Lately I have been reminiscing a lot about shows, bands and events that have come and gone. Some nights everything just comes together and it creates a lasting memory that sticks with you for life. For instance, I will never forget when glitter fell from the ceiling of The Fillmore as Hole played Northern Star, not only was it my favorite song at the time, but I was dancing 5 feet away from Courtney Love. I can close my eyes and listen to that song and instantly be beamed back to that moment.
Anniversaries tend to trigger this kind of reminiscing. When Small's announced that they would be putting on back to back shows October 12th and 13th to celebrate their 13th anniversary, we here at Hip in Detroit started talking about some of the best times that we had at Smalls, but we didn’t want to bore you with another story of our lives, so instead we contacted owner Mike Mouyianis and asked him to share his favorite memory. He answered, “The first secret Eagles of Death Metal show sticks out in my mind. They called us on a Sunday night and said they had Monday off and wanted to play. We sent an invite out on Facebook at 9 p.m. on Sunday night and it sold out the next day. It was the middle of January and winter was taking its toll on everyone. We unexpectedly opened our doors and charged $10 to get in. People came down with big smile because they were happy to finally have something to do. The bands, fans, staff and entire experience was awesome.”
On October 13th, Small's will be celebrating 13 years of being open. The Trash Brats will be celebrating 25 years as a Detroit punk rock staple, Troubleman will be playing their first show with the original lineup in 6 years, and Break Anchor will continue to take over this town one show at a time. Those in attendance for the show will likely make another memory of a great night at Small’s to recount to their friends.
Want to go to the show? Well, here’s your chance to win a pair of tickets to see the Trash Brats, Break Anchor and Troubleman for free. All you have to do is log into Facebook or Twitter and tell us your best memory from a Break Anchor, Trash Brats or Troubleman show. Or, you can just tell us what your favorite memory of Smalls is. Just post on our Facebook or Twitter and we will pick one lucky winner Friday, October 12 to be on the guest list for the party!
Tickets for the show are available at smallsbardetroit.com. The show starts at 8 p.m. and $4 PBR tall boys will be on special all night. All tickets that are purchased in advance will entitle the purchaser to a 25th anniversary CD from the Trash Brats on the night of the show. So, if you do not win your tickets on Friday, make sure that you log online and get them before doors.
May the best story win!