The guys of the long-grinding Miami quintet Alukard hail from all over the city but have made it their new mission to bring live rock back to the suburban expanses of Kendall, a couple of years after staple venue Kaffe Krystal's demise. "They were known for bringing a lot of emo, screamo, punk rock, and indie bands, and they would pack up the house every Saturday. This was something going on that wasn't covered by everybody, but all the young kids knew about it," says Level, Alukard's singer/guitarist. "All these kids were able to just walk or skate to this place, instead of driving their cars for a million miles." So a few months ago, the guys scoped out a venue similarly situated – Sandbar, near Miami Dade College's Kendall Campus. Since then, on Wednesdays, Alukard has been hosting a well-attended "closed mike" event. But its biggest booking to date will be this Saturday's show by the decade-plus-running Indiana pop-punk band the Ataris. The group was set to end its current national tour after its May 22 Orlando date, but Alukard bassist Pupo persuaded longtime friend Kristopher Roe, the Ataris' guitarist and frontman, to hop south. "It's more of a favor, for-fun type thing for them," Level says, "but it's a nice little venue and Kendall's got a good demographic for the crowd the Ataris pull."
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