Valentine's Day Weekend started with a strong showing of love for The Pinhook. Back in December, owner Kym Register announced that the club was $80,000 in debt
from an accounting error—and the North Carolina Department of Revenue was demanding its money within a year. It was a worrisome state for the Durham spot, which seeks to be not just a concert hall but also a space for community and activism
in an ever-shifting downtown landscape.
But thanks to a crowdfunding page and four secret shows that featured Sylvan Esso
, Hammer No More The Fingers
, and one big supergroup
, The Pinhook raised enough money to cover every cent of the debt. On Friday, Register and a few Pinhook cohorts rolled up to the Department of Revenue office to pay off The Pinhook's bill in full.
We went with them.