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Photo by Bobbi Petersen work With Me Cathy Dethmers Still rockin��� at the High Noon Saloon If you���re wondering what someone with a degree in cultural anthropology does for a living, ���rock club owner��� probably isn���t what comes to mind. But in a round-about way, this degree opened doors Cathy Dethmers never expected. ���[My degree] was challenging to make a career out of,��� she recalls. ���So I started bartending at O���Cayz Corral [when I was 21]. Then, circumstances aligned.��� It���s been nearly two decades since Dethmers began working behind the bar at the happening music haunt���since then she���s become one of the most in���uential people on the local music scene. Dethmers eventually took ownership of O���Cayz, and after it burned down, she launched the High Noon Saloon in 2004���another rock club with a western theme, but in a bigger and better space. Since then times have undoubtedly changed in live music���the abundance of videos and music online means fewer venture out to see unknown bands for the simple thrill of being at a live show. But Dethmers has found plenty of ways to keep the club bustling. From high-pro���le rock acts to kids shows, art fairs and even weddings, the High Noon���s offerings continue to expand. All under the watchful eye of Dethmers, whose personal life has also welcomed a new addition. Just under two years ago, Dethmers and her husband had a son. While she says it can be di���cult to keep pace with her time-consuming job and motherDethmer���s Show ing, Dethmers doesn���t plan to Pick of the Month Which event is Dethmers most leave the rock club���s helm any looking forward to this month? time soon. For sentimental reasons, she picks ���Things at work haven���t The Kissers show in their St. Patrick���s changed a whole lot. I���m just Day party, March 16. ���The Kissers a little more tired now,��� she���s got their start at O���Cayz so I have admits with a laugh. a special place in my heart for And a few nights a week, you them,��� she says. can ���nd Dethmers back where it all began: behind the bar, slinging drinks and chatting with patrons before catching the evening show. It���s still her favorite part of the job���even if being a mom means she doesn���t rock out quite as late as she used to. March 2013 29

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