There is a general sentiment out there in the lower east side, and in New York City in general that rock n toll is not what it was.
There is a bunch of us who enjoy that scene who are getting older. So many bands have come and gone, much less rockers. And there have been a bunch of venues, too. The drugs, the addicts. Even much of the dirt and grime are gone. I exaggerate now.
New York has changed. Tom Petty has passed. It has been 40 years since L.A.M..F. came out. And to wax poetic or to offer a dash of philosophy that is the difference really. We have 40 or 50 years of history now. That, however, will not be dwelled upon here.
No doubt rock will pass. Electric / amplified instruments running through various little boxes that one steps on as you strum will eventually be replaced with something, but not today, not tonight, and certainly not last night.
No Rock was alive and well at a joint that has been going for the last 20 plus years. The neighborhood has changed no doubt, but Arlenes Grocery rocked last night. You had just one more $5 Rock Night that in fact costed nothing. They should have collected something. I hope they made something at the bar, I trust they did.
It was the Midnight Crisis CD Release Party and they rocked. They had some good tunes. They had the moves. The playing was there.
I will be honest when I fist saw them, two years back, I took them as a fun side project for Marty.
Today, last night, fun side project or not, they have some tunes, they are a band. And they do what a lot rock bands do and that said there are those moments through the night, through the set where you hear something, you see something, and you smile, you nod, and you know you are there.
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