New York and London battle it out over bragging rights as the definitive birthplace of punk rock. Southern California in general is acknowledged as the second cradle of the genre, home of all those amazing, sun-bleached '80s bands. But people tend to forget about the flyover states' place in the punk pantheon. Sure, things got cooking a little later there -- in the pre-Internet days, it took a while for music to filter in from the coasts. But the Midwest did, indeed, produce its own seminal acts. So why not celebrate them on a random night at Churchill's? Some of our own best beach-addled musical brains take the stage Friday night as, well, other bands, in a tribute to rock from left of the Mississippi.
In probably the most sense-making matchup of the line-up, the Miami-based sludgy post-hardcore act Consular
is slated to appear as the ferocious, pioneering Detroit hardcore act Negative Approach. Tri-county quartet No Class Action
will channel Chicago melodic punkers Naked Raygun, and Broward punk lifers the Shakers
take on the very unfuckwith-able catalog of the hallowed Replacements. (That's brave indeed). And finally, in the best South Florida twist to this whole project, Miami bilinguals Guajiro
morph for the evening into Husker Du, one of the best "college rock" type acts of the '80s but also one of the most staunchly gringo. This all could be really awesome or really awkward, only actual attendance will tell.
A Tribute to Midwest Punk Rock, with Consular, No Class Action, the Shakers, Guajiro, and others. Friday, October 9. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. Doors open at 9 p.m., admission is $6. Ages 18+ with ID. 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com