You wouldn’t know by looking at it, but a lot of music has been played at establishments on the corner of West Broad and North Laurel streets through the years. A variety of clubs and restaurants have come and gone, but one thing remains: live music. Empire, the latest business to inhabit the space, celebrates its first anniversary Saturday, Sept. 6, with Everyone Dies in the End, Omega Boys and Burn/Ward playing their aggressive takes on rock in the room where I once had my mind blown into itty bitty pieces by the Butthole Surfers in 1985. Owner Thor LeVesque, a devout music fan with his own cherished memories of seeing shows in the building, keeps the history alive with select shows of underground favorites and unknown up-and-comers. And unlike some of the previous regimes, the food isn’t half bad either. The music starts at 9 p.m. Free. 562-4171.
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