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Steve Poltz Performs a Special Tribute to 20 Years of the Casbah

Twenty is the number of the Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions.

Twenty-twenty tells you you've got normal vision from twenty feet away.

Twenty is CB slang for location. What's your twenty good buddy?


And if you're going to call Egypt on the phone, the international direct dial code is twenty. As-Salamu Alaykum.

Twenty is the retired number of four former baseball stars: Frank Robinson, Mike Schmidt, Mark Fidrych and Lou Brock.

And it's been twenty years since the Casbah opened its doors for business and I hope that they're in business twenty more!

There are twenty baby teeth in the deciduous dentition. That means baby teeth, primary teeth, your first teeth.

Twenty is the number of Tony Stewart's two-time winning Nextel Cup Nascar car car car car.


And can you tell me what the freaking atomic number of calcium is? It's twenty!

And there are usually twenty cigarettes in a pack but I don't smoke! (cough)

And the twentieth letter of the alphabet is "T" which has nothing to do with the Casbah except rhymes with "C" Casbah!

Hope that you're open for twenty years more!

The Twenty Year Curse or curse of Tippecanoe refers to the pattern of presidents of the United States who had won election in a year ending in zero only to die in office.

For example let me see if I remember this right.

William Henry Harrison was elected in 1840, and he ended up dying of pneumonia.

Twenty years later in 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected only to be assassinated.

Twenty years later in 1880, James A. Garfield was elected only to be assassinated.

Twenty years later in 1900, William McKinley was elected only to be assassinated.

Twenty years later in 1920, Warren G. Harding was elected only to end up dying of a heart attack. I think the Canadians killed him.

Twenty years later in 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected only to die of a cerebral hemorrhage in his fourth term.

Twenty years later in 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected only to be assassinated.

Finally, twenty years later in 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected and survived an attempted assassination. He was injured but not killed so we can safely deduce that the one good thing Reagan did while in office was save the Casbah from being assassinated by ending the twenty year curse.

Twenty is the interstate that runs from Texas to South Carolina. I've done it many times with The Rugburns.

The number twenty can also be called a score as in four score and seven years ago, Gettysburg.

And in twenty years there's been a lot of bands to play the Casbah and I've seen me a few: Creedle, Rocket from the Crypt, Inch, Rust, Honey Glaze, Stairway to Charro, Heavy Vegetable, Freak Scene, aMiniature, Drip Tank, Fluf, Olivelawn, C.L.A., John Doe, Three Mile Pilot, Nirvana, Jill Soluble, Gregory Page, Louis XIV, Dragons, Hostile Combover, Manuok, White Stripes, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Alanis Morissette, Uncle Joe's Big ol' Driver, Presidents of the USA, Crispin Glover, John Waters, A.M. Vibe, 7th Day Buskers, Juliana Hatfield, Tommy Stinson, Peter Case, Jonathan Richman, Joanna Newsom, The Macanannys, The Beat Farmers, Mojo Nixon, Skid Roper, Candye Kane, The Fleshtones, The Album Leaf, Black Heart Procession, Liz Phair, The Locust, The Jesus Lizard, The Donnas, Sleater-Kinney, The Truckee Brothers, Lorna Doone -- rest in peace.

Twenty is the number of years that the Casbah has been open providing seriously good music to the fine citizens of the City of San Diego, California located on the planet earth in 2009.

Happy birthday Casbah, you're twenty! In one more year you can legally drink!

Feliz cumpleaños Casbah. Tu tienes viente años. Orale!