Hanging out with friends on the Cool Bus. A former school short bus never felt so cool.
Without going into some long-winded history of my experience with a group of San Diegans that call themselves "the Fast Crowd" or those who were known back when "The Punkboard" was the place to find underground shows, I will say that there is a small group of people in San Diego that still dominate.
There can be a random show and all of them show up. There are bars where they work, and it feels like this great underground secret, which is why, by merely writing about them, I will be cast out once again after spending years trying to gain their trust. These people were regulars at Scolari's, and when that bar closed, they splintered into a beer crowd and a show crowd. As they've grown older, they're less seen; however, their one retaining force is the "Cool Bus."
Basically, this crowd, when they decide to go out, goes hard. They kicked in some money and bought a short school bus, and Bear Paw takes the helm to drive the crowd around safely from venue to venue. The one time I was allowed on the bus, I snapped some photos and was basically told that I was never allowed to post the photos on my blog, but as the bus is breaking down and is jointly owned, I'd say that I would only like to help raise funds to keep the "Cool Bus" going. Tonight you can join the Fast Crowd at U-31 and show your support for their cause and help raise funds to fix their short bus. Believe me, the fact that this group of people has a designated driver makes San Diego safer for all of us.
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Rosemary Bystrak writes about the San Diego music scene, events, and sometimes whatever creeps into her head on her music blog San Diego: Dialed In. Check it for even more listings. Follow her updates at twitter.com/sddialedin or submit your music listings.