Club Mesa, a popular Costa Mesa destination for punk shows in the 1980s and '90s, is long gone.
A decade ago The Memphis Group transformed the old club at 843 W. 19th St. into Detroit Bar. It hasn't stopped rocking Orange County.
On Saturday, Detroit Bar will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Since opening in 2001, it has established a reputation as an O.C. hub for internationally-renowned artists, and up-and-coming local talent. Detroit Bar is now widely seen as at the forefront of presenting a variety of genres of new music, including alternative, world, hip hop, disco, and electro house. KCRW radio out of Santa Monica, for one, regularly mentions bands and gigs performing at Detroit Bar.
"I have to say what keeps the music-goers coming back is the bands, both local and national," Vince Phung, its events and promotions manager, said in an e-mail.
"We have some of the most talented musicians come through so that any music enthusiast would be hard pressed not to stop by at least once," he added. "Then we win them over with our atmosphere and amazing bar staff. Even when we have a packed house we maintain the feel of a lounge, a place where you can just hang out and have a drink."