Trunk Space Kicks Off Its Indie 500 Concert Series with Infectious and Intimate Performances

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Members of Liam and the Ladies perform with Mike Park and Dan Potthast at Trunk Space during the first night of Indie 500.
Colorful streamers, balloons, and even a donkey piñata adorned the digs at the Trunk Space Sunday, adding an extra festive -- not to mention silly -- air to what was a major occasion: the kickoff of Indie 500, the 10-day music festival celebrating the Grand Avenue music and art space's 10-year anniversary.

It's certainly an ambitious project, planned for months by Trunk Space co-owners Stephanie Carrico and JRC and unlike anything previously attempted by a Valley music venue. The Trunk Space's fans and regulars have been eagerly anticipating it, however, which explains the large crowd gathered for the kickoff on Sunday afternoon.

It probably helped that the first night of the Indie 500 was headlined by skanker-turned-folkster Dan Potthast and Asian Man Records founder Mike Park. The two not only played an early acoustic ska show for the children of other musicians and artists scheduled to perform that night, followed by longer individual sets later in the evening.

Potthast and Park were among the first of 50 different indie bands and musicians from the local scene and around the country that are participating in the Indie 500. Five or more acts are booked per day and each will play 10 songs or so, roughly equaling the event's titular number.

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Only 420 left to go.

In fact, during the kickoff (and every day since then), Carrico has been using a manual tally counter to keep track of each of the 500 songs as they're played. And the count officially started off when French Girls took the stage on Sunday for a mid-afternoon set to contribute their songs to the total. As the sun shined through Trunk Space's windows off Grand Avenue, lead singer Chela Mischke declared the band's loyalty to the venue.

"We played more at Trunk Space than any other venue," she stated "I'm glad there's A/C."

Someone one in the audience immediately replied, "There's not," to which Miscke countered, "There will be, dammit."

This little exchange is, of course, referring to the successful recent Indiegogo crowdfunder that provided Carrico and JRC with enough cash to both fund the 10-day festival and buy a badly needed air conditioner for the space, which has yet to be purchased as of this writing. (They'd better get a move on, since the yearly scorch is about to arrive.)


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1506 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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