Weekend of local rock volume 55
Subtitled: the 5th Annual (Save the…) BreastFest edition.
I’ve been to all five of these events and I have to tell you this was probably the most successful. They finally got the two ingredients they needed to maximize success: a location in Ocean City and a Friday night slot during Bike Week – the last few StBFs were relegated to Thursday night.
But more on that in a bit. Let’s talk about the bands involved – by the way, all of them volunteered their time for the cause.
We arrived a little late so we only caught the tail end of Elwood. Hearing their last few songs, I was mentally kicking myself for not being ready to go a little sooner because they were solid. They also play a number of originals, which to me is a plus.
Chainbreak came on next and pleased the bikers with a collection of songs that included some Southern rock covers. If it’s Bike Week in Ocean City, you will hear something from Skynard, Molly Hatchet, or the Allman Brothers.
Veteran musician Lauren Glick and her Moodswingers were up next, and she belted out a number of old favorites.
Before I get much farther, I need to note the creator of the event, Michele Hogsett.
She’s the beauty and the brains behind the (Save the…) Breast Fest as a cancer survivor herself. And she shrewdly recruited her husband Jim to serve as the emcee of the event.
The reason I bring this up here is that they got a lot more busy once Lauren Glick cleared the stage. It was time for Semiblind.
Like Lauren Glick before them, Semiblind showed why they’re still a popular local group after nearly a decade of playing. I found this video from the event as the band jammed out on the Ted Nugent classic “Stranglehold.” That was their final song of the evening, but the rock wasn’t over by a long shot.
Like Semiblind, the next band has made all five StBF events, and they vowed to keep coming.
Now if you want to discuss a group which doesn’t compromise on being heavy, Witches Brew would be that group. They hammered out a lot of hard rock staples from the 70s through the 80s, and actually served as a good complement to the final band of the evening, Vivid Season.
If you add about a decade to Witches Brew’s playlist, you’d get Vivid Season. They concentrate on songs put out during the last 15 years or so – not to say they don’t throw in older stuff, but it’s arguably the most current of the groups who played. (Semiblind will play some more recent stuff in their extended shows and as I noted, Elwood does quite a few originals.)
Yet while all the music was going on, my friend Melissa was selling raffle tickets. This WAS a fundraiser, you know.
Each of these little bags represented a raffle prize, with everything from free hotel accommodations to golf to apparel to tattoos and bike accessories in the mix. The list of sponsors grows a little each year.
Now I didn’t take any photos of the contestants in their tattoo competition, but I did snap a shot of these luscious cupcakes.
Speaking of luscious cupcakes, it should be noted the event sponsor did quite well this year.
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition raised $1,609 from the event, which Michele said doubled their take from last year. Going from Thursday night to Friday night was a lucrative move for the group, for whom StBF now seems to be settling in as an annual occurrence at Pickles Pub.
The last photo I’m throwing in for fun.
If they can hold their spot, you may want to pencil in September 12, 2014 on your calendar for the 6th annual event. With an attitude like that, it should be a good time.