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Rock festival returns for encore

May 12, 2011
By ZACH KUKKONEN - Features Editor/DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - The rock festival put on by the Recess Bullies went so well the first time, the band decided to hold a second one.

The Recess Bullies Rock Festival, an all-ages concert focused on combating underage drinking, will take place at 8 p.m. May 21 at the Memorial Union Building Ballroom on the Michigan Technological University campus.

"The whole thing is promoted as being for all ages," Clint Kyro, drummer for the Recess Bullies, said. "We had all kinds of people last time; it was huge, we probably had a little more than 200 people."

Four bands will be featured at the show, with Negaunee band Nudge taking the stage from 8 to 9 p.m., the Recess Bullies performing from 9 to 10 p.m., Iron Mountain band Keep It Secret playing from 10 to 11 p.m. and local band Avarice headlining the night from 11 p.m. to midnight.

"We almost had too many bands last time, so we wanted to shorten it up a little bit," Kyro said. "We're also having it at Tech with them running the sound."

Kyro hand-selected the bands and even had to turn some down for the show this time around. He's excited about the bands that will play, however.

"Nudge is a (four-piece) hard rock band," Kyro said. "They play everything from the '80s and '90s to now, stuff like Alice in Chains to older stuff like KISS."

The Recess Bullies are a hard-rock cover band, according to Kyro, and feature bands like Journey, Metallica and REO Speedwagon. Keep It Secret, the band Kyro may be most excited about, will play just about anything across the board.

"They play anything from Miley Cyrus to heavier stuff like rock and rap," Kyro said. "They're just super fun, I'm so glad they're a part of this thing."

The closing band of the night, Avarice, from Dollar Bay, have been touring the area for years and have a large following.

"They're local rock legends," Kyro said. "They play a lot of the same genre as us and have a huge following."

The concert is free and is sponsored by the Tech group Healthy Options for a Wellness Lifestyle along with NV Hair and Kimberly Hicks Photography. Door prizes will be offered and free soft drinks will be given out by BHK's Fathers 2 Dads group.

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