UPDATE: Starline’s manager gives his side of last night’s incident after the jump.
ORIGINAL POST: It’s only Tuesday and it’s already a not-so-good week for Starline, the Tower District nightclub and music spot.
Apparently, local band Yesterday’s Chonies, which is prone to playing out in the street, had a run in with Starline management last night. Now they’re telling people not to go to Starline. The band explains:
[We] were playing music on the street outside Livingstones/Bank of America last night right after closing time (we had played at the open mic night at the Starline earlier). The starline gentleman came out quite aggressively, when he started yelling at me in my face I gave him a rude gesture and he hit my in the face. Our baritone player and he begin to tussel until it was broken up. I was intoxicated, however I feel that even if we were in the wrong the starline gentleman could have approached us differently and not used violence.
Meanwhile, there’s now an “I Hate the Starline” group on Facebook. I don’t know that these two things are directly related. If not, that’s even worse.
Starline has been, for as long as I’ve lived here, one of the more consistent venues in town. It provides a valuable all-ages space for shows in a town that sorely needs venues.
Do I wish the door guy wasn’t such a jerk sometimes? Yes. And that their Web site was updated more frequently? Definitely. But I hate to see friction between local bands and what should be a great venue. Here’s hoping there’s resolution in sight and that Starline regains some of its luster.
Mike, the manager at Starline, responds to Yesterday’s Chonies’ account of last night by saying:
The whole story, is as usual a little different. The band member failed to mention that this was the second time they had been asked to stop. At approx 1:15 am I asked them to please stop playing there very loud brass instruments in the street in front of the club. Explaining that we would be held responsible for the noise. They glared at me for awhile and stopped, I said thank you.
At approx 2:00am they decided to start up again. I approached them and said “guys, havent we talked about this?” They continued playing and just looked at me. I told them they had to stop or I was going to make them. One of them told me to f**k myself and they could do whatever they want and the other made the “rude gesture” I responded in a manner that I feel was appropriate. The other band member charged me and was pushed to the ground.Cooler heads intervened and it was over.
At 2:30am when I left the club, they were STILL playing in Me N Eds parking lot. Acting like idiots will get you treated like idiots. Im not proud that it happened, but people need to have a little consideration for the places they frequent and the people around them. Just because drunk musicians want to play loudly at 2:00am does not mean that others want to hear them