Friday night at Aftershock it was the Red, White & Boom Battle. We used both stages, bands on one and Hip Hop guys scheduled for the other. The bands showed up and Rev Gusto was the band that advanced from that stage. But only 2 of the 4 hip hop guys showed up, Skribble and SOLDIER. I decided to let both of them have a spot in the final tuesday at Jerry's. Everyone left happy on the hip hop side of the room. But it was crickets when I announced Rev Gusto as the band advancing from the main stage. Rev Gusto had the most people and they were a damn good band. But all of their crowd had left by the time I announced they were moving on.
Saturday night it was the Battle For Freaker's Ball at the club formerly known as Harley's & Horses. They're changing the name to the All Star Bar and should have all the signage in place in the week or two. The owners are wanting to give the place a bit more of a mainstream image. They're also wanting their re-branding of the club to help them secure a sunday license. They need consent from neighbors, the biggest of them being Worlds Of Fun. And I guess Worlds Of Fun wasn't crazy about the name Harley's And Horses.
The bands Head Shot and Until The Worlds End advanced in the Freaker's Battle. After I announced who moved on, Johnny Rokker and his band of Metal Mercenaries took the stage. Hell, they should've been entered in Club Wars, they blew everyone away. I thought they were razor sharp and I'm not even sure how many times they got together and practiced before the gig. June 17 is Johnny's birthday. And even though the show started on the 16th it was after midnight when they started so it was his birthday show. And lately he's been talking a bit like he's going to hang it up again. But I think he should keep going.