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.

 

Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market: New Jersey Celebrates Art

Nothing screams “college budget” quite like a punk rock flea market. And nothing screams “punk rock” quite like New Jersey.

This past weekend the region’s most dedicated punk rockers fled to our state’s capital for the annual Punk Rock Flea Market. The event was made up of hundreds of extremely talented and unique vendors. From candle-making and hair styling to photography and painting, all elements of our local art scene were celebrated.

This event was RAD.

I got to do two of my favorite things: Get to know people in our local music scene and collect cool information to share with YOU! Click below to hear what some local vendors and attendees had to say about the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market and what NJ’s punk rock scene means to them.

Here are some photos of the speakers you heard above:

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Sisters, Karyn and Elise Peterson of Bridgewater, NJ enjoy the last few hours of this year’s Punk Rock Flea Market.

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Matt Bernard, 28 and Dakota Bethke, 18 of Russo Music in Hamilton, NJ team up with Timeless Tat2 to raise money for Trenton music and art programs.

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Steve, age 25, comes from Philadelphia for the second year in a row to support his tattoo artist of 12 oz. Studios in Brooklawn, NJ.

Sidenote: The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market was tons of fun, but if you missed it, don’t worry! In the audio clip, you may have heard something about “Art All Night”. This is an upcoming event that  will also take place at the Roebling Wire Works in Trenton, from June 18th to 19th. Click here to learn all about it.