I know this isn’t real estate related but I wanted to mention the closing of a great music hall. I’ve seen some really great music here (and actually performed quite regularly there in the 90’s). Written by my friend Michelle — who’s logged some serious time in this place!
Last call: Doc’s closes tonight after two decades
Creative Opportunity Center. Dead Pigeon Café. Doc’s. Renaissance Theatre. Holidays. Doc Holidaze. Doc’s Music Hall.
The venue at 215 S. Walnut St. has reinvented itself many times, but one thing had remained a constant – the man behind it.
Local physician and musician John (Doc) Peterson has been the owner since 1992, when a group of young artists and musicians asked for his help in finding a space where they could hang out.
They found it for $25,000 in a former shoe store that had been vacant for several years and littered not with shoe boxes, but with dead pigeons (this explains the aforementioned café name).
“It’s been quite a run,” Peterson said with a laugh this week as he fondly recalled the “magical times” spent there. “Doc’s was never a financial success for me. But the wealth that it has brought me in other ways is huge.”
The run will end next week when Peterson hands over the keys to a new owner, Stan Stephens of The Heorot.
But before that, there will be one last party, “One More Saturday Night” to celebrate with the bands and the people who have called Doc’s home over the years.
The mission when the Creative Opportunity Center first opened its doors was a simple one: provide a welcoming place for anyone who wanted to share their music or art.
“That was the focus then and it was the focus right up until the end,” said Mike Martin, the passionate alt-country singer/songwriter with no business background to speak of who became the manager there in 2006.
Martin walked by the club for weeks before going in, thinking it was for “yuppies.”
“Man, was I was wrong,” he said with a laugh as he sat outside the venue on a crisp Wednesday night.
“All kinds of people showed up there on a daily basis,” Martin said. “I knew I had to be a part of it.”
Martin was one of all kinds of managers who tried to put their mark on the eclectic spot. There was the theater focus of Ty Morton (Renaissance Theatre and Torchlight Productions). The dance club of Lisa Hubble’s dreams (Holidays). The heavy metal hub Keith Abercrombie created (Doc Holidaze).