Lock, Stock, and Punk Rock the Block
Fueled by a DIY ethos Scotty's set to host punk show to support local organizations
Friday, Aug. 31 - Sept. 2
Fueled by a DIY ethos and ignited by positive change and community-building, "Punk Rock the Block" is all set to go, complete with a freshly built stage for the back room. This spirit is being galvanized with the weekend long event, which offers three days worth of shows and much more.
In what intends to become an ongoing tradition, proceeds from the weekend will benefit The Neighborhood Watch, ServErie, and residents of the Scotty's neighborhood. Guests can get a discounted weekend pass or attend each day separately.
The first evening will give you music from Crooked Cobras, Detroit Red, Paper Matches, and The Trotts. The Pittsburgh serpentine quartet Crooked Cobras plays ferocious, incendiary blasts of punk rock perfect for fans of bands from the '80s who were able to harness aggression and energy, much like the fantastic trio of local bands as well.
Saturday will see the welcome return of a few familiar faces. Rub the Buddha, a long-running powerpop favorite will grace the stage for the first time since their reunion at the Crooked i in 2010. Diesel Houdini will be returning for one of their first shows in almost two years. Josh Gone and Andy Costa will stay on as they swap Jason Pflueger for James Paolello, becoming 40 Rust. They'll be joined by John Zuck – a Columbusite with Erieite roots – with a solo set.
Day 3 will see something different, a family-friendly, free swap and small outdoor block party starting at 2 p.m.. Guests are urged to bring in fun things (like old band tees, records, crafts, etc.) and trade them for other things that people bring in, with no money changing hands. There will be food, drink, and acoustic performances during the afternoon. Later on Sunday, starting at 5 p.m., there will be an art show (or "Art Shock" to keep with the rhyme scheme), featuring works from more than a dozen local artist including Vance Lupher, Brit Soule, Anna Lindvay, and Brad Ford congregated in one room (complete with a collaborative art wall), while bands play in the other to close out the weekend. — Nick Warren
Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m., Sunday swap at 2 p.m., show at 5 p.m. // 301 German St. // $10 for the weekend, $5 each evening // facebook.com/Scottys.Martini/