The name of the event is actually kind of paradoxical. Jonathan Patrick of White Crime has put together the festival as a launch party for his new cassette label, Bummer Tapes, at the Ponderosa House (1503 Nance, near Last Concert Cafe) with 12 other local bands. The party also marks the releases of new tapes by White Crime and fellow punks Noguey.
While his official tape label is a fairly recent business venture, Patrick plans to continue recording and releasing tapes with other bands and eventually diversify his project.
"It started with me recording Noguey and releasing their tape but it's expanded into other releases, including some vinyl in the near future," he says.
The Bummerfest lineup includes MUHAMMADALI, The Flesh Lights, The Mahas, Cop Warmth, Clockpole, and Secret Prostitutes. $7 gets you in the door and into a raffle for one of of the White Crime and Noguey tapes, part of both bands' have a limited-release run of 50 tapes apiece.
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A few of the bands on the lineup will be going on tour in the next month or two, so it will be a great chance to see them all together before they depart and leave us sitting around on our asses wondering what show to go to on Friday nights.
Or, just listen to Patrick: "It's an excuse to have a rock and roll party every few months, and it's an alternative to wimp-rock."