"Door guys," that's what we call them, or perhaps "bouncers" if we think they look the part. But the best of our city's night-club concierges deserve better, and Paul Stark, who has worked the door for the last five years at Off Broadway, was one of the best. A gentleman and a genuine music fan (and fellow DJ at KDHX, I should disclose), he greeted patrons warmly and patiently, setting the tone for a room that, with the exception of its blues-based near neighbors, has been presenting original, live music longer than just about any night club in the city.
Last week, Stark retired from his work at Off Broadway, ending a run that saw him stamp the hands of some 200,000 fans over the span of 1,600 shows at the venue. I sat down with him over coffee to reminisce about his time at the door.More »