Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Rhythm House Rocks No More

Rhythm House Cafe

Hey, today's post is a brief obit to one of the region's rockin' venues that will be no more after tonight, Daryl Price's Rhythm House Cafe.

Located on 79 and 50 in Bridgeville (South Fayette, if you're picky), the club was a fifteen minute drive from Pittsburgh's South Hills and forty minutes from Wheeling.

The Rhythm House was about music all the time. It featured live bands six days a week.

Tuesday and Thursday saw acoustic players, Wednesday was Froggy's Country Night with karaoke and line dancing, and the weekend was a rock potpourri, from 80s pop to soul and funk with the odd name band like Soundgarden and Quiet Riot or local headliners like Billy Price thrown into the mix.

They greeted Sunday with jazz, and Monday was their time out evening, with no bands but a "dinner and a movie" theme.

And if the boogie fever hit you, there was a back room that spun out DJ jams all weekend long. The place was always packed, at least on weekends, and did a decent lunch business too, with an affordable bar menu and plenty of taps to draw.

They're going out with a bang tonight, closing with one last blast starring Donnie Iris, Joe Grushecky and the Iron City Houserockers, B.E. Taylor, Scott Blasey, Bill Deasy, and Rick Witkowski, hosted by DVE's Jimmy Krenn.

Now the place wasn't heaven; the parking was always iffy, the help often had trouble navigating through the crowds, and South Fayette's finest were regular visitors, but hey, that's part and parcel of the live rock and roll scene.

But come Sunday (the venue calls it "the night the music died"), all of that will come to an end. A GetGo is taking its place.

"Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've lost 'til it's gone? They've paved paradise and put up a parking lot..."

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