New York punk bands to rock Harvest Saturday

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BENNINGTON — The Vermont Arts Exchange and Harvest Brewing are once again teaming up to bring a concert to Bennington.

This Saturday, May 19, at 8 p.m., Harvest, at 201 South St., will host a night of New York City-based punk groups with Cash Registers and Live Ones, followed by tunes from the local DJ Justine. Tickets are $10 and are sold at the door.

"The Cash Registers are no strangers to Bennington having performed twice before at VAE and last year rattled the walls at Harvest to rave reviews," said VAE director Matthew Perry. "You are in for a treat with another show of great old-school punk and rock 'n' roll."

Cash Registers frontman John Bendik began his musical career playing guitar and drums for various hardcore bands in Pittsburgh, including Savage Amused. He founded Cash Registers in the '90s and played hundreds of live shows and released two EP's. After 10 years, the band folded, but it reformed with its current lineup in 2014. In 2016, they released a full album, "20th Century Eyes." They list their chief influences as the Ramones, Buzzcocks and Dead Kennedys.

Live Ones describe themselves as, "Hopped up 3 piece Rock 'n' Roll in the grand New York tradition. Catchy tunes, howling vocals, and a big beat. Sweaty live show." Their debut album, "Yer Quite Welcome," was released in 2011.

When she isn't DJing, Justine Curry is one half of the Bennington surf grunge duo Immune Friction, along with guitarist Chris Dayton.

The VAE has a long history of hosting concerts in the community, at first at their original location at the mill on Sage Street in North Bennington and more recently at the Masonic Hall in Bennington in the Basement Music Series. Harvest, a nano-brewery and taproom in downtown Bennington, opened in 2016 and frequently hosts live music.

Derek Carson can be reached at dcarson@benningtonbanner.com, at @DerekCarsonBB on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 122.

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