Northwest Dance & Music Venue
Goofy's Sign in 1972 - Photo courtesy of James McFarlane
Goofy's Sign in 1972 - Photo courtesy of James McFarlane
Goofy's Tavern
AKA:  Gatsby's
Spokane, Washington

Some of the bands that performed at this place during those great years of NW music were:

The Heats/Heaters
Hot Stuff
Huey Lewis And The News
It's A Beautiful Day
Jerry Lee Lewis
The Neil Rush Band
Orphin Anny
Rail & Company
Randy Hansen's Machinegun
Red Ax
Merrilee and The Turnabouts
The Models
Universal Joint
Wakefield (CO)
We Five
The West Coast Boys
Weston Davis Group

Others ??

Merillee Rush & the Turnabouts used to play Goofy's quite a bit.  We played there a couple times.  Butch Bockmier had a steak grill where customers could cook their own steaks!  Of course, band members were on that in a minute!

Steve Strange, July 2007

In the early to mid 70’s, just about every NW band with a name played that room including one of my old bands ‘The Weston Davis Group’.

Jerry Lee Lewis played the room in 1975. He used ‘Blind Willie’s’ PA system.  Blind Willie’s manager, Mike Hansen, and myself, ran the soundboard that night.

In about 1976 or 77 Goofy’s in Spokane became Gatsby’s under new ownership. Everybody played Gatsby’s. The club started out country, But went with Rock in 1978.

My band, ‘Kracker’ was the 1st Rock band booked at Gatsby’s. Hot Stuff (Spokane) and The Models played there too.

Chuck Burbank, November 2008

I used to work at Gatsby's Tavern in Spokane, Washington and a Band called Calico played there for us.  They played there somewhere around 1981 to 1986. I left Spokane in 1986. They personally gave me the promo currently on the Calico Page.  However I was working and did not get a chance to have them sign it.  So I have no names for them.  It is posted on my face book and I am hoping someone will be able to give me some names.

Martina Haine (Campbell), May 2010

The  Grand Opening for Goofy's was the Summer of 1970 and they brought in two bands: The Universal Joint and, as the headliner, We Five.  We Five's hit record was "You Were On My Mind".  It was a two week engagement and the place was packed every night.

Bob Acorn, April 2015

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Last Update:   6 April 2015
Credits: Steve Strange, James McFarlane, Chuck Burbank, Marty Woodard, Mike Bundy, Charlie Ferrill. Earl "Skip" Cooper, Martina Haine (Campbell), Mike Sabota, Bob Acorn