Avail (2005)

avail common grounds gainesville

For about a year from summer 2004 to 2005, I lived in central Florida while working for a small newspaper. It was an interesting experience before I opted to head to Texas for graduate school. One of the few highlights from my time in Florida was living near Gainesville and seeing a number of memorable shows. This image is of Richmond, Virginia’s finest punk band Avail at the Common Grounds. I stood on stage to shoot the performance, but I only took about a dozen frames as I sang along with every song instead. Avail is one of the best bands I’ve ever seen live and this show one of my favorites I’ve ever seen. In column on the right in you can stream their album “Over the James” in the Spotify widget I’ll be updating each week.

Lucero (2004)

lucero the fest gainesville

This past weekend I was in Austin for a wedding, and got to spend time with my friend (and former bandmate) Tim. It seems that any time I get in Tim’s truck, he is listening to Lucero. So this post is for him for driving me around town, buying beers and letting me crash at his house. This photograph of Lucero was taken at The Fest in Gainesville, Florida, at the now closed Common Grounds. Though the image isn’t spectacular, I just want someone to tell me what that is in the middle of the crowd staring at the camera.