Lokal Loudness 25th Anniversary Concert
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With a single photocopied issue, Stoney Cannon launched Lokal Loudness on February 10, 1992 – Alexis Noelle Colohan-Cannon’s 5th birthday. This year February 10 at Metro A Coffeehouse in Downtown Augusta, we will celebrate more than 25 years of Lokal Loudness; we will come together to celebrate what would have been Alexis’ 30th birthday. Alexis Noelle Colohan-Cannon was just 21 when she died in an auto accident in April 2008. In her memory, family & friends created the Lexie’s Legacy Foundation and Scholarship at Augusta University to continue Alexis’ loving community work. The scholarship benefits married women looking to further their education and previous recipients include a nursing graduate and women currently employed in community, service, and youth fields in the Augusta/CSRA area. Lokal Loudness has tirelessly promoted, covered, and awarded the musicians that make up the eclectic Augusta music scene for the past 25 years. In the early 90s, Cannon opened a teen club, The Coffee Shoppe, where young bands played original music. He followed that up by creating a number of events to benefit local charities, from Rocking the Stocking & The 12 Bands of Christmas to shows raising money for hurricane victims, firefighters, Augusta University and more. The lineup for this year’s 25th Anniversary Event includes not only several artists whose impact on the area music scene was large, but who also made regional, and to some degrees national strides as well. They each also are included on Alexis Noelle Colohan-Cannon’s list of all-time favorite Augusta/CSRA musical artists including:
- IMPULSE RIDE: The rock/power pop band fronted by founders Ruskin Yeargain and Bill Irwin not only steered the band around the south with iconic releases including the CD “Big Things in Small Places” aka the “big fish” CD but remained one of a handful of bands to release music on larger indie labels. (Corndog Money & Residue both released on J-Bird Records)
- PEOPLE WHO MUST: If there was a band that ran neck in neck with Impulse Ride in the 90’s it was People Who Must formed by front man Joe Stevenson. Known for their iconic stickman logo and catchy meaningful songs, most popular area hit “1000 Miles”, the band also released a pair of albums on indie record label Creative Man Records and toured heavily.
- GROOVE DOGS: Tour dogs of the upmost kind, this four-piece recorded at legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis and released perhaps one of the areas best releases before hitting the road with some big acts, and being featured in industry periodicals such as Billboard Magazine alongside the likes of the Rolling Stones and Joan Jett.
- DAVID BRADBERRY: In addition to fronting some of Augusta’s top original indie bands like SMILE and DEBT OF NATURE, Bradberry created the Haunted Pillar Studio and Label releasing three important Augusta music compilations in the 90’s – “Haunted Pillar Presents”, “Grand Slam Jam”, and “Save Our Butt.” The Haunted Pillar Label was also the home for releases by popular are bands like Impulse Ride, Phil Hamelton’s Jugs of Life, and Hundred Year Sun.
- MARC TOMPKINS: In addition to working close with David Bradberry on various projects and fronting the band Hundred Year Sun, Tompkins spent time in national label band Billionaire touring with several top bands of the 90s and rocking many large festival stages including the original Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta.
- WILL McCRANIE: A singer/songwriter/guitarist who started playing in CSRA bars and clubs before he was old enough to get in, McCranie has consistently released product while in the area as well as in his brief residency in New York. McCranie is easily one of the hardest working musical artists from the area in the past decade plus.
- CHRIS HARDY: This Bostonian, originally brought to Augusta via the Army, has perhaps written, demoed, and recorded more songs than any other single artist in the area and is backed by a resume that includes releases by bands such as Sylvia’s Advice, Nervous Boys, Toast, Two Feet Up, and a bunch of solo stuff. He is a multi-instrumentalist and one of the areas most unique artists.
- CHUCK WILLIAMS: For many, as long as there has been rock radio in Augusta, there has been Chuck Williams. The voice is unmistakable. The heart unequaled. The guy has done it all in radio including spin local independent music. In a word – legendary.
Please join us Friday, February 10 at 8p for a FREE show at Metro A Coffeehouse in Downtown Augusta to celebrate 25 years of Lokal Loudness and a lifetime of goodness in memory of Alexis Noelle Colohan-Cannon.