Music in itself is a great gift. It’s that same excitement that keeps you up at night with all the anticipation, that makes you get out of bed before the birds. Going to see a show is something to look forward to, a confirmation that comes from not feeling forgotten. Music can be a powerful present. Says Stevie Nicks, “It was my 16th birthday – my mom and dad gave me my Goya classical guitar that day. I sat down, wrote this song, and I just knew that that was the only thing I could ever really do – write songs and sing them to people.”
*please ignore my commentary in the beginning about the giant fish in Super Mario Bros.*
Last night, the 1056 Lounge hosted their first annual Toys For Tunes. Featuring four bands, it was a benefit for local boys and girls to get gifts this holiday season. Instead of paying a common cover charge the venue opted to offer another option: a toy. Not only did the bands that participated give the gift of music, but the patrons that partook contributed toys to help community kids. According to Katy Ann, “Mr. Potato Head, My Little Pony, Captain America and Hot Wheels” are just some of the toys that they took in.
The show started with Crow Hardly – Tim Napolitan – with special guest Michael Bandyk on guitar. They sang some songs together and Michael also performed solo. Brown Bear’s Revival then captured the crowd. Tom Gantzer- bass, Richard Herndon- lead guitar/vocals, Chris Burns- drums, Jesse Benson- rhythm guitar, Lacie Lee- tambourine/vocals, and David Lo Pan- guitar/vocals played their “last scheduled show before the potential apocalypse,” and it was an awakening!
The third band in the charitable chain was Concrete TeePee. Zach Ernest – drums/guitar/banjo, Kyle Cunningham – guitar/vocals/mandolin/bass, Carter Edge – harmonica/organ, Ed Berardi – bass/drums, and Will Wallace – guitar/vocals are a “psychedelic folk blues band” from Wheeling, WV. The crowd craved their set, which their peers perpetuated well past the midnight hour. Closing out the concert was Splash Panel. Jeff Young – bass, Allan Henry – drums, and Doug Richardson – guitar and vocals energetically ended the event, and local boys and girls won’t be the only beneficiaries – music makers made new fans and bar hoppers heard new music. A generous jam, the show was a perfect present from the local music scene!