If you're like me, then a big portion of your life before you were able to legally get wasted in public was making regular pilgrimages to makeshift all-ages venues. Back then, it was the only way to bum a smoke, see a band and maybe get some culture all in the same place. Very few of these DIY venues still exist in OC and, unless you're willing to spend cash to see a show at Chain Reaction, they ain't cheap to get into. One such venue, AAA Electra 99 in Anaheim, shut its doors this month and is currently in need of a home. After 15 years, the co-op art gallery is looking to switch locations to Costa Mesa as soon as it can find a space willing to house it's museum of artistic insanity.
Nate Jackson is the gatekeeper to your dreams of local dive bar stardom. If he writes about you, expect your band to be offered at least one more drink ticket than the rest of the bands on the bill. Get his attention with some groovy tunes and he might just do it. Then, boy will you feel special.