Turning 30 can be a traumatic experience, which is why I did it at Churchill's nine years ago. After a 30th blowout at the magic city's best live music establishment, the next several years pass without alarm bells. You're an adult, but you ain't dead yet.
In the year since Churchill's turned 30, the club has had a rebirth - with owner Dave Daniels seizing the reins back from his old partner and visibly having more fun in his role as host. Itis now a common sight seeing Daniels knocking back ciders while regaling his favored patrons with tales about his 50 years in show business.
Helping Daniels celebrate Churchill's turning 31 Saturday night is the man who helped cement the club's reputation as miami's sole live music bunker - Charlie Pickett. Some 24 years ago, Pickett played a gig on Churchill's floor and hasn't stopped coming back. Joining him are noise guru Rat Bastard, garage savant Mr. Entertainment and some incarnation of Load which may or may not include guitarist Jeff Tucci and drummer Fausto Figueredo. But it will definitely involve singer Bobby Load taking a pre-show nap onstage.
Here's Pickett at Churchill's doing his signature tune: "If This Is Love (Can I Get My Money Back)."