BEST CONCERT VENUE - 2004
the Turf Club
Go ahead. Show us a musician who doesn't like strutting under the glimmer of Christmas lights or sucking up a beer beneath the velvet paintings in the Clown Lounge downstairs. Show us a fan who hasn't shown up early for Raleigh's Tacos (Tuesdays and Fridays), or crowded into the photo booth, or leaned over the bar to chat with ever-affable bartender Dave Weigardt. We'll show you a loser whose zeal for live music probably ended with the last lyre concert on Mount Olympus. Both Brooklyn art-punks Les Savy Fav and Texan two-stepper Dale Watson have commanded the dance floor at the Turf Club. Jonathan Richman has shimmied from the stage while Bright Eyes tickled the Clown Lounge's upright piano. The St. Paul venue has even become a regular hangout for those who live in that mythical city across the river--proof that the best remnant of the '40s doesn't need any revitalization. What more do you want from a club? And where else can you find it?