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Sunday, January 08, 2006

End of the road for Grant Street

I know I'm a little late on this, but I figure I should post some of these articles, now that Grant Street Dancehall is closed. I was talking to Ricardo last night about it, and it made me a little sad, even though I don't live there anymore. It's definitely the best live music space in the city. He said the plan was to tear it down and make a parking lot. Anyone know if that's true? If it is, it will be another in the long succession of Lafayette's atrocities committed on historic buidings. He also said that the last owner cut out and took the panels from the backstage rooms with all the graffiti and signatures. They should be in a Lafayette music museum. One of the articles I read makes it sound like that's not going to happen though, and a group from Cali may re-open it:

Don Kight, of New Iberia, and his legally “silent” partners have signed documentation to sell the Grant Street name, the image and “memorabilia” such as famous, framed photos of blues and rock musicians who have played there to a California-based group of investors.

By the way, the website's front page doesn't lead anywhere anymore except to a tshirt order page, but the old photo page is still here. I wonder if they will keep that stuff up. I downloaded a lot of the stuff in case they don't. Well, here are the articles. It's funny how places get so much attention after they go under, but no one goes when they were open, like when Hamilton's closed. (I got most of these links from Dege's blog)

Daily Iberian (the article quoted above)
Houston Chronicle
Daily Advertiser

Here are some various Grant Street flyers and stuff.

Dizzy Gillespie and "his band that book it for your kind appreciation" circa early 80's

Bas Clas reunion show 2002 (from Grant Street Gallery)

Urbosleeks, Friggagogo, Endochine, Strawboss, Endochine, Marc Broussard - 2002

Tar and Arcwelder 1993

Santeria, Friggagogo, Rumble Fish, Urbosleeks circa 1999?

Localpalooza 1993

SPEAK Environmental benefit 1992 (RAGE, Moon Saloon, One Hand Clapping, Full Hank)

Bluerunners and Full Hank 1993

Another flyer for Tar and Arcwelder in 1993

Sonny Landreth setlist 2003 (from Yoshitake's site)

Jesus Lizard ticket 1993


Blogger delshaz said...


10:47 AM  
Anonymous rey rey said...

Someone local has bought the name and the building and will open soon. As I get more info I will let eveyone know.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Great Boudenny said...

A-ite, that sounds good. Jenkins the minuteman and the middleman!

7:18 PM  
Blogger Great Boudenny said...

Jenkins, when are you having that young'un?

7:26 PM  
Anonymous nick said...

i wish rey rey was right, but i'm afraid he's not. its a cali business that will move in. right now, they are working on a deal with owner don kight to buy the name, site, autograghs, pics, stage backdrop. if it doesn't go through, kight will open a place elsewhere with the name grant street. likely, it will be turned into a plastic ass joint with "retro hip longe chic." either way, i don't think the parking lot thing will happen.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Great Boudenny said...

Well, at least the building will survive and perhaps some of the history.

10:44 PM  

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