6/4/12…The Well @ 29th Street Ballroom

29th Street Ballroom

29th Street Ballroom

29th Street Ballroom is in the college section of town.  And it’s definitely a college bar…but a college bar with some character.  Since it’s officially Summer, people were out in full force.  This venue is sort of two in one.  The sign outside calls it Spider House, but there is also a separate section which is 29th Street Ballroom.  I will admit that when I first got there I was totally confused as to where I was going.  I literally walked completely around the entire venue before I figured out where to go.  And let me clarify, I didn’t really figure it out on my own.  I walked into the Spider House section and asked the bartender where to go.  Man, did I feel like a dumbass.  Especially when I realized that the door guy at 29th Street Ballroom probably saw me (the clueless girl) pass him by like TWICE!!! lol  Nice.  Anyway, I had every intention of seeing The Hussy.  But I got there a bit past their start time of ten o’clock, 20 minutes past to be exact.  Shows NEVER start on time in Austin.  But apparently tonight they did because when I got there everyone was hanging out in the patio area and no band was playing.  Oh well.  So I just parked myself on a picnic bench and people watched.  I laughed out loud when I saw the claw foot bathtub in the corner with a running shower head.  OMG.  How awesome!  I had to snap a photo:

Claw foot tub with running shower

Claw foot tub with running shower

At around 10:30 a band started revving up inside, so I ducked in.  They announced themselves as The Well, which was the second band listed.  That’s when I knew for sure that I had missed The Hussy.  Boo!  The Well consisted of two guys (drums & guitar/vocals) and a chick (on bass/vocals).  They started off heavy, which I dug.  But once the vocals kicked in, I was turned off.  There was some massive reverb going on and, in my opinion, it totally ruined the songs.  I have no idea if the mics are normally set that way or if it was the band’s poor choice.  Either way, I hoped that after the first song they would make some adjustments.  That did not happen.  So by the third song I was ready to go. I was kinda pissed because I really dug this spot. It’s a dark, rock and roll kind of place.  I haven’t been to this type of venue in quite a while.  In fact, I haven’t heard real rock in a minute.  So I would’ve liked to stay longer.  There are two stages in 29th Street Ballroom;  There’s a smaller one (where The Well played) right next to the bar.  And then there’s a larger room adjacent to the bar with a larger stage and massive floor space.  I loved the mirror balls in both areas.  The crowd was definitely younger and “rockerish”.  Everyone was a little tattered and stinky. I’ll  come back here for sure and hopefully see a show in the larger room.  Until then…rock on, people!

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