OTP Fest: Bad Luck Edition Recap - Day 2
Following a kickoff show that fell on the harrowing day of Friday the 13th, Sweetwater Bar and Grill hosted the second installment of Georgia’s OTP Fest on Saturday, July 14th, featuring punk rock and ska acts from around the state. From the outside looking in, the venue has a grungy, back alley appeal that couples well with the punk scene. As this was my first time attending a show at Sweetwater, I was impressed with the overall atmosphere the venue carries. It reminds me of the old Masquerade (may it rest in peace) as the interior has that classic dive bar vibe.
Sweetwater is definitely a perfect venue to host a punk festival, especially OTP Fest.
As part two of the event kicked off, Craigslist Punk took the stage and set high expectations for the rest of the night with a killer one man band set. Ready to bring their A-game, the acts that followed did not disappoint. The rest of the lineup included SODA City RIOT, TAPED FIST, Five O'Clock Devil, Joy Kills, Lethal Tender, Eliminate Earth, The Breaks, The Sawed Offs, and finally the Go-Nowheres. Although these bands remain local to our great state, each band puts on a show comparable to today’s top touring punk acts.
You could tell that every artist put in work to get to where they are. There were no amateur performers taking the stage as each set had a fun, lively appeal. The evening’s performances were filled with jokes, mischief, mayhem, and obviously drinks all around. There was even a mosh pit formed as the crowd ate up the energy of the bands. This was truly a genuine party.
This punk's paradise, held annually at Sweetwater, has quickly become one of the most important events in the Atlanta punk scene, and it was a thrill to get to take it in. If you missed out on this year’s installment of OTP Fest, there is always next year. In the meantime, check out one of the many upcoming shows at Sweetwater to get your fill of good local rock and roll.
Photo credit: Tori Leigh Radcliffe