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Havana Blast Plays Met

Fri., March 10, 1995

Local rock band Havana Blast is stepping out of the bar scene to try a bigger - and alcohol-free - venue, which means it’s testing the all-ages market.

Havana Blast plays The Met tonight, a hefty financial risk for the techno-edged rock band.

“All the fruit is at the end of the branch,” said the band’s front man, Dennis Henderson, of the financial risk. “You’re not going to get the fruit if you stay close to the trunk.”

Plus, playing the historic theater has always been a dream of Henderson’s.

“I just love that theater,” he said. “I used to work for Metropolitan Mortgage, and we always had our meetings on the stage of The Met. I’ve always kind of envisioned playing there.”

If this show is a success, Henderson hopes it will lure other local bands to book The Met. “That would be a good thing to come out of the concert,” he said.

Havana Blast, assembled by Henderson last year, was born out of the ruins of the singer’s last project, Trotsky Files.

Trotsky Files, mainly a one-man band, became a big hit in Spokane when it spawned the single “Beaucoup Dinki Dow,” a recounting of Henderson’s uncle’s experiences in the Vietnam War.

With its techno-meets-hip-hop overtones, the song not only garnered lots of air play from local college stations, it won KZZU’s nightly countdown three nights straight.

Unfortunately, Henderson didn’t have a live band to promote himself, so interest in Trotsky Files plummeted as quickly as it had risen.

It’s a problem that Henderson no longer has to face with Havana Blast, a more rocking version of Trotsky Files.

Havana Blast released its ninesong debut CD in October. And with its release, Havana Blast’s local popularity grew immediately.

The group has enjoyed great success by playing the local clubs, which it fills to capacity regularly. But the band is trying to attract an allages audience, as well.

Tonight’s show will be the last Havana Blast show in the area for at least three months; Henderson will travel for a different musical endeavor.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Seattle’s Give and Spokane’s Buddha Leadbelly open.

Tickets are $7 and are available at G&B; outlets. High school students with valid school ID get in for $5.


 

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