The next generation of rockers are ready for the WCUW show

There aren’t many spaces for young people to play and listen to live music in the Worcester area, but 19-year-old Shrewsbury musician Dalton Moon is looking to change that with a show aimed at an audience younger at 7 p.m. on May 27. in the WCUW Frontroom on Main Street in Worcester.

“It’s a rocking show,” Moon says, in a phone conversation. “It’s four groups, and they’re all younger, 18 to 25, and they’re Well bands. They haven’t just started. These are groups that have already toured, that have released albums. This is going to be one of the coolest shows in Worcester.

Which is a high bar to achieve, but it’s hard to fault him for his enthusiasm. As well as Moon’s own band, scheduled artists include Shrewsbury emo/pop punk band Good Sleepy; Boston poppy/indie rock band Tomtsu; and the Shrewsbury Rockers in final year. Moon, who recently released an album titled “Impulse,” says his band’s performance will be more “big explosive rock” than their usual folk sound.

Moon is thrilled with the lineup and having a space where young artists can perform in public other than a bar.

“We have good music,” says Moon, from young artists in the area, “and it’s fresh, and it’s trendy music. It’s the music that young people like… It’s really rocking. Kids don’t listen to the blues, but they don’t want to hear old rock cover bands, they want to hear new rock that rocks.

It is, pardon the pun, music to Troy Tyree’s ears. Tyree, Executive Director of WCUW, is pleased to be able to offer young bands to use the space of the radio station.

“First of all,” says Tyree, in a phone conversation, “(young artists) need a space. They deserve an environment where they can develop their art, whether it’s music, poetry or comedy. They also need a space that is both physically and financially accessible.”

Tyree says the WCUW has sought to expand the use of this space, including using it to screen films weekly for Cinema 320.

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“We don’t have a lot of youth-oriented shows,” Tyree says, “and obviously we want to do that, find a way to fit that into the schedule. WCUW is designed to offer the eclecticism of different genres.

While there were youth-oriented shows at Raven Music Hall and the Palladium, most young artists cut their teeth at house shows, which had been a vibrant scene in the Worcester area before the pandemic. But although there have been signs of this underground scene resurfacing recently, there are still very few opportunities for young artists to perform or for young audiences to enjoy music in a public space that does not is not a bar.

“They want to go have fun with their friends, jump around, sweat and scream a little,” Moon says. “It would be kind of out of place if there was a 19-year-old screaming (at a gig aimed for an older audience), but in our shows it’s normal. Everyone screams and goes crazy.

Tickets for the show are $10 and are available online at

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