Finn Lovell organizes free music event to honor his father
By Clayton Smith
On Friday, May 23, the sidewalk outside The Living Room on Main Street in Cold Spring buzzed with teenagers eager to enter and hear some of their favorite local punk bands.
Finn Lovell, a senior at Haldane, put together the show in honor of his father, Jim Lovell, who died in the Metro-North train tragedy last December. Finn was a member in two of the five acts that performed Friday night. As the clock struck 6, people swarmed into the compact space, conscious that only 100 would be allowed entry.
Luke Ferrara opened the show as the only solo artist and grabbed everyone’s attention with his impressive acoustic performance. Then daisychain, a pop-punk band from Peekskill, handed over an energized set with Finn on guitar. After that, Poughkeepsie-based Inflicted kept the crowd on its feet with more heavy-hitting lyrics and guitar riffs. Following Inflicted was Firestarter — in town from Albany — delivering a selection of powerful songs from start to finish.
Last but certainly not least, Finn closed the night with his last set ever on vocals with North Runner. This performance set itself apart due to the raw emotion displayed by band members as well as the audience.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better turnout or crowd reaction,” Finn said. “There is true beauty in witnessing your friends, family, even people you don’t know, sing along to a song you poured your entire heart into. Thank you to everyone who made that night so special.”
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