A little over two weeks ago, I saw Jacuzzi Boys, King Tuff, and Ex Hex (kind of) live at Churchill’s Pub. The show was incredible, and I moshed for the first time, so I felt pretty darn accomplished. I’ll give you a little vignette of my night.
Churchill’s is like your neighbor’s garage—small, but full of character. They are one of the few Miami venues who have elected to leave their doors open to the under 21 crowd. It’s definitely a contested topic, but let’s face it, kids deserve to attend cool shows too. Like it or not, it diversifies the crowd, and that is something that makes the Churchill’s experience a unique one. The crowd paired with the quaint setup makes the pub an intimate setting for live shows. The inside is divided in two parts: the stage side and the pool table side. The bar acts as a partition and sanctuary for exhausted crowd members.
Let’s Start At The Beginning: Jacuzzi Boys
By the time I arrived, it was already pretty full, and Jacuzzi Boys had just started their set. Jacuzzi Boys are a perfect example of Miami-grown artists that made it pretty big. Their song, “Vizcaya” became the theme song for Comedy Central’s The Meltdown. What is The Meltdown? Who knows? Regardless, I’m pretty sure it’s a big deal.
I’ve seen Jacuzzi boys three times (they never get old), but what made this time special was that for the first time, I didn’t shy away or crouch in fear when the pit opened, I threw myself in there. It was exhilarating. One of the best moments of the night was when “Glazin’” was shredding through my earplugs and everyone was just hopping around laughing and singing.
The Break: Ex Hex
Unfortunately, I spent most of my energy during Jacuzzi Boys and had to take a break outside of Churchill’s, which is really an interesting place to be. There is an outdoor bar area and a second closed off area where friends can congregate and talk without screaming in each other’s ears. On one hand, I regret missing out on their set, but I have faith that it was wonderful, because they have a great sound. Just listen to “Waterfall” and see for yourself. On the other hand, there was a beautiful, cool January evening and a pitcher of water waiting patiently for me outside.
The Finale: King Tuff
King Tuff was oozing with energy from start to finish. This was the first time I’d ever heard their music, and it was truly impressive. As the show went on, it got progressively more exciting. Towards the end, Gabriel Alcala, the lead singer of Jacuzzi Boys came out with an ice cream cake for King Tuff frontman Kyle Thomas. “They said you liked Carvel,” Alcala said as he laughed and wished Thomas a happy birthday. The entire crowd erupted in laughter and cheered. Thomas humbly informed the crowd that he wasn’t going to bother leaving the stage for the encore. More laughter ensued. After a couple songs, they closed the set with “I Love You Ugly”, which is short and sweet, and quite possibly a new addition to my favorite love songs.
When in Doubt, Just Mosh It
All in all, my first show of 2015 was certainly a great start to the new year. This year’s lineup doesn’t seem as intense as last year’s in terms of concerts, but I’m definitely looking forward to my next opportunity to mosh. If I can’t find an appropriate show to fulfill my dreams, I suppose it could happen anywhere—a department store, an elevator—and I’ll be prepared. I recommend that everyone gets a good mosh in at least once in their lifetime. Taking part in a mosh pit takes an equal amount of trust in yourself and trust in the other people around you. You have to trust that they won’t break your nose or toes. Nothing is guaranteed — therefore, a mosh pit is a hyperbolic metaphor for life. So just throw yourself in there.