Opening night of Dead Fest features Louisville punk icons I Have a Knife along with American Lesions, Boner City, and Dick Titty Blood Punch.
30-Jul-2016: The first day of Dead Fest showcased 15 local groups spanning various genre’s including punk, rock, and metal and a number of notable performances.
Providing the primary support for the evening were rockers American Lesions. From their initial chords, the blast of punk-rock was full of energy and enthusiasm. Decked out in his spandex leggings, frontman Dave Bird was an uncontrollable force on stage. American Lesions’ set was hard and fast, just like everyone expected.
Boner City walked on stage and delivered a fast and frenetic set of surf-punk. Performing their signature songs “Boner City” and “Creature from the Black Lagoon” with a contagious energy and passion, Boner City served up a set that was a delight to watch.
Local favorite Dick Titty Blood Punch’s set was a true explanation of their growing popularity. Combining a solid mix of punk, passion, and energy, DTBP provide a show that you just can’t help but to mosh and trash.
Other local bands performing were Hot Wires, Pissed On, Foxbat, Lifelines, Years At Sea, Exister, and a rare local performance by Trophy Wives.
Vice Tricks combines a mix of 50’s-60’s Rockabilly with the energy of punk-rock to deliver an exciting set. Verity Vice and her deep, rockabilly-influenced bass sounds fold in nicely with the punk guitar and drums to create a sound that is both different and fantastic.
Early in the day Belushi Speed Ball set a high bar by being the first, and ultimately, only band to crowd surf during their performance of “Boats and Hoes.”
I Have a Knife is the current project of Louisville punk veterans Sean Garrison and Greg Livingston. Playing in support of their debut album, Stupid and Futile Gestures, I Have A Knife opened with a wild rendition of “Gay World,” “At Any Speed,” and “Now And Forever.” The thrashing and moshing were in full force as the band rolled though the middle of their set including “Homicide by Cop” and “Great White God’s.”
Garrison is a force on stage, completely in control of his music and the crowd’s energy while he delivers his vocals with powerful angst. I have a Knife closed out their set with a raging rendition of favorites “Goblin King” and “Fuck Shit up” putting a giant exclamation point at the end of a powerhouse set. I have a knife proved to be the perfect closer for the first day of Dead Fest.
Opening day of the Louisville Dead Fest ran smoothly. The numerous volunteers necessary to make an event like this run were really fantastic. Big shout out goes to local bands that were showcased today. The uniqueness of Louisville’s local music scene was on clear display as well as the obvious talent that resides within this music community.
Louisville Dead Fest is an all-local music festival featuring the best in rock, punk, and metal from the Louisville area. The Dead Fest show concept, formed by local radio host Jared Riot, is focused on growing the local Louisville music community. The all ages event was completely local with numerous local sponsors, 20 local vendors offering their goods at the bazaar along with local food trucks providing food all weekend. Proceeds from the event will support the Strive Music Therapy Center and the film production of “Louisville is Dead: A History/documentary of Louisville Punk.”
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