There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Bassist Jorge Bañales (The Checkered Cabs, Villa Rosie, The Ready, Steady Go!, The Ambitions, The Shifters, The Thrilltones) has scanned and Facebooked a ton of local show flyers from the mid-’80s until the late ’90s. He says the collection just represents “a snapshot” of what he was up to at the time:
The oldest flyer on there is the May 30, 1986 show with Government Issue, Black Market Baby, Music for the Deaf (MFD), Fun Junkies and Mr. Potatohead that I attended at a warehouse in Springfield, Va., near the end of my sophomore year in high school. Other shows I went to around that time were UK Subs and Beefeater at The Complex and Government Issue at the Hung Jury Pub. Prior to Fugazi coming on to the scene my favorite bands were GI and Marginal Man, and that’s why you see a lot of flyers from shows those bands played. Once Fugazi started playing around 87-88 I went to a lot of their shows between then and 1993. Their shows at the Wilson Center and All Souls Church were amazing. It was also around that time, 1987-88, that the third wave of ska was starting with New York bands like The Toasters and the New York Citizens coming to play shows in our area. But most of the ska flyers, especially The Checkered Cabs ones are from 1998 to 1999 when I played bass in that band. The scariest show was UK Subs and Beefeater, and probably one of the oddest shows was seeing the experimental music and sound collage band Negativland play at DC Space.