The rocking and the rolling and the blacking-out began for the weekend last night with the kicking off of the first night of Blackoutfest, now in its fifteenth year. Being that it was a Thursday show, the crowd was modest but dedicated as bands began at 6 p.m. with Bright Effs, Holly Grahams, Seascapes, Hex Net/Dragline Bros, We March, Puffy Areolas, The Johnny Ill Band (a Terrible Twos side project), Wheels on Fire and headliner Tyvek.
While I was not able to get to The Union as early as 6, the bands playing in the latter part of the evening certainly rocked the house, and Tyvek, of Detroit, MI., was a great end to the night, wailing and howling with their voices and guitars. And trust me—plenty of people were blacked out for it! The fun continues tonight with headliners Buffalo Killers and Skeletonwitch. Get there early if you need to buy tickets -- I'm told 150 advanced ones have already been sold!
-Kelly Kettering, Features Editor