Chum Bucket Gets Shut Down, Organizers Try to Figure Out Next Step

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Just two months after Miami Chum Bucket hosted its grand opening, the punk venue and multipurpose space is under fire.

This past weekend, the collective was ratched up to full throttle as hundreds flocked to the warehouse in Allapattah for the fifth annual 305 Fest, a punk/hardcore festival featuring three days' worth of acts from around the state and country.

Late during Day 2, the cops showed up and that's when the trouble started.

The third night of 305 Fest was relocated to the ever-reliable Churchill's Pub. And while this solved Chum Bucket's troubles temporarily, the following Facebook status, posted yesterday, revealed that the police's presence was still reverberating:

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Via Miami Chum Bucket's Facebook page

Crossfade was interested in covering the story as it developed, so we contacted Emmannuel Nanni, AKA Gordo, a regular Chumbucket contributor.

According to Gordo, "The cops showed up because a couple of officers patrolling the area saw multiple groups of festers walking towards the back of the venue," not because of any sort of vandalism or complaint. "We asked them if they had been called due to the noise or any disturbances. But they assured us that no one had called to complain and it was solely them observing festers walking and an unusually high amount of cars parked around the building."

The Chum Bucket was launched after an extended period of fundraising and bubbling excitement. But all of the space's logistics may not have been entirely ironed out during its development. As Gordo explains, "The building is not zoned for our particular course of business. There is a workaround, but this process can take extended periods of time. We are unsure when this will all be worked out."

For the time being, you can keep updated by emailing info@miamichumbucket.com or checking Miami Chum Bucket's Facebook page. All shows currently booked are being moved to other venues, though the venue will still be open as a low-cost practice space.

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Djmack8
Djmack8

 I agree with the whole parking lots punx thing. I've sort of just learned to accept it as part of playing music in this town in 2011. (probably part of the reason the miami punk scene is about as relevant as the Des Moines salsa scene) 

The Chumbucketer's should be thankful that the Miami Police are so dumb/lazy that they didn't bust all the underage drinkers and hold the organizers responsible. That would have been a disaster! 

I feel bad for all the people that put in so much effort getting that place up and running just to lose it over a bunch of kids too cheap to pay $10.00 for a show, but somehow have plenty of $$ to buy a case of PBR and order Neurosis and Rudimentary Peni patches on ebay.

Nuby
Nuby

 People anywhere, of any walk of life, at ANY concert, will do THAT, it's not ok to just call out the "punks". I was there, three days straight, documenting the WHOLE thing pretty much and Gordo is right, it was 50/50. If yall keep having this problem and DON'T want it, I suggest you find yourselves a better place where people feel more comfortable to stay in and more entertained, because unfortunately the Chum heat was just unbearable at times, which is why most ppl would stay outside for longer periods. And when you do find a decent place or work up a permit, then it's time to make strict rules of NO RE ENTRY, perhaps. Or leave all the shows to other venues if it can't be taken care of, an kindly imply the rules of either no loitering and drinking outside, or w/e ! 

CrazyTrain666
CrazyTrain666

 I really don't think the No Re-Entry idea is a good one. I know I can't stand when venues do that. I can totally agree that people hanging out in the parking lot is a problem but if a show is packed with kids like it was last weekend, I rush outside as soon is the band is done to get some fresh air. And I like to get my full money's worth when I go to a show unless I absolutely can't stand a specific band playing (Baker Acted, Meddling Kids, Gorilla Pussy, shitty punk band XYZ). I'm sure a someone can think of a better idea.

COOLGUY
COOLGUY

Yeah dude. Those bands are absolutely fucking terrible. 

Nuby
Nuby

 People anywhere, of any walk of life, at ANY concert, will do THAT, it's not ok to just call out the "punks". I was there, three days straight, documenting the WHOLE thing pretty much and Gordo is right, it was 50/50. If yall keep having this problem and DON'T want it, I suggest you find yourselves a better place where people feel more comfortable to stay in and more entertained, because unfortunately the Chum heat was just unbearable at times, which is why most ppl would stay outside for longer periods. And when you do find a decent place or work up a permit, then it's time to make strict rules of NO RE ENTRY, perhaps. Or leave all the shows to other venues if it can't be taken care of, an kindly imply the rules of either no loitering and drinking outside, or w/e ! 

wiljiro
wiljiro

Hate to say it, but it's part of the problem with the South Florida Punk scene - For the most part, people are there to socialize, not experience the music.  Every band that played the last Chum Bucket show can testify - there were more people OUTSIDE the venue hanging out than there were in front of the stage during sets - Same thing happens at Churchill's - At 9PM when they arrive, all they can talk about is how psyched they are to see XYZ band, but by the time they take the stage they are hanging across the street in front of the bus - Makes no sense to me - 

Bulletprooftiger305
Bulletprooftiger305

I had the same exact thought.  had the majority of the 100 or so people that  were outside at any given moment been inside, perhaps this whole thing could have been avoided.  not to mention that shows are more fun when bands are playing for people that aren't the crew they rode in with.

nanook5
nanook5

 how is that justification for shutting it down though? it's an empty, walled-in parking lot...we've got to stop justifying police throwing their weight around when there's no crimes occurring!

Gordo.
Gordo.

we are well aware of this, but is not like we can just give up because some people would rather do this than watch the band. if you see pictures from the fest, you'll see a really big ammount of people watching and going crazy during bands. its a 50-50 situation.

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