More Crazy Stuff at the Valarium

Hank III's crew arrested, singer performs five-hour set

More crazy stuff went down at the Valarium last week when Hank III, son of Hank Williams Jr. and grandson of Hank Williams, played an epic five-hour set of country music, extending his Wednesday night concert well into Thursday morning in apparent protest after two members of his crew were arrested.

The July 15 show was billed as one set of country by Hank III and one set by Hank and his punk-metal band Assjack. Instead, concertgoers got about three sets’ worth of Hank solo from about 10 p.m. to almost 3 a.m.

Hank III’s manager and assistant manager were arrested for disorderly conduct at the site. The assistant manager was also charged with resisting arrest.

Valarium owner Gary Mitchell says he was out of town and doesn’t know details of either the Hank III show or the 10 for $10 hardcore package tour that was canceled just minutes after starting when a large-scale brawl spilled into the parking lot.

“He just does what he wants to do,” Mitchell says, downplaying the effect of the arrest on Hank III’s performance. “There’s no real rhyme or reason.”

Seven people were arrested in the 10 for $10 incident.

Mitchell says Hank III has already promised to come back for another show soon. “He called Thursday and said he felt like he’d stiffed his hardcore fans,” Mitchell says.

Local honky-tonkers J.C. and the Dirty Smokers, who were scheduled to play the after-party show at the adjacent Cider House, finally took the stage at 2 a.m. “Basically, I said, ‘Since we’re already set up and already have a stage, we might as well work on a couple of originals,” says Dirty Smokers frontman J.C. Haun. “So we ended up having a rehearsal, basically.”

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