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Posted at 1:36 PM ET, 08/26/2005

Hardcore is Rocking the Asylum

By Fritz Hahn

Asylum is in the midst of celebrating its 14th anniversary. While parties are on the agenda at Adams Morgan's favorite biker bar, what's really worth celebrating is the introduction of live music and entertainment.

I stopped by Wednesday night for the debut show and saw headliners the Hate Crimes deliver a blistering set of straight-ahead hardcore that took me back to my own straight-edge days, spent seeing Sick Of It All and Youth of Today. Catching this music on party-hip-hop-heavy 18th Street was a bit jarring -- and I'm pretty confident that's exactly the reaction Asylum is looking for.

On nights when there's live music, bands set up in the window of the main level so everyone has to enter through the old, dungeon-like basement, then pony up a $5 cover before heading upstairs to see the show. Admission to the downstairs bar remains free, and you can hear the music from above pretty clearly. If you've never heard of the band, you might want to have a beer while you contemplate whether or not to shell out the $5.

More bands are on tap in coming weeks (see for a schedule); the next two Sundays bear watching. This week brings the debut of "Tribal Cafe," which promises "tribal and world-fusion belly dance performances." Admission is $10, and this will repeat on the last Sunday of the month. Then, Labor Day weekend, there's an evening of old-fashioned Jell-O wrestling. (Since Asylum is known for its vegan-friendly menu, applesauce wrestling also will be available.) Both men and women are welcome in the ring, but only females get a free bikini from sponsor Pilsner Urquell. Winners will receive cash prizes. For comedic value, I'm looking forward to a bartender grudge match between Josh (Asylum, ex-Reef) and Drew (Reef, Bedrock Billiards).

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | August 26, 2005; 1:36 PM ET
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Jell-O wrestling has been moved to Thursday, August 8th @ 9pm and will not involve Jell-O, only applesauce.

Posted by: holly | September 2, 2005 1:58 PM | Report abuse

uh, September 8?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 8, 2005 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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