Red Dot is becoming a hot spot for music buffs.
Fans of the Detroit-based alternative rock band Sponge witnessed a raucous scene May 13 at the bar and restaurant at 6715 W. North Avenue in Wauwatosa.
Big name acts
Other national acts to play Red Dot include Public Enemy, Run-DMC, Sir-Mix-A-Lot and a previous appearance at a private party by Sponge. This time the band played for the public as a part of a "pub crawl" that included stops in Wind Lake and Big Bend.
"The bands that have played here is stunning," said 54-year-old Sponge lead singer Vinnie Dombroski. "To be a part of this whole thing is unbelievable. This place is becoming full of history."
The pub crawl started at 7 p.m. with Sponge playing at Kelly's Bleachers in Big Bend. Next fans boarded buses to Red Dot and the band came on about 10:30 p.m. After that they all completed the night with a set of songs at Kelly's Bleachers in Wind Lake.
"We are going to keep doing this kind of thing," Dombroski said. "We have great fans. They have a great sense of humor and I am humbled by their support."
Local musicians involved
Local musicians The Carpetbaggers opened for Sponge and left their equipment on stage for the rock band to use in their set.
"It's impressive when musicians can roll in and use gear they are not used to," Carpetbaggers lead singer and guitarist Matt Tyner said. "They are pros and were very appreciative and respectful. Good time."
The Carpetbaggers play a completely different brand of music than Sponge. They play what is often termed Americana or Alt-Country and throw in a good dose of the blues. Their sets range from Johnny Cash to Wilco to Old Crow Medicine Show.
"Bands with integrity and respect for what we are doing will always support each other," Tyner said.