Saving 242 Main: Where A City Empowered Teens to Make History
James Lockridge
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As a teenager in high school, 242 played a vital role in my development as a performing musician. At times it can be hard enough booking a heavier show (punk, alt rock, metal, etc) in a town where jam and funk bands dominate, and especially so if you’re under 18 or 21. My first experience with 242 and the Memorial Auditorium was at rock camp as a kid. That had been my first live performance. Later on 242 provided a venue for my high school band, we primarily played live shows there- sometimes with other teens, sometimes with “real” touring bands. It was always a lot of fun and a great space where we could come together in a safe place to enjoy and support local music. The Halloween shows were always a blast. As an adult, I now have access to venues that have 18+ or 21+ rules that I couldn’t play at or attend shows at as a kid- but 242 will always hold a special place in my heart- it made live music accessible for everyone who was interested- not just adults who want to go out and drink. I don’t know what the high school music scene is like anymore, but if 242 closes, I hope those kids will be able to find ways to keep playing and supporting local music.

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