Three bands to play at official celebration Saturday night
By Adam Scott
Campus Corner nightspot Liberty D's is returning, retaking the space once occupied by Red Dirt Cafe at 738 Asp Ave.
"In the '90s it was one of the best places to play in Norman, if not the place," said Ty Kamm of Norman band Klipspringer.
"All the bands I have talked to are really pumped that it's coming back ... It's a place where any band can play.
"It's really cool that Emilio (Salinas, owner of Pepe Delgado's) is now co-owner of Liberty D's," Kamm said.
"He's done a lot of great things for Campus Corner and Norman in general."
For the uninitiated, the bar was once a place called Liberty Drug.
"Originally it was an old drug store back before it became a club," Kamm said.
"They used to have the old wooden cabinets with pill bottles," he said, "but I think they took that down when they made it into the Red Dirt."
Kamm said there would be treats for Klipspringer fans at the show.
"Actually, we're about to put out our fourth CD in a a month or two. We're going to be playing a few songs off the new CD," Kamm said, "and a couple of old faves, too."
As for getting Love Button invol-ved, Kamm said admiration figured into the decision, plain and simple.
"We go way back with them, so it's the least we could do for them," he said.
"Love Button is one of the all-time great bands in Norman," Kamm said.
"Dan Warren is one of the best lyricists to come out of OK; he's incredible.
"They only play every two years, so they've gotta headline the show."
"He was coming out here and asked if we were playing anywhere. We weren't at the time -- busy working on our next album -- so I checked with Jill" Richardson, who books acts of Liberty D's.
"Jill said, 'Sure, no problem, you guys can have Saturday night.'"
Kamm said Warren's limited availability was a major motivating factor in scheduling the combined concert.
"(Warren) only comes back to Oklahoma every few years."
"We thought we'd be able to play together at least once a year, but even that hasn't been possible to do," said Adrian Falwell of Love Button.
"It's completely hard to say" whether the band will have the time to play togther after Saturday's performance, Falwell said.
Dan is getting his Ph.D. in evolutionary biology and "gets to go to islands and such and study exotic creatures," Falwell said.
"He's quite the scientist."
"I've gotten a practice in with Evan (Henley)," Falwell said, but as a group, "we're only gonna get one practice before the show."
Love Button will take the stage without a fourth member, Thomas Anderson, who joined the band in the late 1990s, Falwell said. "He is in Athens (Georgia), going to school there, and can't make it, so ... it will be a 3-piece Saturday night."
Falwell said the first official Love Button reunion was Aug. 2, 2002, and the band has not played together in about two years.
"July of '03, we managed to play several shows within a period of time," Falwell said, later mentioning the last Love Button gig was Sept. 11, 2004, at the Green Door.
"We actually have an album in the works and we've been working on it for years.
"It's exciting to be one of the first bands to play there after its reopening.
"I probably haven't gotten to play there in over 10 years," Falwell said.
Falwell said Warren is "still musically involved, just mainly as a solo act. He's just in Davis, Calif., so we don't get to do it that often as a band."
Falwell said the new inside look of Liberty D's is as much a mystery to him as to anyone.
"I haven't gotten to look inside it ... to me, the impression I get is it's going to steer back more toward rock and punk bands and mpore alternative acts and away from Americana, country music, that kind of thing," Falwell said.
"We really need more of those kinds of venues in Norman," Falwell said.
The opening band for the evening is The Toothmen, which includes former Chainsaw Kittens member Eric Harmon.
"Then there's Klipspringer -- we've played with them for over 15 years, since they were Soul Shaker," Falwell said.
"We really owe them. They gave their show up for us," Falwell said.
After Klipspringer, Warren will perform solo ("playing a lot of his new solo stuff"), then Love Button as a group will play to round out the evening.
Kamm had a sincere apology for the organizers of another celebration in town Saturday that coincides with the Liberty D's event.
"It was an accident. I confess I was so into just getting a decent show where Dan could play too that I slacked on checking out what else was going on locally," Kamm said.
"We had no intention of competing with Blue Fish (Companion). Sometimes we play it, and even when we don't, we usually hang out there.
"You normally don't want to compete with Blue Fish."
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