5 BANDS FROM 4 STATES WELCOME TOLEDO TO THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM
By: K.C. Saint John - Toledo R.O.C.
All through the late '80's and early '90's, Toledo ran a sappy and unsatisfactory PR campaign with the slogan 'Toledo Alive.' Up until the New Moon of September '95, Toledo's 'Alive' appeared to be a barely breathing body leaving out two major parts of a community; its youth and its freedom to think for itself. Lack of creativity and conformity (Toledo's favorite past time) provoked a need for an event like this, a public gathering to educate the masses. Toledo's suppressed citizen's have been crying out to be educated since Toledo's forefathers were knee deep in the swamp it is built on. Welcome Toledo, to the pursuit of happiness and the fight to preserve it.
Five bands from four states bounded together on an awesome autumn afternoon in September for one cause, anti-censorship. Sam and Shelly, the independent owners of Whit's End, opened their doors to accompany the New Moon Fest, an all day, all ages show to support the education and encourage the involvement of people who think they live in a free country.
With the support from local radio personalities and the two Toledo based bands, the event went hardly unnoticed. Even the kids in the local high schools got involved heavily in promoting of the festival because as one student puts it, "We're sick of not being able to get into places cause we're not 21. It's bullshit, cause most of my friends, who are my age (17) are in the bands and I can't get in to support 'em." Obviously Toledo, the promoters have not realized that the majority of the human species is born with musical instincts. So young Toledo is showing the promoters that they have got spunk and are starting to organize all-ages shows, but outside of the usual restrictive venues. One of the leaders of this new thrust is Peas & Carrots Productions. They can be contacted at 419-478-9345.
New Moon Sunday opened to the public a venue filled with vendors performing piercings, tarot readings and vendings everything from trinkets to collector water pipes. Quite a scene, even fire eating took place in and out of the venue. Needless to say Rock Out Censorship was at the head of it all, educating the masses with their numerous informative promotions and distributors of one of America's last grass-roots freedom fighters, THE ROC newspaper.
Sitting back for a whole day of sun and fun in Toledo, five bands coming from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky really stirred things up.
The first band NONCHELAUNT out of Louisville, KY opened up the musical festivities ripping off plenty of their originals only leaving the crowd wanting more. By this time the outside event had been visited twice by the Law Enforcement Agency of Toledo. Complaints (get this); complaints of an all ages show allowing kids under 21 to be present at a liquor establishment. Was there reason for their presence? Hello! Check your law books, and then piss off.
Toledo's STAIN takes the stage, Act II. One hell of an act might I add. Entertainment at a max. Stain's frontman John Stainbrook didn't leave any stone unturned, crowd loves it, and shows it.
Cops show up again, noise complaint. Neighboring residents must all be friends of C. Delores Tucker. (see ROC #19). The show goes on, the volume did have to be turned down a bit. But soon they were back again, our friendly (I mean it, they were friendly) law enforcement officers to inform us that we need to take the show inside due to the noise levels. Otherwise, the bar owner, the promoter and band on stage would get arrested and spend the night in jail if their was another complaint. But as some man said, "The show must go on."
A little bribery at this time sent our law enforcement officer off with some of Shelly's Stylin' Buffalo Wings leaving a good taste in his mouth.
And on with the show as Indianapolis's SLIP took the stage and the risk. These boys opened their set with a soothing uproar of melodic riffs and rad lyrics only to have their songs cut short due to the politzi return. But no trouble was to be had. They were just returning to drop off the plate that the wings were given to them on. Not to mention, one of them dug the band. SLIP finished their set with overwhelming enthusiasm from the fans.
Due to the setting of the sun and the very brisk weather the show was moved inside for the last two bands.
As the ROC guest pool in the upstairs venue at White End, Chicago's NOT REBECCA shows Toledo why their latest release "Twin City Obituary" is labeled as "one of the best albums out Chicago in 1995," (New City). What a phenomenal sound from this strong, post punk group of artists.
Chicago's act was definitely a hard act to follow, but Toledo's own gem, GLIDE filled the shoes quite well doing a change up in their act. Something they have been known to do and the fans look forward to. GLIDE's dream-pop, simplistic feel won over the crowd once again. Tre's Bon!
The New Moon Festival of September 24, 1995 closed out well after midnight leaving everyone involved with a feel of freedom. It's amazing how many righteous people gathered for such a worthy cause. Tons of thanks to EVERYONE who donated their time, energy and assets, and SALUTATIONS TO EVERYONE who speaks up for a Constitution built for the people. Everyone has natural-born right to freedom. Think about it!