The best rock clubs feel like home — no matter if your version of home is a dirty dive, a cozy theater or a history-laden bar. Benton Park's flagship venue, Off Broadway, is a little bit of all three. More important, in recent years the club has become a haven for the city's bands and musicians. Annual traditions — the local band scramble, a Thanksgiving-eve performance of the Band's Last Waltz and KDHX-sponsored benefits/tribute nights for people such as Alex Chilton or Warren Zevon — are inked on the calendar like holidays. National acts such as Deer Tick, Bobby Bare Jr. and Ha Ha Tonka appear (and reappear) on Off Broadway's schedule next to family-friendly matinees and local CD-release shows. Best of all, the venue isn't content to rest on its laurels: Improvements such as a bigger stage and more standing room in the back have made it a more comfortable place to guzzle a beer and see some raucous rock.
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