After a recent scare and temporary closing, The Get Down is back up and running, alive and well. The club occupies the former Cowboy’s Night Life building on Haywood Road, and in its inaugural year, tied for Best Dive Bar in the Xpress readers’ poll.
Its owners have made some changes to their corporate structure (the three owners were in a public dispute on Facebook, with competing pages for the supporters of each), and have also been dealing with a series of noise complaints. As a result, they’ve moved the stage to the back room. “The new stage is wider and the sound is much better,” says Mikki Fox, one of the owners, “plus we are trying really hard to address noise issues some in the neighborhood have had. I think moving the speakers to this part of the building will go a long way with that.”
They are adding some amusements like pinball machines, and looking into a replacement pool table.
Last month, the Get Down was the subject of a noise board hearing at the same time they were having corporate issues. “It was a tough time, but we are determined to get past all that,” said Fox. “We really want people to feel comfortable here and be a part of the neighborhood.”
Want to help out the local venue, known for bringing in a mix of cutting-edge bands across all genres? There’s a benefit on Dec. 10, featuring local punk bands Just Die! (another Best of WNC winner), Drunk in a Dumpster and The Budget. More details at the Facebook event page.