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The last shows on McDowell Street


Kings opened July 7, 1999. On April 7, 2007, they'll throw their last night-time rock show with plenty of rock. The shows leading up to that finale (and the nice little dessert the next day) offer last glances on McDowell Street of many of the faces that have shaped the club's success.

Wednesday, April 4

Gouge Wrestling

One of the principal attractions and life-forces of Kings has been its willingness to step outside of rock-show strictures and still allow people of all stripes to feel welcome. Sometimes, that's meant game shows, comedy nights and talk shows. Tonight, it means jackhammers and body slams: Count Grog, a 45-year-old married man from Fuquay-Varina who used to manage The Brewery, leads his Gouge Wrestling empire to the imperial throne of Kings once more. —Grayson Currin

Thursday, April 5

The Longshoremen, Maple Stave, The Men, Alias Smith & Jones

To hell with touring headliners, this is some serious "Locals Only" shit. Four Barcade regulars collide in a final hurrah of beer, sweat and tears that should let each group step up and stake its regal claim. From the straight-forward (Alias Smith & Jones) to the straight-up weird (The Men), this culmination reps Raleigh and Kings real hard. 10 p.m. —Rich Ivey

Friday, April 6

The Hard Lessons, The Magic Babies, TV Knife, The Vicious, Double Negative, Cloak/Dagger

Double booked and not hiding it, Friday night will be fun. First up, Raleigh's own Double Negative and Richmond's Cloak/Dagger open for the infectiously dark punk rock of Sweden's The Vicious. Imagine The Exploding Hearts practicing in a morgue. Yes, it's that good. The second bill comes complete with at least one keyboard per band: The Hard Lessons bring its rock with some neo-soul, TV Knife its rock with a bit of glam, and The Magic Babies its rock with a handful of psychedelics. 8 p.m. —Rich Ivey

Saturday, April 7

Birds of Avalon
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The Loners, Birds of Avalon, Black Taj, The Greatest Hits, The Dynamite Brothers, The T's

The best family reunion you will ever go to, this last late-night hurrah at Kings will also be one of the sweatiest, loudest and most energetic shows you will ever go to. The Loners—the infinitely blistering duo of Eddie Taylor and Chris Jones—haven't played in two years, but they return for this farewell. Half of Polvo arrives as Black Taj, too, returning atonal anthems through a big blues driver, and Birds of Avalon throws down on Bazaar Bazaar six weeks before it hits stores. Scott Nurkin pulls double duty in The Dynamite Brothers, and the rock goes into overdrive with The T's, The Greatest Hits and promised special guests. Bring a mop. 10 p.m. —Gryason Currin

Sunday, April 8


Here on the very final day, it's a family affair with the kid rock band put together by Doug McMillan of The Connells. Bring the kids, and—while you're listening to wee hits like "Bulldozer" and "Tow Truck"—gaze around the room, let it sink in that it's Easter Sunday, and think the good thought: Hopefully, this place will rise again, too. 4 p.m. —Chris Toenes

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