Hey everyone, with all this Indie Fest talk it gets easy for me to get caught up in the event and not remember to give a shout out to all of the great young people doing great work in this city. All of us sharing a common goal of spreading positive community values and promoting Rochester has really brought together this event and inspired me to drive forward with my own work. Please take the time if you’ve stumbled upon this page to click through and look at a few of them.
Punk for Peace / The Snowball Effect - The work of Ken Braley, a great guy who is inspiring positive social action events. After running a successful mail order / merch business for 6 years, he closed it down to start this group which has, well, snowballed since starting meetings only two months ago. I can expect only great things out of them.
The Rochester Insomniac – Some of the most passionate, driven guys for the broader community. The wealth and depth of their information on the the website is amazing, and I guarantee you will be seeing something even more exciting out of them VERY soon.
The Institute for Creative Music / Fair Trade Music Rochester – The work of Chris Teal, a good friend and Eastman Grad. My sounding board for much of this operation. The former is an outreach program teaching music creatively to kids, the latter an effort to improve communication between musicians and venues on various issues. They just released an all-Rochester CD compilation and are putting on a concert series soon.
Nasty Records Recording - I don’t know Nate Davenport too well (yet), but everyone says he’s the man. Recording and touring are two of the most harrowing tasks to a rising band, and having someone who helps work to make it easier (and more affordable) to bands is incredible.
More to come in part 2 soon.