Acrobatics Everyday needs letters of support
Acrobatics Everyday, O.C.'s bastion of all-ages punk shows, might have a problem on its hands. According to AE founder Sam Farzin, a UC Irvine student and music director of KUCI-FM (88.9), the university wants him to hold shows in expensive-to-rent lecture halls instead of classrooms and other unexpected spaces on campus. In the last year, AE has booked BARR, the Mae Shi, Lucky Dragons, Dan Deacon, Mount Eerie and other art-punk bands who regard Acrobatics Everyday as "The Smell of the O.C."
In a quick chat with Pop & Hiss, Farzin explained that he's in talks with UCI's scheduling department to negotiate lower rates for the lecture halls or some other form of compromise. "It can cost $200 to basically move chairs across the room," Farzin said. He's optimistic that something will work out, but nevertheless, he's scanning the campus for plum spots to plug in an amp. "I've had bands say this was the best show of their tour because they were playing in this environment." Makes sense -- isn't there a famous video or two based on fantasies of rocking out in school?
For now, Farzin is collecting letters of support to show campus authorities. The inbox is open at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Margaret Wappler
Thanks to LA Record for the tip.
Photo of Parts & Labor at the Phoenix Food Court on UCI's campus in November by Natasha Aftandilians