The top 10 Tampa music stories of 2013, No. 7: Dave's Aqua Lounge, Club Detroit, Ringside Cafe come and go in St. Pete
It was a year of musical chairs for some landmark St. Petersburg venues.
In late December 2012, Dave’s Aqua Lounge, a divey staple of the blues and bar-rock scene for nearly 50 years, suddenly announced it was closing (reportedly to make way for a housing development). Longtime fans gathered in a last-minute fire sale of equipment and merchandise.
In February, the owners of Jannus Live announced plans to bring back another defunct St. Pete hangout: Club Detroit. Sure enough, in April, Club Detroit — a venue that once hosted acts like Stone Temple Pilots and Warren Zevon — was back in business in the space formerly occupied by Vintage Ultra Lounge.
But Club Detroit’s return was short-lived. In October, the Ringside Cafe, a blues, rock and jam-band hangout that’s been on Fourth Street for more than a quarter-century, announced plans to close in December and move into the Club Detroit space.
This sort of turnover happens all the time in, say, Ybor City. But Dave’s, Ringside and Club Detroit are names people knew back in the n’80s, and have been consistent mainstays of the Tampa Bay scene over the years. Who could have foreseen they’d all see major moves in 2013?