Posted: June 23rd, 2011
Chrome at 2011′s First Block Party

A little rain wasn’t going to rust Chrome.  For the first block party of the year, the self-proclaimed “Erie’s Biker Band”, revved up the crowd in front of the Bicentennial Tower at Dobbins Landing.  For the first block party of the year, the rain seemed to scare away some Erieites from joining in on the fun.  Perhaps they took a rain-check ( ba-dom boom ching).  Yeah, that was my cheesy joke of the article, so with that out of the way, let’s talk more about the show.

For those brave souls who came out, you realized the rain stopped and one of the many beautiful sunsets on the lake provided the perfect backdrop for summer to kick-off.  Friends, music, and good times are what the block parties are all about. The Cove, &  Rum Runners played host to the venue while Chrome rocked into the night with their tunes.

Lead singer, George Merced isn’t afraid to be on the mic, that’s for sure.  Whether it is singing or chatting with the crowd, George is having a good time and only wants you to join in.  With covers of AC/DC, Motley Crue, Godsmack, Def Leppard, Kiss, Buck Cherry, Bon Jovi, and Judas Priest, there is something for everyone to sing along to.  If you do not like loud music, then I’d advise you to wear some ear plugs because Chrome is loud and proud…so get used to it!

To say Myron Swanson loves playing for a crowd is an understatement.  Constantly slamming into the riffs and the facial expressions tell you that he is having a good time, and so should you. Speaking of having a good time: Drummer, Rick Stritzinger is like the Energizer bunny on stage.  Grinnin’ his teeth and slamming away on the drums, you think he’d be tired after a few songs, but he kept the fun going all the way till 11:00 P.M.  Like every band, there seems to be a surprise.

That surprise was Chris Falk.  When playing the low end groove, he’s slightly calm and collective.  Wearing a bright orange biker shirt and sunglasses, he seemed like the guy you didn’t want to mess with on or off the stage.  What’s the surprise, you may ask?   His voice.  Not in a million years would I think he could hit the high notes in the rock songs they play.  If you weren’t having a good time earlier, you defiantly were by the time Chris was belting out the lyrics.

Due to not having my hard drive with me, the pictures are not up in the gallery yet (fail). But you can get a glimpse of some of the shots in the Block Party Gallery on GoErie.com/photos.  Till next time, keep supporting the scene!

-Steve

 

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