my first shows were at the almighty UCD coffee house under the arm of my older brother who took me to these all ages shows.
Name Dropping: Operation Ivy for free in Davis, CA somewhere in the late 80's i think.
wonderful, wonderful, nice post.
I have to say, i recently moved from a very warm and friendly environment in northern california to Alb, NM. and was feeling pretty iffy about it... But as time goes by I realize this is a great place to be at. cheers.