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Joe's is all country on Tuesday

June 26, 2010|By Matt Bellner

At my age, the only time I see white people dancing is at weddings or on YouTube but a little bar in Burbank may soon change my frame of reference. The place I'm talking about is Joe's Great American Bar & Grill, and every Tuesday night this long lost tavern on Magnolia Boulevard has live music and dancing from 9 p.m. until closing.

The night I visited Joe's, the headliner was a beautiful young female rockabilly singer named Karling, and a huge hard-drinking crowd came out for her CD release party. Karling and her impressive band played the entire evening while star-crossed lovers in 1950s attire overflowed the expansive dance floor.

When Karling sang her new songs that night, even the toughest hell-raisers at the bar got a soft spot and put down their whiskey glasses to enjoy the stimulating sounds of an entertainer that someday may give Patsy Cline a run for her money.

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When you first walk in the door at Joe's on a Tuesday night, you feel like you've been transported to the set of a new "Back to the Future" movie because most of the patrons are dressed up for the swing era. Half the fun of my night was checking out the poodle skirts and slicked back hair of the patrons as they swayed to the sweet sounds of Karling.

If you have two left feet, you can catch up on your dance skills because lessons begin at 8:30 p.m. before the show starts at 9. Since I was there to observe and report, my date and I just watched. I promised her dinner, but the kitchen closed at 9:30 p.m. for some strange reason. Therefore, my date went home with an empty stomach but got her fill of vintage music. If you decide to visit Joe's on a Tuesday night, be sure to fuel up on grub before the show. If the crowds continue to grow, that policy will surely change since people getting down tend to get hungry.

To be honest, management didn't anticipate the crowd that Karling would bring in, and I felt sorry for the poor bartender and waitress that had to serve the entire audience. If you have restaurant or bar experience, I suggest stopping by Joe's to fill out an application. Maybe they'll expand their payroll before the next show.

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