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Small Town Loud celebrates eight years in Lancaster

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter

Sen. Jeff Woodburn brought two proclamations to the Small Town Loud Fest in Lancaster on April 28. One was to recognize the shows eighth year, the second was to recognize show organizer Erik Becker's work in the North Country combating the drug epidemic. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
May 09, 2018
LANCASTER — It was the eighth year Erik Becker's Small Town Loud show woke the streets of Lancaster. The show originally began as Rialtopalooza and took place at the Rialto Theatre of course.

The show began as a way to bring some life back to the old theatre that was closing.

As Becker explained, "My bosses at the time asked me what I wanted to do during the time the theatre was closed, so I said I wanted to put on an all ages show."

The number of attendees this year was larger than in previous years due to the show's growing reputation. As for the music, this year there were seven different brands that owned the stage.

The money brought in from the show went to The Black Crow Project, and is being directed into community events including the Rockin' the Park Summer Concert series in Lancaster. That will be an all ages substance free activity The Black Crow Project wants to support.

Becker said, "I really liked the overall vibe this year. The Lancaster PD was on site and they were very well received. Everyone seemed to have a great time."

Looking ahead, Becker said, "I plan to continue to grow the show and hope to get some other minds at the table to help guide that growth and create opportunities for other shows that offer something a bit different."

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