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I must say. I went to one of the best shows I’ve been at for a long time last Wednesday night. Three Vermont bands and one from Massachusetts, but it wasn’t Bluegrass. It was 242 main street’s 30th anniversary show making it the oldest “all ages” venue in America. The event was substance free. It has always been a hardcore and punk venue playing an array of VT, east coast and some national groups like the Foodstamps, the River City Rebels and even Reel Big Fish. I frequented 242 in Burlington Vermont during high school but admit I haven’t been there since. The night opened up with Bruise Box, a Youth Garage Punk Band out of Burlington Vermont. Burlington Hardcore band As We Were followed. Rutland Vermont’s own Get A Grip put it up and Bane, Massachusetts Hardcore legends, finished it off. Local. Intense. Circle Pit. The energy of the scene was considerable.

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