The final shows for the Southgate House, in its current incarnation, will happen tonight. I will not be able to attend because I will be playing a gig of my own. However, I thought I would take an opportunity to fill in the gaps of my final trip to the Southgate. I made my final trip there on December 17, 2011 to attend the CD release party for the Kentucky Struts album The Year of the Horse. I also wanted to take some pictures and say goodbye to the place that has given me so many memories over the years.
The first performance that I saw on Saturday was Adam Wayne. He is the drummer for Pete Stein and the Black Tiger Fire but he was opening the show in Juney’s Lounge with a set on accoustic guitar. I have mentioned before how the Southgate seems to come alive with music. This night was no different. Adam did a great set and used his boot stomping on the floor as a bass drum to get the room rocking. He is a fine picker in his own right and has a clear deep voice that cut through the noise of the room. The portraits that hung on the wall have already been taken down but the room still has the feeling of a cool roadside tavern.
I made my way down to the Ball Room to check out the Sundresses who were opening for The Kentucky Struts. The band is a power trio with roots in everything from punk to the Beatles. The guitar player and drummer switched duties and lead vocal responsibilities throughout their set while a female bass player twirled to the music. Their music was well written and they genuinely enjoyed playing their set.
I made my way back upstairs to catch Pete Stein and the Black Tiger Fire. His material is indie/roots and he is an incredible songwriter. I was not familiar with him before seeing him but his music has grown on me to the point that I visit his website often to check out material. He has been on a whirlwind tour of the U.S. and was winding it down and looking forward to home.
I once again found myself downstairs for the Struts. They played an amazing set and the memories of the Ballroom flooded my mind. The grand red curtain is a little frayed but the room still has incredible energy.
We drove home talking about the Southgate, the memories, and shows. To the musicians and fans there for her final night, make it memorable. I certainly hope it opens back up as a music venue but for now, good night Southgate.