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.”
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.