When: Fri., July 18, 9 p.m. 2014
THE REVENGE OF THE BREWERY
FRIDAY, JULY 18–SATURDAY, JULY 19
THE POUR HOUSE—In 2011, The Brewery on Hillsborough Street finally closed for good, helping to make way for the steady sterilization of Raleigh's main collegiate thoroughfare. But like any venue that helped incubate a music scene and punk rock itself for three decades, the bulldozed room still holds a warm spot in the hearts of many Triangle musicians and fans. This weekend, The Pour House will memorialize the erstwhile institution with two nights of bands, many featuring players who once crammed onto The Brewery's postage-stamp stage.
The T's drummer Trey McLamb remembers opening for Cro-Mags and Destruction at the Brewery in the early '80s. Both bands' drum kits were already set on stage, leaving him no room. He had to improvise.
"They had these big road cases out where the crowd would stand," recalls McLamb. "So I set up on those. They're on wheels. You can kinda lock them, but still, it was nuts."
Such tight quarters ramped up the intensity, while the club's open-door policy drew a variety of acts. "There were bigger clubs, but they would come and go," McLamb says. "The Brewery would take everybody and kept right on through all the trends."
This is the second year for the nostalgic Revenge of The Brewery, which features an impressive lineup of area veterans. Catchy, bar-bred über-rockers Terry Anderson and the Olympic Ass-Kickin Team headline Friday, followed by their power-chord-loving cousins The T's on Saturday. Friday's real treat might be Jimmy and th' Jonsez, performing the music of their frontman Byron McCay's iconic Triangle punk combo, th' Cigaretz.
"I remember seeing those guys back then. It was one of my first tastes of real punk rock," reminisces guitarist Clifton Lee Mann, whose Bad Checks are on the bill, too. He remembers playing the Brewery back when it first opened, just as it transitioned from comedy-club status.
"It was still Charlie Goodnight's," he remembers. "It still had all the tables."—Chris Parker