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Ken Erb balked at paying the exorbitant cover fees that downtown clubs charge to see local bands. So he started booking acts at his girlfriend's bar for the free weekly Metal Night. At other venues, he says, "You've got huge shows with 10 bands on the bill before the headliner plays. Bands get squeezed in and thrown on the stage." So every Wednesday, Erb — the entertainment director at Verlie's Café — invites at least one metal group to perform a couple sets. "It's like getting together and partying with your friends," he says.
Thursdays, 9 p.m., 2006

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