Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Saturday there was a guest that I never saw before at our parties. Shortly after his arriving he did send me an IM. I was busy and could not reply properly. 
Next the slightly updated chat.

X: So I have to ask...who named the club?
Christo Spyker: T.R.A.C.S
X: Yes - not what is the name, who picked it :-)
Christo: Oh sorry. I named de club
X: I had to come just to see it - since I spent my misspent youth at T.R.A.C.K.S. :-)
Christo: Named after Tim, Rod, and Christo 'S club
(we not used "club" anymore already shortly after the opening)
X: Wow. How ironic
Christo: is it?
X: T.R.A.C.K.S. was a loose chain of gay dance clubs in the US owned by the people that started Paradise Garage in NYC
X:  Only Denver is still open:
This was the hottest one - in DC:
Your club looks like the DC one - its eerie :-)
Thank you for the inadvertent shot of nostalgia
and honest - I'm not being a jerk - I think its cool
Christo Spyker smiles
Thank you. I did safe the URLs to read it later.

And I did and how strangle, even though that I never was there and never saw pictures of the club there are bear resemblance to our club.

Nation (formally The Capital Ballroom) was a live music/club venue, located at 1015 Half Street SE, in the Navy Yard/Near Southeast neighborhood, of Washington, D.C.
 It was larger than any other club in the D.C. area, with three levels indoors and a multi-level outdoor patio. The large rooms, sound, and lighting systems made it a popular destination for the rave, goth, drum & bass and gay communities.

Built in 1924, the building initially comprised the front entrance of what became Nation, serving as a carriage factory. The building later expanded as it changed hands, at one point serving as a warehouse for the military and finally as a factory for Hurley Boiler before it was ceased operations. The club first opened its doors as The Capital Ballroom in August 1995, with The Ramones, Björk and Lords of Acid being among the first acts to take the stage. The club was located near the other seminal Navy Yard club called Tracks, a large gay club at the time. The Capitol Ballroom began holding "Buzz" nights on Fridays, which hosted a number of national and international talent in dance music. It eventually became one of the country's largest weekly dance party/rave hybrid. On Saturdays, the party "Industrial Revolution" hosted by D.C. DJ "Mohawk" Adam brought industrial and dark electronic acts. Nation became recognized locally for highly diverse concert events. Nation was also recognized on a national and even international level for its three weekly DJ and theme driven nightclub parties.

Due to its large size, The Capital Ballroom did host many top-selling musical acts during its four-year tenure, but it also had a sparse schedule, as the neighborhood, located in the area of Near Southeast in D.C., was notorious for its high crime rate in the mid-1990s. In 1999, The Capital Ballroom changed management and became known as Nation.

Nation was managed by Primacy Companies, Inc. On July 16, 2006, the club closed after longtime lot owners Potomac Investment Properties decided to move forward with a planned 400,000-square-foot (37,000 m2) office building on the site. In July 2007, Potomac Investment sold the site to Opus East for $41.5 million, and in spring 2008 construction began on the office building.

Tracks DC was a huge gay club in Washington DC. Harold Hartmut Sadley was on a crew called Tracks International they would gut out the buldings that Marty would pick out and install everything in the club: sound lighting and interior and even air conditioners and controls! 
Photos of the demolition of Nation Nightclub in Washington DC, made by Travis Payne.
Tracks is Denver's premiere GLBT nightclub. With a name that stretches back for decades, Tracks is deeply rooted within the GLBT community and continues to strive to be the best GLBT Nightclub in the nation.
This is a bold statement with lots of history, and responsibilities. Many of us came of age at Tracks, the iterations in between, and then Tracks 2000. Tracks "was more than just a nightclub to most of its regular attendees. It is a place to be yourself, whether that be gay, straight, bi, black, white, Asian, whatever; you could feel free to be it. It was a place of acceptance and discovery. It was the place where many people came to meet friends, and even make new ones. For many people, it was the place where their journey into the world of dance music began". The music has changed; the boys and girls are older. Now there are new club goers yearning for a place to call home.
▼ T.R.A.C.S in Second Life

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