Famed Jax Beach’s Einstein a Go-Go certainly encourages its share of lamentations. The all-ages rock club was a haven for beach kids and townies alike, all of whom flocked to the 1st Street venue to see local heroes like Beggar Weeds, then-emerging acts like Dinosaur Jr., and some trio from Aberdeen, WA called… Nirvana.
EAGG’s history though, like much of the history of Jacksonville’s music scene, can seem blanketed in a shroud of nostalgic fog. As early as the ragtime era, Jax has been a live music bastion. But the venues come and go. From LaVilla’s Lenape Tavern to EAGG, the Milk Bar, Freebird Cafe, Underbelly, Burro Bar, all have their torchbearers despite lacking much in the way of an architectural footprint or even fanfare outside of the Duval area code.
Luckily for those interested in the history of Jacksonville’s music scene, Jax singer-songwriter rickoLus not only carries the torch for EAGG with his new song and video, he adds another page to the historical record of the popular venue. And, has a grand old time in doing so.
Backed by a green screen displaying stills of EAGG’s exterior, which occupied the Jax beach structure that now houses the Shim Sham Room, rickoLus describes “survival down on 1st Street” circa the early to mid-90s, when groups of kids were invited to “dance at the go-go bar” and where one might have to break their “skateboard on a skinhead.” Interspersing footage of his friends and fans doing their own shimmies, the video for “Keep Dancing” matches the energy of the tune, which, while featuring a propulsive dance beat, spacious deployment of power chords, and jubilant vocal delivery, is more celebration than funeral.
“Keep Dancing” is just the latest cut from the recently released Bones, a compilation of tracks chronicling rickoLus’s years growing up in a “rundown beach town.” You can read VOID’s 2019 profile of rickoLus here and read more about Bones here.
And when you’re ready to cut a rug, click play below to join in on rickoLus’s nostalgic 1st Street dance party.