Aug 3, 2011
Directly above the mayhem from the U.S. Open of Surfing on Main Street in Huntington Beach, a celebration of three other cultures gathered: punk rock, art and skateboarding. “Garageland” was a tribute to Joe Strummer, the iconic frontman of the Clash, and a benefit for the charity inspired by him, Strummerville. The charity supports aspiring musicians to realize their musical endeavors. Punk musicians and skaters alike joined together to contribute their art, music and money to generate attention for the cause. It was held at 2nd Floor, a restaurant and art gallery located literally on the second floor of Main Street, decorated with a tattoo and punk aesthetic in mind.
Joey Briggs of The Briggs and Eban Sterling of Stagger and Fall played acoustic sets and donated to the cause. Some of the contributing artists included Duane Peters, frontman for the US Bombs and skater, and pro skaters Jason Jessee, Lance Mountain and Jason Adams (Adams helped put on the event with his Iron Fist clothing line). Matt Hensley (ex-Flogging Molly and pro skater) was scheduled to show his art and play accordion with Briggs, but wasn't able to make it due to touring constraints.
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Critic's Bias: I love 2nd Floor and can pretty much get behind anything they do.
The Crowd: 2nd Floor was packed from wall to wall and there was often a line to get in. The gallery had several of the artists featured including Master of Disaster himself, Duane Peters, sporting a large lime green blazer and signature flipped up baseball cap.
Overheard in the Crowd: Dude in his fifties: “I take pictures of buds because I grow weed and we like to take pictures of it.”
Random Notebook Dump: This guy dropped a few dollars worth of donations to Stagger and Fall's Eban Sterling. He came back and threw down a twenty. A few minutes later he took out a hundred. As he walked away he told me, “I've had way too much to drink.”