It's not every day that I would encourage anyone to attend a Piradical production, but I must say that they (with the help of Transpanther) have really pulled together an awesome lineup for the fourth installment of their Pirad Fest. Nearly every active band in the city (and even a few inactive bands like Harley Poe) has been summoned to play the two day festival at the E.S. Jungle.
Day one (Friday the 23rd) features phenomenal local experimental/groove/rock/elector group Jookabox. The four-piece has received a ton of local and regional press following the release of their second album Ropechain and their third album Dead Zone Boys. They rarely play outside of the bar scene, so it will be a treat to the all-ages scene to have them play Pirad
- Totally Michael: Getting Ready for the breathalyzer at the E.S. Jungle...
Also playing day one is goofy dance pop maestro Totally Michael. No stranger to the all-ages scene, TM is sure to get bodies moving. Songs like "Casual Satisfaction" are already big hits with the kids and with TM and Jookabox back-to-back, day one should be a treat. Just don't arrive too early or you might have to sit through The Last Domino's set.
Day two (Saturday the 24th) features some pretty crummy bands but the last five are worth the $10 cover: In The Face of War, Stand and Deliver, The Sorely Trying Days, Harley Poe and Prizzy Prizzy Please. Stand and Deliver, which formed from the ashes of About The Fire, is slowly expanding beyond the bar scene and accumulating an all-ages following.
Prizzy Prizzy Please is making their first all-ages appearance in the city in quite some time. Their release show for their latest album, Chroma Cannon, was supposed to be a spectacular all-ages event, but when the Murphy Building fell through as a venue, they show was sequestered to a bar. Their set on Saturday will be a true homecoming for the band.
With all of the small, all-ages venues gone, it is nice to have all the bands in town play one, huge all-ages show. It's strange for me to say it, but Pirad Fest 4 is going to be the bright point in our bleak summer.