In case you're one of those still out of the loop and thus haven't heard, an awesome tiki bar has risen from the Monterey Club's proverbial ashes. Known as 5 Points Lounge, the venue provides an ideal setting for local shows, much like the Monterey did in its early days. In fact, we like 5 Points' friendly atmosphere, craft brews, and Instagram-ready decor so much that we recently crowned it with our best new bar award. The only thing missing is the mobile BBQ unit out front, billowing out those heady, meat-scented smoke signals, a call to all of the guaranteed good time next to the airport. Dear god, how we miss that BBQ.
So while you were washing your hair or doing whatever kept you from showing up on Saturday, the Gun Hoes
(now a duo) blew out a set of hyperactive garage-rock to start things off.
As the drum/guitar/shouting cocktail the band produced echoed off of 5 Points' kitschy bamboo walls and tiki statues, it seemed some of the songs would be perfect as the soundtrack for one of those "totally zany" commercial spots every company seems to have these days. A few ladies bounced around as the band tried out a new song or two from their EP 1%er
toward the end of its set, no-doubt taking advantage of the low-pressure situation granted by the small crowd.
South Florida's favorite uniformed purveyors of early rock 'n' roll goodness, the Butchers
, performed after the Gun Hoes. This band has been known to wear matching kilts, pilot's uniforms, but Saturday's performance saw them stick with the bloodied butcher aprons they've worn most frequently. Led by singer/guitarist Eric Clarke, the band did what we had believed to be impossible in inspiring two young couples to dance openly and seemingly free of vanity in a nearly empty room via their boogie-woogie piano and rockabilly guitar.
2608 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL