The Crossroads, a landmark country music nightclub in Bladensburg for more than 50 years, is back -- reborn with a country and oldies sound and remodeled with a California fern-bar look.
Polished brass rails (courtesy of a disco operation that recently failed in the 375-seat club) have replaced the worn and rickety black-metal railings. The old, beer-soaked bar that saw its share of rowdy crowds has yielded to two well-lit blonde-wood bars topped by hanging philodendrons. The sound and light systems are better.
But much of the old Crossroads character remains. The waitresses still sweet-talk you with "darlin' and the country-sized dance floor remains packed.
That should come as no surprise, with the original five-member Baxter Brothers Band playing every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. Its fine, seasoned harmonies have earned the creative country/rock'n'roll band a sizable following over the past eight years.
On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights, deejay Nick Davis spins country hits and oldies; Sunday nights are reserved for special shows like this Sunday's appearance by the Hubcaps.
There's no cover charge during the week; Friday and Saturday it's $3. Sunday shows are priced according to the group; this Sunday's Hubcaps date is about the most expensive: $6. (The Crossroads is at the Peace Cross in Bladensburg, 4103 Baltimore Avenue. Call 927-3636.) The Hubcaps, by the way, are doing well. The 12-year-old local oldies band reports grossing more than $500,000 annually from club dates alone, and recently signed with a Nashville-based talent agency for national representation. The seven-member group is getting limited national airplay for its just- released single, "Bleached Blonde," written by Doug Guinn, a Prince George's Cunty schoolteacher.