For 20 years, the Barking Spider has been a great place to check up-and-coming local acts, a legacy that will be celebrated today at the Barking Spider's 20th-Anniversary Party
. Owners Martin Juredine and Bruce Madorsky opened the bar in 1986 and quickly earned props for booking live music acts every single night of the week. Some of the musicians even crashed at Juredine's house after gigs. "I can't pay them a whole lot," he says. "But I've got pads and blankets, and they can take showers before they go home." Hot Jazz Seven, Acadian Driftwood, and guitarist Neil Jacobs lead today's celebration, while Juredine grills burgers and reminisces about two decades of tapping beer kegs. "I've gotten to do everything I've wanted," he says.
Sun., Sept. 17, 3 p.m.