Monday, November 21, 2011

The 2011 Freak Show Festival Review

The second annual Freak Show Festival hit Austin on October 15th, offering a line-up hand-picked by festival founders Clint and Rachel Simmons that was also informed by a Facebook poll of last year’s attendees. Danger*Cakes, Austin’s local Pickled Punks, and horror punkers Calabrese got the party started while people melted in the sun. Koffin Kats returned to the Freak Show for their second year with what I believe was probably the high point of the festival in terms of audience reaction and energy. These guys always know how to give their all to the audience, and we weren’t disappointed. Next, Colleen Duffy of Devil Doll brought her blend of Wanda Jackson-inspired rockabilly to the stage, proving she’s not one to be messed with as she waved a fake pistol around during her rendition of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).” Finally, Mad Sin graced the stage, having come all the way from Germany for the gig. True psychobilly fans were obviously pleased to have a chance to see this legend of the genre, but it felt like much of the crowd had already dispersed. Nevertheless, the wrecking pit was decent and Koefte de Ville was in fine form.

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