floorplan; hang the DJ.
Tucked inside the Snookers Billiards complex, The Green Room
is a vintage-style cocktail lounge with enough grit to withstand
the college crowd. JBL EON series speakers provide the sound.
Kitsch in the form of Dick Tracy and Elvis pics decorates
the walls, but the windowed bar area sports a giant painted-purple
pipe running overhead. Schizo décor is one thing…but
would our Stalkers be able to withstand teen night?
I was sort of hesitant to do this; to go into The Green Room
on their “college/indie” night, because I did
a lot of new wave/indie dance clubbing in college and could
really do without hearing “Panic” (“Hang
the DJ/hang the DJ!”) ever again. Outside, the “Romper
Room” lettered overhang (ugly backlit vinyl? trash it!)
gave none of this away. Going upstairs and through the “regulars”
part of a bar, it was still unclear what the evening held.
Little did I know, but Thursdays at the Green Room are 18-plus,
so all these little boys and girls were there, dancing awkwardly
like H&M mannequins in an earthquake.
I’m only 25, but I felt like the oldest person in the
room, until I looked up onstage and saw the DJ, Terrence,
who kept trying to get all these jaded youth into the new
Morissey album – actually singing along with the tracks
– while rooting through his lame CD cases. Ya, I accept
that CDs are the way to go, especially for a DJ gig like this,
but the last thing on earth I want to see is some dude being
overly enthused about a big book of perfect sound forever.
You know? If your DJ doesn’t have crazy skills, hide
him away and let the dancers rule the room.
The dancefloor was pretty great. Simple and true thing –
it just makes sense to put a small tumbler-wide shelf all
the way around a room like this, because people are drinking
and when they leave the floor, the energy dies. The Green
Room got this right. Exposed brick and this little ledge gave
the space a warm, inviting kind of feeling. To get there,
you had to walk around this weird, snaking bar that juts into
a sort of dance ante-room and becomes, until the most extremely
crowded part of the evening, a lovely little place to recline
and relax. I didn’t notice if there were speakers in
this part of the room, but the sound was a little less present
and made for a great escape from the incessant Cure remixes
The thing that always makes me angry about clubs like this
is that they always seem to discount sound because there isn’t
some super-tweaked out dance music coming from the speakers.
Clubs like NYC’s Pyramid and Bar 13 suffer greatly from
this, but the Green Room seems to respect the idea that all
music, even ’80s indie, deserves high definition sound.
And duh, when it sounds good and doesn’t kill your ears
- you want to stay longer!
Though the only real effect at Green I can remember “changing”
was a mirrorball being turned on: The evening seemed to pick
up and have that special quality where it seems like maybe
there are too many people to be in here dancing, but they
are and it’s great, if you can manage to stop thinking
about how lame the music is.
I was unsure whether or not The Green Room was a bar or a
club, and got the feeling this establishment was trying to
be a bit of both. There was the scale (high ceilings, large
rooms) of a club, but, at least on the night I was there,
the mood of a bar. But I paid $3 to get into the club part
anyway (which seemed a fair price at the time). I guess Thursday
is some sort of rock ‘n’ roll DJ night –
I never got a real story on if I paid three bucks for a weekly
theme night, or just to go into a different room. It ended
up seeming more like a rock club with no band, just some DJs.
The room bottlenecked at the bar, with a couched-up area at
the entry and the dancefloor/stage at the other end. It was
$4.50 for a Maker’s Mark on the rocks. I saw two DJs,
the first whose set consisted of a series of tunes I didn’t
recognize, the second who played mostly his favorite tracks
from ‘80’s alternative pop. Neither seemed to
be interested in communicating with audience, and people seemed
to dance because they really had little else to do. The 2nd
DJ was clearly more interested in playing his favorites, and
I felt the place would have been better served with a good
I got there a bit later, but since the place is so small,
it wasn’t hard to find people. There were a lot of people
just sort of hovering near the dancefloor though. It was difficult
to get to the bar because of this, and I was a bit annoyed
at all the rocker guys who looked on without really doing
anything to make the scene any more fun. I got stuck dancing
sort of close to the stage, which I guess they do shows on,
and the speakers were actually right there in front of you
so it was a little loud. I liked that when I wanted to take
a break, I could just hop up on the stage and sit there. It’s
about four feet off the ground, so I could watch the scene
Some crazy guys were shouting a lot, and taking their shirts
off, which didn’t seem to be the feel of the night.
I wish that the promoters or the bouncer or whoever was in
charge had said something to them. I guess everyone was too
cool to hurt their feelings, but it was kind of aggressive
and lame, and a lot of girls dancing nearby looked really
angry and sort of stopped dancing for a while.
One thing I definitely didn’t like was that they had
TV sets on over the bar. The place had a real sort of “dance
club inside of a sport’s bar” feeling, and the
TVs showing random shows only made it worse. The night is
called Strange Ways, and I think it’s been going on
for a long time, so I wonder if the promoter couldn’t
get more control over the way that things are presented. For
instance, the disco ball in the middle of the dancefloor didn’t
seem to work correctly, like there was a light shining on
it and only a few sprinkles cast on the ground. How hard could
it be to fix that? They have to be making a ton of money on
the night, so I feel like it’s their responsibility
to make the environment aesthetically pleasing for the type
of clientele – college age indie kids – who are
attending. Still, I had fun, but I felt like and outsider;
like maybe I had walked into something everyone else had known
about for a long time.