That’s the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing at what we now call 123 Pleasant Street. This photo was taken by Randy Squeak Williams. He was the co-owner of what was then known as the Underground Railroad Nightclub. The photo surfaced as part of a longer discussion about an upcoming event at the club. Information about that event is available here.

Some awfully big music has come through that club during its long history. It’s possible though that this picture captures the biggest of them. Thank you to both Mr. Williams and Ms. Jeannie Kuhn for sharing the image. 

The truck loading sign right in front of 123 Pleasant Street.

(This is the part where I’m going to go on a tangent about something shown in this photo.)
I haven’t heard any of these bands except Kills and Thrills. They came to 123 Pleasant Street and put on a hell of a show for an audience of about 30 people at max. Despite the small crowd, they were amazing. They had so much energy and tried to get involved with the people who were there. They were so thankful and nice towards everyone who come out. I’ve seen more people come out and mosh for bands that played with half as much heart as KAT, and I hope they’ll come back someday to a larger, rowdier crowd.
I actually had the privilege of hanging out with and talking to the lead singer of KAT, both before and after his band played. I had no idea who I was talking to when we first started chatting, but he didn’t make a big deal about it at all. It was only after they performed that I realized I had just spent, like, an hour talking to the lead singer of the headlining band for the night. The most impressive part, to me, was that even after he played and people started thanking him for playing, he didn’t act like he was too good to talk to me. I’ve met a lot of artists who blow off their fans or act like they’re gods amongst mortals, especially right after they play. But not the lead singer from KAT: he was totally chill about everything and sat around and continued to talk to me as if nothing had changed after he played his set and helped his band pack up. It was the coolest thing in the world, and he’s got to be one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. On top of all that, they make super sick music. If you’re into hardcore/punk music, you should definitely check out Kills and Thrills. I super love love love them.
Seriously, though, go check them out: www.facebook.com/killsandthrills

The Front Bottoms’ new album Back On Top comes out in just 3 more weeks! The band has just announced a bunch of special shows that they will be playing during release week!

09.13 Philadelphia, PA @ Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party (INFO)
09.18 Ford, NJ @ Vintage Vinyl*
09.19 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage (TICKETS)
09.20 Kutztown, PA @ Young Ones *
09.21 Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street (TICKETS)
09.23 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade*
* In store Performance

Pre-order Back On Top HERE!