inspiral Carpets, and Meat Beat Manifesto...

If you're an alt rock fan, you'll recognize other acts: Modern English, The Fleshtones, The Sundays, Concrete Blonde, Psychic TV, That Petrol Emotion, Luka Bloom, The Wedding Present... it seemed like every month they had incredible acts rolling through. Seeing a great show in a 200 person venue is quite an experience!

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I love going to our local concert hall The Winspear I was just recently at a Prince tribute
Wonderful acoustics for live orchestra



Looks like a great show!
 

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My favorite venue - ever - however, was a total hole-in-the-wall club in NW Wash DC called 9:30 Club.

<snip >

What a rush of memories!

What a great description! :T
I feel as if I just spent an evening there. And I think I'd like to despite the smell. :bigsmile:
 
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I am also fortunate to live near many music venues, both indoor and out. Two of my most frequented are the The Klipsch Music Center and the Slippery noodle Inn.

The Klipsch Music Center is a giant outdoor amphitheater located in the Noblesville, Indiana. With a seating capacity of 24,000, it’s the largest outdoor venue in the Indianapolis area. The Klipsch Music Center features 6,000 seats under its pavilion and another 18,000 general admission seats in the lawn area. Its massive seating capacity has allowed the venue to host some of the biggest concerts and festivals in the music industry. (Ref-1)

Like Todd, I also have a most favorite venue of all time, called the Slippery Noodle Inn, which has a varied and fascinating history:
  • Way station for the Underground Railroad
  • Hideout for the Brady & Dillinger Gangs
  • Beer & liquor distillery
  • Oldest commercial building in Indianpolis
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You can feel the heritage as soon as you enter, then pass through, the 100+ year old front bar made of tiger oak. Turn right and a quick left around a dog-leg corner past a small door opening onto the rugged front stage. Now you're in a long narrow hall leading past the kitchen (they serve excellent food, BTW) down a short ramp and into an open, two-story bar and second stage. Get a table on the second story near the edge of the balcony if you can, because of the unique view you'll have looking down into the musicians midsts.

But if making music is more your thing than listening to it, a weekly jam session is held on Thursdays. All comers welcome!
Musicians who have played at the Slippery Noodle include Luther Allison, Magic Dick, Jay Giles, John Mayall, Albert Collins, Buddy Miles, Charlie Musselwhite, Jr. Wells, Rick Derringer, Rare Earth, Lonnie Mack, Edgar Winter, Commander Cody, Savoy Brown, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Jim Schwall, James Cotton, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Yank Rachell, Larry Crane, Elvin Bishop, Duke Robillard, Pinetop Perkins, Country Joe McDonald, Ronnie Earl, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Sugar Blue, The Nighthawks, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Johnny Clyde Copeland to name a few. (Ref-2)

In-House Recordings & Record Label
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In 1993, to commemorate the Slippery Noodle's 30th anniversary, Live from the Slippery Noodle Inn, Vol. I was recorded. That was the beginning of the Slippery Noodle Sound recording label, and since that time, Live from the Slippery Noodle Inn, Vol. II and Volume III have been released in addition to recordings by Dave Morgan, the Cooler Kings, Blue Lou & the Accusations, Gene Deer, Gordon Bonham, Jimmy Ley and the legendary Yank Rachell.

In 2013 To Celebrate the 50th Year of the Noodle in the Yeagy Famly we are recording Vol.


Awards
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The Slippery Noodle has received numerous awards through out the years, including:
2016-14, Tripadvisor, Certificate of Excellence Winner
2015, Big City Rhythm & Blues, “The Noodle is at the top of our list of nightclubs”
2015, Thrillist, Most Iconic Bar in Indiana & 1 of the 33 Best Dive Bars in America
2013, Indianapolis Monthly, a blues mecca and Indiana’s most famous nightspot
2013, Nuvo Magazine Readers Roll, "Best Open Mic Night"
2012, Airtran GO Magazine, #7 in the Top 10 Things to See in Indy
2012, Fanzooloo, One of the Top 5 Sports Bars in the Country
2011, The Chive, One of the Top 25 Sports Bars in the Country
2011, Delta Sky Magazine, Featured Nightlife Venue
2011-2007, TheIndyChannel A-List, "Best Live Music Venue"
2008, Best Of Citysearch, “Best Bar”
2008, Best Of Citysearch, “Date Spot”
2008-2001, Best Of Citysearch, “Best Live Music Venue”
2008-1992, Nuvo Magazine Readers Poll, "Best Blues Bar"
2003, KBA (Blues Foundation's Keeping the Blues Alive), Blues Club of the Year
2002, Indianapolis Monthly, Best Wholesale District Hangout
2001, DocBluez’ Blues Lounge, "Blues Venue of the Year"
2001-1999, Indianapolis Monthly Readers Poll, “Best Bar”
2001, 1994 & 91, The Jazz and Blues Lovers Guide to the U.S.,
"The oldest bar in Indiana is also the Best Blues Bar in Indianapolis"
1998 Rolling Stone's Top Blues Venues
1998 & 95, Indiana Department of Tourism, 4 Vista Awards
1997, 96 & 95, Nuvo Magazine Readers Poll, “Best Bar”, “Best Blues Bar”
1996, Blues Revue, 1 of the Top 20 Blues Venues Nationally
1995, Governors Award For Excellence In Recycling
1993 Details Magazine, 1 of the best 300 clubs in the U.S. and 1 of 19 blues bars listed (Ref-2)
 

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Whoa!!!! Whoa!

The Slippery Noodle looks like a joint I would LOVE to hang out in... you had me at Tiger Oak!

What a list of artists...

Wow!!!
 
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