Late last year, a group of friends and I decided to go to an eskimeaux / Frankie Cosmos show in Cleveland. Little did we know that the venue was a bowling alley/thrift store/coffee shop with a performance hall in the back. It was a location like no other, and I can’t recommend it enough.
- Aesthetic. Once you step inside, you get the feeling that this is the set for an indie music video, or maybe a Wes Anderson short. The bathroom has funky wallpaper, there are old-timey silk couches scattered in unorthodox places, and also there’s a bowling alley just sitting there!
- Variety. We got there a little early, and I was expecting to have to do the whole stand-up-for-a-really-long-time-while-surrounded-by-strangers thing for about an hour before the concert started. Instead, we roamed the thrift shop, debated buying coffee, and just had a ball. Lots to do!
- Atmosphere. Everyone who worked there seemed unusually friendly, especially the teen selling candy who told me that the corner store sold cheaper Snickers bars than he did. Lots of good vibes!
- Timing. Okay, this is more like two hours away, and driving back to Gambier at midnight was less than ideal, especially on a Tuesday. Plan your trips wisely, and be sure to leave at least four hours for travel.
- Sound. The sound tech at the concert I went to was bad. However, there are probably other sound techs who work there who are good! And maybe he just had a bad night.
Overall, I’d give this location an A-. Lots of fun, great concert, but a long night. Would recommend!