Slopfest Preview at the Examiner

his weekend if you hop on GA 316 and head on down to Athens , GA there is a little music fest that will have a darn fine line-up of bands for your listening pleasures. Slopfest2014 will once again call Little Kings home with three days of music that will rival any music fest you have ever attended. There will even be magic.

Things kick off on Thursday night with a free show that starts at 10pm. Six groups hit the stage offering all in attendance a taste of their musical endeavors. While each of the performers bring something awesome to the stage here are a few that are can’t miss. Starting the nights festivities will be the sweet southern sounds of Monkey Grass Jug Band. Loaded with banjo and fiddle their bluegrass storytelling makes for one hell of a live show. Fuzzy guitars and pop infused melodies drive tha Hugssound and when they play it on stage watch out. Wear your ear plugs because they tend to get loud. My choice for can’t miss band is Shehehe and their classic punk sound. Rowdy guitars, thunderous drums and in your face vocals are what this band is all about. Oh yeah, don’t forget about the magic show.

10:00 – Monkey Grass Jug Band
10:45 – Small Beige Girl
11:00 – Boycycle
11:45 – the Hugs
12:30 – Louis Larceny
1:30 – Shehehe
plus magic by Jeff Morris & Jason Granfield

With nary time to recover, Friday picks up where Thursday left off. Things start up much earlier, but with more bands they need more time. Here are some bands you need to be sure not to miss. Eureka California takes the stage around 10ish and their set should not be missed. The fuzz rock duo offer up tunes that go against the grain calling out life’s inequalities. As good as their records are there live music is even better. The Early Disclaimers bring their mellow rock up from St. Augustine for our GA ears to enjoy as their brooding guitars and haunting vocals keep things interesting. Check out Deep State with their garage rock vibe and REM era jangle. The music sounds like something from the 60’s without sounding like a copy cat.

7:00 – Forces
7:30 – Earl Disclaimers
8:00 – Helen Scott
8:30 – the Fuzzlers
9:00 – Good Grief
9:30 – Seagulls
10:00 – Eureka California
10:30 – Rodney Kings
11:00 – Little Gold
11:30 – Faux Fercious
12:00 – Deep State
12:30 – DJ Lozo / Lord Bitter

Just when you think you have had enough Saturday rolls around with another full schedule of music for your listening pleasures. The organizers of Slopfest have saved the best for last. The night begins with the crunchy rock of The Trespasser and juts gets better from there. From the organized noise of Bambara to the driving rock of Double Ferrari this is a night of music that has something for everyone. Here are a few bands that are can’t miss. Cinemechanica is part metal, part punk, part garage rock tossed into a blender and shredded. Their live shows are an exploration into chaos leaving loyal fans exhausted. Monsoon is straight up rock with a punk attitude. Sienna Chandler’s vocals lead the way as they offer up a 90’s vibe. The one band not to miss is Muuy Biien. These dudes rip it live as they offer up noise that harkens back to the good old days of punk. Loud is the key word here so be prepared to go home with ringing in your ears. Check out the rest of the day’s schedule.

7:00 – the Trespasser
7:30 – Nate & the Nightmares
8:00 – Monsoon
8:30 – Maximum Busy Muscle
9:30 – Double Ferrari
10:00 – Motherfucker
10:30 – Muuy Biien
11:00 – Vincas
11:30 – the Powder Room
12:00 – Bambara
12:30 – Cinemechanica
1:00 – DJ Z-Dog

There you have it, one hell of a music fest for your listening pleasures. It is events like this that allow true music lovers to discover and enjoy music without being crowded out by outrageous ticket prices and those people that just want to say they were there. Slopfest is a great representative of music the Southeast has to offer showing people we are more than Southern rock and hip/hop down here. So get away for the weekend and jam out to some great music.