There is strangely little information about Spanky's Cafe, the legendary Riverside music venue. The ornate building was once Rouse's department store, which dates to 1895 as the Chapman Building, reconfigured to two spaces, 3834 and 3850 Main Street, in 1917. Rouse's closed in "57, and Spanky's opened in 1988, closed in "95. That's about all I can tell you. Personally, Spanky's is near and dear to my heart. A friend and I were 'hired' by Ska Parade founder Tazy Phyllipz to film ska shows. We would get in free – all we had to do was slog out to Riverside, set up two video cameras, and skank the soles off our thrift store wingtips. Spanky's was a mecca for third-wave ska, and we were fortunate to see a lot of great bands in the early 90s – the Toasters, the Specs, Hepcat, the Feds, the Israelites, Let's Go Bowling, the Imperials, 24/7 Spies, and so many more. It was a great scene.