by Dan Schram
Before last Saturday, I had never heard of a venue selling out twice in one evening. But at Motorco, the first half of the night—a benefit for the Central Park School For Children—opened with a mob of young children and their parents anxiously awaiting the student performances to begin. The joy projected by the student bands, their friends and families was overwhelming. All you could see was smiles everywhere—none more so than with the "adult" instructors, like Phil Cook, Christy Smith, and Heather McEntire, who worked with each student band to develop original material.
After the student performance, the full crowd slowly began to thin and transition to grown-ups attending the event of the evening—The Beast, Mount Moriah and Megafaun. Much like the first half of the show, the second provided a refreshing experience. Between each performance, area high school students in the group Poetic Justice treated the crowd to a number of profound pieces. The Beast, Mount Moriah and Megafaun did not handle this as a standard performance, either. New songs and arrangements debuted, all somehow accompanied by a familial and comforting atmosphere.