From pissed off punks to funky indie rockers, this year’s Barge In Fest is more colorful and vibrant than ever. Here are the musicians who are coming to make their mark. For more times and events visit our Guide to the Day.
Capital Street Stage
Lewiston Tribune loading dock
Seattle headliners Furniture Girls and Electric NoNo will join local and regional musicians from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Barge In Fest’s Capital Street stage on the Lewiston Tribune’s loading dock.
Known for funky, high-energy shows, Seattle’s electro rock band Furniture Girls will headline the Barge In Fest around 8 p.m. at the Capital Street Stage.
Co-founded by frontwoman stayC Meyer a decade ago, the band has notched a mark in the Northwest music scene, opened for Presidents of the United States of America and My Life with the Thrill Kill Cult; and taken the stage at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
Furniture Girls’ name comes from the 1970’s sci-fi flick “Soylent Green,” about a future where food production is tightly controlled by major corporations and women can be “furniture” — a kind of prostitute who is the property of a home owner.
The geeky reference to a cult classic is an appropo name for for a heady band whose music has been described as angsty, dystopian and deeply moving. While they have a large catalog of original music, the group is also known for slipping in danceable covers of bands like Duran Duran, Rush and Cyndi Lauper.
“When we play festivals we tend to try to keep the energy up. We want people to be able to enjoy themselves and hopefully get up and dance and have a good time. We’ll definitely be focusing on more up tempo songs,” said Meyer.
The band also features Kate Bradley on vocals, Jason Lightfoot on guitar, Thane Mitchell, drums and percussion and Jim Watkins, bass.
Furniture Girls played Hogan’s Pub in Clarkston a year ago and hit it off with local music lovers, Meyer said. They’re excited to return and play again.
The Seattle two-piece pop/rock band Electric NoNo features two brothers, Jared (lead voice, guitar and piano) and Dominic Cortese (voice and percussion).
Seattle’s “The Stranger” opined: the band’s “power melodies and driving pop are the perfect soundtrack to an all-night party where you (a) get drunk and pick a fight with your best friends, (b) continue drinking, but apologize profusely, (c) end the night hugging and/or screaming “I love you” to everyone you know, then (d) wake up wearing nothing but your old Weezer shirt.”
Electric NoNo will play around 7 p.m. at the Capital Street Stage. They’ll play again at an after hours encore jam starting at 10 p.m. at Hogan’s Pub in Clarkston with Portland Ore.’s Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat. At Hogan’s there will be a $5 cover charge.
Other Capital Street bands:
5 p.m. Ben Walden Band: Roots rock and folk with international and extraterrestrial influences
5:40 p.m. Fershie, Hedberg, and Nims: Idaho-influenced nostalgic rock and country
6 p.m. Joseph Hein Band: Sonic blend of sultry, psychedelic, Palouse soul rock
6:45 p.m. Clayne Zollinger III: Lewis-Clark State College student playing folk and outlaw country
7:05 p.m. Tim Oleson: Solo acoustic guitar alternative originals
8: 55 p.m. Carlos Lantz and Jim Laws: L-C Valley cultivated, acoustic rock and folk
9:20 p.m. Toyboat Toyboat Toyboat: Portland, Ore., experimental jazz/punk
Smash the Skate II
Mtn. Dew skate park
At Lewiston’s Mt. Dew Skate Park, Smash the Skate II will feature straight-edge hardcore punk bands and skate and BMX competitions from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Raw and impassioned, groups range from the Icelandic punk band Dauðyflin, to Idaho hardcore kings Ingrown.
The Boise hardcore trio Ingrown is about being loud, angry, smart and playing aggressively as possible. The band draws influences from ‘80’s and ‘90’s groups like Infest, Negative Approach, and No Comment but its biggest influence is likely the ‘80s Boise band State of Confusion. Calvin Hansen, Ingrown’s frontman and guitarist, is the son of a former member of State of Confusion. Ingrown is currently on tour in support its latest album, “Meathead,” out on Alternatives Label. Smash the Skate is the last stop on the band’s tour. The band plays at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the skate park.
1 p.m. Crisis Neglect: DIY street punk from Pullman
1:30 p.m. Swarm Beating: Beatdown hardcore
2 p.m. Fight: Boise-based hardcore made up of current and former members of Ingrown
3 p.m. Mala Racha: Olympia, Wash., hardcore with lyrics in Spanish and English
4 p.m. Gem Pop: Olympia, Wash., raw post-punk for fans of 80’s punk and Joy Division
4:30 p.m. Trust Issues: Portland Ore., female-fronted metallic hardcore
5:30 p.m. No Dice: Seattle hardcore
6 p.m. Crooked Cross: Metallic hardcore crossover thrash band with a touch of 90’s Death Metal
7: 30 p.m. Xilytol: Hardcore anti-establishment punk from Olympia, Wash.
8 p.m. Dauðyflin: Dark, hardcore punk party music from Iceland