Less Talk, Rock Action: Fuzz Fest 5 at The Blind Pig
Fuzz Fest lets the music do the talking.
I don't just mean the harmonious racket that'll be created by 33 bands performing nearly 18 hours of jams on June 21-23 at The Blind Pig for the fifth edition of this annual event. Well, I do mean that, but because Fuzz Fest has two performance areas in the club -- one on the main stage and one on the floor -- there are no breaks between the bands' 30-minute sets, which means no time for extraneous jibber-jabber.
It's just CONSTANT ROCK ACTION.
Chris "Box" Taylor, the primary person behind this sonic endurance event, is also content to let the music do the talking. When I asked him to name the most memorable things from Fuzz Fests past, Taylor got straight to the point:
Fuzz fest 1 - The first Fuzz Fest was memorable because right before the fest we acquired a bunch of actual '60s light-show equipment. It went a long way to invoking the proper mood for the event.
Favorite sets: Lavamoth and The Muggs.
Fuzz Fest 2 - The first Fuzz Fest was at Woodruffs. That bar closed shortly after the event. I decided to do it again so I moved it to The Blind Pig. I was worried about the setup but we made it work.
Favorite set: Beast in the Field
Fuzz Fest 3 - This one was a blast. Loved that one of the nights featured all two- and three-piece bands.
Favorite set - Jungle Fowl
Fuzz Fest 4 - This one was crazy. Lots of big amps. Lots of great sets.
Favorite set: Shells
I’ve been very lucky with setting up and running these events. There haven’t been any issues of any real consequence. The bands are always cool. I couldn’t do it without the help of Jeremy Wheeler [who did the poster and handles the lights] and James Symons [who helps stage manage the shows].
From scuzz rock to space rock, Fuzz Fest is all about the power of rock 'n' roll. With that in mind, no more words: I'm going to let the music do the convincing that you should go bang your head at the Pig.
THURSDAY, JUNE 21
Tart - 1:15 am
Lavamoth - 12:45 am
Visitors Vstrs - 12:15 am
Super Thing - 11:45 pm
Hydropark - 11:15 pm
Lizerrd - 10:45 pm
Black Irish 313 -10:15 pm
Hordes - 9:45 pm
Warhorses - 9:15 pm
VAPOURBILE - 8:45 pm
Ladyship Warship - 8:15 pm
FRIDAY, JUNE 22
Red Stone Souls - 1:15 am
Bubak - 12:45 am
Cruthu - 12:15 am
Kommander - 11:45 pm
The Lucid Furs - 11:15 pm
Slumlord Radio - 10:45 pm
Krillin - 10:15 pm
King Under the Mountain - 9:45 pm
Lay It Down - 9:15 pm
Caveman & Bam Bam Detroit - 8:45 pm
Electric Huldra - 8:15 pm
SATURDAY, JUNE 23
Timmy's Organism - 1:15 am
Scissor Now! - 12:45 am
Wiccans - 12:15 am
Human Skull - 11:45 pm
BoneHawk - 11:15 pm
The Cheetahs - 10:45 pm
ATTALLA - 10:15 pm
Extra Arms - 9:45 pm
Voyag3r - 9:15 pm
ALBUM - 9:45 pm
Temple of the Fuzz Witch - 9:15 pm
Christopher Porter is a library technician and the editor of Pulp.
Fuzz Fest 5 happens June 21-23 at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. Visit the Facebook event page for tickets and more info.