The New Orleans Scene began in the early 80’s and is still alive today…and as such, we are THE UNDERGROUND!
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THE VFW HALL: 3113 Franklin Avenue
Back in the early 1980’s the scene was quite young and socially misunderstood. The youth of New Orleans started playing gigs in the backyards of our parents homes. The Underground was at it’s creation. Bands such as Virul Nihl and Nocturnal Doom were brutal and unrelenting. The scene had to grow to get this music to it’s fans. None of the local venues would hold our music, so we tried other ideas. The VFW hall at 3113 Franklin Avenue was a group of old fucks that needed some extra income to survive. They took us on…and without fail…The beginning of the scene was at hand. The small building was in the middle of urban New Orleans, aka “brown town,” and this was somewhat of a threat…however, these old fucks didn’t care what we did and that was perfect for our views. Bands such as Exhorder and Graveyard Rodeo brought in young minds from all over New Orleans. There were plenty of punks, skins, metal heads, derelics, vagrants, and other unwanted youth…and we had a place to congregate. The VFW Hall began to grow and we held such bands as St. Vitus, Confessor, and The Mentors. Scene life was flurishing and the other venues began opening their eyes to our stand. We spread and within about 10 years, Franklin Avenue was, unexpectedly, shut down.
We had other places to play such as Storyville Jazz Hall, Jed’s, and the Jefferson VFW, but they didn’t care for our music, the pits, and the scene all together. We even tried such ideas as setting up tents in City Park. This was a huge event that only lasted about 2 months. The tents in city park brought bands from all over such as SNOT and The Dehumanizers from San Francisco. Today, the venues are quite small with about 3 major places to hold gigs, but we are still alive and making a strong comeback. – B.E.G.