I have a lot of gripes with the current state of the all-ages scene here in the city. You can read about them here. As much as I complain and shit-talk, however, I love to see glimmers of hope in the scene. The most recent glimmer of hope comes from a most unlikely source: Jon Suiters.
A veteran of the scene and former honcho of The 1511, Suiters has paid his dues in full. Having played in hardcore acts Punish Fuck and Axis & Allies (just to name a few), Suiters knows how hard it can be to be in a unknown band. While he’s not doing much moshing anymore these days, Suiters has not turned his back on the hardcore and punk scenes.
- "Surly" Suiters: He's super excited about the all-ages scene!
In an effort to bring unknown local bands into the spotlight, Suiters has organized a “Last Friday” event at The Dojo. Since April 30th is still a few weeks away, it is hard to tell if it will be a hit or not. If it is successful, however, it will hopefully bring new faces to The Dojo, which will help establish the venue as the new center of the all-ages scene.
The show on the 30th features The Frontline, Misunderstood and Scary James, three bands that, in my four years of booking shows, I have never even heard of. In any local local music scene, if you don’t know of anywhere to play, then you'll never leave the garage or basement or where ever it is that you’re practicing. “Last Friday” will give these unknown bands a chance to crawl out from under their rocks and cut their teeth on the local all-ages scene.
If anyone reading this is in a band that's under one of those rocks, feel free to drop Suiters a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. With the next three “Last Fridays” (May 28th and June 25th) already booked, it seems as if the idea has already caught on. I hope to see you out there, because this might just be the shot-in-the-arm that we need!