Severe irony in Wetlands Documentary

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  1. hacker

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    Watched the Wetlands documentary the other night on NetFlix. The Wetlands was the place to see Jam Bands in the early 90s in NYC. Saw many great shows there-Spin Doctors, Blues Traveler, Gov't Mule, etc. The place billed itself as an "activist" music club, so there was always literature being handed out about tree-hugging and saving the earth. In the beginning of the documentary there is a picture of a music fan with homemade sign that had the Home Depot logo painted on it along with, "Old growth wood, Don't buy it or sell it."

    I don't think they made the connection between their cause and the instruments the musicians were playing that allowed that place to keep its doors open. :bonk
     
  2. dB

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    The Sweat Glands. I literally passed out one night from the heat. I came to, laying on the floor, looking up at a bunch of hippies who were asking me if I was alright.

    That place was pretty fun for us high school kids growing up in Jersey in the early 90's.
     
  3. Liquid Ranger

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    Performed there many times with my then band, Living Earth.
    Unbelievable times...anyone ever venture downstairs?LOL
    Wetlands was like no other and is sorely missed!
     
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    I played there many a time too. Late 80s to early 90s. Place was unique. I have many, many fond memories of Wetlands. A few weird ones too!

    I guess I'm going to have to watch the DVD and learn how much I can't remember!



    -db
     
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    Saw the Zen Tricksters a bunch, as well as Pearl Jam and Soundgarden before they were big.

    My buddy still has their monthly calendars from 89 or 90. Unbelievable bands played there.
     
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    Love the wetlands. Almost seems like a time and place that'll never be relived.
     
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    I'm curious why it ended up closing...the place was always packed. Anyone know the story? It's not as though there is any shortage of dead head/jam band types in the tri-state area.

    I guess I'll just have to watch the documentary to find out.
     
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    I've been to the Wetlands several times, and my memories of such are sketchy at best but, I recall seeing Gov't Mule w/ John Popper on the harp and, downstairs in the "lounge" area you could only smoke pot- no cigarettes allowed!

    This was when you could smoke cigs inside, of course.

    There was also a half of a VW bus the lobby area covered in 60's/70's bumper stickers.

    EDIT: FWIW, I graduated high school in '91.
     
  11. hacker

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    It was bought and turned into condos although the documentary shows that part of the women's bathroom with the psychedelic paint survived the conversion.

    And yes, pot smoking was allowed inside.

    @Smacky the Frog-the Zen Tricksters were awesome used to see them all over Long Island as well
     

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