Otis gave me a copy of The Cows recently. It was a band I mentioned seeing with an amusing story of Dalton and I stuffing cigarette butts in our ears because the show was so loud due to our seats being right in front of the speakers. We saw them at a club that was on a corner on State Street. I believe it was a place called The City Club.
I went on a search for info on The City Club and couldn’t find anything. I recall that at one point it changed to a bookstore. I know the spot, but, maybe I had the name wrong. I don’t think so, but I started doubting myself.
So then I tried to look up some info on the R & R Station. I KNOW that name for sure. I saw Buddy Guy there and Paul Black and The Flip Kings. I have the ticket stubs. All I could find were forum questions on where did it used to be and who played there. Sad.
Then on to O’Cayz Corral.
I had been to O’Cayz with Dalton to see Couch Flambeau twice. It was small and awesome and I did find a couple of pictures of that club.
Knowing what I know about how loud it was in O’Cayz, I have no idea how anyone in the comedy club next door could hear anything. It was small and narrow and the band played up front, basically in the window, which was brilliant. Dalton and I would stand on the bench that was along the wall with the door and had our heads above the crowd and my tape recorder going.
I also found this.
This is not one of the shows we saw, but would have been AWESOME. I love posters like this one. I’m glad Dalton and I rescued some from light poles in Madison back in the day.
Unfortunately, this happened.
The club is fondly remembered. What a shame. They did not rebuild and O’Cayz became another lost venue. I know there have been many others in Madison and surrounding areas that have closed or burned (Club De Wash) but these three I was at for shows.
So, if anyone out there has any photos or show posters of The City Club, or R & R Station, or for that matter of O’Cayz, that they would like to share, please contact me by commenting, or you can e-mail me at email@example.com.
R.I.P. Venues. You are missed.