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.
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.
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.
Oh, music… The most exhilarating form of art. Why must you consume every dollar I make? How did you become such a commodity? What happened to the good, old fashioned clapping of hands, while stomping around in a circle, doing that weird yodeling thing? Okay, I took things too far. I’m sorry if I lost you. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that as a music lover, I tend to spend a lot of money on concert tickets… and it sucks.
If you’re a concert feen yourself, I’m sure you understand my struggle. However, there is hope for us! This past weekend I was introduced to the wonderful world of basement shows. It was great.
Basement shows are a key element to the underground alternative scene. From pop punk to progressive rock, you’re not a true punk until you’ve attended a basement show. The concept is simple: It’s a rock show in a basement. You get the concert experience without paying more than $5.00. Sure, it may be a little cramped and the people around you may be a bit sweaty, but these conditions kind of help you form a bond. The second the music begins, everyone is instantly connected. Such an intimate venue is able to give you a concert experience like no other. It’s no longer a famous band on a stage versus a sea of fans. Instead, it’s one big room full of kids who are jamming together whether they’re playing an instrument or just shouting along.
I got the chance to chat with a couple of the bands who played on Saturday and it’s safe to say they can all agree that the best part about basement shows is the small environment. Ken Hicks, bass player of Sybil says “Even though there’s less room to move around, you can really feel the crowd’s energy”.
Here are some pictures from the show, which by the way, took place in New Brunswick!
The Band featured in the above photos is Eagle Daddy.
And yes, that is indeed a Donald Trump punching bag.