Rock on

Six bands - including Moral Philosophy, shown here - entertained an enthusiastic crowd of young Islanders on June 19 at Outerland. Photos by Jon Ollwerther

By Anna Marie D'Addarie - June 28, 2007

Rock and roll will never die. It is alive and well in the music of young people on the Island. Six bands jammed at Outerland last Tuesday night, and except for Mercy Beat, professional musicians who performed as a back-up band, all the rockers were school-aged kids. The band jam was a benefit for the YMCA's Teen Center. This is the third year for the fund-raiser that began as a battle of the bands but has evolved into a band jam, a friendly format to showcase talent.

Lyla Griswold
Lyla Griswold of West Tisbury sang two original tunes and covered two others, including the Hendrix classic "Purple Haze."

The first group to perform was almost an all-girl group, the Pettit Girls. Almost because dad, Warren Pettit played bass along with his daughters, Meghan, Miranda, and Claire. The group was tight and covered hits from several decades. Don't think Partridge Family. The Pettit Girls are more like Led Zeppelin in skirts.

Lyla Griswold asked her two guitar teachers to play back-up for her and boy did they ever. She opened with "We Are Who We Are" in a no-nonsense style, and followed with two original songs, "Folly at its Best" and "Lost and Found," the latter written for her brother, Sam.

Susie, a foursome of middle schoolers contributed a few strong numbers, and Spare Change, from off-Island, played some covers and original tunes too. Listening to the band Moral Philosophy sing "Four dead in O-hi-o," I wondered how many in the room knew the story behind the song. It didn't matter really because music is timeless and rock lives on.

Lydia Fischer and Julie Perry of She Said finished the evening off with a rousing medley of original tunes. Backed by Jake Estabrook on drums, the leading ladies harmonized with an attitude, and left the crowd clamoring for more.

Richard McAuliffe
Richard McAuliffe pitched in on drums.
Max Berlow
Max Berlow keeps the beat steady on bass.