By Frank Myers
SO, as march draws to a close and our ear buds attempt to rest and regain their hearing lets look back at the shows that destroyed them to begin with. It was indeed a great month for Youngstown’s local music scene and all the thanks goes to the local bands, all the local venues, and of course the touring bands that passed through and graced our stages. Also, a huge thank you to Supporting Your Local Music for playing a huge hand in getting shows set up for the local bands and just doing what they do over there. Without all of these people and all of you fans coming together and working to keep this scene of ours allive it would all crumble!! So thank you to the fans as well.
The month of March was definitely started out with a blast as Idle Shades, Harnessing the Sun, and Amnesty for Astronauts took over the Brickhouse and owned the stage. This show was a blast and all three bands showed us why we love the local scene so much as they gave everything they had on that stage for the fans. It was a great time and the music was the perfect soundtrack for the evening of course.
Not to be outdone in March, The Spastic Hearts stepped up to the plate with a show at The Royal Oaks with their buddies from Idles Shades. If these two bands weren’t enough to draw a crowd and cause some noise and partying, Youngstown was also graced with the presence of The Sheckies all the way from South Jersey. If you have never seen a live performance by these guys you are missing out for sure. For a Thursday night show, the Oaks was packed and nobody was thinking about those morning alarm clocks they were going to have to face in the morning. Idle Shades were solid and fun to see as always, The Spastic Hearts stole eveyones hearts once again, and The Sheckies showed us how this rock and roll thing is done up in Jersey for sure. Huge thank you to The Sheckies for stopping in Youngstown to party with the people.
March wasn’t done rocking yet though, because next we had the St. Paddy’s Day show at Chipper’s featuring Amnesty For Astronauts, Baroque Monody, Pilot the Mind, Steven and the Damned, and The Days Before Empires. There was a great turn out for this show, despite the overflooding of cops on the streets for St. Paddy’s Day weekend. The bands put on a hell of a show and the beer flowed like water. It was a great evening.
Also, in March the scene saw the return of The Turbo Lovers to the stage for the first time in this year. Not only was it their return but it took place in the newest venue on the scene The Crawlspace in Girard. Always good to know B.J. Lisko and the guys are still serving up their brand of rock.
First in Space made sure they weren’t forgotten about this past month playing a show at The Royal Oaks with guests The Lady and The Monsters. I always enjoy seeing First In Space and they even raised the bar and debuted some new songs in their set list which the crowd seemed to enjoy. The Lady and The Monsters, from the Pittsburgh area, stepped up and made sure everyone remembered them at the end of the night as well by just doing there thing and making sure the crowd was with them.
Lastly, for the month of March I do want to give a heads up on some new album releases. First up we have Baroque Monody who released their album Empress (III)/Emperor(IV). Be sure to check this one out. The other album release this month was the long awaited Idle Shades release titled “Picture Perfect.” These guys have been playing the scene for a number of years now and I for one am looking forward to checking out their album.
So there you have it, a quick recap of the month. I know that is only a number of the shows that took place, and I apologize to those I didn’t get to. Keep your eyes open for future show dates and times as they are announced. Until next time, keep on rocking!!