New Year's at Cheer-Up's
The last month of 2013 was up and down for Cheer Up Charlie's. Regulars of the friendly, fun, scrappy club were upset to learn in early December that the bar's lease on its East Sixth Street space was not renewed. Elation — or at least relief — followed a few weeks later, when the club announced it would be moving to the Red River space that most recently housed Club De Ville and was once home to Chances, a legendary live-music club aimed at a lesbian clientele but welcoming to all and possessing a truly generous, open booking policy. Now Cheer Up's will continue to create its own legend on that hallowed ground.
And thus it was not a wake but a party, a true celebration of Cheer Up's pluck and fortitude and fun that was had on its last New Year's Eve (but not its last night) on East Sixth. Dana Falconberry, Speak, The Sour Notes, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Gretchen Phillips' Disco Plague, Future Death and Netherfriends brought the full force of their musical stylings, with Deejay Honeycomb and a full dance floor closing out the night. And it was good.