Who said punk is dead? There are two campaigns on Indiegogo right now that seek to revive two punk rock projects from yesterday, or in one case yesteryear. One seeks funding for a new hybrid music venue in Santa Ana, California based on an old Southern California institution. Another seeks to fund the sequel to one of the most famous punk-inspired movies of all time.
Unit B was a stalwart venue in Southern California, blending music and sport into one cohesive experience. Alas, the venue closed in June of this year. Now writer, editor and photographer Mark Waters wants to live out his dream of owning a small music venue by reviving Unit B, creating a “community space designed for live music, skateboarding, art shows, record swaps, a library/bookstore, a recording studio, as well as rehearsal studios and anything else that we feel the need to create.”
When the doors were closed at Unit B, it hurt. But I felt like it was an opportunity again — a chance to build on what we’d done at Unit B, and make it better, make it completely legal, and basically build a new spot that was designed to be what we want. Not a skatepark with a stage, but a community space designed for live music, skateboarding, art shows, record swaps, a library/bookstore, a recording studio, as well as rehearsal studios and anything else that we feel the need to create. This is a community space like no other, and we’ve proven that this concept works.
SLC Punk is a film that came out in 1998 and became a cult classic of the highest order. The story follows two punks as they live and grow up in conservative Salt Lake City. Now the director of the original film James Merendino is crowdfunding a sequel, SLC Punk 2: Punk’s Dead. Merendino says that much of the original cast is coming back for the sequel, and he already has a bit of funding lined up for the film in the form of equity. He’s asking the crowd for funding to help bring this movie to market. of the rewards being offered: two $5,000 seats to put your band in the movie. Alas, they’re both already taken. The campaign is flexibly funded, so no matter what Merendino is going to be taking some funds with him. The campaign has a long way to go before reaching a $250,000 goal, though.
18 years later, in PUNK’S DEAD, Bob is still dead, but Trish from the Bong Shop, Stevo, Sean the Beggar, John the Mod, crazy Mark and tree hugger Mike are arrogantly saving the world for another generation…or they are at least trying. Get ready to find out what happened to your favorite characters, as we take you to the pivotal events in their lives since SLC PUNK. Holding it all together will be the misadventures and observations of one of their offspring, an eccentric kid named Ross, who has a lot to live up to…
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