Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

[3] Alternative Music Gets Day in City Bubbapalooza Rocks Venue in Five Points

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

[3] Alternative Music Gets Day in City Bubbapalooza Rocks Venue in Five Points

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********** CORRECTION (11/7/96)

Because of a reporting error, a report on Page A-5 Monday

about the Bubbapalooza rock fest misstated the reason for

canceling an outdoor portion of the Sunday concert. City

officials advised organizers Saturday that the zoning at

Club 5 in Riverside does not allow outdoor concerts. No

permit had been issued.


Outside, it was a cool, clear autumn afternoon yesterday, a

typically subdued Sunday in Jacksonville's Riverside area.

Inside Club 5, local alternative rock bands screamed into the

smoky darkness, aching for acknowledgement.

By midafternoon at the Five Points club, the crowd for the

fifth annual Bubbapalooza rock fest was sparse but attentive.

Some onlookers pressed up to the stage. Others were ensconced in

black corners.

The scene was symbolic of the state of the alternative rock

business in Jacksonville. There's a diverse supply of richly

talented bands coming up in the city, but they're short on

performance venues and audiences.

The commentary on the city's receptiveness to its new music

from Bubbapalooza organizers, musicians and others was familiar

yesterday: Jacksonville's a walk-up town where it's difficult to

anticipate large audiences. The city's a conservative place.

It's having difficulty breaking away from its Southern rock


The Kryppies had just finished a thrashing set in a cave-like

side room at Club 5, and 22-year-old lead singer Cynthia Seward

was outside catching her breath.

"The talent in Jacksonville is really growing; we're ready to

break out as a city," she said, with some sense of urgency.

"But people need to come out and see these bands," Seward

said. "Instead of just going out and buying that album that they

know they already like, they should go hear a band that's right

here, that's original, that's playing good music."

That was Bubbapalooza's message, too. Promoters wanted to

showcase the city's groups. It was well organized, with more

than a dozen groups performing in rapid succession. …

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