Oktoberfest, an experiment in punk rock by owners Parker Harrington and Adelaide Rooney that included 11 bands, two stages and a metric shit-load of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Its almost as if a little piece of The Fest (the ultimate punk festival held annually in Gainesville FL) was transported up to Norfolk for one day only (which is funny because of the 11 bands that played, 7 are touring their way down to The Fest). 6 of the 11 bands that played were from out of the country and thats really fucking cool to me. The day started off with Single Use Plastic on the outside stage and rotating inside/outside for the rest of the day until 6pm, when the weather became a little too chilly for the outside stage.
Once the music moved inside only, the party really heated up. The venue was packed for the last few acts (200+ on hand throughout the day) which included Lost Love from Montreal CA, Guerilla Poubelle from France, The Jukebox Romantics from NYC. The night ended with a special Tony Hawk Pro Skater cover set from hometown heroes Invaluable. It was a fun, beer soaked 30 minutes of singalongs of everyones favorite punk anthems from Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 through 4.
Big ups to Parker and Adelaide and the entire Taphouse staff for everything that they did to make this Fest happen. Also a huge thanks to Thomas McDonald for booking and organizing the bands, it wouldn't have been possible without him.
Bands in order of play: editor's note: Va Bch punks Invaluable played but aren't pictured because the photographer is in the band and hasn't learned how to shoot while playing. That slacker.
Single Use Plastic
Norfolk. Skate Punx
Scotty and The Steiners
Virginia Beach. Dischord Records style Punx.
The Sewer Rats
Germany. Ramones Style Punx.
Riskee and the Ridicule
UK. Post Hardcore.
Lost In Society
France. Political Punx.
The Jukebox Romantics