Elwood’s Has It All

Very quietly, something is going on at the corner of Third & Third in Delray. For years we have complained about there not being any music in Delray Beach. Aside from Johnnie Brown’s on the Avenue, and Boston’s on the Beach, there have been few places to have a beer and listen to music—and hardly any place that has music before 9 or 10 at night.

But all that’s changing at the “new” Elwood’s; in fact, longtime owner Michael Gochenour  (below) is having a free for all when it comes to musicians—and we are loving this.

OK, so we are used to seeing bands like the Rockabilly/surf band the Dillinger’s and the classic Mid Life Crisis, even acoustic guitarist Steve Minotti.

But the Ott twins?

Yesterday, squeaky-clean-and preppy Billy and Bobby Ott and Steve Hull took the stage at 5 p.m. at Elwood’s. And they brought a Delray-Boca-Gulf Stream contingent you do not usually see there: all khakis and tennis bracelets and nice knits. Not a tattoo in the crowd.

The Otts played their snappy jazz until 7 p.m. and the crowd loved it. Then it was off the stage and presumably back to The Club, making room for Elwood’s open mic night that would follow.

My point here is that Elwood’s is hosting all kinds of music at all hours for all kinds of people and tastes and ages and I love it. This the very definition of a local place, which is the kind of spirit that used to define Delray Beach. So now, when you don’t know where to go but you’re feeling like a little music, a beer, a light bite, I say go on down to Elwood’s; something is probably going on.

And the Otts? Rumor has it they will be back May 11.

Elwood’s Dixie Barbecue, 301 N.E. 3rd St., Delray Beach