OTP Fest: Bad Luck Edition Recap - Day 1
Each year, Sweetwater Bar and Grill in Duluth hosts a massive gathering of some of the finest punk/DIY bands from around the state of Georgia. The event is called “OTP Fest”, and this year’s installment just so happened to fall on Friday the 13th. However, those looking for a great night bursting at the seams with world-class punk rock were far from unlucky, as the festival’s first night held fantastic, memorable performances from a whole slew of great acts.
The Lone Deaf Pig-Dog, a guitar and drum duo, opened the night with a unique acoustic set. Play Center, the first electric act on the bill, brought a bit of grunge to the evening’s proceedings. The trio’s sound is powerful, and the energy they brought to the stage was thrilling. Next up, a five-piece called The Burrito Banditos, clad in black and white striped uniforms (with matching masks), took the stage, and blazed through some punk tunes with a classic, old-school vibe. Then came Horrible Idea, a rowdy punk quartet who’s been performing for (coincidentally, given the date) 13 years. Right on their heels was Close Enough an energetic trio whose 90’s-style suburban punk sound is as fun as it is nostalgic. El ChupaskAbra, a hispanic ska ensemble, took the stage next, and the crowd was captivated by their catchy melodic hooks and infectious onstage energy. One of the state’s longest-running ska bands, headliners The Taj Motel Trio came after that, and brought down the house. Rounding out the night were BullMoose, a female-fronted punk powerhouse from Augusta, and BiRDPERSON, who brought the show to a close with their engaging math-rock influenced set.
As OTP Fest’s first night came to an end, one could feel the excitement in the air, as the crowd trickled out of the bar, heading home to catch some rest before returning for an epic second show the next day.
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