9/26/15 SF Punk Renaissance THE MUTANTS INSECT LOUNGE w Connie Champagne, Mia D’Bruzzi

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Photo by Mark Hanford

The Mutants are always without parallel and Saturday at the Verdi Club was no different as they took the stage joined by Connie Champagne and Mia D’Bruzzi of Frightwig. Thank you to the Mutants for your support!

And THANK YOU to lilmike for capturing the video!

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Joined by Sue! Photo by Mark Hanford

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Fritz, Brendan and Peter Photo by Mark Hanford

Come out into the Light: Join Us on the Punk Walking Tours- Share Your Tales and be Regaled with Punk Sights and Sounds of the Early Years

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The Mab Photo by Bobby Castro

Join Eric Bradner  and Raymond Ernest Andre III on a series of  narrated walking tours filled with historic tales of punk’s underground revolution. Wander past punk landmarks -the  clubs, rehearsal spaces, houses, and after hours party venues where punk history erupted. From South of Market, to the Tenderloin, the Mission, and North Beach these are the streets that fostered the revolution. From the population eruption during the gold rush of 1849  to the present, the city has been infamous for bordellos, gambling, opium dens, men getting “shanghaied, ” culture, counter culture, and color. Take this rare opportunity to share the tales of rare punk history; gasp in horror at what has taken their place and close off the tour by sharing a snack and beverage… and rest your feet.  Eric Bradner, famous for his captivating historical cemetery tours,  will bring his wit, wisdom, and tales to the excursions. Raymond Ernest Andre III,  Punk Rock Sewing Circle member, MC, historical fiend,  and snake oil salesman extraordinaire will charm and and regale with tales of life as it once was…

MONDAY 9/21/15 WALK INTO THE PAST, Time TBA

The first of four punk walking tours, this walking tour focuses on South of Market punk landmarks. Join your host, Raymond Ernest Andre lll on a narrated walking tour filled with tales of punk’s underground revolution as the tour travels past legendary and infamous brick and mortar landmarks Learn( or just remember!) about the clubs, rehearsal spaces, infamous punk houses, and after hour punk party venues. Early punk history was created in these locations; the movement crystallized and erupted on these very streets. All ages welcome

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THURSDAY, 9/24/15, WALK INTO THE PAST Time TBA

The third Punk Walking Tour focuses on locations around the Tenderloin. Join your host, Eric Bradner on a narrated walking tour filled with tales of punk’s underground revolution as the tour travels past legendary and infamous brick and mortar landmarks. Wander past sites of major early punk employment and where bands were born like the Strand and the Egyptian,  wander past the club, and rehearsal spaces. Learn about the historical significance of these punk sites and hear the tales. Early punk history was created in these locations; the movement crystallized and erupted on these streets. All ages welcome. Free

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FRIDAY, 09/25/15, WALK INTO THE PAST, Time TBA

The third Punk Walking Tour, this tour focuses on locations around the Mission District. Join your host, Eric Bradner, on a narrated walking tour filled with tales of punk’s underground revolution as the tour travels past legendary and infamous brick and mortar landmarks. Wander past the site of the punk shopping mall the Compound; wander past the clubs, infamous punk houses, record companies, and after hour punk party venues. Learn about the historical significance of these early gathering places and listen to  the tales. Early punk history was created in these locations; the movement crystallized and erupted on these streets. All ages welcome. Free

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Target Bust by Vincent Anton. Vincent’s photos will be featured on 9/23 at Publlc Works

SUNDAY, 09/26/15, WALK INTO THE PAST,Time TBA

The last of four punk walking tours, this tour focuses on locations around the North Beach district. Join your host, Eric Bradner on a narrated walking tour filled with tales of punk’s underground revolution as the tour travels past legendary and infamous brick and mortar landmarks. Wander past the sites of creative percolation such as Search and Destroy ReSearch house, the steps above the On Broadway and Tower Records. View the alley and the Mab, coffee houses, infamous punk houses, and after hour punk party venues. Learn about the historical significance of these early gathering places and hear the tales. Early punk history was created in these locations; the movement crystallized and erupted on these streets. All ages welcome. Free

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No Alternative Joins the SF Punk Renaissance : Early Era Punk bill for 9/26

We’re happy to announce an addition to the Verdi bill on 9/26! No Alternative is going us for the evening of Early Era Punk. They will be opening, so try to arrive early to see this quintessential SF Punk Band!

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A bit about the band! No Alternative started off in San Francisco in 1979. Members Johnny Genocide (Hugh Patterson) and Jeff Rees formed KGB a year earlier with Drummer Zippy Pinhead and Guitarist Ron Ramos. Johnny Genocide had previously been guitarist for the Offs. KGB can be heard on the “Live at the Deaf Club” LP. The name change came when Zippy and Ron left and Johnny Genocide took over guitar. Drummer Greg Langston (from Tuxedomoon) took over drum duties in 1980. The band played constantly and became a club favorite. Shows with X, Black flag, the Plugz,Cramps, Flamin’ Groovies, Gexa X,Lydia Lunch,Sleepers…..The list goes on and on. The band took a break in 1983 but reformed briefly in 1989. Since 2006 with the addition of Max Volume (Naked Lady Wrestlers) on Bass, the band has been playing a few shows per year. A recording of a legendary 925 Gilman Street performance with Dick and Jane is set for release in February 2016 on Die Laughing records. Greg Langston

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