A pair of photos from Sunday night: on the left, a post-show photo of me and Jawbreaker's Chris Bauermeister. For some strange reason, I have no other photos of the two of us from before Sunday, despite the fact we lived together for over three years! On the right is a photo from during the Jawbreaker set, taken by a photographer for the Chicago Reader--you can see me looking on in the background on the right as Chris plays the bass. The animated dancing lady in the yellow fl
oral print dress just to the left of Chris is his wife Lucy, who also spent many days at our place in Lafayette!
The reviews of the Jawbreaker show that have been appearing in the press have been overwhelmingly positive, which they deserved to be--the band played an amazingly moving and powerful set. Even among the ranks of jaded punks exhausted after three days of sun, sweat and loud music, when Jawbreaker opened with their classic song "Boxcar," the crowd erupted in spontaneous dancing, fist-pumping, shout-alongs to choruses, ear-to-ear smiles, and many, many faces in the audience were covered in tears of joy. It sounds like exaggeration, but this is as objective as I can be about the experience--and it seems that all reviews of the show concur in the highly enthusiastic reception of the band by the audience as a whole. I think it's safe to say that many fans discovered the band only after they had dissolved, and never expected to be able to see them perform--so this concert seemed much like a dream come true for the majority of fans. Tight Homecoming Dresses 2020
As we chatted after the show, Chris and I reminisced about the period of time that Jesse Michaels (Operation Ivy, Common Rider) was staying with us and the three of us were having a discussion about heartburn, dietary needs, Velcro shoes, and the need for early bedtimes. At some point in the conversation, Chris remarked "You know, if punk fans around the world knew that members of Jawbreaker, Operation Ivy, and Screeching Weasel were having this conversation right now, they'd be pretty disappointed about what geezers we've all become!" Even more ironic now is the fact that the evening I've just described happened 15 years ago! Despite all of that, Jawbreaker looked far from geriatric onstage at Riot Fest--they were as energetic and vibrant as anyone could have hoped.