We had to get out of bed much earlier today since the Saturday roster was longer and hence the earlier starting time. After a decent breakfast at the hotel Kesha and I headed over to The Blue Pig Bar. Met up with even more old friends who had showed up, heck George Trevino from the band Las Cruces and his awesome girl Esmeralda drove up all the way from San Antonio to attend and Benjam Yaker from Sanctus Bellum flew in from Houston. Needless to say it felt like being a teenager again standing out in the parking lot and on the sidewalks talking and passing bottles of beer and vodka around...aah the little things! Having lived in Maryland for several years before moving to Tennessee, we have made friends with many bands from that area and several of those bands played at this year's version of DOTD so to see Ron"Fezzy"McGinnis and Greg Diener from Pale Divine, Josh Hart from Chowder and Pug Kirby and Dana Ortt from Beelzefuzz along with the Iron Man dudes and Darin from Pale Divine/Beelzefuzz who were already there was very fun. Had a lot of catching up to do which made the whole outside area buzzing, good times indeed!
Whaler: First band out on Saturday who went down real well with the crowd. Unfortunately I just caught the very end of their set due never making it inside on time. Shame on me since they are a really good band.
Gorgantherron: I had high hopes for this trio from Evansville, IN, since I really like their EP and they lived up to my expectations and then some. They play heavy doomy stoner rock with a lot of progressive touches and are definitely pushing the envelope. Keep an eye on them...great stuff!
Spillage: The brainchild of Earthen Grave's Tony Spillman, he has Trouble's Bruce Franklin as his six-string partner in this project. I did miss a big chunk of their set but what I did see promise a lot for the future. The crowd response was real good for them so shame on me for missing out on most of it.
Leather Nun: I was so looking forward to finally get to see these guys but my wife's busted toes needed attention so while attending to that we heard them from the outside and they sounded very good. Talked to some folks who saw them and they confirmed that Leather Nun were good.
Earthen Grave: Was going to be the third time I saw Earthen Grave but my wife's foot injury was still requiring attention but we heard them from the outside as well and they sounded so good! Apparently the crowd was going bonkers inside with Victor Griffin joining them onstage. They must have given their all because when the set was over singer Mark Weiner came running out from the backstage door and literally collapsed on the the ground next to Kesha.
Dream Death: Got a few glimpses of these guys and they were very good. Listened to most of their set outside though which is a shame since they basically got back together for DOTD III. But Kesha needed help still as she was hurting more and more but refused to go back to the hotel.
The Gates Of Slumber: Felt so bad to ditch out on my good friends The Gates Of Slumber but Kesha's busted toes were killing her and she couldn't take it anymore so it was time to return to the hotel. Do make sure you catch these guys when you can because they are fantastic!
A great festival Mercyful Mike!!!