Celebration of life for Glen "Spot" Lockett w/ Up Around the Sun, Gary Lindsey & the Pleasure Tide, Doc Grauzer
The morning of March 4, 2023, the world lost one of its primary sources of color, joy, wonder, whimsy, and absolute substance. Glen Michael Lockett – better known by his nom de disc SPOT (entirely capitalized, with a dot in the middle of the “O” when handwritten) – moved on from this plane at age 72 at Morningside Healthcare in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, following a lengthy battle with fibrosis. You could almost feel the oxygen leave Austin as the news spread. He spent the first half of the Eighties building the sound of American hardcore punk via his groundbreaking production work for Black Flag and every other band signed by SST Records – including Hüsker Dü, Minutemen, Descendents, and Meat Puppets – plus Misfits and our own flagship punk acts the Big Boys and the Dicks.
Then SPOT moved to Austin – where he not only showed the Hickoids and the entire Rabid Cat Records roster how to use the recording studio, especially the Offenders and Texas Instruments – but became a celebrated local character of many years’ standing. Saturday afternoon, all locals who loved SPOT gather at Sagebrush to remember his facility with seemingly every instrument ever designed, including a few he invented (i.e., the “fidola,” a viola played like a fiddle); his idiosyncratic sense of humor and whimsy; and his wide-ranging interests, musical and otherwise. The celebration will feature performances from Doc Grauzer on Irish harp, Gary Lindsey & the Pleasure Tide, and the old-timey musical stylings of Tim Kerr and Jerry Hagins aka Up Around the Sun.– Tim Stegall