Ask anyone involved in the punk and hardcore scene and they'll tell you that there is no better way to spend a summer evening than at a house show. Hopping on bikes and riding around Broad Ripple and mid-town, drinking on front porches and double-sweating in cramped mosh pits — all part of the summer basement ritual.
But all things pass. After two years of punking out at The Halloween House and Moria, my roommates and I are throwing in the rag and calling it quits. We feel that after 24 months and nearly 50 shows, it is time to move on.
After three years of shows, The 1511 is calling it quits as well. And you can also add the indie rock house, The Empty Bucket, (also in South Broad Ripple) to the list of down-and-out house venues. With three major hubs of underground music shutting down in one summer, it's easy to have a questionable outlook on the future of the scene. But the ups and downs of the punk rock saga are cyclical. Things will get better again soon.
What will I do on my summer nights? Sure, there will be shows at other venues and bars throughout the summer, but the energy of a basement show is hard to duplicate. While I am looking forward to the summer schedule at The Dojo, I am still wondering what will become of the basement scene. Who, if anyone, will step up and open another house venue?
Not having a basement to hang out at and mosh in won't be the end of the world, or the summer for that matter. In lieu of basement shows, I am looking forward to going to the Upland Taste Room, cruising the Monon and hitting up the city's numerous festivals. It would, however, be nice to see some new basements open up before the leaves start changing colors...