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DaVo's Vlog #5

My 5th Personal Vlog. In this one I give a Guide Tour and short history of the build and the venues located at 2307 University Ave in Des Moines. This was the location of Safari Nite Club, Hairy Mary's and currently Lefty's Live Music.


Also live music from Emily Davis and the Murder Police, Barnyard Stompers and Mountain Sprout.

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Chapter 9 - It's Ain't Over - Lefty's Live Music

From that last day in 2007 to April of 2005, I would often drive by the building that once housed Safari and Mary's. Some nights it would be packed with drunken under age college students but especially toward the end, The Dublin would be closed or empty most night of the weeks. In early 2015, I heard that the building was up for sale and even got a phone call from a realtor asking me about the history of the building. I spent a few minutes covering the basic historic background on the building. Then went about my business thinking nothing more of it.


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Chapter 08 - The post Script, the last song

With the new update of the site and the club closing I figured I should fill in the other seven years that Mary's was opened.

As stated in the last chapter, I retired in 2000 but I continued to be pulled back in for shows from time to time. One of the highlights was the TSOL in 2001. Also I continued to book my birthday shows including the Beautys.


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Chapter 07 - The second coming of Mary's

January 26,1999 after the Flys show, I stopped in for a drink and the then Bartend/manager Brian pored us all a shot and toasted to the last night Safari would be open. I freaked and quickly asked what he was talking about. He told me that Jake had failed to pay the Dram shop insurance (insurance required to carry a liquor licence in Iowa). I told Paul to call Shawn(Shawn's family still owned the building and Jake was in default on the contract to buy the business). Shawn told Paul to get everyone's keys and pull the cash.

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Chapter 06 - Club Bauge

The first thing that bugged me about Jake was he didn't want to continue with any of the employees that made Safari what it was. I think it's natural for a new owner to want to fire everyone and bring in their own people but as an outsider of the Des Moines scene this was a mistake. It was like he cut the heart out of the club and it would be a period of decline. The first thing he did was to paint over the graffiti and remove the stickers of the bands that had played there over the past few years. Removed in a word the history of the club.

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Chapter 05 - Shawn's Safari

Shawn Crahan of slipknot had been talking about starting a club for some time. To be honest I just kind of blew it off as talk but in mid January of 97, he stopped by the studio with Paul and told me he was buying Safari. I knew he had been talking to Tony off and on for a while about taking over the club but nothing had came of it until then. I think just about everyone was, "Shawn why are you buying that dump." but Shawn had a vision in his mind. I think he took over running the club around the same time and began cleaning the place up and painting.

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