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Web of Life
July 16, 2013 - Nicholas Terry
As I write this I've returned from Pittsburgh, PA after attending a concert at a place not a lot of people have heard of, to see bands and people that do not have any mainstream recognition. This is not intended to give me any credibility. On the contrary, I only write this to spread the word of these hard working people doing what they love.
Music probably saved my life. Cheesy, cliche, but I say it without a drip of sarcasm. The music I grew up on was written by teenagers who wanted to change the world, but didn't know how. They screamed for change over what eventually become the genre of punk rock. Society evolves over time, but the ideals of life never change.
The show was at 222 Ormsby Ave, a local DIY art space and music venue. I pulled up, and was greeted by a couple dozen people milling about in good spirits despite the heat that wouldn't let up even though the day was coming to an end. The only person I knew there was a good friend I hadn't seen in at least a decade. As Chris Stowe played, he stopped between songs to say how he had a good friend that traveled a long way to be here and how amazing it is how music can bring people together.
It truly is amazing how people from all different backgrounds and lifestyles can come together in one small, sweaty room and make memories that will last a lifetime. It's run by people that make little to know profit, but just want a place for bands to come and be able to have an audience for their music. All I've ever wanted to do in life is to do the same. There is no real little corner of the world anymore. We can all be connected if we want to be. Don't be afraid to reach out and get what you want out of life.
By the way, all the bands that played that night were equally amazing. I will include links to sites that you can listen to and purchase music from all the bands. Support what you like. There's nothing free in this world, and giving back to the people that give something to you keeps the cycle going.
The Homeless Gospel Choir - http://thehomelessgospelchoir.bandcamp.com/
Chris Stowe - http://chrisstowe.bandcamp.com/
Kater Mass - http://katermass.bandcamp.com/
Worship This! - http://store.anti-flag.com/index.php/worship-this-tomorrow-lp.html
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