REVIEW: B&D’s Melee Hall Grand Opening Show, April 25, 2015

B&D’s Melee Hall, Muncie’s new all ages venue, held their grand opening show last Friday, on April 25, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Melee Hall hosted a full house and the performances were nothing short of impressive.

The night opened with For This We Exist, a progressive/rock band from Alexandria, Indiana. This group played a few of their songs, including “Your Moment” and “Revenge Is A Four Letter Word.”

Broadcast City performed next, a relatively new metalcore group from Muncie, Indiana. With their debut performance only a couple months ago, this band is turning heads with their fresh sound and contagious energy.

Third to take the stage was Muncie’s very own Archives, performing popular songs, such as “Ultimatum” and “Unwelcome.” During their set, frontman Elijah Dale announced that it would be their last live performance of their hit song “Unwelcome.” Taking full advantage of the situation, fans rallied and created an unforgettable farewell to the song- for both band and fans alike. According to the band, that set was their best performance to date and resulted in a memory that no one will soon forget.

Taking the stage next was Hell Came Home, a band established in 2013 in Muncie. The heavy metal sound radiated throughout the room- causing an electric performance. This band attracted an audience of all ages, including younger children who didn’t hesitate to rock out.

Inheritors, a melodic metal/hardcore band from Eaton, Indiana was next in the line up. After a couple lineup changes, the band was back and ready to impress for the first time in over six months. The group performed their brand new song, “Carrier”, while vocalist Buddy Geesaman showered the crowd with the band’s merchandise. Inheritors did not disappoint, proving to the Muncie scene that they’re back and better than ever.

Hailing from Indianapolis, newly signed Victory Records rock/alternative/punk powerhouse Foreveratlast, was sixth to perform at the show. Vocalist Brittany Paris never ceases to impress her fans with her combination of both clean and unclean vocals. The band played several songs, including “Demon Fighter.”

Cincinnati native band All My Friends Are Dead brought the evening to a close. The melodic metal group performed fan favorites “Waypoints” and “Identity”, keeping energy high and concluding the night on a good note.

B&D’s Melee Hall grand opening was an overwhelming success with excellent performances and an even better audience attendance and energy. B&D’s next show is this Friday, May 1, 2015. The show will be a fundraiser for Mayhem in Muncie 3, a festival featuring hardcore and metalcore local bands scheduled for late May. If you enjoyed the grand opening show, I would strongly suggest coming out for this show too! Not only is it for a good cause, but a great chance to hear more hard working and talented bands! Support your local scene, come jam!

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Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

Edited by Lina Olsauskas

B&D’s Melee Hall announces second show, fundraiser for Mayhem in Muncie 3

B&D’s Melee Hall, a new all ages concert venue in Muncie, officially announced their second show, scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7 p.m. The show will serve as a fundraiser for Mayhem in Muncie 3, an all-day music festival on May 30, 2015 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.

B&D’s Melee Hall fundraiser show will feature five local bands: Man With A Gun, Bloodwake, Villisca, This Is A Lifetime, and The Convalescence.

All five bands have agreed to perform at the show for free so that all proceeds will be given to Justin Zacharias, host of Mayhem in Muncie 3. In order to raise additional proceeds for the cause, B&D’s will also be selling bottled water, said Buddy Geesaman, co-owner of B&D’s Melee Hall.

“Justin is doing a great service to all musicians and bands. My band has played Mayhem in Muncie all three years and I’m absolutely stoked I can give back to him,” said Geesaman.

“I know some of the older dudes involved in the Muncie scene are cooperating and very focused on making this the best year yet for Mayhem in Muncie,” said Elijah Dale, vocalist of Archives.

The fundraiser hopes to promote Mayhem in Muncie 3 but also give bands that couldn’t fit in the schedule for the festival a chance to play together, said Zacharias.

“The fundraiser will allow B&D to have another killer show and will give us the chance to show Muncie and the surrounding areas our music scene isn’t dead, it just needs some revitalization,” said Zacharias.

Zacharias said proceeds raised at the fundraiser will help to pay for local police and private security at the event, as his contract with the Delaware County Fairgrounds require police and security to be present.

“This fundraiser supports the idea I’ve always had about the local scene: we are one big ass family and everything we do impacts and helps each other no matter what. It’s a family thing, we are all musical brethren,” said Zacharias.

“Indiana local musicians care about pulling together to create something bigger than their own band. I’ve met so many selfless, cause-driven people since I’ve been involved,” said Dale.

“We are all locals, no matter what part of the area we hail from, we are locals. Music is apart of everybody’s everyday life. A lot of people don’t realize what music could be being made in the garage down the road from their house. The passion, drive, and talent that surrounds me locally and in the Midwest is unbelievable! The supporters need to come out to the show so our scene will still flourish and so that locals can have a place to show off all of their hard work,” said Zacharias.

B&D’s Melee Hall, all ages concert venue set to open in April

The Muncie alternative music scene is alive and strong, and a large number of local bands from the area and surrounding areas are always looking for new venues to perform and expand their fan base. Thanks to the hard work of two musicians who are very familiar with the Muncie alternative music scene, a new concert venue is scheduled to open its doors for the first time in April.

B&D’s Melee Hall, located on 900 W. 8th St., Muncie, Ind., is the first all ages venue in Muncie to cater to the Muncie alternative music scene. On Feb. 11, an official announcement was made on the venue’s Facebook page that the grand opening would be on April 25, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The admission fee is going to start out on a minimal $5 donation.

“A primary all ages venue will strengthen the scene here a lot, and will finally give people a place to go where they feel at home. It’ll also make way for a new, younger crowd, because parents won’t have to worry about their kids going to a show at a venue that’s partially a bar,” said Trae Roberts, vocalist for Oceans Grey and bassist for Archives, two of Muncie’s popular local bands.

The grand opening will feature artists including All My Friends Are Dead, Inheritors, Archives, Hell Came Home, For This We Exist, Broadcast City, and Indianapolis local band now signed to Victory Records, Foreveratlast.

Buddy Geesaman, vocalist of Inheritors and good friend David Waudby are the co-owners of B&D’s Melee Hall. Both of the owners live in Eaton, Ind. but have a strong connection to the Muncie alternative music scene.

“I wanted to open the venue due to the fact that we have no venue dedicated to all ages. I wanted to bring a safe, alcohol and drug-free place for our younger fans,” said Geesaman.

“I was inspired to open the venue because of my love of music and being able to help the younger kids, or those who are interested in playing or just having a place to see live music,” said Waudby.

After launching the venue Facebook page in early February, the owners have received a large amount of positive feedback and support from friends, family, and other musicians and listeners. The page received over 330 likes within the first month after the launch.

B&D’s venue not only hopes to give members of the Muncie alternative music scene a safe and stable place to attend shows, but also wants to give back to the music community. The venue is allowing new bands to perform as show openers for more popular bands, in an effort to help the musicians spread their music and increase their fan base. Owners have also decided to allow a few select bands to use the venue as practice space when concerts are not scheduled.

Besides helping fellow musicians, the owners are offering free music lessons to kids who are unable to afford them. Lessons will include vocals, guitar, and drums, said Waudby. Geesaman is asking anyone who is interested to “donate your time to help the next generation of musicians.” The owners have also decided to allow artists to display their work at the venue for free.

“I have spent 19 years playing in bands; I know music saved me and some of my friends. I feel like somewhere, there’s a kid that’s just like us that needs this place. We can make a difference and hopefully change their life,” said Geesaman.