After more than two decades of playing guitar around Cleveland, Kochan created the annual concert last year to give lesser-known bands some stage time. This year's lineup includes bluesmen Feedback, alt-rockers Altered, blues trio TBS, southern rockers Kismet and Frantic, '80s metalheads Kellerhanna, prog-rockers Hatecore Inc., and Kochan's quintet.
Each band is slotted for a one-hour set. "I don't want to be like these shows where you get a time slot based on how many tickets you sell," says Kochan. "We're not about that. It's not like if you don't sell this many tickets, you'll only play a half-hour."
The way Kochan sees it, the concert offsets the dwindling number of clubs that reserve at least one night a week for performances by local bands -- especially those that play original tunes. "It's easier to put a DJ in, or what I call vaudeville bands," he says, referring to karaoke-like performers. "What we do is all us. Good, bad, or indifferent, there are no tricks here. All our special effects were given to us at birth."
Sat., Feb. 18, 2 p.m.-2 a.m.