Trunk Space: 20 Favorite Shows From the Last Decade

Categories: Outtakes

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Victor Palagano
A scene from the Trunk Space Fest in 2009.
Later tonight, the Trunk Space will wrap up both its 10-year celebration and its ambitious performance project, the Indie 500. As we've previously reported, the multi-day concert festival -- which dozens of bands playing the space over the last week and change -- sought to have a total of 500 songs performed over the course of 10 days.

Thing is, as impressive as the Indie 500's running count may seem, it doesn't come close to matching the total number of songs that have echoed through the tiny Grand Avenue music venue since it first opened in 2004.

Co-owners Stephanie Carrico and JRC estimate that more than 8,000 bands have made their home in the Trunk Space (if only for the length of a set) over the previous decade, and that's not even counting the number of regular acts and musicians who have repeatedly performed there countless times.

Needless to say, many memories of many concerts have been made at Trunk Space. And in honor of the spot's big birthday, we spoke with both local and touring artists who shared their favorite shows they've witnessed at Trunk Space, as well as adding a few of our own choices to the following list.

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New Times photo

Quintron and Miss Pussycat (2007/2008)
One of the ones that sticks out is the first time Father's Day played with Quintron and Miss Pussycat there. That was incredible. That was the most packed I've ever seen it. I think it had to be like 2008 or 2007? Quintron was fucking ridiculous. It was packed. That was really where it started to sink in that this is real shit. [Trunk Space] is not this fucking weird place on the corner where kids fuck around. This is fucking Phoenix. It was the first night it really hit me. It was middle of summer. It was horrible. We're all getting heat strokes during the show. Quintron is one of the louder acts I've ever seen there. It was awesome. -- Andrew Jemsek

Multiple Shows
Some life changing performances I saw at the Trunk Space include Mandarin Dynasty (around 2005), Dear Nora and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone (around 2006), Jason Anderson (Countless legendary performances), Thanksgiving/Adrian Orange (Countless highly influential performances), Wild Man Bill (Last known performance before he died, maybe around 2006), All the amazing Asleep in the Sea, Foot Ox, Stephen Steinbrink/French Quarter, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Reindeer Tiger Team, Red Pony Clock, et cetera, et cetera. Getting to see bands like Hello the Mind Control grow into Diners and UggaMugga slowly turn into the unstoppable Dogbreth. -- Zach Burba


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