"This place has always been an escape for me and a sort of haven for me to enjoy music. " -Pao
If you are driving down Mesa and towards the downtown area then Lowbrow might be easy to miss, but if you see a Domino's then rest assured it is right below it. The entrance is lit by dangling lights and a bright red arrow that reads Lowbrow Palace. Once you get past the bouncer in the entrance you will notice a pink Stegosaurus that says "Never Forget" on its side. The main door is covered in stickers and once you are in, the rest of this place has the same "underground scene" look to it. I love it. The place is covered in posters from the concerts that have hosted at Lowbrow and there is graffiti all over the restrooms. They are truly amusing.
Last Saturday I went to the Lowbrow Palace like another day that I would when a band I like is playing. However, this particular visit was a little bit different. I actually got to talk to the employees and ask them about this magical place. As mentioned, Lowbrow is an awesome concert venue for people of all ages which makes it the even more enjoyable especially if you are not 21 yet and you are looking for something to do. I know that was very much the case for me. Not only is it something different, but the bands that play at Lowbrow are very talented. I ended up liking a lot of bands that I had not even heard before.
The interview was conducted with the employees working there that night, mainly referring to Caroline who is the manager there. When asked about the venue itself, Caroline said that Lowbrow has been open since 2011 and they changed owners in 2015 (Splendid Sun Productions). She mentioned that the graffiti of Lowbrow was very as well as the poster walls that consist of old concert posters from there. Everything goes well together.
Something that was made clear by all the employees is that they are one big family. One employee even said "it doesn't feel like work!" and that there was happiness with the music. I then asked them what have been some of their favorite shows and the ones mentioned were: third round of battle of the bands, Andrew Jackson, CRX, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
Soon after stating their favorite shows they said to "Stay Tuned" for there will be many great shows coming that they have yet to announce. (That is very exciting). One employee provided feedback saying that El Paso is the new Austin and many bands are starting to come to El Paso and are more willing to do shows here. We all agreed that El Paso has a bright future in regards to the music scene. Everyone is starting to express themselves more openly, which has helped the El Paso music scene. That being said, I am excited for what the future will bring to Lowbrow and El Paso a.k.a El Chuco.