Published: Feb 26, 2013 07:00 PM
Modified: Feb 26, 2013 06:39 PM
pIf you ever find yourself at the corner of Geer and Rigsbee on a Sunday afternoon, you will see something unusual.
You will bear witness to an unholy union a bloody marriage between music venue and food truck, which gave birth to a peculiar child.
This creature defies convention it thrives in the void between breakfast and lunch, and you could visit it every Sunday from now until eternity, and never see the same thing twice.
This is not the twilight zone. It is the weekly offspring of Motorco Music Hall and Kokyu BBQ food truck: MotorKokyu Bloody Brunch.
IF, ladies and gentlemen, you were so bold as to find yourself at the corner of Geer and Rigsbee on a Sunday afternoon; among other strange things you might see a diverse mix of Durhamites enjoying Bloody Marys on the sidewalk. This, in and of itself, is not remarkable. However, if you were to take a closer look, you would find that these potent delicacies are made to order by Motorco mixologists and stuffed with your choice of bacon, celery, okra or (a personal favorite) all of the above.
Depending on the time of year, you might also see a handful of quirky food trucks and street vendors on display. Perhaps you would be so fortunate as to sample a ginger-tinged drinking chocolate (yes, there is such a thing as drinking chocolate) from Bike Coffee/Cocoa Cinnamon. For those of you who are not aware, Bike Coffee is literally a bike, retrofitted with vintage machines for coffee bean grinding and chocolate spewing.
And yes, it is as awesome as it sounds. Catch it while you can
If you had a taste for something more frosty, maybe you would relish a scoop of beet-flavored or vegan avocado coconut ice cream from Parlour Durham. You would have to hurry, though, because both Parlour Durham and Cocoa Cinnamon will be opening brick and mortar locations this year. Though both businesses developed much of their sweet-toothed clientele through MotorKokyu, who knows how often they will frequent the brunch after they have storefronts to tend to.
When it became time for a main course, one possibility would be to scarf down a Korean barbecue slider with a side of duck-fat fried tater tots from Kokyu BBQ. Or if you were feeling adventurous, you could order a some of their signature unreal buffalo chicken sliders and sweet potato takos.
Maybe you would see live musicians performing on stage inside Motorco, as I did during my first Bloody Brunch. I recall Peter Lamb and the Wolves, voted Triangles Best jazz band for two years running, were resident artists in the early days of the brunch. They performed two sets each Sunday for a month while bystanders munched on rosemary tots. More recently, Ive seen ACC basketball games being screened on the main stage. One never can tell at MotorKokyu (unless, of course, you visit Motorcos website). A local showcase
On certain Sundays, you could come across an intriguing collective of local artists known as dtownMARKET as they converge to showcase their work. I once met an amazing puppeteer there named JaGhetto, who wielded puppets like extensions of his own limbs. He introduced me to Spinokio, a break-dancing robot boy whose dream is to one day become human.
Other dtownMARKET regulars include Durham-based visual activist Franco, whose signature afro-pick autographs every creation. I also met a young artist named Christa, the eclectic owner of Prink fashion, through the market.
Christa is an amazing stylist who spends her time in thrift stores, mining for diamonds in the rough. She has unearthed many gems and even styled my band, The Beast, during our last photo shoot at the Carolina Theatre. She had us looking like The Rat Pack in local, vintage, garb. An event for all types
On many Sunday afternoons I find my way to the corner of Geer and Rigsbee.
I invite my Catholic friends for another bloody morsel after the service; I invite my sugar- and caffeine-addicted friends to indulge in chocolate bliss; and I invite my Carolina-fan friends to watch the best program in mens basketball history limp through a mediocre season.
I warn them all in advance to prepare to experience something unique.