Review and photos by David Zwickerhill.
Thursday night six bands were formed by a random drawing of local musicians. Two days later Charlemagne, VCR, Bathroom Zeta Jones, Junkie Brewster, Assless Chaps, and Vermin Bride were the five ad hoc bands that took to the stage at this year’s 48 Hour Music Festival (2/19/11 @ SPACE Gallery). There was tongue-in-cheek showmanship and energy to spare. All six acts put on solid sets and embodied the spontaneous creative explosion that the festival represents. Sometimes it was messy, but it was always entertaining. Overall the night had a heavy theme with metal and hard rock making up most of the songs. Surprisingly, no MC’s or DJs participated and the local hip hop scene went unrepresented. There was no shortage of talent however. This festival has cemented itself as one of the most important dates on the local music calendar.