[Sorry, this post is not an in depth exploration of NKOTB lyrics.]
All ages venues are an essential part of any music scene. They not only allow people under the age of 18 to be exposed to great (and terrible) music, but they help maintain a sense of community. I’m not sure where I would be, musically or otherwise, without access to venues that not only supported the bands that played there, but the fans that went to see them, regardless of whether or not said fans could grow a mustache (side note: I still cannot grow a mustache).
Unfortunately, due to reasons both cynical and circumspect, all ages venues are slowly disappearing, like Kevin Bacon in Hollow Man, only with far less misogyny. However, there are great people who are taking strides to reverse this trend.
I quote Jessica Hopper:
Real life friends at the All-Ages Movement Project are in the running to get 50,000$ grant from ye olde Pepsi Co to do a bunch good work and mentorship and initatives all over the country to support DIY community show spaces etc. The hitch is you have to vote everyday, not just once, for the next week or so. You do it here.
Please take some time to vote for the All-Ages Movement Project, and, hopefully, your kids can see god-awful (and truly amazing) noise rock bands in a safe and communal space. I know it seems like I’m being glib, but please know that this is incredibly important to me, and should be to you too. Kids or no kids.
Up the punx and such,