One can definitely tell that Spring is in the air. Warmer weather, trees starting the take shape, more birds flying about, and of course an utter ramp-up of concert selections on the weekends. This past Saturday night, Lee’s Liquor Lounge was the place to be for the Metal Benefit for Autistic Self Advocacy Network which was hosted by The Metal Brigade Booking and Promotions along with Alex Gorgos for the arrangement.
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which autistic people enjoy equal access, rights, and opportunities. They work to empower autistic people across the world to take control of their own lives and the future of the common community, and seek to organize the autistic community to ensure their voices are heard in the national conversations. ASAN’s activities include public policy advocacy, the development of autistic cultural activities, and leadership trainings for autistic self-advocates. They provide information about autism, disability rights, and systems change to the public through a number of different educational, cultural, and advocacy related projects.
Being a metalhead through and through, nothing is more pleasing than to see the continued growing strength of the Metal Community. This is even amplified when they come together for a great cause, to raise awareness, throw down some incredible performances, and have a great time in the process.
I decided to arrive in plenty of time to absorb every bit of the evening ahead. Lee’s Liquor Lounge is always a great, welcoming atmosphere and this night was no different. There was lot’s of socializing going on as well as a steady flow beer and other spirits. As the stage setup, sound and lights were getting dialed in, I quickly dawned my Batman utility belt (photo equipment) and was ready to go. I took a quick pass through the band merch area and stopped to chat with friends in the scene. A few conversations later, the house music dropped and the evenings line-up was ready to dominate my attention for the evening.
First up, VVOLF MASK hit the stage with a high-energy set. As many times as I have seen these guys perform, their set always has an incredible punch. Part Thrash, part Metal, with a mix of backtracking and whole lot of solid chord progressions that never ceases to draw a strong crowd reactions. Always impressive and they seemingly managed to the set the bar really high for others to follow.
For more information on the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) or to make a donation, please visit them on the web at https://autisticadvocacy.org
Also, be sure to check out all the bands mentioned, give them a like on social media, support the local Metal scene, and get out to a show to catch them live. \m/