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Trunk Space Kicks Off Its Indie 500 Concert Series with Infectious and Intimate Performances

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Boogie Nazis were next, performing their instrumental surf punk as the sun was beginning to set. Midway through, they brought their dancers, dubbed "The Fungles," to the stage. Three girls made their way and busted out choreographed moves in sync, until proceeding to walk their way through the crowd and dancing with audience members.

It was then JJCnV's turn, and the art-punk band got a fast start into their set as someone from the crowd yelled, "Play more songs about stuff!" The signature jokesters responded, "What if we play more songs about things and not stuff?" Banter such as this went back and forth, and the effects that bassist Pete Hinz used on his vocals created an echo that sounded perfect with their experimental punk jams.

Local ska band Liam and the Ladies played next to a room that knew all the lyrics to their catchy songs, probably because they're Trunk Space regulars. The crowd skanked, sang along, and clapped in beat with the band. The energy of the room was infectious, and like all the bands before them, they clearly illustrated the eagerness of the night on their sweaty faces.

When Potthast returned for his solo set, he played acoustic folk-punk set and had the crowd singing along to his narrative-fueled stories. He told a story of going to Melbourne, Australia and trying to write a song about that place, but instead wrote a song about his brother in the military. He then played a song he wrote about Phoenix, which really got the crowd going, for obvious reasons. He told the crowd that the 10-year anniversary is a celebration of the guts of the Trunk Space, not just the brick and mortar, but the spirit of its patrons and volunteers.

Then things got crazy awesome. Both LATL and Potthast joined Park as his ska supergroup backing band of sorts during his set. He had originally planned to play an acoustic set, but wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to play with a full ska band, so he played the sax and sang to a crowd that recognized each song he played. All of his band members wore shirts with a red and blue target stamped on them. The whole room was excitedly dancing and clearly happy to have Park in the space.

Those in the audience who scrammed after Mike Park, believing him to be the last act, missed one of the best sets of the night: Jamie J. The musician came up from Southern Arizona to play his electro-pop dance tunes, such as "Community College," where he sings about wanting to chase his dreams outside of the traditional school system. And he did it while wearing a pair of short shorts and a shirt that was ripped in half, baring his midriff.

The Tucson native also sponsored a dance contest with three contestants from the crowd, one of which included Mike Park, who walked into the room mid through Jamie J's gig, who was so star-struck that he forgot the lyrics to the song he was singing, and instead said, "It's Mike Park! Holy shit, you're really fucking cool." Park won the dance contest with his moves, one of which included the robot. Jamie J's night ended with everyone chanting "Trunk Space!" and a crowd-sized hug. Aww.

Afterwards, Carrico announced that a total of 80 songs were performed with only 420 left to go, a number that got whittled down even further on Monday.

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