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While this blog has covered events there several times already, this week I want to talk about the Bubble in Fort Lauderdale. This place is what this town needs to bring back the D.I.Y. fist-raising of the late '80s and early '90s, when putting on a music or independent art show really meant something. This place is amazing because it combines both -- not only do local bands play there regularly, but it regularly features work from local artists like Rhee Polhamus, Matthew Barteluce, and Erick Arenas.
I first discovered the place recently when I went to go see the band Murderous Rampage play there. The band is fronted by Tommy Newman, the back bartender at the Poorhouse. It was an awesome show -- loud, fast, and evil, all the things you need for a good time, as far as I'm concerned.
This amazing space is run by none other than Garo, who has been putting on shows in Fort Lauderdale for quite some time. (He also fronts the band Dooms De Pop). A lot of the events are hosted by Chris Bellus -- usually known locally for his photography -- and he's been doing a damn good job promoting the place.
At just the first visit, it's clear that the Bubble is very much a labor of love. The people who put it together are all from Fort Lauderdale, and they all took time from their own busy lives and money out of their own pockets to get it together. We all need to come together as a community and support it.
Five Albums I'm Listening to This Week: 1) Mogwai, BBC Sessions. 2) Rites of Spring, Spring. 3) Side By Side, You're Only Young Once. 4) Sludgeworth, Losers of the Year. 5) Strife, One Truth.
Quote of the Week: Michael Vick should have his teeth knocked out with a hammer like he
used to do with his bait dogs, that piece of shit...." -- Me
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