Here we are again in the beginning phases of what will surely be a long winter. As the initial power of a first snowfall turns to obligations and annoyance, the season seems to be more of a roadblock than a beautiful, landscape portrait of Northeast Pa.
Oh, you want to go to the grocery store to get that milk you forgot? There just happens to be an ice storm going on outside your window. You want to go to Gallery of Sound to pick up the new Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones CD for your mom for Christmas? You forgot to shovel your driveway. You want to go and learn? Well school is canceled. Such is life.
We were fortunate enough here at home to have spent the last few weekends forgetting our impending doom during what were some of my favorite moments of the whole year. Nanticoke and Glen Lyon played home to the 10-year anniversary shows for Title Fight and esteemed guests. I may be biased, but I don’t think I’ve been a part of anything as good as that in quite some time. Yes, the show was great and filled with people, but that’s not what makes things special.
First off, the lineups to both shows brought not only seven bands together, but these bands collectively couldn’t have been more sonically different. One of the most important lessons I’ve ever learned that translated into every other facet of my life was the true importance of diversity and not just the novelty of it.
The first show I ever attended was a show booked by my older brother in which Magnus, 8 oz. Joe, Bedford, and the Vermicious Canids played (a hardcore band, a ska band, a noisy pop rock band, and something that was assumingly all of that). My first exposure to punk and hardcore was not separated into these different factions, and that is something I have strived to achieve with things I have been a part of. So to play shows with bands like Not Til Death and Dead End Path next to Balance and Composure or even Constellation Prize may not make perfect sense on paper, but it’s the underlying factors and theme that tie it all together and make our little world go round and round.
Secondly, while you may think putting a large group of rowdy teens to 20-something in a room together will create chaos, it was one of the most helpful and respectful atmospheres. There were posters benefiting the Children’s Service Center, t-shirts benefiting Adam Slamas’ golf foundation, and Shirts for a Cure benefiting cancer research and treatment. People helping people is a thing we all think about, though it oftentimes seems out of reach, but to see people taking matters into their own hands and helping their own community is very exciting to see.
And that’s not where it stopped, either. People were doing everything from helping others to just picking up litter, which not only helped us smoothly run a show but also just showed a very good side of a community often overlooked in our area.