Saturday, July 12th, was the end of an era. A house that was at most a five-minute drive from my apartment was the place to go for punk/indie/DIY shows. It was a normal one-story house in a college neighborhood. This house (in my opinion) was the source of the Raleigh music scene. Bands from all over North Carolina (and out of state) would converge into this simple house and provide such culture to our community that normal music venues would seem pretty boring. This house was well known as The Mattress Fort.
This past Saturday was the last show ever at The Mattress Fort and it was definitely the most emotional night for those who came to witness this event. Tears were shed and memories were shared. I know that I’ve had my fair share of awesome moments there. My first time there I participated in the video shoot of Museum Mouth’s “Sexy But Not Happy”…… and got day-drunk from the first time. I got to see Tiny Moving Parts for the first time there (which was probably in my top five favorite shows in there). We all had great experiences there, whether you were playing a show or you were singing along in the crowd. We were a part of this culture that the Raleigh music scene needed and deserved. This house has been the beginning for many bands and from there they have grown bigger, gaining larger audiences. If not for The Mattress Fort, I probably wouldn’t have gotten into half the bands I listen to today. I definitely wouldn’t have had met some of the greatest people ever. The two last shows were on Friday and Saturday, July 11th and 12th of 2014, and they are definitely gonna be the most memorable days I will have in my life. Long live The Mattress Fort. The end.