Growing up in the Lansdale and surrounding areas, the punk/hardcore/hiphop/pop-punk/emo/indie music scene has given us all an underground community we can call home. In this community we all found a place to go and be a part of something positive, productive, and creative all throughout our adolescent years and for some to this day. We have made life-long friendships through music. Some of us would be dead if it wasn't for going to Lansdale shows every weekend in middle and high school. Some of us have started bands, toured, and have seen the world. Some of us have built entire business from the ground up through this scene. What matters now, is ALL of us coming together and showing the higher ups what we need to keep our towns unsung musical history alive and breathing for future generations.
Tons of people always says they miss things the way they were back in the day, but when our town used to have multiple venues where we could have shows every weekend with 300+ kids easily on a bad night, its hard not to miss that. The reason the music scene in Lansdale has faded is in part due to venues being shut down or owners simply ceasing all show bookings due to negative people doing negative things.
Well, that scene that we grew up in, became adults in, and found ourselves in is about to all but fade away. This can be prevented if we band together in a mature manner and go about showing the city council and task force members of Lansdale that we can not only contribute positively to the town but re-vitalize a dying music scene that most Lansdale citizens don't know much about, then we can grow, and we can sustain the rich 20+ year history of the Lansdale under ground music scene that has had such bands as Wu-Tang Clan, Sick Of It All, The Wonder Years, The Starting Line, Circa Survive, Zolof The Rock and Roll Destroyer, Adlib, Life of Agony, Wisdom In Chains, I Am The Avalanche, 100 Demons, Death Threat and many, MANY others grace our VFW, Jumpers (RIP), Celebrations (RIP), The Moose Lodge, 3rd & Walnut, The Holy Trinity Church, The Towamencin Fire Hall, The Lansdale YMCA, The Lansdale Knights of Columbus and many other venues we have had over the years.
This mature manner I speak of is by pushing the task force and council members to turn the Lansdale Center for the Performing Arts, which is currently closed, into a venue for ALL ages. This meaning that the basement (which has a stage and a large holding capacity,) could easily be turned into the perfect all ages venue for local and touring bands to play. All genres welcome. The upstairs could then be used as a venue for national touring acts that would attract an older crowd, much like the thrieving Sellersville Theatre. The location of the Lansdale Center for the Performing Arts is absolutely perfect for such a venture. It's location in the heart of downtown Lansdale on Main Street is directly next to a large renovated parking lot, the train station, and in the midst of locally-owned business, resturaunts, bars and convience stores. If we are allowed to help in the transformation of this space and property into the kind of safe-haven that nurtured and helped us all grow, stay out of trouble, and be creative at the same time, then we can ensure that future generations will be able to be exposed to the same life changing expeirences we all had.
Please, sign this petition and show these board members that this movement means something to us and we don't want to lose it what we have held so close for so long.
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