If the Dux didn't make a huge profit that may be a healthy sign - it provided a civilised meeting place rather than creating and exploiting a binge drinking culture.
One night I wandered in and found Greg Malcolm playing three guitars simultaneously solo. There's not a large audience for that sort of thing and they don't spend much at the bar. I'm still a fan.
Boh Runga played there with Carmel Courtney in pre-Hampster days.
Julia Deans couldn't fit Fur Patrol into the Dux but chose it for her solo show last year.
Salmonella Dub, Shapeshifter and others became widely popular but there are plenty of other high quality bands which appeal only to more specialised niches.
The Dead C, Flip Grater and Cairo Knife Fight are not going to be in Xmas stockings across the land but that sort of diversity is what healthy cities have. There is benefit for everybody in bands which hardly anyone can stand. Try explaining that to Gerry Brownlie.
Simonius_Titius wrote:If the Dux didn't make a huge profit that may be a healthy sign - it provided a civilised meeting place and a venue for niche music rather than creating and exploiting a mass binge drinking culture.
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