I really seem to have writer's block for this whole 2011 Blackout thing. Probably because I'm not a writer--just a dude with a camera. Maybe I should start up a Kickstarter account thingy to raise money to buy myself some writing skills, help me pay for some classes at the local cum-unity college here in Berkeley. I'm sure they'd love me there. Let's write about peace, love and colonics. Not that I don't like the idea of peace and love and scrubbing of the rectum, but I don't reckon that's the kinda stuff I wanna write about. I just wanna cover the vibrant music scene that I see blossoming around me (barf).
The opening night was sort of a "test" night for the Velvet Perineum. Gettin' 'er warmed up so to speak. There was art and photo works by the likes of Timmy Vulgar, Mac Blackout, Ben Lyon, Christopher Ilth, Rob Karlic, Nathan Jerde and yours truelly. I even sold a few prints! Which really went a long way to funding my PBR intake the rest of the weekend. My beer belly thanks you.
Population started off the tunes with their Chicago style take on a very Joy Division sound. Dark dance-y and quite good. E.T. Habit (fronted by 2011 Blackout M.V.P. Christmas Woods) took to the stage to finish up the night and unleashed a sonic and visual assault that I was not expecting. Sheer insanity that was really perfect to set us up for what was to come the rest of the weekend.
The folks from the Empty Bottle really managed to throw this place together quite well. Although the stage was a bit high at least you could see the bands from just about anywhere in the Perineum.