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January 7, 2009

Blast from the past: Max's on Broadway

max'sMaybe I'm being a little too ambitious here at the start of 2009, but I'd like to beef up Midnight Sun with a few occasional features. I'll save them under various headings in the sidebar to the right of your screen.

When I was digging through The Sun's digital photo archives a couple days ago for the Belgian Fest post, I found this old pic of Max's on Broadway (735 S. Broadway) from 1995.


Look at the Formstone! And the tacky yellow banner! Man oh man, Max's sure has come a long way since then.

That's owner Ron Furman standing out front with his hands on his hips, staring off into the distance. He actually looks better then.


On a side note, I knew that Max's used to host live music back in the day. But I never knew that Hunter S. Thompson spoke there ...

hunter s. thompsonHere is the Gonzo journalism pioneer, speaking at Max's on Broadway in 1991.

Were any of you Midnight Sunners there?

I was way too young to even think about going to a bar in 1991. But I'll bet somebody out there remembers going to this. 

Wild stuff.

(Photo of Max's by Sun photographer Jed Kirschbaum. Photo of Thompson by Sun photographer Kenneth K. Lam)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:49 PM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


"I feel the same way about disco as I do about herpes. " - HST

that would've been a trip to hear him speak at Max's. also he may have drank them dry.

I celebrated my 21st birthday at Max's, in 1995! Oh how we loved that bar, me and my crew. And then for a night of dancing at Moby's and Rodo's, oh yes, we are a classy crew.

Unrelated side note: we checked out the wine tasting at Silo Point last night, and I think it was very worth the $20. Wine Market hosted the event, and they were very generous with the pours. The wine was better than decent; not much in the way of food, but who goes for the food? There were 4 wines on the first floor, and 4 on the second - and no limit to what you tasted or how often. So for example, you like red only, no problem. You liked a certain one, no problem with a refill. And the space is cool. It was an icky rainy night, so the views weren't all that they could be - but still a very cool event.

I was at the Gonzo show (boy do I feel old) and left disappointed before the show was over.

I knew what to expect but he was just completely incoherent after downing a whole bottle of Wild Turkey about 15 minutes into the show.

This is one of the things I love the most about blogging -- you can post about something as obscure as an event that happened almost 20 years ago and somebody will tell you what happened there.

Thanks, Kathy! I knew someone would come through.

The best show I ever saw at Max's was David Bromberg. It was just Bromberg and his guitar, three female backup singers, and local fiddler Warren Blair sitting in.

Are the wine tastings at Silo Point a monthly event ??? We'd love to go sometime, any info or links on this would be appreciated.

And thank you Sam. I was thinking about the Gonzo show the other week, trying to remember what year it was and your blog jogged my memory.

He did 2 shows that night at Max's. I went to the early show. I can only imagine how trashed he was by the second show.

I was hanging out at Max's in 1990 listening to Last Picture Show, Bob Mould, and plenty of others. Saw Dick Dale (pre-Pulp Fiction) immolate the place; danced with my then-boyfriend-now-husband until I looked like I'd been thrown in a pool.

Sam thanks for the trip down memory lane. Hunter didn't drink me dry he was already flying when he got there. I was out front when he arrived. His publicist pulled up in the lot across from us in a seventies era Caddie. I open the right rear passenger door before I noticed Hunter sitting on the left side in the back seat. As I greeted him he was leaning over to slide out and in one hand was a bottle with maybe a tenth left in it of Chivas Regal and the other a bowl, Not a salad bowl. In real life he was "Hunter Thompson"

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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