One post on Memphis Punk Rock Promotions' Facebook page says it all: "What will set us apart in the future with other bigger events in the city is this one line, 'By musicians, for musicians.'"
Aspiring punk promoter Tyler Miller, embracing the old do-it-yourself aesthetic, describes the two-day Memphis Punk Rock Fest as a collaboration between like-minded parties who want to make music more accessible to younger audiences.
"I'm not from Memphis, but I love all the music down here," Miller says, describing the festival he's spearheading at the Memphis Rehearsal Complex on Monroe as an "expression of unity."
Miller says he wants to revive something that's been lost. "Before I moved here, there was a huge punk scene, bringing in touring bands from all over the world," he says. "All because of the people who were here."
Day 1 of the Memphis Punk Rock Fest: Yardsale, The Gloryholes, Deal Me In, Antagonizers ATL, Random Conflict, Commonwealth of American Natives, Special Victims Unit, The Worst, Anti G
Day 2: The Vignettes, Special Shoes, Socially Disfunctional, Capgun, Shark Week, Suzi Trash, Rex84, DDC, Nervous Jerks, Teenage Rehab, Sin City Scoundrels
Memphis Punk Rock Fest Friday-Saturday, March 8th-9th, at the Memphis Rehearsal Complex, 296 Monroe.
Doors open at 3 p.m. $10 with a canned-good donation, $15 without.>i