It was time for Boise Pyrate Punx 2nd Annual Landlocked Festival, a two day concert with camping. I had attended the first event and had the time of my life plus featured it on my public access TV show. I wanted to go again but my friends flaked so if I was going it was by myself. This got me in a “boo hoo I got no friends” stinky mood. However on the drive there I started to feel real cool. “I’m going to the Woodstock of my generation” I thought. The location was about twenty minutes east of Boise in the flat middle of nowhere. I paid my five bucks (cheap!) and drove down a bumpy road to some trees where I set up my tent. FREEZEOUT HILL kicked off the show with a lot of heart. I videotaped most of their set as they are always grateful of seeing their performances on youtube. POSITION HIGH was kind enough to give me a shout out while they were on stage. I had a sudden realization of how awesome and culturally significant this festival was. On Facebook everybody was bitching about how lame the MTV music video awards were and meanwhile one of the most exciting shows of my life was happening right in front me. I tried to figure out a way of explaining how much fun live music and being part of a music community was. I decided to make a documentary featuring interviews with the bands about the Landlocked experience and the nature of punk in general. A truly magical moment happened when the band VILE DISPLAY OF HUMANITY incited moshing and tore it up while the sun set on the horizon. My super bro Jimmy Sinn’s band A THOUSAND EFFIGIES played on a lit stage under the stars. I shot multiple angles for a upcoming music video. They played a melodic pop punk style that keep the rock in punk rock. LITTLE MISS AND THE NO NAMES closed day one with the biggest mosh pit of the festival. Two people won green patches after winning a drinking game. The party went all night with everybody getting wasted around bonfires. At the start of day two Jimmy offered me sunscreen but I thought I was so tough I didn’t need any. The sun kicked my ass though and I needed to take a nap and missed three bands. My earlier “no friends” worries were pretty stupid because everyone was really friendly. In punk, everyone (except total douche bags) is welcome and important. Many people knew me thru my zine, TV show and youtube account. The pyrates sold hot dogs, beer and soda (Cactus Cooler!) for a dollar a piece. A stand out of day two for me was JUICY KARKASS, a punk/rap act. It’s half x-rated party rap half intelligent thought provoking lyrics about the punk scene. Never seen anything like it and enjoyed it a lot. PUKE N RALLY, DREADFUL CHILDREN, and SEXY LEXY closed out the festival. Over 200 people attended and 24 bands played. Can’t wait for next year! You can check out my documentary by searching “Landlocked” and “punk” at youtube.
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