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