News & Announcements

Asylum 13: Five Year Anniversary Show

We at Asylum 13 have given you five years of our lives, and you’ve given us the five best ones in return! That’s right, you awesome motherfuckers, Asylum 13 has been a force for MADNESS in dark alternative entertainment for 5 years this September!

We’ve brought out tons of bands, incredible and unique performers, and created an environment where people can feel free to express themselves while enjoying awesome music, and you have rewarded us with incredible support and becoming a community full of love and acceptance.
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To celebrate FIVE YEARS of Asylum 13, the mighty LORD OF LARD, Raymond-Motherfucking-Watts himself, finally brings his bastard breed of industrial rock-fueled swine songs to Wilmington, Delaware!

That’s right… <PÎG> performs their first ever show in Delaware on Friday September 9th, 2016! This marks the first time there has been this much pork this close to Philadelphia in 20 years (Baconfest aside… those food truck vendors appreciate the GOSPEL of the Lard).

This momentus occassion also heralds the release of <PÎG>’s new album, “THE GOSPEL,” releasing the same date on Metropolis Records.

Watts will preach the word of the Lard alongside exhaulted prophets of pork and former KMFDM members Günter Schulz and En Esch, reuniting 3/4 of the powerhouse that dominated Industrial Rock throughout much of the 80’s and 90’s. In a time of such political angst as we see now, we could use some of the brutal musical disobediance unleashed by that trio.

During this unholy mass, En Esch will take over the pulpit with a sermon of sin that includes his independent teachings as well as excertps from the gospel of Slick Idiot, the band formed when he and Schulz were blessed with a shared vision of the Lard.

The Lord of Lard also welcomes some newer converts to preach the pork: Z Marr has seen the error of his deceitful ways and no longer plays the organs in the Church of the Combichrist, now bashing his keys for the boar, whilst Galen Waling of Left Spine Down also stomps his hooves for the right side, the ribs, and the entire roast.

Another acolyte of swine, Peter Turns Pirate, will entertain the faithful with an eclectic blend of dark electronic rhythms and theatrics that will have you Praising the Lard!
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Holy shit! We have PIG, En Esch, Slick Idiot, 3/4 of the classic (now-former) KMFDM lineup, alongside ex-Combichrist alumni, and one of the best drummers in the scene (no, not the Combichrist guy – though both that one and Waling might have had some experience with the acronym LSD).

Fuck, this is going to be a great night.

Oh, and we’ve got Rodney Anonymous from The Dead Milkmen, alongside other regular and special guest DJs, joining us to spread some madness, with much, much more in store for you!

Tickets ( Online via Ticketfly – http://ticketf.ly/24UKowe )
$22 Early Bird – Limited supply discounted tickets go on sale Friday 6/24 at 9AM.
$28 Advance Price – On sale 7/8 at 9AM.
$35 Door Price

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ASYLUM Five Year Anniversary Affair- Night 2
Join us in celebrating a sinful Saturday with Kink, Art, Burlesque, and DJ Dance Party.

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Asylum 13’s 5th anniversary is proving to be far too awesome to contain in just one night! You, our inmates, are the life blood of Asylum 13, and because we love our inmates more than anything, we want to make sure you get a little bit of everything you love for our anniversary weekend!

We want to fulfill your needs for DJ and dancing, your wicked dreams of kink displays,and your deepest, darkest desires to drink and be merry with your friends and inmate family.. With that goal in mind, we have decided to make the anniversary party TWO days of madness!! We will have for you The Best of Asylum All night Long We have a ton going on that you aren’t going to want to miss!

-The Dark Angels Burlesque Troop will be preforming Quentin Tarantino Burlesque

-Industrial Artist: Steven Archer will be present to release his Hand Painted Tarot Cards and perform his musical project of Hopeful Machines

-Project two along with The Crash and Burn team of DJ Phranque and DJ Chas Paris will be Spinning Dark Beats

-2016-2017 Girls of Asylum Calendar Release Featuring the Lovely Loyal Ladies of Bar XIII Dressed in Costume and ready to Sign your New Calendars. Did we mention the theme is Disney Princesses vs. Evil Queens? 😉 (Calendar Pre Orders can be purchased at the Bar for $20 before the event– Available for $25 on or after September 10th)

Whether you come for live music, dj’s, burlesque, or simply for the freaky fun, we have you covered on our 5th anniversary weekend. These last 5 years have been an amazing and fantastic ride. We wouldn’t be here without you, so on September 9th and 10th, come help us celebrate our inmates and the phenomenal community we have created at Asylum 13.

Cover is FREE with ticket from the night before or $10 at the door..
Bring your friends to show them everything Asylum is about!
Come enjoy our alternative atmosphere for the first time or commend yourself with this awesome bash for being a part of our family for the past five years.

Tiny Storage Room Interviews – New Podcast

MisterKnightinArmor (a.k.a. Alex) now hosts the occasional podcast, right here in the Tiny Storage Room at Bar XIII.  The idea behind this podcast is to add some depth and interest for each upcoming event or performance.  We ask personal questions, make off color jokes and generally have a fun time… well, as much fun as you can have in a tiny storage room.

If you would like to be interviewed in a slightly too hot, slightly too small space in a dimly lit corner of Bar XIII contact mister.knightinarmor@gmail.com or talk to Matthew Jester, the owner.

The first episode highlights the upcoming burlesque show, this Saturday at Bar XIII.

disneyThe second episode features Dusty Low, playing TONIGHT!

dustyThe third episode (not yet released) is an interview with Erica Jubilee Wallace, who is hosting a fundraiser event this upcoming Tuesday.  Keep your eyes on Facebook or subscribe to the Bar XIII Youtube channel.

Bar XIII: One Year Later

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Over the last year we have been very fortunate to have a huge amount of support for Bar XIII’s transformation.  While the address is the same, very little remains of the old Mojo 13 and its ominous clown.  Instead, our new and improved venue stands very much on its own under the watchful eye of a playful devil.

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Above: Exterior shots of the new and improved Bar XIII

This transformation happened because of one thing: COMMUNITY.  We can’t, and won’t, forget that.  From the people who helped tear down the ceilings, nail boards to the walls, paint, and so much more; community bar xiiiit was our community, under the guidance of the Collective Vision Design Studio, who built our new home.  It is that community that we seek to serve.  While we are still a prime concert and event venue on Friday and Saturday nights, our weeknight events are designed to make sure our community has a place to call home on just about any night of the week.  Whether you are interested in comedy, karaoke, open mic, or just a good barbeque with friends, you can find it here.  We have also welcomed the addition of the Plum Pit food truck service and the great added service they bring to our events; the community wanted food available at the venue, so we brought it to you! When you take care of your community, your community will take care of you.

metal bar xiiiIn talking about how seriously we take our community’s feedback, let’s talk about the kind of music we cater to at Bar XIII.  Shortly after we bought the bar, the News Journal featured our venue and talked a bit about both the history of the location (as Mojo 13) and what our vision was for Bar XIII.  Based on the comments we received, it became clear that readers were under the impression that we planned to drastically change what fans of Mojo 13 were used to, and steer away from metal shows.  This is absolutely not the case.  Bar XIII’s vision is to embrace the metal roots of our predecessor and protect metal as a genre by giving it a place to call home in Delaware.  We will absolutely continue to branch out into other areas as our community demands it (punk, industrial, and even some country and old school hip-hop), but the metal music genre will remain a strong influence for the live music you see at Bar XIII both now and in the years to come.

In looking for new and varied talent to perform at Bar XIII, probably the biggest challenge that we have faced is actually the professional transition for Matthew Jester and Heather Warr.  Coming from a promotion background, it’s natural to think that their role as owners is very similar.  The reality, however, is that for the bar to maintain solid management practices, Matthew and Heather have had to shift their roles and focus on supporting and mentoring new promoters for bar events.  The good news is that this is helping to enlarge our community even more, and what’s more, it takes the emphasis away from the perception that Bar XIII and Asylum13 are the same, because they aren’t.  The new spirit of Bar XIII was born from the creative process that spawned Asylum 13, but Asylum 13 is a Thursday night adventure.  As open and accepting as we are of the promoters needed bar xiiikinky fun that Asylum 13 offers it’s “inmates,” that kind of fun is reserved only for Thursday nights, and for any events specifically designated as “Asylum 13” events.  Even as we speak, Bar XIII is looking for promising individuals who are interested in event promotion; whether you have experience, or are willing to learn, we are always looking for opportunities to expand our opportunities.

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Above: Interior photos of the new Bar XIII

Bar XIII’s success is a collaborative effort by the owners, staff, promoters, and the community.  Without each and every piece in place, the machine could not run as effectively as we are running it.  The last year has been a whirlwind.  Visually, the bar is barely recognizable as the same building that housed Mojo 13.  To name just a handful of the renovations we’ve completed, there is new flooring, remodeled walls with fresh paint and wallboard, exposed beam ceiling, and brand new state of art lights both for the bar as well for the stage and dance floor.   The goal was not just to bring the building up to code, but to set the bar higher and aim to make it a competitively equipped venue even by the highest professional standards.
As we continue to grow and change with the times, the one thing that we hope never changes is the heart of our community.  The love and effort shown by our community is by and large the main reason for our success.  So as we push through our second year as Bar XIII, we want to say thank you.  Keep doing the awesome things you do, and we will keep making Bar XIII your home away from home.

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