Patterson music venue hosts final show

 


Local indie rock band The Panduhs have played countless shows at their own Panduh Studios — aka the rural home of Frank Montes on Ash Avenue east of Patterson.

But Saturday’s show will be particularly special, as it will be the last concert at the home, which will soon cease to be a music venue because the house is entering foreclosure.

“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I really think that me and Frank pushed the local music scene,” said Neil Vento, who has run the venue with Montes the past two years. “We gave people a place to play.”

Vento and Montes have worked together on shows at the house since 2006, during the second of what is the now-annual Frankenfest on Halloween. The two 18-year-old concert promoters met at Del Puerto High School.

At the first Frankenfest, Montes said he hosted mostly his friends’ bands. The following year, Vento worked to recruit a variety of other bands, and he said the venue attracted about 300 people.

“We started booking bands from everywhere,” Vento said.

Vento said there have been close to 50 shows at the home in two years, though only a handful have been large shows like Frankenfest. Among the bigger events was Hellapop, a show co-hosted by local promoter Claude Cardenas of the Web ’zine PopSongRomance in late May.

Cardenas said Panduh Studios has been a great venue, in part because Montes and Vento were fun and easy to work with. Unlike at bars, people who attend shows there go primarily for the bands, and it is open to people younger than age 21, he said.

“People just want to have fun and see the music,” Cardenas said.

Frankenfest, which features a stage for main acts, punk bands and disc jockeys, has by far remained the largest event.

“Frankenfest is usually, like, the Mecca of the shows we have out here,” Montes said, adding that the response can be overwhelming at times.

Vento noted that Huntington Beach-based A Kiss Could be Deadly, which was featured on MTV, has performed at the venue. Vento and Montes also cited Phoenix-based Iji; Boulder, Colo.-based teamAWESOME! and Boston-based Math the Band as favorites.

Vento and Montes eventually hope to find a new venue for shows and events, including Frankenfest, though nothing has been determined.

In the meantime, Patterson Teen Center will have some shows, including a PopSongRomance event from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Saturday’s show also will likely feature Dankifornia, an acoustic band that features Patterson residents Hayden Patton and Michael Fantozzi.

Despite the large turnout at past events, Montes said he would be content if even only the hometown crowd showed up at this weekend’s show, which is free and will include food and beverages.

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