Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Virgin Festival Preview

Mere days after the end of ACL Fest, Virgin Festival is about to take over Baltimore. It takes place on Saturday with 14 bands (Keane dropped out) on 2 stages and 6 DJs playing inside a dance tent. While ACL was excess at its finest, Virgin Fest takes what appears to be a minimalist approach. After taking a closer look, you will see that this is not the case. For $97.50 plus tons of surchages, you would hope not.

In addition to the bands and DJs, Virgin Fest has a tent that includes a freak show (yeah, like the ones at your local fair), a freaking cell phone recharging area, a DJ set by VHS OR BETA and a beauty salon!!! The Charm City Roller Girls will be there demonstrating some girl on girl action. There will be live graffiti, in case you haven't seen enough downtown. Major Leage Baseball will have an area set up for you to play all of their Xbox and PS2 games and to embarrass yourself in batting and pitching cages. My favorite one has to be Motor Morons. This is supposedly an "all-tool performance art audio interactive installation band" that features "two women, four dudes, a grinder, two driver drills, a circular saw, and an industrial blower."

Not interested in the side shows? Well, how about this line-up. There are two stages and each one features 7 acts.

The Clubhouse (Secondary) Stage starts off with Drive-By Truckers at 12:10. Indie sweethearts The New Pornographers follow them at 1:35. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah bring their indie flavor at 3:05. Brazilian Girls spice things up a little bit at 4:35. Thievery Corporation entice you with their grooves starting at 6:05. Scissor Sisters bring their disco grooves at 7:35. The Flaming Lips close this stage out with their amazing live show from 9 to 10.

The Grandstand (Main) Stage kicks off the music at noon with Kasabian. For those wishing they could get the Led out, Wolfmother takes the stage at 1:10. Jack White and The Raconteurs take over at 2:25. Gnarls Barkley will surprise you at 3:55. Any bets on how they come out for this show? It was labcoats and She Blinded Me With Science at ACL. The Killers come to offend at 5:15. The Who play from 6:45 to 8, so they can entertain you and still get to bed on time. Red Hot Chili Peppers close this thing out from 8:30 to 10.

The Dark Horse Dance Tent features RJD2, 2MANYDJs, James Holden, John Digweed, Carl Cox and Tiƫsto.

Look below for an mp3 sampler of the event. If you are going to be in town for the weekend, there is a lot happening. Check out my weekly preview to see what else is going on.

Kasabian - Empire
Drive-By Truckers - Feb 14
Wolfmother - Love Train
The Raconteurs - Steady As She Goes
New Pornographers - Use It
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Over and Over Again
Brazilian Girls - Jique
Thievery Corporation - Warning Shots
Scissor Sisters - Paul McCartney
Gnarls Barkley - Smiley Faces
The Killers - When You Were Young
The Who - Baba O'Riley
The Flaming Lips - Fight Test
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Sir Psycho Sexy


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