7th & Chester - Little Rock, AR
This building has a long history in the sub-cultural landscape of a small, southern town. It started out as an art gallery called, “Urbi et Orbi” and the proprietor lived in the apartment above. Then it became an all-ages live music venue called, “DMZ.” Then it became a place known as “Mandrake’s.” To follow that was a gothy dance club called, “Nemesis.” Then new owners came in to make it into a pizza & beer joint with live music featured in the back. They named it, “Vino’s” and it remains thusly to this day.
It was this place where I saw The Flaming Lips practically every month… Sick Of It All, D.R.I., Lungfish, Jawbreaker, Monsula, Paxton Quigley, Fugazi, Shelter… Econochrist was a fixture before they moved to the East Bay, as was Trusty before re-locating to D.C. I got to see friends perform and develop their craft in bands like Hateful Day, Fishwagon, G, Subtance, Step By Step, Chino Horde among many others.
Its nice to be able to come back to this spot and find it with its initial character & purpose still intact & not earl shived into some benign carpet outlet or furniture showroom.