Just four days after gathering for the Niagara Music Awards, many of the same bands and artists will do it all over again in the same place Saturday.
The occasion is the second annual 21 Band Salute at the Seneca Queen Theatre, uniting many of the region’s biggest names for a one-night jam session. There’s no fee and no egos – every band gets a 15-minute slot starting at 7:30 p.m.
The stellar line-up includes The Broken Lyre, Aaron Berger, the Anti-Q’s, Rod Standish, The KaC Himself, A Book For Wanderers and The Black Flies.
“In essence, we just want to throw an end of summer get-together for the city and musicians,” says Black Flies singer/guitarist Nathanial Goold, one of the event’s co-organizers.
“A lot of the musicians, we always say ‘We should just have a night where it’s a bunch of music going on.’”
Donations will be accepted to help pay for the technical aspects of the show, but otherwise, it’s first come, first seated, says Goold. The theatre has capacity for 300 people.
Last year’s event was so popular among the bands, 16 of them quickly confirmed they’d do it again. Goold had little trouble finding five other acts to fill the card.
“There are people wanting to play, just hearing about how fun it was last year,” he says.
“The Niagara Music Awards, 21 Band Salute … any activity that has a lot of bands involved, everyone likes going to those for the fact they get to hang out with each other. It’s a social event for musicians as well.
“What makes it fun is having that many bands in one room. We’re all pretty good friends for the most part.”
The date isn’t without significance – Sept. 21 is known as the Fall Equinox, when night and day are in balance at 12 hours each.
“We recognize this balance as we strive for this in our own lives,” says Goold.
Sept. 21 is also the International Day of Peace, as named by UN General Assembly in 2002.