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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Tots Are Back in Town

With the recent loss of Hank Dietle's, it was nice to see the Quarry House reopen last weekend. (In case you haven't been paying attention, both of these small venues were ravaged by fire- Dietle's last month and The Quarry House three years ago.) Except for the peculiar smell which (thankfully) is gone, the dive bar atmosphere remains remarkably in tact along with their extensive beer and bourbon menu of beverages to wash down those burgers and tater tots. The juke box is back, but for now live music is a thing of the past.

Kudos to Jackie Greenbaum for saving this little piece of local bar fly history in Silver Spring.

On the musical front, axe man Dan Hovey will be having a busy week. Thursday night he'll be playing with the David Kitchen Band at JVs. I saw them a couple of weeks ago and was bowled over. Again. That unassuming shopping center always tricks me into complacency, but open the door, and it's a pre-weekend throw down with excellent chops here.

Saturday, if you want to avoid those amateur green beer drinking leprechauns, head over to the Takoma VFW for Goin Goin Gone's old school style of rock and roll. Hopefully Dan will have rested up by then, because he's on this gig, too. Please note that the gracious lads of the band will be donating most of the ten dollar cover back to restoring Hank Dietle's.

And finally on Sunday - NOT Dan Hovey but Dave Chappell and Anthony Pirog will burn down the stage at JV. Wait. Poor choice of words. How about tear up the stage?  Shred? In any case, if you call yourself a guitar connoisseur and haven't caught these two in action, then you ain't seen nothing yet.

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