A photographic account of heavy music in Portland, Maine
DirigimusFest 3 is a sequel in name only.
Beginning at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Bayside Bowl, two stages will host a rapid succession of nearly 30 bands, many of whom are heavy as fuck. (See full lineup below.) Two kegs of beer will also be provided free to musicians, so the potential for a massive, all-day train wreck is intriguingly high.
(For a refresher on how to survive 12 hours of drinking beer, see here.)
The Dirigimus Cooperative has thrown two similar events, but unlike earlier incarnations, DirigimusFest 3 is an all-ages, all-day benefit show for Preble Street Resource Center. It’s also the “first ever Dirigimus event that involves bowling,” said Nick Marquis, the show’s coordinator.
The event also features art vendors and intermission acts “instead of the traditional Pandora-through-the-bartender’s-smartphone,” Marquis said.
This year’s event was born out of hardship. In January, Dirigimus Cooperative — a Portand-based co-op recording label, booking agent and recording studio — lost its headquarters at 131 Washington Ave. Shortly afterward, Marquis proposed DF3 to fellow co-op members.
“That was a low point for us, and we thought it would be a good way to move forward on a positive note,” said Marquis, who also serves as bassist for Swarmlord.
By design, the lineup Saturday is comprised entirely of Maine-based musicians. The event’s theme is “local bands supporting their community,” he said. (Swarmlord won’t be playing due to a scheduling conflict with one of its members.)
Marquis said he’s most excited to see Afraid, AWAAS, Cryptic Overcast, Family Planning, Fur, Hopeless Losers, Purse and Video Nasties.
“Don’t miss the Video Nasties,” he added. “I squealed like a ten year old when they agreed to play.”
Proceeds from the door will be donated to Preble Street Resource Center. Cover is $6, or $5 with a canned food donation. The donation could be any canned product that hasn’t expired, but Marquis offered one caveat.
“I would like to avoid collecting 500 cans of jellied cranberry sauce,” he said.
Seeing as how cans are made of metal and they have a relatively high mass-to-volume ratio, we feel comfortable naming canned food the Official Food-Delivery System of Heavy Metal. In that spirit, we asked some notable Portland metalheads what canned foods they recommend.
Kevin Clark, a fixture at nearly all local metal shows, said he doesn’t eat from a can, but if he did, he’d go for a stone-cold classic: Spam.
Geno’s enforcer Daniel Clark (no relation) agrees, but he’d kick it up a notch.
“Get the Spam with bacon. It’s fancier. Well, it’s fancier by Spam standards,” he said.
Salli Wason, the golden voice from Hessian and a baker, said the best food from a can is brown bread. There are two simple reasons for this, she added.
“Because, bread in a can. And it’s magical.”
58 Alder St. 6 bucks (or 5 bucks with a canned food donation). 1 p.m. to close Saturday.
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