Carbondale punk rock house celebrating 30 years of music

Morgan Demling, of the band

Morgan Demling, of the band “Seamstress,” plays the drums during a memorial show for the late Tim Beaty on Saturday night at the Lost Cross house. Beaty, a local drummer who was known to strip down to his underwear while playing, was killed March 27. The show at the Lost Cross house was as a celebration of and memorial for the late drummer. Demling said he knew Beaty for 10 years. “There’s really no words to express what [Beaty] meant to me,” he said. Demling said he stripped down to his underwear for Tim. — April 2, 2016, Carbondale, Ill. (Jacob Wiegand | @jawiegandphoto)

By Shannon Allen

One of the city’s underground music venues is bringing punk rock out of the basement and into the streets Saturday as it celebrates its 30th birthday.

Lost Cross — one of the country’s oldest punk houses — organized an outdoor party to mark the occasion with performances by local and touring bands. Music begins at 5 p.m. with opening band “Hans Predator” at Lost Cross, at 407 W. Elm St.

All-access wristbands are $15 and can be purchased Saturday at Lost Cross.


Sam Beard, one of Saturday’s event coordinators and a current tenant at Lost Cross, said bands come from around the world to play at the basement punk venue.

“It’s great that Carbondale has chosen to embrace and celebrate the independent music scene because it’s a form of pride for this city,” Beard said.

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There will be 30 performances associated with the event beginning Saturday and continuing through Sunday.

More shows are scheduled to follow at PK’s, a bar at 308 S. Illinois Ave., and Hangar 9, a bar at 511 S. Illinois Ave.

Staff writer Shannon Allen can be reached at 618-536-3326, [email protected] or on Twitter @ShannonAllen_DE.

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