Since my first year at Fredonia in 2014, house shows have been a big thing for the music scene in the area. Between the house on Canadaway and the Creekhouse, live music has always filled the area.
Within the past two years, house shows at 37 have gained a tremendous amount of popularity. Last month, the guys at 37 said goodbye to their contribution…so we thought.
Their house show on 4/20 featured acoustic artist and Fredonia alum Heavy Tides, local rapper Tan Air, and Fredonia seniors in Kill The Clock & Northernstate. Initially, Keep Flying, the punk rock/pop-punk with ska influence was supposed to play, but had to drop due to family issues. Saxophone player, John James Ryan Jr. still showed up and Kill The Clock was kind enough to let him play a few Keep Flying songs.
This house show was one of the most successful in the history of 37 house shows.
Vocalist of Kill The Clock, Dan McCormick who also lives in the house says that there were about 125-150 people in the vicinity. They were expecting it to fill out, but not by that much, especially with the basement being such a small place.
McCormick says that “37 is different from other house shows because it’s much more of an emphasis on the “show” and not the party aspect. I think up until recently, there weren’t many houses (if any) that regularly put on punk rock shows.”
The amount of energy in that room was unlike anything I have ever seen at a house show before. It made me feel like I was seeing a sold-out show in a small venue. Friends and fans of KTC were jumping on each other’s backs, screaming the lyrics in McCormick’s face.
Recently, the members of the house had announced that there will be a part two to 37 Fest, a final hurrah for everyone to celebrate one last time before graduating. This weeks lineup features some pretty big names in the Buffalo music scene: Made Violent, Ugly Sun, American Nosebleed (who recently played their first show ever at BJ’s and then performed at BJ’s Fest) and Talking In My Sleep. This show is due to draw a crowd as big as the last time.
So what happens after the guys at 37 graduate? Does the legacy die?
McCormick says that they have a friend taking over the house for the next two years.
“I know we’ll also be helping set stuff up for him. Our hope is that it continues for as long as possible. If not, we’re just stoked to have been able to create a strong presence with our time here. I don’t anyone was expecting us to be as dedicated to it, and put on nearly as many shows as we did.”
These house shows have made such an impact in Fredonia, here’s to the last 37 Fest and next semester!