Respectable Street Cafe's 25th Anniversary Block Party
West Palm Beach
August 25, 2011
Better than: Getting only to see one band at an overpriced venue.
Once again Respectable Street Cafe showed that they can throw a truly extravagant and memorable fete. Celebrating "25 years of Oblivion" this Saturday night, 25 bands on four stages and scores of people braved that obnoxious lil' Isaac to listen to music and eat chicken wings.
Headlined by The Misfits, this all night raunch fest came in at the sweet price of free. Crossing the very rare 25 year mark, the indie dance club has seen its share of shit by now, and the anniversary block party added one more rambunctious evening to their enduring legacy of fun.
To ensure an early crowd, the party got started like every night should, with a full hour of free boozing. It looked like Hurricane Issac wanted to join in on the festivities when a light drizzle fell right around 9 p.m. The crowd moved inside, just in time to catch Retrocities
, a 3-piece from Pompano Beach. Playing together since 2008, this postpunk trio is clearly inspired by the likes of The Cure and Joy Division, focusing more on mastering chilled-out riffs and less on mind-bending lyrics. It wasn't the type of music that got people moshing, but the catchy songs would be nice to listen to at home in candlelight. Guitarist Vitek Benton let it be known, "I know you are here for the open bar, but thanks for listening to us," giving the soggy crowd some love.
518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL