Though I’m a West-side boy myself, I never stepped foot in the hallowed halls of Price Hill Rock club The Blue Note. I now have a reason to go, even though it closed last year and, after a temporary change of ownership, closed again. Starting this week, the club is back as Harvey’s.
The new owners are, right off the bat, showing a dedication to the local, non-cover-band music scene (national touring acts will also play the club). Thursday’s opening night features Blues/Rock from The Mudpies. Then, on Friday, Harvey’s gets weird as the every-genre-in-a-blender band Chick Pimp, Coke Dealer at a Bar (pictured) performs, along with pal Wonky Tonk and her playful, mischievous slant on Indie Folk. Saturday night, Ska/Punk/Pop crew The Frankl Project (a band that actually played the old club) takes over, with an opening set by Post Punk/Indie newcomers Animal Circles.
The venue’s new owners are people who “get it,” Jenn Schenkel-Owens (formerly of The Poison Room) and her husband Chris Owens, a member of the great local Hard Rock band Blacklight Barbarian. A few of the cool new features at Harvey's include regular free shows, all-ages events on Sundays (featuring high school musicians) and what appears to be an “18 years old and up” ID policy.