"Che Café has that elite, on-the-cusp, über-indie stigma," says Brian Serocke, a UCSD senior who books bands to play on-campus Porter's Pub. Unlike the Che Café (UCSD's more famous music venue), Porter's Pub serves beer to those of age, is a lot larger (650 capacity; Che Café fits 120) and is less cred conscious.
"I'm not ashamed to have a screamo band," says Serocke, who has $2500 to $3000 to spend on each of the monthly three- or four-band shows.
"I'm not out to undercut Soma, the Casbah, the Belly Up, or any other venue in town. I try and bring things [to Porter's Pub] that they are not able to do." The Bled, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, and This Is the Hospital appear April 11 at Porter's Pub, where all shows are free.
Serocke, 21, will leave UCSD with a degree in economics and a minor in music technology. Serocke works as a "lifestyle marketing rep" for Sony/BMG Entertainment, promoting Sony artists at non-music outlets such as clothing stores, tattoo joints, and coffee shops.