Posts Tagged ‘Renfield’s Corner’

Casual Wednesdays with The O’s

Posted by    |    April 15th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Quick wits are not quick enough for the speedily keen minds of John Pedigo and Taylor Young. The bar at “Renfizzle’s,” as Pedigo so lovingly refers to Uptown’s Renfield’s Corner, is virtually empty. Most likely because it’s 8pm on a Wednesday, and still socially taboo to throw back cold one after cold one. The O’s are setting up their plethora of instruments as the YouPlusDallas crew tests our audio and prepares to interview the classy dudes.

The O’s have toured Europe, and will be heading overseas again this summer. So, what are they doing playing in a bar on a Wednesday night? “We’ve only been around for about two and a half years now, so when we first started playing, we played at Barley House every Wednesday for a while. And to me, this is taking us back to Barley House, which is scary, but a totally fun environment because it’s really small and everyone can cram in and have a good time,” says Pedigo. Which is exactly what happened; the bar proceeded to mold into a tightly packed sardine can as fans surrounded the stage. (more…)

The O’s SXSW Showcase makes us want to book trip out West

Posted by    |    March 25th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Picture how a Western movie feels, and the exposition for this article is set. Stephen F’s Bar at the Intercontinental Hotel makes me feel like I left my corset and bouffant hair at home. Not that I have a go-to bouffant hairstyle, because I don’t. But if I did, this would be the place to bust it out.

Climbing the spiral staircase, a man with the stature of Ulysses S. Grant stands at the top. “Are you Taylor?” I ask, having never before met. The O’s visited our YouPlusDallas studios the previous week, but I wasn’t able to meet them due to geeking out at SXSWi. Taylor tells me about their time at our office – learning about the building’s history as the former location of Dallas Observer, a car showroom, and a radio station – where the news of JFK’s assassination was spread.

“I’ve never seen you guys play before, so you better do a good job,” I tell him. “Well then we’ll put on a good show for you. We were going to do a mediocre show, but now we’ll put some effort into it,” he jokes, and goes to help John, his musical other half, set the stage for their SXSW showcase. “We’re The O’s from Dallas, Texas, and we’re very pleased to be here. I like to think of us as a couple of classy dudes, and this is a classy place. Thanks for having us,” said Taylor. (more…)