I've played, off and on, in Durham for almost 35 years. Back in the day, if you weren't in a band, you had to sit in with people who were or play in pick-up bands at parties. Now we have the Blue Note Grill's jam MCed by Butch Haas, an even-handed assembler of Tuesday night blues groups. Some players are veterans of the area's best-known blues bands, some are solid journeymen and some may not have played in front of a crowd before. All are welcome and all are encouraged.It's like going to a friend's house to play except Bill, Andrea and their generous staff serve up food so good that you'll throw your hat in the fire. And did I mention the array of local brews on tap? The Blue Note Grill is my favorite neighborhood bar. I just wish it was in my neighborhood.
Great stop. Authentic irish pub and awesome food. Music on weekends rock. Definitely out local hangout. Shepherd's Pie and Guinness is what it's all about.
Decent food. Nice break from what I can have delivered. But $20 plus for a six of beer? I understand convenience and proceed despite the price. One time.
Really nice new club. The stage room is nicely sized and sounds good. Good beer selection at the bar, friendly bartenders, and a nice space to hang out it. Even a little bit of a patio for those nice summer nights.
Food was so good I stood up and smacked my mom,.. twice!
Had my wedding rehearsal here, mainly because of all my great memories - and I did not regret! The service was amazing, the preparation and presentation was top of the line and my "very large" rehearsal party was very happy with the top of the line seafood that was served. I gave a great impression and that was thanks to this restaurant. I will never forget this dinner and I am more than pleased to give it a 5 star rating!
Pbrain- yes, Katy's is still open.
Is the club still open? I can find no listings of events on their FB page- and their website is no more.
It is a blessing to have such a great vinyl store in Carrboro, especially one that hosts such cool events. I attended the fantastic release party for "Said I Had a Vision" and look forward to supporting this place for years to come. Come sit on a couch, drink your coffee and groove to some vinyl pops.....
Pros: Very friendly staff, cheap beer, great location. If you haven't seen the back of the Raleigh Ampitheater, come drink a beer and watch it in all it's glory. The owner is pretty cautious about the bands he lets in, so the music is usually good, especially on the weekends. The walls are painted with quotes from all your favorite songs.
Cons: The sound system is good, but the vocals are always difficult to hear. Mention this to the sound guy, and he will point you to a sign that says 'The vocals are turned up all the way.' Maybe they need a compressor?
Also, if you didn't like 'Sex and Candy' back in the 90s, be prepared to be a little annoyed.
Pros: Great bands, good sound system, cheap beers, cool interior, close to the I-40 for out-of-towners. Music is mainly in the vein of rock and metal.
Cons: Not enough places to sit if you wanna chill, nothing else close - have to drive for food, other venue.
I'm surprised not more people know of this venue. Cool vibe.
Why doesn't IndyWeek support this place????!!!
Good, cheap, fresh. Can't beat it.
Johnny's of Carrboro is an awesome place to have a beer and listen to some music. They have a different food truck there just about every night of the week. You can see what's going on at Johnny's on their google calendar found on their website.
Beer garden, great food, good people- a great place to spend some time on a beautiful day or evening.
Gary Brunotte is electric when performing his German tunes on his accordion.
When I heard about this forum I just had to chime-in to respond to "Pally Hater". In the bar business, like most everything else in life, you can't please all the people all the time. However, the *majority* of regular patrons that supported the Blue Bayou Club all said that what they enjoyed most about the Bayou, in addition to the world-class music that was presented there, was the positive vibe and sense of comfort they felt in coming to the club.
As the club-owner, when you hear this comment from hundreds of people over a period of years, it becomes pretty obvious that, the people who are largely responsible for the good vibes are the staff. My staff at the Blue Bayou were the most devoted and loyal people that you could find anywhere. I gave them the highest recommendation to Katy when she bought the club. Why she chose not to employ them can only be answered by her.
Now, I've never had a problem with someone if, for some reason, they just didn't like the staff or they felt that the Bayou was not exactly their cup o'tea. Everyone has different tastes and I applaud the diversity of interest. There are plenty of other clubs in the Triangle area to support. Find something you like.
What I do have a problem with is someone hiding behind an anonymous sig and writing disparaging remarks about people; especially when it's about people that are close to me.
Maybe I'm just getting old, but I fondly remember a time (pre-internet) when, if someone had a problem with you, they confronted you directly and, to your face, told you what the problem was and the two of you hashed it out. We referred to it as "calling you out." Sometimes it involved a little blood-letting but most often, not. You worked out your differences quickly and privately. To be completely honest, that wasn't always the case. Even then, there were a few lashers-out but, without the intenet, they were mostly relegated to expressing their anger by smearing their own excrement on the walls of public restrooms. Sh*t-daubers, we called them.
So, getting back to my opening point, you, "Pally Hater," can consider this a calling-out. You are an internet sh*t-dauber but your anonymous sig can't hide you from yourself. You have to look at that face in the mirror every day. The folks that made up the staff at the Blue Bayou don't have a problem when they face the mirror.
Former Owner, Blue Bayou Club
I've been each year -- it's amazing to see the performing arts community come together in such a beautiful, energizing way, and for such a vital cause. Definitely a great thing to do Friday!
We have never been disappointed. I think that says quite a bit about any restaurant, especially if you have been going to it for 8 years. When they FINALLY got rid of the smokers it made it SO MUCH more pleasant. Running a good restaurant is easy??!! All you need is consistently good food and consistently good service. But that ain't at all easy!! Just last night my wife and I were going to try something new. But with all the trendy new Durham eateries out there we looked up some reviews and almost all of them were either overpriced (for us) or had consistent reviews about poor, slow or arrogant service. So we keep going back to Bennett Point Grill ( enjoying their great food and service) and to Magnolia Grill for those rare, special occasions.
Took the family for dinner - they were running a special for 1/2 price for anything on the menu! Food was good, service very friendly and accomodating. All in all, a great experience
This place is out of business as of Feb. 2011.
This place is out of business as of March 2011.
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