With the recent news of The Vault's closing, I can't help but think back on the good times.

It's bittersweet, to say the least, and although I don't know why the downtown establishment closed down, at least I can reminisce. You see, The Vault Music Hall & Pub was more than just a venue. To me, it was family -- from the security crew to the bartenders, right down to the ownership. Howie Malowes and his team were always there to make me feel welcomed and catered to for any need I had while working a gig.

The Vault catapulted my DJ career to such a higher level. I have to give full credit where it's due. I've packed the house more times than I can count on my hands and each time, I was protected by the bouncers and replenished by the bartenders. It wasn't just me they took care of. They catered to every DJ and band on stage from day one. Customer service at its finest... You don't see that too often these days.

Courtesy Kevin Dean
Courtesy Kevin Dean
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From Fun 107's Monster Mash to LIVE broadcasts with the morning show, the doors of The Vault (formerly known as Greasy Luck) were always open to us.

Courtesy Kevin Dean
Courtesy Kevin Dean
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I celebrated many a birthday, enjoyed a few rounds of musical bingo on the pub side, joined together with family and friends for my brother's wedding rehearsal dinner, got defeated in an eating competition that benefited sheltered animals and even had my heart broken while watching the New England Patriots lose to the Miami Dolphins back on Dec. 9, 2019.

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It didn't matter what you had for plans on the weekends, The Vault was always the spot, hands down. The bands brought in were nationally popular and there was always something for everybody.

The staffers I met became family. Huge shoutout to Matt Tripp, Brandon Westgate, Ray Paradise, Courtney Barrigas, Sean Moore, Michelle Pimentel, Josh Hathaway, Steve Overton, Anthony Bizzaro, Jared Medina, Mark Oliver, Marc Dean and, of course, the big dog himself, Kevin Dean and his wife Lori, for always having my back.

Whatever the future holds for the venue, as well as the pub side, I wish the owners and the staff nothing but the best.

Thanks for the memories.

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