Monday, April 6, 2009

2nd Annual Nashua Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert

Say that three times fast. It's quite a mouthful. And for those who attended, quite an earful as well!

We returned to Sky Lounge for this year's event. What a blast! Seeing people from far away that you haven't seen in decades- how cool is that? Um, very.

This year's event was particularly special to me as Nightrider, a band for whom I ran sound many moons ago, was inducted. They opened up the festivities, and while lesser known than the other bands, managed to get a very warm reception indeed. The place was totally hopping when the Milkcrates took the stage. You got the sense they could have played all night and people would have been thrilled. Area artist John Paul joined for a couple of songs, including a surprisingly heavy version of War Pigs. Fun stuff! When Factory Street came on, there were a lot of the same people on stage, showing how much players went from band to band. Finally came the Ballou Brothers Band. Having enjoyed the entire show, I can tell you that Nashua is home to a surprising amount of musical talent. You really need to catch this show next year, and if Mayor Donnalee Lozeau has her way, there will be a similar concert at Holman Stadium this summer. Now THAT promises to be some kind of blowout!

The guitar signed by all the band members from each band.

Ken Merrifield, currently Mayor of Franklin, NH, rocking out during Nightrider's set.

John Paul and his son are called on stage by Her Honor Mayor Donnalee Lozeau.

The Milkcrates making it happen.

Factory Street bringing it.

The Ballou Brothers Band getting down.

A great time was had by all. Thanks to Alex and the staff at Sky Lounge for providing a venue for this benefit concert for the 2nd year in a row. The Boys and Girls Club surely did well this year.

There are WAY more images than can sensibly be blogged. I will post a link to many more soon.

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