Oh what a night! <3
With a darkened mini-ramp in place, the LVCS was off the hook Saturday night for the JFA skate rock fiesta happening downtown! Kudos to Blue Tile Lounge Presents for making it all happen, and to Tim and the LVCS for putting that ramp in - finally! Next time there may even be some lighting in there so that the skaters can see what they're doing and what they're skating on. It was a great turnout; enthusiasm and energy levels in the place was at an all time high, and if it wasn't for those dickheads in Roid Rage it would of been a perfect gig. They were 2nd band up on the bill, they knew they had an 8:45 start time (us bands were given the set times days earlier), and yet they didn't go on until 10:00, basically am hour and a half wait. Yeah, people were leaving and if I didn't have to play I would of left too. Because of them every bands set got cut short, with G.F.I. getting ROBBED because they were the out of town band, I guess. Their short set sounded spectacular, though, and I hope that 'this is our final gig ever' BS isn't true. Every other band sounded great. Guilty By Association sounded excellent from the hallway where I was setting my drum set up. IDFI were fucking crazed in their musical onslaught, and Mersa were intensely moody, sounding like Amebix or Doom on an angry day. Loved it. And J.F.A., oh my goodness, J.F.A. were glorious, feeding off the crowd's enthusiasm and circle pit action from the opening song to the last one played with a kick ass set chock full of everything and anything that you could think of. At one point they were just taking requests from the audience, playing whatever was being called out on the fly. Such a fun night. Expect a write up real soon. :-)
The Ditch Dust BBQ 2013 was a blast! Thanx again to Blue Tile Lounge Presents for putting it all together, and to Steve and Double Down Radio for the appropriate soundtrack to everything. Excellent turnout, the Hawaiian hot dogs were worth the drive, and there were some kick ass skaters tearing shit up out there, including the guys from J.F.A., all of them making the most of the spot until way after the sun went down. Basically we all went straight from Boulder City to the gig Downtown, stopping only to drop people off and to grab the gear. It was a fun time, and I'm looking forward to the next one.
Everything is updated. Loads of photos coming soon. I'm going back to bed. This Punk Rock shit is fucking draining on us old guys. :-)