There will be a big punk rock blast this upcoming Saturday at the Southgate House in Newport, Kentucky.
Newport is just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati.
I’m sorry I’ll not be able to attend this fine event.
This concert is another Jockey Club reunion concert being put on by Cincinnati’s Aurore Press.
The Jockey Club, which closed in 1988, was the best punk rock club in all the midwest.
I’ve been fortunate enough in the past few years to contribute to three Aurore Press books and to host one of the Jockey Club reunion shows.
I’m glad to report that this upcoming August 15 I’ll be the master of ceremonies at Newport, Kentucky’s Southgate House for America’s biggest punk rock blast of 2009.
Newport is just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati.
You’d think I’d be content with being the top blogger in Texas and with being a member of the Academy of Political Science.
Nope–That’s not enough.
The event is a release party for the CD of last year’s Jockey Club reunion concert at the Southgate House. The Jockey Club was the greatest punk rock venue of the 1980′s.
( Above–Another excellent night at the Jockey Club back in the late 80′s. Please click here for some more Jockey Club pictures. The Jockey Club can also be found on My Space and on Facebook.)
This concert is being put on by Cincinnati-based publisher Aurore Press. Aurore Press is the forum for dissenting views in Cincinnati. Please click the link and see what’s going on at Aurore Press.
Below are the details as they stand at the moment.
Roast/Benefit for “Handsome” Clem and his Family—
You can’t have a CD release without a party and Aurore Press knows this so with the help of The Southgate House, we’re putting on another Jockey Club inspired shindig to benefit our friend and Cincy punk legend “Handsome” Clem Carpenter and his family. Clem has had a few rough years as of late and his friends want to thank him for everything he’s done over the years with a benefit/roast in his honor! The show on August 15, will feature: Gang Green, SS-20, Libertines US, and Human Zoo. We’re working on one more JC era band to top off the bill and we’ll let everyone know when that comes together–so, 5 bands in all coming together again for a night for the scrapbooks hosted by “Hockeypunk” Neil Aquino, so come early and stay late, get yer CD (proceeds from the CD will also be donated to the Carpenter family) and have a ball!
I hope to see you there on August 15.
Already the leading political blogger in Texas (Note–This view is not shared by anyone else.), I’m now also America’s most beloved published author.
Cincinnati’s Aurore Press has released Stories for Shorty: A Collection of Recollections from the Jockey Club 1982-1988. This book details the famous Jockey Club in Newport, Kentucky. The Jockey Club (photo above.) was at one point the finest punk rock club in the United States.
The book is a series of reminiscences by patrons of the Jockey Club and by the members of the bands that played there. My contribution to the book is on pages 188 and 189. I’m now a published author.
On this past November 22, a book release party and Jockey Club reunion concert was held at the Southgate House in Newport, Kentucky. I was lucky enough to be in Cincinnati for the concert. Northern Kentucky University Professor Ken Katkin, a leading academic in the Cincinnati area, has written a review of the show that you can read by clicking this link. Mr. Katkin is a professor of constitutional law at NKU.
Also, please allow me to note that Cincinnati punk legend Robert (Jughead) Sturdevant of SS-20, will be talking up his new Aurore Press release ” A Pardon’s Prism” at the Mount Washington Creamy Whip and Bakery at 2069 Beechmont Avenue in Cincinnati. This limited release chapter book discusses the history of presidential pardons. The event will be Saturday, December 27 at 8 PM.
It is great to have old friends that we can see from time to time and keep in touch with over the years.
It is also great to be the leading political blogger in all Texas and to be America’s most beloved published author. What will really be great is if someday I can make my first dollar off of these distinctions. If you’d like to send me that dollar please leave a comment here and I’ll get back to you.
As I noted in my most recent post, I am taking a Thanksgiving blogging break. Of course, my commitment to the blog reading public is such that even when on a blogging break, I’m still serving you the reader.
My most recent service to blog readers came just this morning when I learned that bars in Kentucky close at 2:30 AM. I was at a bar in Newport, Kentucky—the famous Southgate House— and at 2 AM two large guys came around and shouted we had half an hour left. At 2:30 we were all out the door.
It sure was cold in Newport, Kentucky today at 2:30 AM.
The 24 hour White Castle near the Southgate House is, indeed, open 24 hours. Even after the bars close the White Castle is open.
I’m using the time on my Thanksgiving Blogging break for discovery and greater connectedness with our world. Today I’ve discovered and connected with the fact that bars in Kentucky close at 2:30 AM.
Knowing this, I am more at one with others and myself. ( I had been feeling divided.)
This evening I will explore a bar on the Cincinnati side of the Ohio River. What will I learn about myself and our world?
Cincinnati’s Aurore Press will soon be releasing Stories For Shorty: A Collection Of Recollections From The Jockey Club 1982-1988.
If you were lucky, you spent some time at Newport, Kentucky’s Jockey Club in the years mentioned above.
The picture above from inside the Jockey Club above captures the essence of the place well.
Stories From Shorty will feature remembrances from Jockey Club patrons and performers. I think the book will be the publishing sensation of the fall.
Also, a Jockey Club reunion concert will be held Saturday night November 22 at Newport’s Southgate House. The doors open at 8. November 22 is the day of the release of the Jockey Club book.
Local giants such as The Thangs, SS-20, The Reduced and BPA will be just part of the musical lineup for the reunion show.
Stories For Shorty will be released earlier in the day on November 22 at Shake It Records in Cincinnati. This event will take place at 5 PM at Shake It.
I’m glad to report that I’ll be at the Southgate House for the show. I hope to see you there.