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Reviews, Comments & Other Putdowns for this event (by Ray)

Heard from Liz that CH3 was playing a small place in LB so I headed down with my 1Ds, sans flash. Everything was shot at a 3200 ISO and f/2.8 as the place was pretty dark and I couldn’t afford to give up any light at all. Most of my shutter speeds were in the 1/50 to 1/80 range and… Ahh, what the hell am I telling you this for?!? Just look at the damn photos. Here we go…

  • Venue Review – PUKA BAR:
    Got down there a little early and had a few beers. Cool place, down-to-earth people and divey enough to keep the over-cologned douche-nozzles far away. A few more stage lights would have been nice but it worked out. I felt at home here and would frequent this place more if I didn’t live so far away from it but I’ll definitely keep my eye on their calendar.

Don’t take my word for it, check out these YELP! reviews below. I realize the reviews are mixed, and there is truth behind even the most negative ones, but you have to take the bar for what it is. If you want to hang out in a club with a gazillion people wearing the latest fashions while listening to the most recent Lady Gaga remix then this is no the place for you. The Puka Bar is like a cross between the V Room and the Que Sera, so if you like those places then add this bar to your list of watering holes.

  • First Band: DICK JERKY:
    The name says it all! I got the impression that these guys are long-time friends who just want to play some punk rock, drink a few beers and have a good time. Absolutely nothing wrong with that! Back to the band… These guys were a great start to the night and were having a good time. Can’t say anything bad about them!

    Just as an fyi, the term Dick Jerky refers to a guy who hasn’t gotten laid in a long time and his dick has shriveled up to next to nothing – like a prune. Also, the male afflicted with this horrible condition makes up for it by being an aggro dickhead to the world – just thought I’d share.

    Also, I couldn’t find anything about them online so if you are reading this and know of a way to contact them or if they have a website please send me a note as I would like to at least share what I captured with them.

  • Second Band: THE MEKA LEKA HI’S:
    While I was sitting at the bar before any bands played, I turned and saw Johnny Magrann, who I hadn’t seen in quite some time. It turns out he is in the Meka Leka Hi’s – nice! I had no idea what they would sound like before the gig but I left a fan after they were done with their set. The band is a three-piece consisting of Josh Grelock on vocals & guitar, Rosemary Sotelo on drums and Johnnie Magrann on bass. I got a very old-school punkish vibe out of them and immediately thought of the band Flipper mixed with some light Cramps and possibly even some Rezillos thrown in for good measure. Go check them out as they are a lot of fun.

  • Third Band: CHANNEL 3:
    This gig was an unadvertised show as a warmup for a 2 week stint in the east coast and the UK. The audience consisted of friends and family and it appeared as if everyone had a fun time, including the band. They ripped through a setlist of new and old with a few stops in between to “Ratpack” the crowd, as I like to call it. Very fun night and make sure to check their site for upcoming gigs. They will be back in LB at Alex’s Bar in August, which should be a fun show.

    Sidenote: Special appearance by T-Bone (from Dick Jerky) in these photos! You’ll know when you see ‘em…

    If you are looking for more CH3 photos, I have 2 more galleries in the FotoBlog section under the following dates: 5/8/2008 and 6/10/2006

Nuff said…

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