Sandratz Host Skate Jam at Circus Bowl in Pompano

We here at New Times think you should get an early start on your New Year's resolutions. Take the Gorilla Biscuits approach and start today! We'll show you how.

Our first resolution (after shaking this nasty cough-syrup addiction we developed over the fall) is to stop hanging out at the same shitty bars and to start making a real effort to show up to the events we always say we're going to on Facebook but never seem to attend. And Sandratz at Circus Bowl is a good one to start with.

What could you possibly be doing in late December that trumps a punk-rock show at a skatepark on the fun meter?

Nothing. If you ride a skateboard, come out and strut your shit. There will be prizes awarded for radness, longest board slide, best handplant, and best footplant.

As Sandratz drummer, Iron Forge Press chieftain, and South Florida punk-rock lifer Chuck Loose so eloquently decreed: "It's a great way to get away from your creepy family and hang out with your slightly less creepy peer group."

We also spoke with Sandratz frontman, Ian Brown, who made a most valid point: "Skateboarding and underground music go hand in hand. Hopefully the same kids that get excited hearing punk and postpunk music in new skate films will get a good taste of what's happening in the area with rock 'n' roll."

The show will be followed by a group bike ride organized by RiSKi AC that will surely be a hilarious parade of inebriated cyclists attempting to find their way around Pompano Beach. Loose concluded our chat with a warning: "If you don't like fun, don't show up."

Sandratz. With Las Tias and DJ Skidmark. 8 p.m. Saturday, December 28, at Circus Bowl, 1441 SW 30 Ave., Pompano Beach. Free show. Visit

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