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Rodeo Bar...

Starring Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co!

Last December when I was blogging at MAD, I went to go see the band Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. My friend Jon Hammer plays guitar and sings harmony in this trio who specialize in ballads, boogies and blues and it was a great show. They’re playing tonight at the Rodeo Bar, so I’ve decided that that’s tonight’s destination. Showtime is 9 PM, so I figure we’ll go a little early and scope the bar out first.

Here's the Rodeo Bar in all it's neon glory!

And there they are in the window, Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. Ouch, my fingers already are cramping up typing their name!

The bar is full, but I managed to squeeze in...

And get a beer from the lovely and friendly bartender, Ash.

The top of the bar is adorned with vintage license plates.

There's a full dining area in the front of the bar.

The place is done up in a Southern roadhouse fashion.

And there's vats of peanuts all over the joint!

And you're free to throw the shells on the floor.

The back room has a converted bus as a bar.

And pretty bartender Ania is on duty inside the bus and serves up another beer and simultaneously flashes the TWM card. She's a multi-tasker!

Vintage concert posters line the brick walls back here.

And it looks like the band will be out any minute now!

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co!

Right as the band begins, I'm joined at my table by Karen McBurnie. She and Jon write, design and publish the fine blog, Grade "A" Fancy.

From left: Garth on bass and harmonies, Michael on lead vocals and guitar and Jon on rhythm guitar and harmonies. The band plays great tunes and puts out an incredibly full sound for a trio without a drummer. And the onstage banter between the band and the audience between songs is hilarious.

I'm not the only one taking photos.

Here's Michael in the middle of one of his guitar solos. He's one of the best guitarists I've ever heard and a great front man for the band.

Here's a couple dancing to the music in the back of the room.

And this group of unruly fellows were dubbed, "The Uranus Boys," by the band. You had to be there!

And there's a costume change towards the end of the set, as the band dons vintage hot dog caps.

And the band is being filmed by this guy as the night comes to an end. Look for it at YouTube soon! A great show by Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. if you're in New York, they play the Rodeo Bar the second Wednesday of every month and check out their website for other upcoming gigs.

And on the way out, Ash waves goodbye to everyone!

Rodeo Bar
375 Third Ave. (Near 27th St.)
and Jalopy.

Further Reading: Reverb Nation, Lucid Culture and Jalopy.


Don’t try this at home kids,
Don’t try this at home!

Surprise link, click on it...I dare you!


Bonus Nick Nolte Mug Shot Sent in by Jaws!

Nick Nolte got brought up in today's comments and Jaws sent in the infamous mug shot that made the rounds a few years ago when he got busted for falling asleep at the wheel. Thanks, Jaws!

Reader Comments (25)

Marty, I forgot about the Rodeo Bar. That place has a very cool vibe.
I love throwing the peanuts on the floor. Ash looks like Rosie the Riveter. That band has some fine looking Guitars.

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdanny the freelancer

A gazillion peanuts ... Ash ... what more could somebody want ?

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

The moment I saw the header of today's post 'Rodeo Bar'...well...I thought of this;

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

@danny the freelancer: You should check the band out live next month, I know you'd enjoy it and you'd get to see Ash in person!

@GENE: I didn't want for anything else, a great night last night! Lots of fun!

@Jaws: I was just reading a profile of Nick Nolte in GQ, he's 70 years old now! I need to watch 48 Hours again, a great movie, thanks for the link!

March 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

@Marty...speaking of Nick Nolte, who can forget his classic mug shot...( check your e-mail)

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

@Jaws: Going to check it now!

March 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty
March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSpike

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
I forgot what I was going to say.
This comment's a bust.

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercsp

Ash is really cute and adorable...
This looks like a lot of fun..
Ash could get a fan club on your page alone after todays blog!

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

@Spike: Ha ha ha! Perfect linkage, thanks!

@csp: David Bowie called and he wants a 15% royalty fee for your comment. Don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger!

@Gidget: A fun night, indeed! And it appears the Ash fan club has started! She's not only cute, but was really nice too, a great bartender!

March 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

The peanuts look a little like larvae in the pictures -- Temple of Doom snackage!

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSpike

Uranus boys!
Yes, you had to be there. Some nights I'm amazed that Michael's lip doesn't get him stomped!

Thanks for coming to the show, Marty, it was great to have you there.

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNed Sparks

Communal peanuts always make me nervous about who's hands have been in there. Oy. Not usually nervous enough to avoid them though because come on...free peanuts!

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBritta

@Spike: Ha ha ha! They look better in person, I promise!

@Ned Sparks: Thanks for inviting me! It was a great show and you guys are one hell of a band! And wise guys to boot! Hilarious comments on and off the stage last night!

@Britta: The trick is to have a few drinks and then dive right into that peanut bowl! But your comments do make me think about the outlawed cheese at Sardi's. Why are communal peanuts okay yet communal cheese is not? I guess it's a temperature thing.

March 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

I saw them on Bagel Street!

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSidney Fields

Because of Britta I have stood on the banks of the MIGHTY SUSQUEHANNA! So that makes me like their name, just because of that. I LOVE the bar bus. I think is pretty awesome.

March 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkari

@Sidney Fields : I saw them on first,, which pretty much clears up that whole question!

@kari: Too cool that you have stood on the banks of the MIGHTY SUSQUEHANNA! Next time you and Britta come to town, I hope Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. are playing!

March 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

A great night out with SIT & Die!
Back when I was working it was a toss up between putting the Nolte Mug Shot on my work ID or the Pope, the Pope won. I figured it was better for All Area Access at the Pearly Gates.
Goodnight Ash!

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

Woo looks like a good night out! Gotta love the free peanuts!

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterReggie Thistleton

I'm a firm believer that if you're willing to stick your hand into a bowl of communal food then you have no right to complain if something goes horribly wrong. It's an unwritten code but should be the Health Dept. official policy. Bring back outlawed cheese!!

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSpike

@"Boris:" I didn't know the Pope had a mugshot! Did and altar boy turn him in?

@Reggie Thistleton: It was a great night out and yes, you gotta love the free peanuts!

@Spike: I agree, bring back the cheese!

March 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

I think he used the 'Thy Rod and Thy Staff Will Comfort Thee' line.

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

Cheese. I just love cheese. Really, I do.

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBiff


A "friend" photoshopped this. It's my FB picture.

Sip Ahoy!

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Waltie

@"Boris:" Ha ha ha! Nice one, Daddio!

@Biff: Me too! Sorry you never got to sample the free cheese at Sardi's!

@Uncle Waltie: Great FB avatar! Sip Ahoy!

March 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterTripping With Marty

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