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According to the Metropolitan Police Department, Jackson, was working at a construction site on Suitland Parkway when an eastbound BMW SUV collided with a parked truck that had a portable light trailer attached to it. Upon impact, the light trailer rotated and struck Jackson, who was standing next to the truck. Jackson was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, where he was pronounced dead. Eric Brady, who helped Jackson run his record label and spoke with his family today, confirmed that the Travis Jackson who was killed was his colleague.
From their founding in the mid-2000s to their breakup in 2010, Jackson’s band The Points was D.C.’s most dynamic party-punk band, with Ramones-style rippers and a reputation for onstage antics. (Not for nothing did the song “Rock N Roll No Rules” become their anthem.) The Points were also the house band of the now-defunct Fight Club D.C., an underground skate park located in a warehouse in Shaw.
As The Points wound down, Jackson helped galvanize a growing garage-rock scene in the District by founding Windian in 2009—-he told City Paper he started the vinyl label because he wanted to release some old Points songs—-and hosting annual showcases for the city’s scuzziest groups. (Instead of organizing a South by Southwest concert in Austin in 2011, he instead put together a “Fuck SXSW” show in D.C.) The Windian roster included groups like Title Tracks, The Shirks,The Cheniers, Maybe Baby, and Richmond’s Ar-Kaics, and was a crucial source of reissues for lost punk bands from across the country, including Syracuse’s The Penetrators.
Jackson was an enthusiastic promoter of the groups in his stable, whom he plugged in his signature all-caps emails. One of Jackson’s last Facebook updates captured his joie de vivre. “WORK HARD, STAY FOCUSED,” he wrote. “AND EARN EVERYTHING.”