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Jeudi

May 26th

Gawd Save the Queen

Snug, 7p.m.

A musical tribute to Leigh "Little Queenie" Harris

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.

Maggie Koerner, art, Ms. Linda

 

Jazz in the Park

Armstrong Park, 5p.m.

Colin Lake, James Andrew play free outdoor series

 

Bad Company

Champions Square, 6p.m.

Rawk n’ Roll! Joe Walsh opens

 

Devil You Know

Republic, 9p.m.

Metalcore supergroup

 

Mrs. Magician

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Up and coming San Diego dismal pop

 

Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers

Bullet’s Sports Bar, 7p.m.

See Kermitt weekly gig in the 7th Ward and get to bed early

 

Feufollet

d.b.a., 10p.m.

Cajun indie rock--and it’s great

 

Johnny Vidacovich

Maple Leaf, 11p.m.

Weekly gig from one of the city’s top drummers


Finger Lickin' Wings Closes, 10th Ward Buck Talks


Bounce artist 10th Ward Buck has taken on a political campaign, an autobiography, and even a theatre production at the Joy. However, the entrepreneur met his match when he opened Finger Lickin’ Wings (739 Jackson Avenue) in his native neighborhood. Buck recently closed up shop at the corner of Jackson and Annunciation, and he cites his lack of liquor license as the primary factor in his decision.

 

Buck’s birth name is Marlon Horton, which District B residents might recognize from the restaurateur’s City Council Campaign. Part of Horton’s motivation for running was to secure a liquor license, but politics proved hostile to his cause.

 

“One thing leads to another with [members of the City Council]. A bunch of people that’s not even near my restaurant, don’t even stay around there, they made that decision,” said Horton.  

 

When Horton opened his restaurant in 2010, he threw a block party to celebrate his transition from bounce to business. According to Horton, the outdoor event was permitted and totally legal. However, he said he received backlash from the neighbors that set the tone for his stay at 739 Jackson Street.

 

“I gave one block party and they’re all going crazy over it,” said Horton.

 

Horton believes the politics of permitting played a role in him losing his battle. “The day I applied for my alcohol license it was the day I just started losing business. Period,” said Horton.

 

When he took his fight to Council President Stacy Head, Horton said he began to lose customers.

 

“The majority, maybe 75 percent of my business was white. When I started fighting against Stacy Head, that window got smaller,” said Horton.

 

Ultimately, Horton said, people want beer with their chicken, especially on game days. “There are people coming who want to watch the football game,” said Horton. “Unfortunately for me I didn’t have that alcohol.”

 

Horton said many of his regulars would head to Juan’s Flying Burrito and other nearby businesses on Magazine for game days. “Those were my customers on a regular day,” said Horton. “On a game day they’d come in and say ‘when you going to get that alcohol license,’” Horton explained.

 

Nothing is definite, but Horton hopes to draw from his experiences on Jackson and use his new wisdom to open another restaurant one day. “I took a loss, a big dive,” said Horton. “I want to thank everybody for the support,” he said.




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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Listings Editor


Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock