Spinners Live and Spinners Bar & Grill (https://www.facebook.com/spinnersliveaustin) is located on the IH 35 sb access road, just south of Wells Branch Pkwy. The bar and grill has an outside patio and inside has a small stage for a DJ. The whole bar has a lot of wood and definitely has that feel of a good ole country bar. Just that style. They do have a menu, but I didn't order from it this evening.
On the other side, right next door, is Spinners Live. The entry way is set up well, for checking id or collecting cover, and then you step into the venue. A decent size room, long bar to the left, stage on the front wall next to the entrance. To the back are some hi top tables and the bathrooms. The space closest to the stage has some alternative seating (a couple of chairs and sofas).
The bar staff, security, and even the manager are all very cool and approachable. Only heads up here is staffing on a busy night, but with the couple of cute bartenders, they did a good job of keeping up.
The first group onstage was TRZAN of Hustle Hard Mobb (https://www.facebook.com/robert.ramos.927?fref=ts). With hard hitting vocals and a back and forth between Trzan and his nephew, it was what you would want and expect for your fix of rap from the 'Citaay'. The surprise here were the special guests. Mixing up the vocals with the female guests was pretty bad ass. I will say I have never been a fan of so many DAMN people on stage you can't tell what's going on, BUT if that adds to the energy and excitement for you...check them out!
I don't always miss bands and sets, but this night I had to step out on the second act on stage. Having to wait outside with paparazzi for the main event, star attraction, special guest to show up, ate up an hour of time. Sorry guys, hit me up for your next show.
This night was for Smackola of the Dirty Wormz and special guest, the One and only Roy Jones Jr. Roy Jones Jr was special guest as we were all celebrating the release of Smackola's video 'Shattered Stone'. The new video features Roy Jones Jr as the male lead, check it out here (http://youtu.be/d6StM4Uiy-M)
Props to the staff at Spinners for handling the grand entrance of Roy Jones Jr and Smackola in a very cool manner, literally. A walk through the bar and grill, lots of photos, and then sneaking the stars of the night into the club via a walk through freezer...cool, very cool!
This was my first opportunity to see the solo project of Smackola. Onstage, with special guest Mr Swift and DJ Crash, Smackola leaves his blood, sweat, tears, and even bares his soul for your entertainment. It is powerful, intense, exciting, and absolutely NON STOP! It seems crazy that this man is not a rap demi God. Whether you are into rock or rap, it is undeniable that Smackola (with or without the Wormz as a whole) is definitely 'Top of the Food Chain'.
There is also something to be said for the artist/musician/performer who has the balls to get down off the stage and down in the pit with the fans.
Ending the night with some words from Smackola about his 15 year friendship with Roy Jones Jr was nice. It was AWESOME hearing from Roy Jones Jr and his take on Smackola and his graciousness toward Austin for making it a memorable night. All in attendance were treated to a performance by Roy with Smackola. Check out a video clip for part of that here (http://youtu.be/3zQdT7XngaQ).
All said and done, this night proves that there is always a great place to hang out and ALWAYS great music to find!