Concert Review: Soul Asylum @ Mekka, Columbus, OH (10/31/1998)

In the fall of 1998, having just moved to Columbus, my former college roommate Charlie and I headed down to Mekka here in Columbus to catch Soul Asylum at the tale end of their tour supporting the just released Candy From A Stranger album. We got much more than we bargained for.

From what I recall, the band came out dressed in costumes. Hey, it was Halloween afterall. If I remember correctly, and I’m probably not, they were dressed as the Village People, or at least made half-assed attempts as Village People. To the best of my memory, it was a pretty raucous, good-sloppy show, filled with covers (TLC’s Waterfalls, School's Out by Alice Cooper, some others) and the hits you’d expect.

Mekka disappeared a few years later. I was kind of a big open space that occasionally had bands (Guided by Voices played there once, oddly) that was usually a dance club. I tried going once when it was the dance club. I lasted a half hour and left, just not my scene.