The pedestrian bridge on South Lamar Boulevard is a year-round destination for out of town bands playing unofficial, late night shows. The cops can’t stop people from congregating on the public space, but in a lockdown situation they’ll park their patrol cars on either end with their lights on and eventually people disperse. All ages punk is the usual offering, but Critical Mass and Harvest Moon bike rides also claim the pedestrian bridge time to time. Friday night Annihlation Time played a show there to a huge, stinking crowd. Entering into the center of this colony guaranteed a near brush with death. Trash piles were being bandied like beach balls, while single shoes and full cans of beer were launched fireworks-style into the air. Annihilation Time’s drummer threw his cymbal stand into the lake behind him, but nobody really noticed except for the kids crowded on cement planters above the fray.
March 23, 2009