So, I met this guy the other day. He told me he had just moved to town a few weeks ago, and that he has since undertaken a quest to witness firsthand that mystical and elusive beast known as "the scene." I began to tell of stories, passed word of mouth, and via text, of people who had caught quick glimpses of the glimmering beast, preserved only in tall booze-soaked tales and blurry cell phone pictures, but rarely, if ever, captured in the digital clarity of a professional "beast hunter's" lens.
The bewildered stranger gulped at the air in his mouth as he looked around nervously in disbelief. Quietly, he inquired as to "just exactly how often" these sightings have occurred. I leaned in and stared deep into his anxious eyes, and without even a hint of dubiety, I told him, "Damn near every night of the week."
Rumor has it the beast will be rearing its mighty head at the Triple Nickel Tavern this Saturday, Aug. 28, as the recently reunited old-style, new-school, punk rock anti-heroes in Jughead's Revenge will play one of their first Colorado shows since reuniting last March after nearly a decade on "hiatus." Easily one of the most underrated bands of their "genre/era" ('90s skateboard pop-punk à la NOFX, Screeching Weasel, Lagwagon, Pennywise, etc.) the Jughead boys got a bitter taste of mainstream success when they signed to Dexter Holland's label, Nitro Records, in 1995: When the label started selling, against the band's wishes, a T-shirt with unauthorized "Jughead" artwork, they got steamrolled into the courthouse by a very aggressive Archie Comics corporation. Opening the show will be former Jughead tourmates and punk rock anti-heroes in their own right, the Nobodys, and Asbestos Tampons. Presale tickets are available for the 21-plus show at the bar for $7, or $10 at the door, if available.
And what goes better with poppy SoCal skate punk than a good old-fashioned skateboard jam, like the one taking place at the Memorial Skateboard Park earlier in the day on Saturday? Not much, that's what! The annual BC Surf and Sport "Big Contest" welcomes skaters of all skill levels to shred the finest patch of concrete this side of the ol' Mississip' for fun and prizes. Registration is $10 for the all-ages contest (with the under-18 needing parental signature). Sign-in starts at 10 and the contest kicks off at the crack of noon. For more info, e-mail the nice kids at email@example.com or call 590-7873.
Also on Saturday, and also on wheels, the Rocky Mountain Riot Roller Derby Team still needs your help to build Colorado's first and only banked-wall roller derby track. It'll be throwing a "splash and bash" BBQ/fund-raiser from 1 to 4 at Big House Sports (1480 N. Newport Road, off South Powers Boulevard). Scheduled activities include live punk rock from Tater Twat, a "dunk a derby dame/dude" tank, and two cars that you can hit with a sledgehammer for a small donation.
Well, that covers Saturday pretty darn good. What about the rest of the week? 40 oz. to Freedom and Primo Blend are at the Black Sheep on Thursday, while Smile Brigade, Ian Gott and Robert Doran are at the Rocket Room. Friday night has Ampline, Daikaiju, SuperLiteBike and Trouble in the Wind at the Rocket Room, while Planning Space, the Myth of Modern Medicine and Al Stone are at Sunshine Studios, Black Mountain Symphony plays the Loft, and touring reggae artist Rising Lion plays Rasta Pasta downtown. On Sunday, take a little break, because you will be at Shuga's on Monday for Christopher Dallman, and then it's off to the Rocket Room for the Electric Illuminati and Arach Attack! on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
With that many options, you're bound to catch a whiff of that beast sooner or later.
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