Local Scene Says Goodbye to Brad’s Shows

7/24/16

Hundreds of the area’s most devoted music fans swarmed to Skater’s Choice Saturday for one final night of punk rock hosted by longtime staple, Brad’s Shows.

It doesn’t take much for an entire decade to slip by since the very first time teens rushed to  Choice Inline Arena to watch their best friend’s band kick ass on the rink.  Despite the lack of side bangs and excessive black eyeliner, not a lot has changed within our own native tri-state scene over the years.

The same exact vibes flew through the set; some mixture of adrenaline and early 2000’s pop-punk fueled angst… Except this time intertwined with raging nostalgia, forcing each individual to acknowledge the fact that this whole local scene thing has turned out to be a pretty big deal.

“It felt great for me and the guys to play where it all started with Brad” says One Foot Forward and Carry Along the Coastline bassist Vince Ciafardoni, “For me it was my first place that I’ve ever played and it really was a special moment I’ll never forget.”

The final Brad’s Show event lasted roughly 6 hours, featuring the area’s most respected acts from Skank Week to Far Beyond the Sunrise and a special surprise set from Vacate.

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Brad’s Show is set to be taken over by Harry Oelenschlager, who will continue to book shows at Red Dwarf Studios in Sewell, NJ.

Many Bradboozle attendees took to social media after the show, expressing their gratitude for Brad and all that he has done for the scene.

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So thank you Brad Kelsey for providing a platform; on which friends are made, opportunities are presented, and memories are made that will last a lifetime.

 

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2 thoughts on “Local Scene Says Goodbye to Brad’s Shows

  1. To the person who wrote this I thank you from the bottom of my heart a lot of people need to read this to know what the scene was and always will be I used to go to shows back when I was 16 years old I started in 2006 and I always wished that this would come back one day and it finally did it may not have been some of my favorite bands but gosh darn it was the greatest night of my life to go back in time to see everyone again II wish I was thinner LOL I thank you for writing such an amazing article for one of the greatest places I’ve ever been to it really tells everyone the scene will never die it just takes a little while to get back on its feet thank you for writing this

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