This past weekend I went to a concert at The Clyde Theatre for the first time. The Clyde is located near downtown Fort Wayne. Long before my time, it was apparently a movie theatre. Now, after Sweetwater invested money into it, it is a concert venue and it is an absolute gem.

It’s been a while since I’ve spoken about music, but if you recall, punk rock is my genre of choice. On Friday, I saw Sum 41, a punk band I grew up with. It blew my mind that they were playing in Fort Wayne. I’ve seen Sum 41 several times, and each time I’ve had to drive around three hours to do so. Now, with the addition of this fantastic theatre in Fort Wayne, bands that I and many others love, are stopping in locally.

The inside of The Clyde is stellar; simply put – it’s beautiful and massive. The venue holds over 2,000 people and is standing room only – perfect for a punk show. On Friday, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve been in a mosh pit, but Friday I got to let loose, throw elbows and make sure crowd surfers made their way to the front without injury. Needless to say, I woke up very sore on Saturday and even more sore on Sunday (the second day is always the worst).

In my heyday of concert-going, I waited hours in lines (I still do occasionally) to be at the very front. Now I’ve found that the best place in the world to be at a concert is in the mosh pit. For those unaware of what a mosh pit is, specifically a circle pit, it’s a circular space in the crowd that opens where people shove each other, jump around, mostly run in a circle while doing so, and just go crazy. There are a few rules though: don’t purposely hurt anyone and if someone falls, pick them back up. Every pit I’ve been in has always been very respectful of these rules. It’s all about having fun while burning energy.

In 2016, I traveled to Cleveland two to three times a month for concerts. With the recent addition of The Clyde, I and many others in the area that love alternative music now have a place to go.

I spent a lot of time wishing Van Wert would get a place like this or at the very least, invite alternative bands to play in our established music locations, but I doubt it will ever happen. Frankly, the concerts that occur in Van Wert are not for my age group. It’s refreshing to now have a venue within 45 minutes that focuses on a group of music lovers that have been ignored around here for a long time.

From the entire experience, I was most shocked to see how many of “us” there are around the Fort Wayne area. The alternative/punk scene exists around here, and there is finally a place for us to go. Fort Wayne has got something special going on, and I can’t wait to see it continue to grow.

Here’s to seeing far more bands at The Clyde in the coming year!