Scott Crawford is no stranger to the D.C. punk scene. Thanks to a friend’s sister, Crawford discovered the D.C. punk bands Scream and Government Issue when he was 12. “The first show I ever went to left me wanting more,” he says. “I knew even then that I’d found my tribe.”
Nearly 30 years later, Crawford is working on a documentary, Salad Days, that tells the story of the raucous ’80s subculture. In honor of the film, six important bands from the era played to capacity crowds at Black Cat last weekend. Friday brought Kingface, a reunited Dag Nasty, and Black Market Baby (with original bass player Paul Cleary making an appearance). Saturday’s lineup included Youth Brigade, Scream, and Government Issue—-with early members Tom Lyle and Brian Baker and a special sit-in from Dag Nasty drummer Colin Sears.
H.R. of Bad Brains graced the stage, too, performing “Right Brigade” with Black Market Baby and playing guitar for Scream—-while looking fabulous in a blond wig. Organizers also showed the documentary’s trailer as well as some segments from the documentary. Going by the clips alone, it seems likely that Salad Days is going to be required viewing for any punk fan when it’s released in 2013.
See photos from both nights in the gallery.