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"When I was 15 and 16, local bands used to rent VFW halls all time, and that was awesome, because it was only $4 or $5 at the door," she recalls. "I love it when kids set up their own shows, and I think maybe we'll see more of that in the future."

Until then, smaller clubs continue to provide a place for the faithful to worship their favorite local idols. The sight of capacity crowds filling these scaled-down concerts has some on the scene hopeful a resurgence is around the corner.

Mike Maupin, the owner of The Roadhouse, a Centereach club that caters to metal, punk and hardcore crowds, is betting his livelihood on just such a revival. "With a lot of these bands now, it's not just about the money anymore," he states. "It's about going out there, following their dreams and doing something they believe in." He sees his support of the local scene as a way for up-and-coming bands to get exposure.

"Some places say, 'You can play here, but you've got to bring in 40 or 50 people.' I don't believe in that," he explains. "Some bands can't do that, but in another few years they may be big and then you can turn around and say, 'Well, they started here.' "

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