Two stages and nine bands is a great way to spend a Saturday night. Right? The correct answer is "Yes." Even if you are not familiar with all the bands and even if the predominant style for the night is not among your favorites.
The night was a punk extravaganza featuring nearly six hours of music. With excitement on tap and alcoholic beverages running free, it was very easy to get into music of any sort. This night found this mostly-metal music fan rubbing elbows with punk legends and local up and comers as well as falling more to the side of fun and less to the side of business. However, it is difficult to separate the two. That brings us to this point.
Until now, I have written about a decent number of concerts. Most of those shows I went to with the point of having fun, but also to write about the experience. As this night began I was more in the mood to sit back and have fun, but the deeper into the night it got, and after getting a couple of beers in me, I knew I was going to want to write about the night even knowing it would likely be different than any of the other shows I'd written about, if for no reason other than not being a punk fan and not catching the names of half the bands I saw.
When I got To The Chance Theater Complex and made my way up to The Loft portion of the building, the small stage was already in full swing. The first band was about half way through their set. They were pretty good. The smallish crowd was getting plenty raucous as they ripped through their high energy tunes. Nothing really stood out, but it was catchy and sometimes that is all we need. They ended and I got my first beer as the second band began to set up.
I guess I should mention that one of my reasons for being there was one of my friend and co-worker's band was one of the acts scheduled to play the small stage, in the coveted spot just prior to Murphy's Law. So there I was, enjoying a frosty beverage, hanging with a friend and just having some fun as a small cadre of fellow co-workers began to stream in to enjoy the show.