This Saturday’s Punk Rock Night awards marks the end of an era. After 11 years organizing the long-running event, founder, host and general maven-about-town Greg Brenner is retiring from his day-to-day role in favor of expanding the idea elsewhere and producing for individual bands.
“I’ve been doing this for so long, I don’t think I can add anything more to the night in the role I am now,” he says. “I want to get back to the roots of the night and see if I can propagate it in other cities — and create a circuit, which was one of the original ideas back in the beginning. And as far as producing, I’ve probably seen close to 10,000 bands in my life, so I think I could add some value to a band by championing their work.”
However, this is far from the end for a weekly event that taught half of Indianapolis how to complete the phrase “Every Saturday night is …” Brenner is handing over the managing and hosting to Rich Barker, who’s been heavily involved in PRN organization for quite some time now.
“This thing has really stood the test of time,” he says. “I’m glad that I can turn it back over to the community, and I have strong faith in Rich and everyone else involved that it’s going to continue to be great.”
Punk Rock Night thus remains one of the longest-running, if not the longest-running, live music events in the city.
“I really thought it was going to be one of those six-month things, but I just persevered and made it work,” he says. “There wasn’t a lot out there when it started, and now there’s a lot of choices every night, which is the way a city should be. I just wanted to go to a show, and I said, ‘Nothing’s out there, so I guess I’ll do it myself.’”