The third annual Jockey Club reunion returns to the Southgate House, again serving to get long-dormant local bands back together for at least one night. This year's headliners are Sluggo, who became a local punk rock favorite in the early '80s, and The Speed Hickeys, who haven't officially played together in 20 years.
In 2008, local independent publisher Aurore Press presented a "reunion" concert at the Southgate House that featured bands (and many fans) who were a part of the scene at famed Punk Rock palace/dump The Jockey Club in Newport. This Saturday at the Southgate, it returns for the third year straight, featuring reunion shows by Sluggo, The Speed Hickeys and other local music vets.
First Aurore Press released 'Stories for Shorty,' recollections about Newport's infamous Jockey Club, which prompted a reunion show, which resulted in a live CD of the proceedings, 'A Jockey Club Reunion: Live at the Southgate House.' And now there's a "re-reunion" show to recognize the CD's release and to benefit "Handsome" Clem Carpenter, the Jockey Club's defacto "Master of Ceremonies" and a pioneering Punk radio broadcaster on WAIF.
Back in the mid-'80s when I was in high school, I was befriended by a group of social misfits who wanted to play some music. One of the first times we hung out, they took me across the river, to then seedy Newport, and an even seedier little music club called The Jockey Club.