Saturday, February 4, 2012
06/09/02 Urban Sprawl Festival @ Corner Lot at 1st Ave. & 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN
(Image: The Grant Lindberg Collection - Used with kind permission)
Urban Sprawl Festival
Flipp/ Janis Figure/ Likehell/ Faux Jean/ Dumpster Juice/
Red Vendetta/ The Afterglow
@ Corner Lot at 1st Ave. & 4th Street, Mineapolis, MN
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This was a great day of free music in a large parking lot on the corner of 1st Avenue and 4th Street in downtown Minneapolis, hostesd by the Urban Wildlife Bar. The day culminated in one of the best of many Flipp performances I ever witnessed.
We arrived early in the afternoon on a sunny, warm Sunday and settled in and waited for the music to begin. The beers were flowing freely and we enjoyed sets of music by The Afterglow, Red Vendetta (whom I believe featured one member of the local legends "Babes in Toyland" - might have been Kat, but I don't remember for sure), and Faux Jean (who I'd seen previously opening for Flipp). LikeHell followed and I remember being quite impressed with them actually. Dumpster Juice came out and delivered a set of Minneapolis heaviness. They were followed by Janis Figure, whom I remember nothing about - the beers must have been kicking in and I was just all keyed up to witness the main attraction of the evening - Flipp.
The Crazy Sick Fuckers finally took the stage around sundown and in true Flipp-style, made a comlpete spectacle of themselves - we would have been disappointed had they not done so. They were smoking joints on stage between and during songs, and at one point one of their road-crew appeared with a beer bong which guitarist Chia immediately gravitated towards. He continued to play as the roadie-dude filled the bong with beer and turned the tap, allowing the cold liquid refreshment to slide down the hose and into the mouth of the bald, band-aid headed guitarist.
He never missed a note and the craziness soon began to escalate to new levels. Several pairs of promotional "Blow It Out Your Ass" underwear were tossed into the crowd and Chia bent over at one point, dropped his pants and showed us all the pair he was personally wearing, shaking his skinny little ass at the crowd. As was customary at a Flipp show, a random member of the crowd was pulled up on the stage, Brynn handed him his guitar and the guy got to jam with the band on a song. He was soon escorted off the stage and the show continued on.
They played right up to around 11:30pm at which point Brynn announced to the now totally drunken crowd of festival-goers that they had been told to wrap it up and get off the stage. "But," he screamed into his microphone, "We don't want to leave! We're NEVER FUCKING LEAVING!!" So they continued, playing another song or two and after several more minutes of mayhem, someone cut the power to the main stage P.A. system and the volume dropped noticeably. But the band continued on, playing through only their amplifiers ("100,000 Kustom Watts of Power!) which were suitably sufficient to broadcast the music to the crowd who were still hanging on every note.
But all good things must come to an end, and soon even the band's own equipment was switched off while they continued to play. The city was playing hardball - there was a curfew on the show and the band had gone well over their alloted time by this point - it was time to shut it down - NOW! "Everyone - this show is OVER," came the announcement from some jerk who had gotten up on the stage. He was met with a chorus of "Boo's" and middle fingers held high from the crowd who were quite obviously ready to party forever with their hometown heroes. But since the music was over, the concert-goers grudgingly began to disperse into the downtown area - most probably looking for more alcohol at the many clubs and bars in the Warehouse District. We too, decided it was time to head out and find something to do for the rest of the evening. I don't remember what we did or where we went after the show ended, but I'm sure it included more cold beer and discussion of how awesome the show had been. - end (NYCDreamin)