There are certain establishments where the days ails can be washed away with nothing more than a whiskey and a reliable selection of songs on the jukebox. At places where quarters arent able to bestow instant DJ power, and someone else is posted up behind the wheels of steel, disappointment often prevailsespecially when youre looking for a mellow-style evening free from top 40, pounding beats, or trendy mash-ups. Weekends at Havana are permeated with just that, but Mondays are a whole different song and dance, all for a little less change and a little more tears in your beer. Sad Bastard Monday is like a jukebox fully loaded with choice cuts both classic and current as resident DJ (and singer/songwriter himself) Michael Vermillion brings out stacks of his heartstring-tugging favorites. A recent Monday heard rambling troubadour Townes Van Zandt follow Sam Cookes You Send Me, along with locals Jesse Sykes and Damien Jurado played back to back. Three in a row from the BandCripple Creek(!) and The Weight, both off The Last Waltz, finishing with The Night They Drove Old Dixie Downeven tore a few folks away from the bar and onto the dance floor. The rest were content to just sit, sip, and listen.
Mondays, 9:30 p.m., 2007