March 22, 2007

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Letting the kids play
Thirsty Entertainment seeks to increase the all-ages opportunities
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Music is heard by audiences of all ages — both at all-ages shows and on the radio and Internet — but when it comes to the people playing in a nightclub or other music venues some musicians are too young to jam.

For underage musicians the limitations placed on playing in music venues leave only a few other options — play out of someone’s garage or basement, or pay to book a private hall.

Most music venues leave only a specific night of the week, Sundays for most, where bands and audiences under the age of 21 are allowed through the door.

This was the prominent issue with David Southworth, who owns a small entertainment company called I’m Thirsty Entertainment.

“I wanted to provide a safe, drug- and alcohol-free environment for people of all ages to go, but especially for the underage crowd. These days, if you are under 21, it’s real hard to go see a local band, or even a touring band sometimes,” Southworth said.

Southworth not only represents I’m Thirsty Entertainment; he also represents a band in a similar situation.

Shatter This World (formerly known as In Vein) is a hardcore death metal band from Manchester with four members under the age of 21, which means they can’t play at a lot of the local establishments. They certainly can’t consider going into Massachusetts to play. There aren’t any all-age venues in Massachusetts.

Within New Hampshire, there are only a few all-ages venues, such as Club Drifters in Nashua and The Sad Café in Plaistow. Bands can only play the same venue so many times. Plus, there are a lot of underage bands trying to book these few places.

Southworth has taken the next step to get some of these underage bands recognized. He’s booked the Veterans Hall in Manchester and scheduled a show called Metal in the City, with four local bands. Some of the bands have underage members and some of them are just bands that are supportive of the idea of playing all-ages shows.

Shatter This World will be performing, along with And Then There Were None, Only Blood Will Tell and Never Say Never.

And Then There Were None is a hardcore soul and metal band from Salem.

Only Blood Will Tell is a hardcore metal and rock band based in Derry.

Never Say Never is a hardcore death metal band based in southern New Hampshire.

“I just want to create a safe and fun environment for everyone, not just the underage crowd, while giving some exposure to these bands. They work hard and are really determined to get out there. They just need a place to play,” Southworth said.

I’m Thirsty Entertainment is a New Hampshire-based booking company that works not just with underage bands but is 100 percent supportive of booking all-ages shows.

All Ages
Who: An all-ages “bring ya’ mama” show w/ And Then There Were None, Only Blood Will Tell, Never Say Never and Shatter This World
When: Saturday, March 31 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Where: VFW Hall Post #79, 35 W. Brook St., Manchester
For more information: Go to myspace.com/imthirstyentertainment, or check out the band’s profiles at:
And Then There Were None — myspace.com/andthentherewerenone
Only Blood Will Tell — myspace.com/obwt
Shatter This World (formerly In Vein) — myspace.com/invein2
Never Say Never — myspace.com/neversaynevernh.