Now that I’m all old and stuff, I don’t get to go out as much as I used to. Every now and then I dress my old bones in something cute, drag The Hubs out the door, and head out to see a friend’s band play. A while back, a friend’s band was playing at The Camel, and since there is something very cool going on there in the next couple of days, I thought I’d tell you about the experience.
First off, the outside looks like this:
Only it has lights and sometimes bikes tied to posts outside, and some people loading in and out their musical gear, and a general hubub of different activity. And, I saw it in the nighttime. The inside looks like this:
As for The Camel itself, it is “a space for music, art, poetry, video, political forums, and conversation – anything that brings people together in the spirit of a free flow of ideas.” I took that directly from their website. I hope they don’t mind. They are a place that hosts lots of live music, but you can also rent space there for an event. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and it’s the kind of place you can go and not feel like you’re supposed to belong to some special young people (or even Extremely Cool Older People) club to go there.
Menu-wise, there are vegan and vegetarian options, as well as all different kinds of paninis, sandwiches, pizzas, and pastas. We just had an appetizer when we went (the Caprese), but the people next to us got a full meal and they were totally happy with everything they had ordered. The prices are reasonable, the ingredients seem fresh, and it’s an all-around well-liked place.
You remember when I went and talked to Reggie Pace from NO! BS Brass? He listed The Camel as one of the band’s favorite places to play, and several other of my musician friends feel the same way. Incidentally, The Camel is hosting NO! BS Brass’s CD Release on Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2, and there will be DJ sets to round out the evening. Friday will give you DJ COOL PAUL, and Saturday will give you DJ HARRISON. On Saturday, NO! BS Brass will play two sets – one beginning at 8PM (that’s the one I’ll be attending – see the old reference above), and the other will start around 10.
Learn more about the goings-on at The Camel on The Camel’s website, or, better yet, go check it out for yourself. You won’t be sorry.