By Jake Motto
My friends and I were planning on exploring the abandoned subway system downtown on Saturday, but my friends went the day before to scope it out and said it was locked. Searching for a plan B, a suggestion went up in the air: The Mockbee.
The Mockbee is this vibrant event venue in Over the Rhine where people can go to have a good time and listen to local artists show off their talent. When you enter, you are charged with a $5 entry fee and given a wristband depending on how old you are, yellow for under 21 and pink for over. There are two sections of the building, the left side is where the bar and sitting area are and the right side is where the stage is located.
The doors open at 10pm but the performers don’t go on stage until 11pm. I knew the two rappers that went out first, we met through a mutual friend. They were all over the place, they brought people onto the stage, they rapped like crazy and overall had a great performance.
There were a couple of other performers, but one that really stood out to me was a rock band that shook the building. I really enjoyed them, but I had to leave early to make it back for my curfew. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any of the artist’s names, how sad.
By this point you’re probably wondering if this is a blog on Jake’s Journal? There are no clothes! That is where you are wrong, to my surprise, there was a pop-up shop! There were two full racks of vintage clothing. I knew the people running it, I had met them at Pixel 19, a thrift store in Price Hill, a couple weeks prior. They recognized me and were super kind. If you want to follow one of them on Instagram, his username is @suiciderascal.
Everything was valued with thrift store prices, so it was super cheap. I looked through both racks and came up with 2 pieces, a retro Nike lightweight jacket and an old Tommy Hilfiger rugby. They were great finds for the price, $15 each, and I’m happy with what I came out with.
I recommend The Mockbee to whomever wants to have a great time and listen to some awesome music. Maybe the pop-up shop will be there, maybe not. Just go, you’ll have a dope time.