Memories of Abilene

Scanning Dan Gross in the Daily News yesterday, the last item caught my eye. It was a short paragraph, noting that South Street’s Abilene had closed it’s doors.

I’ve lived in Philadelphia twice in my life. My current stint started about four and a half years ago and is still going strong. But the first time I was here, it was for a short five months, during the second semester of my junior year of college. It was spring of 2000, Philadelphia wasn’t nearly as cool, and it was possible to get into Abilene with a bad fake id. It was one of the favorites for the students from my program, and we ended up there frequently, getting as drunk as we could on limited amounts of cash and frequently seeing some good music. My cousin used to be in The Dukes of Destiny, and I saw them play there once as well.

I haven’t been inside Abilene since those days nearly six years ago, but I still mourn their passing.

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