This Sunday's the Final Night of Lost Generation at Arcade Bar

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Update: Sunday's gig has been canceled (again, not by choice). But party peeps and music nerds can catch Dover spin this Wednesday at Bryan St. Tavern where he'll drop disco, funk, soul and post-punk tracks.

Local musician, producer and DJ Wanz Dover is saying goodbye to his two-year residency at Arcade Bar, but not by choice. What started out as a carefree way for him to play what he wanted while hanging out with Arcade Bar bartender and friend Howard Kelly evolved into a weekly gig featuring a revolving door of talent. Jake Schrock from Tense, R9 (Rick Simpson) and Gabriel Mendoza are among the many who have played alongside Dover at his Sunday night gig.The weekly featured everything from psych-pop and shoegaze nights to Italo disco and '80s hardcore.

"Arcade Bar worked so well because nobody went there at first, especially on a Sunday," Dover explains. "I always had a guest DJ each week, it became kind of a music-nerd hang out." But a few months ago a new bartender started working on Sundays, and that changed.

"The vibe tanked," Dover says. "The new bartender doesn't know who we are, and she doesn't get what we're doing." He was about to start featuring local bedroom producers at his weekly when the bartender explained to Dover that they want "to go in a different direction," then pulled the plug on his night. "Obviously, she wasn't feeling our vibe. It sucks because it was the only night like that in town."

Say goodbye this Sunday at Arcade Bar, as Dover and a handful of local talent spin one last time, starting at 8 p.m.

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Arcade Bar

1825 Abrams Parkway, Dallas, TX

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11 comments
Chris Boughton
Chris Boughton

Since the BAR TENDERS GAVE CRAPPY SERVICE that's how...after Howard left the service flopped...that's why the money was bad not the music. So you know since she didn't like the music she blamed Wanz.

Chris Boughton
Chris Boughton

The bar tenders after Howard where not very good. Half the time they would forget to get me my drink I would remind them then they would walk away and still I wouldn't get my drink. So I would just go sit down and listen to the music for a while ( the main reason I was there by the way was the music) and leave with out my drink and with out the bar making any money. This has happened many times. I usually tipped Howard 100-150%

John Drayden
John Drayden

Every timeI went to Lost Generation there was a decent crowd for a Sunday night. I am pretty sure this was not about bar sales. The bartenders that came after Howard were not as friendly to the crowd or DJ's that came out. We have even heard some of them openly make fun of the DJ's and regulars. bad business. They need to look at there own business practices if they want repeat customers.

Lisa Bush
Lisa Bush

If 'Timetomoveon' is indeed a member of Arcade Bar's management, he made a really insulting statement by calling regulars/fans of Wanz' night "cheap ass freeloaders."  I went to Wanz's night many times and purchased drinks and tipped well.  I have a day job at 8:30 on Mondays and still made it a point to come out and support the night, and I guest DJed a few times too.  I really miss the Howard days.  I won't be going back to Arcade Bar since the only thing drawing me there is now gone, and its regular patrons apparently aren't appreciated.

Joshuamauck
Joshuamauck

Keep fighting the good fight Wanz. I enjoyed the nights that I've heard Wanz DJ. I can't help to think that Wanz is acting altruistically when exposing great music to the average joe. Get your own radio show already!

JMK
JMK

 Is Andrea C the new "popular high school girls taking their first economics course" internet troll-bot?

Postmodern Henry Thoreau
Postmodern Henry Thoreau

 Indeed, your message will be heard loud and clear. A business that tries to encourage an alternative music night, that then results in a discussion at another bar, will certainly understand that efforts to encourage such music result in no customers on two nights.

Andrea C
Andrea C

Actually, a group of my friends that live in the neighborhood with me have been going to Thursday nights there and no longer want to go upon reading this thread. But I am sure this total focus on liquor sales of current patrons, while ignoring interest in encouraging new ones, will keep the bar thriving.

Local Muckraker
Local Muckraker

So is the Observer now acknowledging the existence of Lost Generation? In their DJ listings for Sundays, they have "Bring Your Own Vinyl" night, but Lost Gen still hasn't appeared. After two years, it takes it being canned to get a mention?

M McLaren
M McLaren

Andrea C has a point - the way to support underground music is by discussing it while at a different location, not actually going out to hear it. It's a passive-aggressive support. I think Dallas bars will start realizing that actual income from liquor sales to customers who show up in support pales in comparison to trending on twitter and appearing in hipster blogs. Bills can be paid with "hype", can't they?

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