Staff Pick: Forward Ohio at Chop Chop Gallery and Carabar

From the April 19, 2012 edition

Which way is forward? It’s a difficult question to discern even for a unified movement, much less a community as vast as the one under the umbrella of “punk rock.” But most folks can agree about the benefits of what’s happening Saturday at traveling punk festival Forward Ohio — all-ages concerts, educational workshops, an outlet for books and ’zines too small to benefit from widespread promotion. Education, empowerment and freedom of expression are hard to assail. Plus the band lineup is rad, including local standbys Nervosas, Delay and Locusta, a rare appearance by Nukkehammer and bands from across the Eastern U.S., including Cleveland hardcore icons Face Value.