Izzy Fest
Variety Show N Benefit
Review and Pictures By: Michael Rys
Variety show??? You mean people still do those??? Once and great while you can find shows that feature a variety of genres on one bill but most times those are battle of the band type shows, where nobody but the club owners wins. This was no battle though. All bands that played were doing so to benefit little Izzy. Each band worked hard to draw friends and family and the benefit was resounding success. The audience tended to ebb and flow with the groups they came to see, which I guess would not be unexpected with the wide swing in types of music, looked to me like everyone had a blast thought. Here's the rundown Kenzi Jones started off the evening with a short set of poppy acoustic rock and did a great job in her public stage debut. Mike Fisher and Jay Jared of the band Slug took the stage,rolling out some bluesy originals and a couple of great covers. Rarely am I entertained by one acoustic artist let alone two. As night fell young ins from the Toledo area called A Year In The Dark took over for a 30 minute set of modern influenced rock. They brought a good size crowd with em to watch them knock out their live debut. Drop Dead Silhouette also form Toledo stormed the stage next and also had a nice size group of fans to sing along with their trashy pop punk.Things got eclectic when Toledo solo artist Saboteur played what was called Walt metal .in his stage debut. From there things got even more Psychedelic with Space Gypsies (revolving door band with anywhere form 12-3 members playing any one gig.) They played what I can only describe as phscodelicgothelectronica. Enjoyable night all around and many many thanks yous for the bands and audience that had a great time for a great cause.