Date: Fri, 02 May 1997 18:59:27 -0400 From: "Joseph F. Bronowich"
Organization: QuinTech, Inc MIME-Version: 1.0 To: email@example.com Subject: Jabberwocky Nightclub in Syracuse X-Priority: 3 (Normal) Status: RO Hi. Saw your page regarding all the Jabberwocky related stuff. I was the program manager of the club when it closed in 1985 (last show was Funkadelic and John Cale; we had James Brown the night before). The McGuinn show was that week also (a double-bill with Jorma). It closed because a new, horrible club opened in its place in the new Schine Student Center the next year. The old space is now a computer center. The most distinguishing features of the place were the Alice in Wonderland murals that adorned the walls. They were supposed to go into the university archives after the club closed, but they were "lost". (Stolen or destroyed more likely). There are many photos floating around of all these famous artists playing in front of the tweedledee and tweedledum mural which was directly behind the stage You can also add Cyndi Lauper, Southside Johnny, Jackson Browne, and Talking Heads (twice!) to your list. Springsteen was booked, but never played. However, it is listed in his biography that he has. A big thrill for me was to be sitting in a full stadium in Syracuse during a Springsteen concert when he said "I used to hang out in a place up here called the Jabberwocky -- izzit still open?". Many people cheered. I called the bar during the break to put on more bartenders to deal with the crush of people that were sure to show up. About 11 people were there that night. Hope this is of interest to you! =Joe=