Durham's Motorco goes for lively acts

Motorco goes for acts live and lively

February 10, 2012 

  • A popular event at Motorco is the Luchadoras Mexican wrestling. Only women are allowed to compete in the events billed as an exuberant Mexican wrestling spectacular that marries astonishing acrobatics and exhilarating aerial maneuvers with flamboyant masked characters in outlandish story lines.

    The costumed wrestlers take to the ring sporting names like "Norwegian Nightmare," "La Bomba," "Juicy Buns" and "La Baguette." The first two afternoon shows have been sold out and a third is planned for the end of the month.

    As an added feature, food trucks with a decidedly Mexican flavor park outside the venue and offer eats. The wrestling is all in fun, with some crowd participation offered. Luchadoras masks are offered for sale, and by the end of the show many patrons are sporting their own masks.

Live music in Durham has ebbed and flowed over the years, but it's been on a definite upswing the past year and a half - and Motorco Music Hall, a 500-or-so-capacity club near the old Durham Bulls baseball park, is one of the key players.

Since opening in the fall of 2010, Motorco has settled into a niche that involves plenty of live acts, including Tuesday's show with funk-punk legends Fishbone and upcoming dates with We Were Promised Jetpacks (April 7), Lambchop (April 14) and !!! (April 18).

But Motorco's layout lends itself to an intriguing array of events that are more multimedia in nature.

As a preview of the Fishbone show, Motorco will also host a free Monday night screening of the documentary "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone."

Other recent events include Luchadoras Mexican wrestling, and "Big Lebowski: The Musical."

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