Atlantic hosts longtime punk band The Queers


The longtime punk group The Queers, with bassist Dangerous Dave, front, and singer/guitarist Joe King (also known as Joe Queer) in background, will play the Atlantic on Friday. (COURTESY OF THE QUEERS)

Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 10:54 a.m.

The longtime band The Queers have been making punk music since before most of the spiked jacketed, studded belted teenagers lining University Avenue were even born. They were punks before you were a punk, and they are proud of it. Despite the negative connotations connected with the band name, their music by today’s standards is pretty mellow, sort of along the same lines as The Ramones (a band that The Queers admired so much they decided to cover their album, “Rocket To Russia,” in its entirety in 1994) and The Misfits; real punk.

Originally formed in 1981 at the height of punk’s popularity in Portsmouth, N.H., Joe King (aka Joe Queer) is the only remaining member from the original lineup, which has had quite a few changes over the past 30 years; over 35 in fact. The fact that Mr. Queer has been able to keep this gig this long says something not only for the band, but also the genre itself. We live in a time where the term “punk” is thrown around so loosely it’s lost all its original meaning. Listening to bands like The Queers is almost like going to a museum; fascinating and a little sad, in the nostalgic sense. Punk means something to these musicians, as much now as it did in 1981. Why else would anyone want to play the same music for 30 years? It certainly isn’t the money.

The Queers are performing Friday at the Atlantic beginning at 9 p.m. with special guests Atlanta-based Americana punkers The Wild, local crunk-rockers Post Teens and the local rock group Boneshakers (which includes former members of Whiskey & Co. and Jawsome).

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Another real treat in store for Gainesvillians this weekend is the Jacksonville native prog-rock quintet, Memphibians, a band cool enough to write songs about animal time-travel (and the music’s not bad either), with the Neil Young-meets-Dinosaur Jr. three-piece Ancient River, and post-rockers, Big Bison, tonight at 1982 bar at 8:30.

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Also, going on tonight at Wayward Council is the musical stylings of the ukulele-duo, Inky Skulls, along with the band in town that grows on you most with every listen, Dirty Fist!, and singer/songwriter Lindsey Mills, tonight starting around 9.

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This town’s best and only response to any other town’s best band, Morningbell, will be joined by dance-rockers Bang Bang Boom, along with atlernative-electronica darlings, Dolfish, on Friday at Double Down Live starting at 9 p.m.

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Reggae/ska revivalists The Duppies will be taking the stage along with An Autumn Affair and The Neighborhood Watch on Friday night at 1982 Bar starting at 8:30 p.m.

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The Dave Matthews Experience will be playing a double set of sorts, one set being Dave Mathews covers and the other consisting of band leader Chris McCarty’s solo music on Saturday at Double Down Live, starting at 9 p.m.

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And the man most known for forgetting to do things because he was high, Afroman, will be coming to Double Down Live on Wednesday beginning around 9 p.m. Let’s hope he can remember to show up.

Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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