Many in the local music scene have expressed some ambivalence about it, but now that Mohawk Place is officially reopening, only a cynic could deny the tingling of excitement.
Yes, it’s really happening. Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.) will reopen in September under new management, but with some hopeful signifiers that the club’s original ethic will be adhered to.
First, there’s the initial bookings, which together comprise a kickoff weekend of primal rock ’n’ roll and indie rock that suggests “business as usual” for the ‘Hawk. On Sept. 11, the CPX, Second Trip and ‘Ol Chili will share the bill. On Sept. 12, the Irving Klaws, one of the bands that formed the foundation of Mohawk’s ascent as the rock club of choice for area connoisseurs, will be joined by the iconic Kevin K and the exceptional indie-rock of Johnny Nobody. On Sept. 13, a reminder of the vibrant punk/indie rock scene of the mid-to-late ’90s comes courtesy of a bill featuring Monkey Wrench, Scary Chicken and Tom Deitzel.
This is only conjecture, but could the announcement of three nights of music by bands with such strong ties to Mohawk Place be indicative of the new management’s desire to avoid attempting to fix what was never really broken?
The fact that Marty Boratin, who had such a major impact on the brilliantly diverse booking policies of Mohawk’s glory days, will be involved in the club’s booking and talent buying moving forward strengthens such a proposition.
With the recent passing of owner Pete Perrone, the Mohawk Place we knew and loved for more than 20 years officially became a memory. However, Perrone’s spirit already has shown signs of outliving him. I suspect he would be happy to see his club reopening.
Follow the action as it unfolds, via www.buffalosmohawkplace.com.