LONESOME SHACK
  • SARAH BLANCHARD
  • LONESOME SHACK
I'm totally biased because I live in the Central (and Best) District, but catching a show at neighborhood bike shop 20/20 Cycle is magical. Owner Alex Kostelnik hosts a handful of all-ages music events every year, temporarily moving piles of bikes, bike parts, and accessories to create an intimate venue—the low ceilings and overall DIY appeal of 20/20 are always a welcome change from the bar/venue grind.

On February 9, local garage punks Unnatural Helpers will be sharing a bill with the tears-surfing lady group wonders La Luz and stripped-down, ghostly blues-makers Lonesome Shack. Just this lineup alone at this venue is A+, but the sparkling cherry on top is that Ruben Mendez and Lacey Swain's Gold Van Records—a mobile record shopping experience full of hand-picked vinyl—will be open for business outside the show.

You know and love the Helpers, but let's get acquainted with these other folks in a triple interview party with La Luz, Lonesome Shack, and Gold Van Records!

Lonesome Shack

Who are Lonesome Shack?

Ben Todd (guitar, vocals, songwriting), Kristian Garrard (drums), Luke Bergman (bass), and occasionally Andrew Swanson (saxophone).

Tell me about Lonesome Shack!

Ben: Haunted boogie blues. The first Lonesome Shack tape came out in 2002. I made tapes for years when I lived in a lonesome shack in Alma, New Mexico, but the beginning of the band, as it is now, was when I started to play with Kristian in '08. Luke joined a couple years back, and that really filled the band out. Our new record, City Man, was recorded live to tape in one night at Cafe Racer and features Andrew Swanson on sax.

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