We’d like to thank and acknowledge Spazz Fest promoter and godfather, Jeff Blinder, as a special contributor on this post. He provided descriptions and links for each band, we added some links to music videos, music and other stuff.
The doors open at 7:30 and price of admission is $10.
You can access each band’s page by clicking on their feature heading.
JONAS SEES IN COLOR (Greensboro)
Jonas Sees in Color is an American rock band from Greensboro, North Carolina composed of members Ryan Downing, Jonathan Albright, Michael Deming, John Chester, and Jonathan David Owens. The band’s debut was released on Glassnote Records in ’09 and right now they’re hard at work on the follow-up. Music that encompasses rock, indie rock, and pop citing The Beatles, The Black Crowes, Band of Horses, Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket and Otis Redding as musical influences, as well as literature such as The Giver, The Catcher in the Rye, and works by Japanese modernist Haruki Murakami. The band is well known for their rowdy, high-energy live performance and relentless touring schedule. Super excited to be hosting them in the intimate confines of the Tipsy for Spazz Fest!
Watch: “Stand Tall”
THE ETHNOGRAPHERS (Greenville, NC)
Holed up recording a new album they weren’t gonna play out till around the time of it’s release but they’re nice enough to bless our ears with a very special appearance at Spazz Fest 3! Maybe we’ll get a taste of what they’re working on! The Ethographers are passionate and emotive without being whiney or emo. This is a Greenville band — born and bred. Crafting indie rock full of introspective laments alongside screamable anthems they’ll astound you with their musical gifts and reward you with their expressive, earnest, and powerful live show. A thing of beauty. Making waves and deserving all the praise.
Watch: “Lovers and Lines”
THE NATIONAL RIFLE (Philly)
The National Rifle make their triumphant return to Greenville and their 2nd appearance at the annual SPAZZ FEST celebration! The unassuming ethics of blue-collar workers and classic rock go hand-in-hand to establish the authenticity of Philadelphia’s The National Rifle. Wedding Rust Belt socioeconomics with garage rock and punk ferocity. Deftly straddling the line between power pop and punk rock their songs are melodic and catchy infused with near limitless energy and a deep ingrained D.I.Y. ethic. Big hooks and the inclusion of horns and piano (even at one point a Jethro Tull-style flute) emphasize the band’s pop sensibility. So fun!
“Baby Stole My Gun“ (Key Studio Session)
Stream tracks from The National Rifle here (highly recommended)
Download: their Key Studio Session here
POETICALLY PURPLE (Washington, NC)
Take a prodigal pianist who bleeds musical perfectionism with the voice of an angel, add a wild hellion of a drummer with a poet’s heart & an addict’s mind, and you get POETICALLY PURPLE. Put them in front of their instruments and microphones & you get a powerful & unique soundtrack of their combined obsession for perfection with an abundance of insanity.
(Formerly Sex With Strangers)
THE CAPITAL (Raleigh/Greenville, NC)
Four guys from the great state of North Carolina who simply want to make music with a positive attitude that’s easily relative for people to connect with. Coming from several different musical backgrounds this band brings a little something for everyone to enjoy. Influences include: Blink 182, The Early November, Set Your Goals, Spill Canvas, Four Years Strong, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World, The Swellers, Beloved.
“Safe and Sound”
NICE TO MEET YOU, JAMES (Boone, NC)
Alternative/indie rock made up of Appalachian students who met in the Cary-Apex area.
Check out: Send Me Home (EP)
And then there’s Sunday! Stay tuned for more!