Auburn keeps it live as music seekers enjoy night on the town

By: Megan Sanders Journal correspondent
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Auburn has many venues where residents can enjoy live music. Each has its own unique appeal and there is something for everyone. The Club Car on Lincoln Way is a bar and restaurant with a darker lounge style in back, and a brighter atmosphere in front. They have live music Wednesday though Saturday nights. The Club Car’s music varies from cover bands to punk to bluegrass and blues. And there is usually not a cover charge unless there is a huge event. “In the year I have worked here there has never been a cover charge,”said Justine Evans, one of the waitresses. Wednesdays are the Double Shots, Thursday is open mike night and Friday and Saturday feature bands that are booked by the owners. This Friday they have Chill, an ’80s-’90s cover band and on Saturday they have Point Dexter, a younger band that has a rock, jazz and punk feel to it. Both of the bands start at 9 p.m. Pistol Pete’s is a sports bar and pizza place on Harrison Avenue. Pete’s features karaoke three nights a week, Tuesday through Thursday, and they book bands on Friday and Saturday. This weekend they have Train Wreck, which has a classic rock feel to it, on Friday and on Saturday they have 73 Degrees, who play with Cinema 7, which has an alternative-rock feel. The cover charge of $5 goes to pay for the bands. Owner Pete Aroz said that they have all types of bands and all types of genres. “Favorite houseband is the Incredible Torpedos,” Aroz said. This band has played in the area for 30 years and is really popular with the 35-and-up crowd. “Younger kids like the harder rock,” he said. “With the classic rock you get the 40 and up.” They have reggae, rock, jazz-fusion and karaoke. The karaoke is led by Rick Lopez and goes from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Power Club is on Harrison Avenue and is an Irish pub. They are having a free concert on Saturday at 8 p.m. featuring Tennis Shoe Cowboy. They have a contemporary rock, country feel to them like Toby Keith and Keith Urban. Alfred Lee, the owner, said that the concert should last for three hours. “They are really good,” Lee said. Lee also said that bringing the community together is what it is all about. “Fun and entertainment is my life,” Lee said. The Power Club wants to make the live music a routine event. Lee said that they will have to work out a schedule and will most likely post it online. The Auburn Ale House on Washington Street in Old Town is a brewery. They have live music every Thursday and every other Saturday. They offer all types of music and do not stick to a specific genre. They welcome all types of bands to play. “I wouldn’t classify it in one range,” said Manager Bruce Thomas. This Thursday they have Second Story Aliby which is doing an acoustic set. The music starts at 7 and goes til 10. There is no cover charge to watch the bands perform. Thomas said that there is a very wide age group that listens to the music. He said that he has even seen a 3- year-old out there listening to the music and throwing rocks into the fountain. Whether it’s bluegrass, rock, jazz, or reggae, residents of Aurburn have many available options for enjoying live music. Megan Sanders can be reached at