Club Crunch

Shortage of all-ages venues creates some strange bedfellows

Jarring Blows: The March 8 brawl between Beat Angels singer Brian Smith and Mason Jar owner Franco Gagliano has already assumed mythical status, but a few facts can be sorted out from the tall tales. The Beat Angels were onstage playing a benefit to raise money to help find the killer of Jeff Martin, a friend of the band's who was murdered last year in central Phoenix. Smith, irate over Gagliano's having scheduled the show on a Sunday (a chronically slow night) and more than a little inebriated, began insulting the club owner from the stage. When a mike stand fell over, Gagliano was heard to threaten Smith, who promptly jumped on the Jar impresario in the middle of the song "Peep Show." They tussled on the floor and knocked tables and drinks over, and, ultimately, the band was kicked out of the club. Smith says his frustration with Gagliano had been building for ages, and it exploded on the night of the benefit. He adds that he doubts he'll ever set foot in Mason Jar again.

--Gilbert Garcia

Contact Gilbert Garcia at his online address: ggarcia@newtimes.com

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