San Jose has long had a very active and dedicated, but a very elusive punk scene. All ages (and otherwise) shows have carried on in California’s third largest city largely unnoticed by the local press. Flyers occasionally show up at record stores and on lampposts-the ones with those creepy yellow San Jose lamps. It’s a sprawling metropolis that could hide several scenes. Many venues have come and gone, including Vic’s Garage, Nickel City, Homestead Lanes and, um, the Avalon. It seems that the Silicon Valley’s king city may now have a new punk homebase.
30 North Third Street in Downtown San Jose (DTSJ) is the home to The San Jose Rock Shop – downtown’s only musical instrument outlet. Somewhat less visibly it is also home to an all-ages, members only club that is very much run in the spirit of 924 Gilman Street. At the same address, through a different door, lies the recently opened Seeing Things – Gallery/Books/Zines. The space opened up with an exhibition of the Tri-X-Noise photo exhibit of regular contributor to this site Bill Daniel. You have just hours left to see this exhibit of very large photo prints, its last day is TODAY, November 26th!
This article pretty much wouldn’t exist without a recent posting by Gary Singh in the most recent Silicon Valley Metro.