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PGB Success! $1500 Raised for Japan Relief at the Playground Boston Benefit for the Victims of the Crisis in Japan at The Rosebud, 6/10
On a night where the Bruins were caught up in a dogfight with Vancouver in contention for the Stanley Cup, and countless other great shows with amazing lineups were happening all over town, The Rosebud was packed to the rafters for Playground Boston’s Japan Benefit show. A thunderous lineup of local hard rock royalty, coupled with a mind-blowing raffle featuring thousands in prizes, ensured that local music aficionados came out in droves to rock out for a very noble cause.
This entire year has been rife with natural disasters throughout the world. Since the Tohoku earthquake triggered a tsunami that ravaged the shores of Eastern Japan, there have been countless other earthquakes and floods all over the planet, not to mention a rash of deadly tornadoes that have savaged people closer to home. Every one of these disasters requires humankind to band together to provide assistance for the afflicted. But with new disasters happening seemingly every week, it can be easy to overlook the fact that even after an immediate outpouring of donations, the initial efforts are only the beginning of a long, arduous, and extremely expensive return to normal life for the victimized regions. The recent plight of the Japanese has been called the most expensive natural disaster of all time, and even after millions in aid they still have quite a ways to go to get back to the way things were.
Though $1500 may not seem like a large amount in the grand scheme of things, we instead look at it as an incredible exercise in generosity from a collection of people who might not have been in a position to donate such a sum to the people on the other side of the planet who really need it. We salute each and every person involved in this effort, from the bands, to the volunteers, to the venue, to the sponsors… but most of all to you, the fans, who made it possible for us to present The Japan Society with our contribution and do our part for our fellow man.
And it just so happened in raising these funds we had ourselves an incredible show! In case you missed it, here’s a recap of how things went…
The ‘Bud had already packed up by the time the first band took the stage. Cocked n Loaded had to compete against a very tight B’s game for the crowd’s attention, but the their booze-soaked AC/DC-meets-Guns-n-Roses-meets-a-dive-bar-bathroom-floor brand of rock proved to be more than up for the challenge. Cocked n Loaded got heads knocking and fists pumping throughout the entire venue, and all hell broke loose when they ended their set with an adrenaline-fueled cover of GnR’s “Night Train”… with every last person in the bar singing along to every last word!
Phantom Glue kept the night going strong by slamming some serious metal down on the table. The band terrified the masses with sludgy doom, beating on their instruments like souls possessed to produce a sound as invigorating as it was intimidating. Crunchy in every sense of the word, the ‘Glue may very well be the loudest band to ever play the friendly confines of The Rosebud!
Black Thai tore into their set with a vengeance – just your everyday run-of-the-mill mind-blowings and face-meltings – wreaking havoc on the very infrastructure of the building itself! Exultant riffs and cannonfire rhythm fueled this heavy and bearded and heavily bearded attack, leaving the entire crowd in awe of what they had just witnessed. The band was so loud, hard, and heavy that the club couldn’t take it, and some unfortunate technical difficulties crept into their set. The faithful crowd was unfazed though, and their patience was rewarded when Black Thai drummer Jeremy Hemond came through to save the day by ripping off furious drum solos to cover the silence while the club got their circuitry back up and running.
Longtime PGB Favorites Gozu closed out the night to a crowd that was still quite numerous, despite being depleted in the aftermath of the B’s heartbreaking defeat. (which, it just so happens, was the LAST time they suffered a loss in the series! yeah. that’s right. we got the cup.) Gozu blew the crowd away with Cornell-ian vocals and Buckethead-ian guitar solos. (to be fair, guitarist Doug Sherman isn’t quite on Bucket’s level yet (who is?), but he’s got the style right, and perhaps with a few more years of practice, a killswitch, a finger-extending surgical procedure and a trip to KFC for a costume he’ll get there). Without question, once again the highlight of Gozu’s set was their final song, “Alone,” a fuzzed-out monster balled of monstrous proportions.
- To Gozu guitarist Doug Sherman, for working tirelessly alongside the PGB staff to make this even happen. None of this, NONE of this, would have been possible without him.
- To the bands. Words can’t describe how much it means to everyone at PGB that you were willing to donate your talents to helping us raise money for a cause we all believe in. We couldn’t possibly have asked for a better lineup of local rock talent!
- To Tracy, Stella, KC, and Ramon – our incredible raffle volunteers, who made everything go off without a hitch and enable our raffle to be so wildly successful! Tracy and Stella also worked long hours on getting the PGB Track Of The Week Sampler ready, and came to the rescue countless times throughout the entire preparatory process for the show!
- To Amy and Josh at the Rosebud for donating their room, their time, their energy, their beer slingin’, and their TIPS to our cause! Thanks for everything you do to support local music in this city, and for your help in raising this money!
- To the lovely ladies of the Boston League Of Women Wrestlers, for getting all dressed up and haranguing every last guest at the show into buying tons and tons of raffle tickets. BLOWW was responsible for raising a LOT of money for our cause, more than we ever would have been able to manage ourselves!
- To Alexander von Wieding for creating the iconic graphic for the flyer, posters, and T-shirts.
- To Shawn and Kevin at AudioCotton.com, for printing the awesome T-shirts that helped us raise even more money for Japan! T-shirts are still available – including the Limited-Edition black shirts – at AudioCotton.com! (And yes, they will continue to donate a portion of their proceeds to The Japan Society!)
- To Rueben & Bill at Chameleon, Gemma at Secret Society, and the whole staff over at Stingray for donating their time and efforts to the raffle – the tattoo gift certificates were one of the biggest hits!
- To Zac at Narragansett for his donated ‘Gansett prize packs, as well as his endless generosity and support of the local music community within the city. And hey – we take care of our own – the loyal patrons in the crowd that evening made sure the Rosebud was completely sold out of ‘Gansett by 11pm!
- To Andrew at Live Nation for making one person VERY happy and about 100 others VERY jealous with his donation of a pair of Dinosaur Jr./Henry Rollins/OFF! tickets to the raffle!
- To the Born Of Fire guys for their raffle contributions, their help with promoting, and for being all-around solid guys and stalwart supporters of Boston metal.
- To Mike Coen at The Gaff, also the frontman for Boston rockers Midatlantic. Catch his new project, All Echoes Return, on Saturday 7/16 at the Middle East Upstairs… or head down to Moody Street in Waltham and check out the bar!
- To Mike Moxley, co-owner of Canary Square and Coda, for the raffle gift cards… we’re sorry to hear you’re leaving Allston, The Common Ground has certainly been a favorite over the years – you will be missed!
- To Phil Audino of Tasty Burger, a late but extremely welcome addition to the raffle – and thanks to Seth Cohen for setting the giveaway up! And on a serious note, thanks for that Lime Mint Slushie you’ve got on your menu – it blows my mind every time I have it!
- To Matthew D’Agostino of TD Bank on Winter Street in Downtown Crossing, for making such a sizeable contribution to our relief efforts. Matt’s donation was the largest from any single source out of all the donors!
- To Liz at Bukowski’s in Inman Square – for the gift certificate to raffle off… and for the gallons upon gallons of beer and Fernet you’ve served us over the years!
- To the Eat At Jumbo’s guys – way to come through with a great raffle donation in the final hour! Aside from their contribution to our benefit, these guys do some great things for the community – check out their website for more info!
- To The Boston Globe, The Phoenix, Ryan’s Smashing Life, Boston Band Crush, The Deli Magazine – New England, The Soda Shop, Exploding In Sound, Post Somerville, and all the other local press outlets kind enough to spread the word about our benefit to their readership!
- To you, the fans of local music and friends of PGB. Thank you so much for coming out, supporting your local music scene like you have so many times before and will so many times again, and helping us raise a large sum of money for our brothers and sisters on the other side of the world – we only hope you had as great a time as we did in making this whole night happen!
Playground Boston Presents:
A Benefit for the Victims of the Crisis in Japan
Friday, June 10th
The Rosebud Bar
381 Summer St – Davis Square
Doors at 8pm / $5 / 21+
In addition to four AMAZING local bands, PGB has also set up a raffle, with 100% of the proceeds going to charity (more info below). We can’t even BEGIN to thank our sponsors enough, check out this list of prizes!!
2x $150 Gift Cards to Chameleon Tattoo & Body Piercing
(Thanks, Rueben & Bill!)
3x $80 Gift Cards to Secret Society Ink
1x $50 Gift Cards to Stingray Body Art
(Thanks, Scott & Adam!)
1 Pair of tickets to Dinosaur Jr. with Henry Rollins, OFF! @ The Paradise, 6/22
(Courtesy of Live Nation. Also, holy shit!)
1 Pair of tickets to Matisyahu with Sub Swara @ The Paradise, 6/25
(Courtesy of Live Nation)
3x Narragansett Prize Packages
(each package contains a case of beer, 4 pint glasses, a t-shirt, and A TIE!)
Born Of Fire Records Prize Package
(Lots of good stuff from our favorite metalheads)
Framed Prints of Chris Harrell (Acaro) and Duncan Wilder Johnson (Bring The Knife)
(Courtesy of Nicole Tammaro Photography)
$100 gift certificate – Belmont Music
(Go eat at Angelato’s across the street after spending this. Trust us.)
$25 gift card – Coda
$25 gift card – Canary Square
(Also, thanks Mike!)
$25 gift card – Bukowski’s Inman Square
(Just TRY not to walk out of there with a buzz)
$25 gift card – Eat At Jumbo’s
(We hear their wings are incredible!)
(We’re still accepting donations for the raffle! If interested, please contact email@example.com)
Now here’s the info on the show:
PGB is hosting a charity fundraiser at The Rosebud Bar in Davis Square to benefit the victims of the recent Tohoku-Pacific Ocean earthquake in Japan. Local bands Gozu, Black Thai, Phantom Glue, and Cocked ‘N Loaded have been tapped to provide the evening’s entertainment, and local companies and organizations have generously contributed prizes for a raffle, all designed to raise as much money as possible for the victims of the natural disasters that struck Japan in March of 2011.
Around the northern coastal region of Tohoku, the Japanese government reported that 2,852 buildings were destroyed and over 40,000 were damaged either by earthquakes, tsunami, or fire. The tsunami waves caused the greatest destruction – an estimated 5,000 houses remain inundated with water in the Iwate prefecture, 2,000 houses were washed away in the Sendai city of Miyagi, and 1,800 houses were destroyed in nearby Fukushima. The count of houses destroyed by these disasters is also expected to increase as government assessment teams gain additional access to the affected areas.
Black Thai – “Satan’s Toolshed” – Blood From On High
100% of the proceeds of this fundraiser will be donated to The Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, a charity that disperses contributions to various organizations on the front lines of relief and recovery in Tohoku. This organization was chosen to ensure that the entirety of the funds raised will be going directly to the people in Japan who need it most, rather than get tied up in costly administrative fees. CLICK HERE for more information on The Japan Society’s relief efforts.
In the spirit of charity, The Rosebud has been generous enough to donate their venue free of charge for the benefit. Furthermore, in a near-unprecedented outpouring of generosity, the bartenders have agreed to donate their tips to the cause as well! In addition, several companies, including TD Bank North America, have agreed to make direct financial donations to increase the final amount of money that will be raised by this benefit.
The event’s entertainment will be provided by four of PGB’s favorite bands, each taking time out of their busy schedules to donate their efforts to the cause. Gozu is currently working on their follow up album to their critically acclaimed debut Locust Season, available via Small Stone Records. Cocked ‘n’ Loaded is also in the writing process, expect a new release in early 2012. Black Thai has just released a split 10″ Picture Disc with Moth Eater, courtesy of Play The Assassin Records. Phantom Glue is currently recording their second album with Converge‘s Kurt Ballou at Godcity Studios in Salem. This is going to be a heavy show – some serious grooves, a lot of heads banging, a little bit of shredding, and a ton of uncontained rock spilling out across the masses.
Gozu – “Jamaican Luau” - Locust Season
As if things couldn’t get better with this incredible bill of bands and unbelievable raffle, we’re proud to announce that tickets for this show will be only $5!!!
Yes. You read that correctly. 5 bucks. For this lineup.
So hey – do us a favor. If you’re getting to see all these amazing bands for such a ridiculously low price, do your part to donate a little chunk of change by buying plenty of raffle tickets and tipping the hell out of your bartenders. A couple bucks here and there might not seem like much, but it all adds up, and there are a lot of people on the other side of the world who could really use our help right now.
We’ll have some surprise guests roaming through the audience with raffle tickets, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to contribute – and potentially win some amazing stuff! Look, it’s charity – we’d rather have you voluntarily donate some of your hard-earned cash than force you to pay a steep cover at the door just to get into what we think is going to be a pretty awesome event. If you agree with us, show it – in cash!
Hope you’re as excited as we are – see you on Friday!
What a great lineup! We LOVE Mellow Bravo… We LOVE The Organ Beats… We LOVE Viva Viva… and WE LOVE BOATS! This would be an incredible show at any venue… but what if said venue was a rolling, rollicking, rambunctious, ridiculous cruise ship on the Boston Harbor?! That’s right, it’s concert cruise season again, expect to hear a lot from us regarding both the Rock On! and Rock & Blues Cruise series. This one right here though, presented by Rock On! Concerts, might just be the cream of the crop.
Three of the best local bands out there, an ocean sunset, incredible views of the Boston city skyline – sure these cruises tend to be a bit on the expensive side when compared to a regular show, but they end up being so much fun they’re well worth the price of admission, especially with bands like these aboard the boat! We finally have some nice weather, don’t waste it indoors – you never know when another 3 months of rain is going to hit… (aaaaand I jinxed it. starting to cloud up already. sorry guys)
Photo Gallery: Rock The Village! Allston Music & Style Fashion Show with The Few & The Force – Brighton Music Hall, 5/19
The Force – “Insomniac Dreams” – Technology Is Pain
PGB Track of the Week #42 – April 2010
The Few – “Start A Revolution” – Headstock
Upcoming Full Length due out late summer 2011
The 8th Annual Rock The Village Music & Style Show blew the roof off of the Brighton Music Hall thanks to some funked-out local bands and some fierce local styles. The night featured the latest fashions from Allston merchants like Stingray Body Art, Orchard Skate Shop, Green Side Up Gallery, Buffalo Exchange, and more! The fashion show itself was sandwiched between incredible sets by The Force and The Few, with pop-rockers Bonfire Bandit opening up the night.
Check out these amazing photos from fellow Allstonian JustBill, and for a little bonus we’ve included video from The Few’s set, featuring their brand new song “Push You Down!”
Local metal monsters Acaro have been busy lately – a brand new new video here, a brand new website… and a brand new full-length album due out this summer! Check out the official video for “Becoming The Process,” give a listen to another track from the new album over at their Bandcamp page, and if you like what you hear they’re offering pre-orders of The Disease Of Fear as well!
Aaaand now we’ll shut up so you can check out this badass video.
Acaro‘s next local show is May 26th at O’Briens with Untombed. The show is presented by metallions Born Of Fire, so along with the mind-shattering metal on stage you can expect old-school horror movies, great DJs between sets, and a laundry list of some of the meanest motherfuckers in Allston in attendance! (This is a good thing, trust us.) This particular edition of BOF is also a birthday celebration, so you can look forward to a little BBQ action as well. The best part? It’s only 7 bucks!
If you think these guys sound good in the can, wait ’til you see what they do live! And if you think they look scary in this here video… let’s just say your sanity might not make it through the night. (Also a good thing. Seriously.)
Thursday, May 26th – O’Briens
BBQ at 7pm / $7 / 21+
If Pete could write about each and every show he sees without jeopardizing his employment status or mental health, he would totally do it. Fortunately for him, he knows better. Fortunately for us, he is just obsessive and irresponsible enough to try it anyway. Ever the enablers, we are posting recaps of each of the first eleven shows that Petey hit in 2011.
Shows one-through-ten were riddled with tags like indie rock, power pop, synth pop, pop punk, shoegaze-y punk, Americana and, yes, metalcore. By now, I figured it was time to include a genre that would at least be recognizable by name to the half-dozen 60-something Jewish relatives that comprise my core readership (Shalom, gang!).
So, for outing #11 of 2011, I went to the Winter Campfire Festival at Club Passim to see Boston-based bluegrass up-and-comers Della Mae (I guess if I really wanted to get some props at the next bar mitzvah I could have gone to Fiddler On The Roof. Oh well).
If you’re into bluegrass, then you probably already know that Della Mae was genetically engineered in a laboratory below the Appalachian Mountains. Imbued with gunslinger solo chops and buttermilk harmonies, the fierce five were originally grown for political assassinations, jewel heists and the like. Realizing that their talents were better suited for pickin’ an’ a-singin’ than robbin’ an’ a-killin’, the girls enraged their engineers and delighted music fans everywhere by forming a bluegrass supergroup… Okay, so I embellished a little, but you get the idea: Della Mae ain’t nuttin to fuck with.
Although they’ve played countless tour gigs, festivals and award shows, Della Mae blazed some new trails for themselves at the Winter Campfire show. For starters, it was their first gig with singer/guitarist Celia Woodsmith. And whereas most bands might hope that their newest member can remember their songs well enough to get through that first show, Della Mae solved this concern by learning an entirely new batch of songs for the gig.
It would appear that the band intends for Woodsmith to be much more than just “the new guitar player.” Standing center stage and singing lead on nearly every song (some of which were identified as songs that she had written), Woodsmith quickly established herself as a major cornerstone of the new-look Della Mae. It seems like a good fit. A soul-ar flare burst from her sunny voice as she regaled the house with tails of Big Old Women From San Anton’ (“why you been gone so long?”) and Bottles of Whiskey (“and a bag of shame”). Her disposition was as bright as her melodies; a solemn country waltz called “I Built This Heart” was the only number not sung with a smile.
During each chorus, the voices of Jenni Lyn Gardner and Grace Van’t Hof (who has since left the band to pursue other projects) flanked Woodsmith in a smooth formation that would be the envy of migratory geese. Between harmonies, Gardner (mandolin) and Van’t Hof (banjo) traded Derby-speed solos with reigning National Fiddle Champion Kimber Ludiker while Amanda Jean Kowalski drove the pace on her standup bass.
Della Mae’s debut full-length is due out in July, but judging from how studio-ready they sounded in mid-February, I’m guessing that most of the time between will be spent deciding which cowboy boots to wear in the press photos.
Now in its seventh year, TraniWreck, the brainchild of Aliza Shapiro (aka Heywood Wakefield) combines many facets of LBGT culture and entertainment for an experience that is ribald, kitschy, and just plain fun. In their own words, ”TraniWreck is the legendary, award-winning, cabaret variety show featuring genderbending irreverence: Drag, Burlesque, Aerials and Performance Art. Since 2004, TraniWreck has been the home of brilliantly revealing costumes, inconceivably long nails, facial hair of astronomic proportions, gold lamé, debauchery and more attitude than a $13 cocktail” – and that’s 100% accurate. TraniWreck’s “TraniWrock” event at Club Oberon alternated between freewheeling cabaret, stand-up comedy, campy skits, and daring aerial maneuvering – the show was packed with excitement! The evening also included Teenbeat’s Cotton Candy (label honcho and ex-Unrest founder Mark Robinson, and ex-Blast Off Country Style singer Evelyn Hurley) to provide some mutated jingles to cover costume changeovers.
Once the parade of glitter, latex, fishnet and lycra was over, it was time for the return of Come. For those not in the know, Come was an amazingly powerful band during their reign in the ’90s, and for my money, hands-down the best Boston band I’ve ever heard! They did a two-date world tour last year (a warmup gig at TT’s the week before Matador’s 21st ‘Lost Weekend‘ anniversary blowout in Vegas), and tonight would be the first of another two-parter (they played in Brooklyn on Saturday, along with Eleventh Dream Day). The bristling, spiky, blues-soaked dual guitar attack of Thalia Zedek and Chris Brokaw remained intact, and original rhythm section Sean O’Brien and Arthur Johnson just crackled with power and precision. I can’t really think of another band that can meld two distinct guitar sounds so well; certainly they are up there in the pantheon of greats like Television, Thin White Rope, and The Church (though sounding wildly different from any of those).
Sticking with early material, (aside from the scintillating “Cimmaron” when Michael David Curry joined in with violin,) the set list didn’t vary too much from last year’s show, except that it was a bit shorter. While I would have loved to hear even more of their second record, the sublimely brooding “German Song” and “String” were played, with the latter featuring the kind of guitar work that should be held up as an example nonpareil in regards to a two-guitar attack. Breathtaking stuff indeed, and the venue was filled with people gasping at their luck to hear it once again. I don’t expect to see Come play again in the near future, but I’m extremely grateful that I was able to see them again at the height of their prodigious powers not just once but thrice.
DISCLAIMER: Depending on your place of employment, these pictures might be considered to be Not Safe For Work. If you’re worried about it, just wait until you get home to check them out… but make sure to give them a look because this spectacle is not to be missed!
Thanks to Tim Bugbee for the amazing photos, and the review as well! See more of his work at Tinnitus Photography!
TraniWreck is produced by Truth Serum Productions. You can catch their next show on May 19th, see their website for details!
© 2011 Self-Released
What a mind-blowing build on this song! Make sure to let the whole thing play out, it’s well worth the time! The Acre are releasing Cerca Trova tomorrow night, Friday 4/29, at TT The Bear’s. They’ve put together a great lineup for the celebration too – you’ve seen us wax poetic countless times about how friggin’ awesome a Kingsley Flood live show is, if you still haven’t caught them yet this is a perfect opportunity! Pearl & The Beard blew us away when we caught them at CMJ, click here to check out our mini-review! KF and P&TB will both be releasing new material this evening as well – The ‘Flood’s got a new single, and The ‘Beard’s got a brand new album to promote as well! Rounding out the bill are Bandit Kings and Ugly Purple Sweater, should be a great night of music all around!
Friday, April 29th - TT The Bear’s
Doors at 8 / $10 / 18+
Photo Gallery: 2011 Rock & Roll Rumble FINALS – Rumble Victors John Powhida International Airport with OldJack, Spirit Kid, and Special Guests The Shods @ TTs 4/22
And the winner is… John Powhida International Airport! J-Po took the 2011 Rock & Roll Rumble crown in the face of some serious competition thanks to innovative, tongue-in-cheek songwriting, and some serious chops laid down by each and every band member on the stage! These guys left the crowd in stitches – laughing uproariously and cheering wildly – every mind in TT’s a little more blown than it was when they entered the club.
John Powhida International Airport – “Dirty Birdy and the Funny Bunny” –
John Powhida Cut Way Down
We gotta give some serious love to OldJack and Spirit Kid for leaving it all on the stage and giving J-Po & crew a real run for their money! Throughout the entire Rumble OldJack left the crowd breathless, and the Finals were no exception. Us PGBers were shocked that the judges did not rule in favor of them, it’s a true testament to the quality of music in this city that a band this talented and inspirational finished a competition such as this as a runner-up. Spirit Kid put on a hell of a performance as well – they were perhaps the tightest band on the night, dangerously catchy poppitude indeed! Alas, preparation and hookiness alone are not the keys to victory – no matter how many butts they got shaking in the crowd they were unable to sway the judges in their favor.
OldJack – “Chorus Line” – Gone Before You Know
We here at PGB would like to extend a big THANK YOU to Rumble Organizer Anngelle Wood for resurrecting such an amazing Boston music tradition out of the ashes of longtime Rumble sponsor WBCN‘s demise. Many thought after the much-loved alternative radio giant crumbled in the shadow of corporate reorganizing that the Rumble, a 30+ year tradition celebrating the best in local Boston bands, would fall by the wayside. Indeed, in 2010 we had no Rumble, further confirming popular opinion that the 31st rendition of this competition back in 2009 would be the last. However, thanks to the hard work chipped in by former ‘BCN DJ Anngelle Wood and her crack team of rumblers it was reborn, moved to beloved Cambridge den of sin TT The Bear’s, and achieved smashing success on each of the 9 nights! So a big congrats to J-Po, a big thanks to Anngelle, and here’s hoping for our Rumble to carry on for years to come!
Spirit Kid – “Honestly” – Honestly / Wrong Kind Of Money (Single)
(Download this album FREE at Spirit Kid’s Bandcamp!)
Thanks to Seth Drury for cataloging the finals, as well few other nights, with some amazing live concert photography! Check out the PGB archives for more of Seth’s work!