The original Stone Tavern hosted an annual, multi-day party dubbed Council of Beards. It’s easy to think this was some kind of hippy or stoner-doom festival with a name like that, but the reality is that it was a shrine to rock and roll in all its various colors and shapes. In any case, when the lease ran out, so did the Council of Beards… or did it?!
This February 9th and 10th, the Outpost presents Council of Beards 2018, sponsored by Lucci’s Place. Any party sponsored by a restaurant is almost guaranteed to be a good time, and this is no exception. Over these two days, a fine selection of rock and roll bands are going to play for you, and you are going to be there, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for them. Right?
goosed – Everyone gets goosed, right off the bat at the Council of Beards this year. Their record will be out by then, and you should have it committed to memory in time for the performance. Also, brush up on your Whiplash lyrics and timing so you can front them playing it and tell all your friends and family about the one time you sang for a band that was better than all of your meager artistic expressions, excluding that killer plant stand you crafted back in high-school shop class.
Weird Peni$ – These dudes dish out some gnarly, heavy rock and roll that’s lean and mean and guaranteed to kick you right in your reproductive parts, weird or not.
bowl – A spin-off from Resinaut, bowl will show up to stone you out of your gourd, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Rational Dads – Ripping, fast, hardcore punk from Rational Dads will make you consider having kids just so you can be rational as well.
Modem – This Modem has nothing to do with your internet access, but they can surely make you move your butt with their aggressive grooves and massive riffs.
rebreather – These legendary volume dealers are back in business and have resumed kicking your ass into outer-space. Let out all your frets and concerns and let the fury of rebreather sooth your soul.
Actual Form – Actual Form kicks major behind as well, and this supergroup of supershredders will be sure to blow you apart and stitch you crudely back together when they’re done.
Speedfreak – Experimental hardcore punk from some Kent-ites. What could go wrong?
SAP – The raw, pissed punk rock train continues with SAP and I’m sure the kids will be a sweaty, heaving mass by the time their set is over.
Velcats – Ok, I’ll admit I don’t know anything about this band. I can’t find them online either, but chances are, they know a thing or two about rock and roll and are interested in sharing the results of their study with you, the listener.
supercorrupter – Aw yeah! We ride again, with our first public performance since last August! Woah! We’re gonna kick out some jams, buddies, let me tell you! Big meaty riffs will collide in your earspace like two pachyderms pile-driving each other into the dirt. It’ll be a thing of beauty OR it’ll be an exercise in exploding amplifiers. Either way, you win.
the Oxnards – Hell yeah! Oxnards are back as well! Dang, this band is fun, bringing high energy garage rock and old-school punk rock to the ring for a knock-down, drag out bruiser of a set. I’m pumped about this!
THIGH – This two piece may have you fooled into expecting some namby-pamby wussed out junk, but you’d be way off mark ’cause they’re packing plenty of boogie and attitude to get that tired butt of yours movin’ again after The Oxnards are done with ya! Let their rock and roll science experiment leave you a mutated mess on the floor.
Revisiter – Uh oh… here’s another one I can’t speak to. Whoops. Playing this late in the day pretty much guarantees you’re gonna get something good, so don’t sleep on them.
Foul Spirits – You know Foul Spirits right? I don’t even have to tell you about these cats, right? Come on! They’ve been at it for years, ripping out some of that raunchiest metal Kent has ever seen. Fast and mean and full of reasons to bang your head and your fist. These guys know how to set phasers to Kill, ’cause sometimes Stun just isn’t good enough.
Khaki Blazer – Dang it, I don’t know anything about Khaki Blazer either. A quick run-down of the Bandcamp page sets expectations: electronic, hip-hop, industrial experimental noise. Whew. That’s a lot going on. You’d be silly not to come see this live and in the flesh.
SexyPigDivas! – SexyPigDivas! have been at it for a while now, but I have to admit I know very little about them, other than knowing that Bill Govan (goosed, Ravenna Arsenal, etc.) is playing bass for them now. I’m really not sure what to expect from the band now that they’re a four piece, but I know it’s gonna be impressive. The songs I have heard of theirs are playful and interesting and definitely not too be missed!