Location: Burnsville, Minnesota.
This is where I attended my first show and became infatuated with the talent and dedication of some of the musicians that played there. The Garage is made out of a section of a police station that has a maximum capacity of about 300 people. For me it was my entry into the local minnesota music scene and introduced me to bands such as four letter lie, the semester, and the drive back. what brings me back is the amount of energy that can fill the room. everyone in the room singing all the words to the song, dancing, and having a good time, then being able to talk with the guys after their show. I was a roadie for a band called Fully Functional, and being at the garage was intense, setting up equipment for my friends, and then being able to play tamborine. The feeling of being onstage infront of everyone enjoying the music and jamming with the band is one of the most unique feelings in the world.
Some of my best pictures have come from this place. I do alot of band promo activities including live shots. The Garage always provides a good lighting system that is great for setting moods for certain bands and it's great for some of the live promos i do for bands.
The most intense show I was at was in june, and it was the semester's cd release show. The maximum capacity was exceeded but at least a couple hundred. The place was jam packed with people just waiting to hear them play, and in the middle of the summer, one can image just how hot and sticky it got in there. but that set explains just how special local shows are at this place. everyone being right next to each other and swaying and singing and sweating and dancing to the music.
The overall feeling that the place leaves you with is unexplainable. Your ears are ringing and your breathing is rapid. You're left with a huge smile that doesnt seem to go away for some time.
The people that go to The Garage are liek family to me. we meet up every other week or so to share in the music and enjoy that sensational feeling that it gives us all.