On March 31, Razorcake contributor David Ensminger has organized a stellar, cross-country focused, trans-generation punk roundtable discussion at Pop Obscure Records, 735 S Los Angeles St., DTLA. It is free, all ages, and begins at 5 PM.
At 6 PM, Mike Watt And The Missingmen will play an in-store.
The theme will be “Talkin’ Punk Politics and Poetry: D Boon and Beyond.” It will include a “who’s who” of punk icons from across the country and eras, including:
Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Dos, and more)
Ronnie Barnett (The Muffs)
Brian Brannon (JFA)
Chip Kinman (the Dils, Rank And File, and more)
Mish Miller/Bondage (Portland legends Sado-Nation)
Seminal photographer Edward Colver (Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Circle Jerks)
East LA writer/rocker/historian and Razorcake contributor Jimmy Alvarado
Ben Merlis (early-2000s hardcore traditionalists Fields Of Fire)
Christian Kidd/Arnheiter (the Hates, the oldest ongoing punk band in Texas)
Local punk historian and bass player David Jones.
Others might join as well.
They will be focusing on navigating Trumpian times by looking back at punk history, poetics, and politics.
Earlier that day, David will be presenting at the 2018 annual American Comparative Literature Conference at UCLA, participating in the seminar “‘Stay woke’: The Politics of Protest Song.” His paper, “Germs-filled Adolescence: Hardcore Punk’s Politicization of the American Neighborhood” is a folklore-based recounting of how punk transformed American communities.
That night, Ensminger will be playing drums for both the Hates (from Texas) and Mish Bondage And The Blokes (from Portland, Ore.) at Cafe NELA, mesmerizing LA locals with classic 1980s punk cuts!