Northwest Dance & Music Venues

The Detour
Renton, Washington

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

MerCury Cruisers
Rudy & The Tube Shakers

Others ?

The Detour was located in downtown Renton, and almost always had a packed house on Friday and Saturday nights.

However, after a great Friday night at the club with REDLINE, the Saturday night crowd was a bit sparse, probably due to the parade & fair in town that evening. So Rick, the owner, who always showed up to ring out the till every night, said he was going to pay us less for Saturday, since the crowd was smaller.  Since we had a contract, I demanded full payment, but he refused. Therefore, I instructed our roadie and band members to pick up Rick’s piano and load it in the band van for payment.  Rick quickly relented and paid us in full.

After many weekends playing the Detour, Rick never hired us again.

Mike McElhoe, August 2012

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Last Update:  7 August 2012
Credits:  Mike McElhoe, Buzz Brown, Doug Pratt