SARAH UTTER/BANGS/SEAN KELLY HOUSE SHOW OLYMPIA 2000
Sarah Utter of Bangs playing a house show in Olympia 2000. The handsome Irishman holding the mic stand is Sean Kelly (Tight Bros from Way back When) who I’ve been down with since we met at San Dieguito High School after my mom and I relocated from San Diego city proper up to Encinitas in North County.
Is that Chris Smith from KARP looking down from the top of the frame? I sold Sarah that white Gibson SG for $300.00 if I remember correctly*. She still plays it to this day.
This picture made me think about how essential house shows were to the scene in Olympia and in towns like it all over the country in the post hardcore/indy era. I’ll write more about the role the house show has played and continues to play in grass roots music in future posts.
My good friend Tae Won Yu took this picture.
* Sarah has since told me she remembers paying $500 for the SG so we decided it was actually $400 that got her that great guitar. A guitar that Ian MacKaye and Chris Smith also had eyes on buying at various times I might add.
Tae Won Yu on Flickr.