Friday, August 26, 2005
Broadway in Nashville is the real party street. With several "honky tonk" bars with no cover and usually decent acts, the fair beer prices make it even better. We grabbed dinner at Jacks BarBQ. After that, we started around 8:00 at Roberts Western Wear where a pretty good band was working. They played classics and current pieces and the crowd was really into them, complete with dancing. After an hour or so, we were on to The Second Fiddle where there was a very young band from California. They were okay and we did enjoy their more up-to-date music. They had trouble drawing a crowd though. I think it had a lot to do with their dress. People here are looking for country, while these guys had on Metallica shirts, leather pants, and looked more like a rock band. Despite being a Friday night, there were barely 20 people in the joint.
After a few beverages (ahem) we went on to Tootsies. This was a great and very busy place. We managed to score a table on the first floor pretty quickly and there are music venues on both levels. We hit them during the switch in acts so there was about 15 minutes or so with no music going on and, while busy, it wasn't too bad. At 10:00 it suddenly got so crowded that you couldn't even move and then stayed that way the rest of the time we were there. I did discover that any single guy looking to meet women should be on the stool I was sitting on. Its located near the stairs and everyone has to pass it going between levels. And, since the restrooms were on the 1st level, that created even more traffic.
So many women passed by and pressed against me, several being very obvious about it, that I completely lost track. One that had obviously been there a while was a lot more brazen and direct. Another one, shortly afterwards, had her hands everywhere as she squeezed by. I thought it was nothing -- a mistake -- until she passed again on her way back upstairs and did it again. I won't repeat the several things whispered in my ear throughout the hour or so -- and all of this while I am sitting there with my wife! Pretty cool I thought!
It may be normal in clubs today, but I sure am not used to it and it took me a little by surprise. Why me? Actually, I think that any guy sitting there would have gotten the same treatment.
The band, and lead singer in particular, was great and we only left out of frustration with the very dense crowd and the inability to get drinks. But I highly recommend this place for anyone visiting Nashville. It is a classic place.