That's Soooo Cincinnati

A Unique Spin

Ryan Greis

A Bud and suds. What a concept.

Sudsy Malone's, the Corryville laundromat and bar, has been around for close to two decades, blending washers and dryers with liquor and live music across the street from Bogart's. It's a mainstay on the economically challenged Short Vine strip that primarily serves UC students.

Fire and building codes, as well as a drop in live audiences, persuaded Sudsy's to stop offering live music a few years back. But now Chris Lee is busy booking concerts.

"We're open to every kind of music," he says. "Local bands can contact me here."

The Sudsy's legacy began on a Friday night in late 1987, when The Thangs (headed by current Tigerlilies singer Pat Hennessy) were looking for a place to play. Sudsy's was it. That night, the bar ran out of beer and music became a permanent staple.

Over the years, the bar/laundromat has seen the cream of the musical crop come through its doors: Beck, Everclear, Over the Rhine, Ass Ponys, Brainiac, Stereolab, The Reverend Horton Heat and others. Some national caliber performers have also stopped by just to do laundry or take in the bar's ambiance, including Axl Rose of Guns'N'Roses, Perry Farrell from Jane's Addiction, Kate Pierson of the B-52's and Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders.

The lineup for the next few weeks includes Angel's Disgrace, Pain-Link, Dark Soul and Makeshifyt on Saturday and Zlatter, Crankbox and Godhelpus on Feb. 5.

A club that features local music struggles to find long-term success but survives. That's soooo Cincinnati.

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