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When former Chop Suey owner Chris Dasef expanded his clubdom to include Pike Street's beloved Comet Tavern, rumblings of concern that the no-frills watering hole would be polished into a high-gloss establishment rolled through town. But since then, folks' fears have subsided, for the place has undergone little more than a spit-shine (a fresh coat of paint) and gotten a wicked resident booking agent, DJ Mama Casserole, who has a knack for putting together some of the best shows in town. Though the Capitol Hill club has changed owners once more, Mama still reins supreme: The venue now offers live music seven nights a week, and is not afraid to host notoriously-destructive bands like Monotonix (though Mama's roster includes everything from folk, to psychedelic rock, to ambient music, to hip hop). While some may miss the raucous karaoke nights (I once witnessed a dude propose on the mike, his sweetheart hurling a PBR at him in shock- she subsequently said yes), no one's complaining about the addition of a few bottles of hooch behind the bar. Ain't nothin' wrong with a little touch-up here and there- and for the most part, the Comet's stayed true to its original rough-around-the-edges charm. Heck, it even made Maxim's list of top 10 dive bars in the country. And if that don't make a mama proud, I just don't know what would.
Call the tavern, or just drop by, to see what random gore flicks are playing in this ongoing series. Plus drink specials! (NR).
With Cottonwood Cutups.
With Water Liars, Lonesome Shack.
With Anticulture and Enemy Combatants.
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