I knew one I'd be writing a post like this; City Weekly
has decided to discontinue Gavin's Underground.
To be clear, nothing terrible happened between myself and the ownership/editorial team; I'm still on their freelance roster. As of now, whether this blog will ever come back is still up on the air. It started at KUTV, and they didn't want it after changing their website in 2009, so I took ownership of it along with the archives and brought it here.
For nine and a half years, I've had the ability to write about whatever I felt like without censorship, interviewing a lot of people who perhaps never would have gotten a second look by most outlets. During this time, I've had the privilege to write about local art, film, music, comics, dance, theater
, stand-up comedy, breweries, our LGBTQ culture and a lot of other subjects that few in Utah get to write about. I've been to hundreds of shows; I've had great times in mixed company; seen talented people come and go from our city; and even sadly had to write about some of my friends who have passed. It's a bittersweet gig for a writer, but I wouldn't trade those years for anything. The only thing left I really wanted to do was to make it to 10 years, which would have happened on Jan. 1, 2018. Still, I'm hopeful that this blog has encouraged many of you to seek out work that's harder to find, and those who create it to take bigger chances in an effort to get noticed.
As for me, you can read some of my work at Bleeding Cool
, a national outlet where I write about video games and other geeky pop-culture stuff. For now, I'm still living in SLC, so you'll still see me up and about. I'll still be at occasional shows and events drinking and talking, just with less picture taking. All I can say is thank you for reading this blog. Thank you for staying with me, making it bigger, making it a standout on City Weekly
's website, making it award-winning and just making it feel awesome. It sucks to see it go, but a lot of media blogs never dream of making it this long, and I couldn't have done it without you.
Remember to leave the house, find something that makes you happy and always buy local.