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