After we heard that there'd been a fire at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern -- and after we were sure no one was hurt -- our first concern, as well as that of many, was: What's Joe Melba going to do? That guy must play like three shows a week there!
Fortunately, Melba (née Pagano) himself had more important things on his mind: the folks who rely on the bar for their livelihood. So the intrepid rocker, he of Ukiah, Bowhunter, and sundry former bands, organized a benefit show for them. A suitable treatment for a venerable local rock institution in need.
In a show of Bloomfield rock bar solidarity, Howler's Coyote Cafe, a mere half block up the street from the stricken tavern, will host the show, which happens next Wednesday, October 29. It features Bowhunter, On Vinyl, and newcomers Lights Out, Lamp Party. Proceeds will go straight to BBT employees, incomeless for the time being while the bar is restored.
So turn out in force, enjoy the rock music, and hopefully in another couple weeks the pierogies will be a-fryin' and the kinda-old beer from the dollar case will be a-flowin' once more.