Magdalena Waz

Features Editor

Mark Davis


This past weekend, Out in the Streets fest rose to the challenge of being a blast during one of the muggiest weekends of the summer so far, putting on a two-day festival on the historic and oddly bucolic grounds of the Onderdonk House. Each day had its own musical flavor, but fest organizers Birddog Promo, The Sky Report, and Supercrush Studio ensured that the event attracted an eclectic assortment of music lovers who were up to braving the sun, the passing showers, and the bugs in the name of unmissable sets from beloved local acts.

The 18 bands that performed all brought a unique sound to the stage. Saturday’s lineup had a decidedly punk and lo-fi bent. Highlights from the first day include Potty Mouth‘s Nirvana-influenced grunge and Guerilla Toss‘s truly danceable rhythms.

Sunday, on the other hand, struck a more poppy chord. On the final day of the fest, TEEN delivered powerful, nearly eerie vocals backed by more danceable tunes, and Pill brought out the only saxophone of the whole weekend (can you believe it?).

Even when the crowd was small around midday, the attending crowds inside the tent were enthusiastic supporters of everything from hyperlocal acts such as The Britanys [sic] to out of state performers like Weekender (Philadelphia) and Party Static (Dallas).

The So So Glos and Frankie Rose performed at the end of the night on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, to two enthusiastic crowds. The So So Glos energy carried the tired festival-goers and encouraged them to jump, while Frankie Rose’s ethereal vocals kept the crowd swaying until 10pm.

Biggest drawback? The only water available came in small bottles, which were for sale (a fountain, or even some kind of sprinkler system, would make a great addition to the pools in future years, should a heat wave strike during the festivities again!). And outside of one instance of two men loudly ranking the “hotness” of an all-lady band, the atmosphere was convivial, reminding this writer of some of the benefits of a small outdoor fest where everyone has room to stretch out.

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