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Bands hope to rock their way onto a bigger stage

February 04, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Pete Gedon, bassist for the hard-rock band Disorder, said he hopes concerts such as the one Saturday at the Leitersburg Concert Theatre will help more bands break into the local music scene.

Disorder of Martinsburg, W.Va., just cut a CD with seven songs of original music, Gedon said. The band's next step is to establish a following in Hagerstown before moving further up the ladder of success.

"We're trying to do things like this just to get our name out," he said. "We're very proud to represent the Tri-State area. It's like a chick breaking out of the egg."

Gedon said the band was invited to participate in the All-Day Rock Fest, an event that featured eight bands.

To gain the privilege to play in the All-Day Rock Fest, Gedon said he and his bandmates had to sell 50 tickets in West Virginia over the past three or four weeks to help promote the show.

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Many of the fans who attended were teenagers. Some dressed casually, wearing jeans and T-shirts, while others wore gothic clothes that were accessorized with chains and nose rings.

Fallon Jenkins, 15, said she and her friends heard about the show at the last minute. It's hard to find transportation being 15, she said. But luckily, she was able to get a ride with one of her friends.

The bands that played Saturday were appealing because they have an "underground" sound in the tradition of The Ramones and The Sex Pistols, Fallon said.

"Mainstream is OK," she said. "But I like underground better."

Event organizer Jeff Britton of Hagerstown said he has been organizing shows at the theater every Saturday night since September.

"It's all about bringing the music scene back to Hagerstown," he said.

Britton said Saturday afternoon that he expected about 350 people to attend the show, which started at 3 p.m. and was supposed to last until 11:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $8 apiece, he said. Each band had about 45 minutes to perform.

Britton hopes Saturday's concert was the first of many to come.

"It's a good place to come and watch music," he said. "You can sit back in a comfortable seat and enjoy the bands."

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