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DIY Hard: Rock concerts are taking over strip malls, storage units and more

Steve Rodriguez, clad in a blue Morphsuit, jumps in to play guitar during the set of his friends’ band, Bad Luck, at the Goat House.

Melissa Lyttle

Steve Rodriguez, clad in a blue Morphsuit, jumps in to play guitar during the set of his friends’ band, Bad Luck, at the Goat House.

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While discussing Tampa's storage-space scene in an interview with Pitchfork, local indie rockers Merchandise singled out Tampa's Unit 19, a literal storage unit, as the city's "punk stronghold."

Unit 19 isn't the only unconventional punk space in Tampa Bay. There's Epic Problem, an all-ages venue at the Skatepark of Tampa; the Venture Compound, a warehouse space in St. Petersburg, and the Goat House, a storefront in a strip mall in Odessa.

These venues and others have have hosted nationally touring bands and are incubating a scene that's putting Tampa on the map in ways that most people never see.

"I'm not booking big metal shows where I have to worry about kids punching each other," said Jack Jallo, who organizes the Goat House. "It's just pop-punk, singing along."

For more on the Goat House and other DIY rock venues in Tampa Bay, click here for Jimmy Geurts' story.

 

 

[Last modified: Friday, January 31, 2014 12:04pm]

    

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