As Refused finished up their headlining set at the main stage of Punk Rock Bowling Sunday night, I was already on my way to a night of ska with The Skints, English Beat, and ‘surprise’ guests Mighty Mighty Bosstones. With plans to also catch Krum Bums and ‘surprise’ guests Conflict, I wouldn’t be able to stay in one place too long.
I stayed at the Bunkhouse long enough to see The Skints and The English Beat – whom I had never seen and fulfilled all of my dreams of what their show would be like. Even the photographers took a moment in between shots to do a little dancing. The eager crowd showed their love for the ska legends with a bouncing dance floor and smiles abound. But enough of the ska and over to crust for me, as I took the hike to the Backstage Bar down the road. The problem with going around to all these venues is that the travel-time forces me to miss some of a set.
This was the case as I finally secured entry into Backstage Bar and saw Krum Bums performing their last song. I was bummed, but I have seen the Austin punks many times, and I have a feeling this time will not be my last. Besides, I was really here to see the main event Conflict. The band was scheduled to play the main stage before headliners Dropkick Murphys the following day, and this set was an intimate preview of what was to come. I love this band, and despite the growing age of its members, they still have plenty of energy to put on a great live set.
After Conflict finished up I was back to Bunkhouse to catch the last bit of Bosstones’ set, playing “Devil’s Night Out”, in its entirety. But no shots were taken for this set, this was to be pure enjoyment, no work.
You can have a look at all of the photos from the night’s club shows below.