Into the past
I've seen Dave Alvin's name thrown around enough that I knew it even if the only song I'd probably heard him do before tonight was the one he performed during a season 2 episode of the TV show Justified. I thought, why not go see him play this evening? So I did.
The concert was a long one--and enjoyable--but what really won me over was the venue. The Grand Valley Dale Ballroom seemed like something out of another era. Apparently it has had quite a history, especially from the big band era. I had no idea.
What a cool step back in time by entering this facility. It's a wonder that it's still around. You'd think it would have been torn down by now. While easy to get to, it's off the beaten path and wouldn't seem like the place to bring in performers with national reputations now. Still, I'd have to think that stepping foot inside is all that would be needed to persuade someone that this was just as good as any downtown club, if not better.
An independent promoter has started booking his roots music (for lack of a better identifier) performance seasons here since the previous spot is being taken over. I've gotta say, I think he found a winner. I can't wait to go back.