Posted: Jun 7, 2012 4:09 pm
Cleveland, Ohio-- The second edition of Wonderful Fest, July 12-15 at Now That's Class (11213 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland), will feature several firsts, including a schedule that goes beyond last year's ambitious event and the Cleveland debut of Sub-Pop recording artist King Tuff.
Following the success of last summer's two-day event, the garage-punk cousin of Horrible Fest has been expanded to four dates hosted at one of Cleveland's best-known underground music venues. The extra dates were made necessary by a solid 21-band lineup, including nine national touring acts.
This year's event is being made possible by a committee of local artists and promoters and five locally-owned sponsors (Voodoo Monkey Tattoo, Future No Future Vintage Clothing, The Gas Box, The Lion on Lorain Bar and Grill, and Motorhead's Auto Service and Repair).
Thursday ($8, doors at 8) will kick off festivities with two Southern, all-girl bands double-headlining in The Coathangers (Atlanta party-punk, Suicide Squeeze Records) and Heavy Cream (Nashville garage-punk, Infinity Cat Records). Support includes the debut by Goldmines (current and ex-Hotchacha) as well as Smooth Brain (Cleveland garage-punk) and Gypsy Spit (heavy and loud, also ex-Hotchacha).
The following night ($10, 7 p.m.) will also feature garage-punk acts from Nashville and Atlanta, with headliners Natural Child (Burger Records) and Turf War (Old Flame Records). Opening will be Spacer Ace, featuring members of Cloud Nothings, a pair of Columbus bands in Nervosas and Guinea Worms, and Cleveland's own Wooly Bullies and Dead Sweaters.
National upstart King Tuff (California powerpop), fresh off the release of his self-titled Sub-Pop LP, makes his first Cleveland appearance Saturday ($12, 7 p.m.) on a bill that includes three other out-of-town bands: Useless Eaters (Nashville punk), Heavy Times (Chicago garage rock, Hozac Records), and The Hussy (Madison, WI two-piece, Tic-Tac-Totally Records). Rounding out the lineup is local favorites Struttin' Cocks, Cave Teens, and Shitbox Jimmy.
Sunday wraps up the festival with brunch at the Lion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a free Sunday matinee starting at 3 p.m. at Now That's Class featuring the surf-inspired sounds of Portland's Guantanamo Baywatch (Dirtnap Records) with Cleveland's Beach Stav as support.
For more information, visit www.wonderfulfest.com
or email the planing committee at email@example.com. Tickets, available for individual shows at the prices listed above, are on sale through the Now That's Class web site, www.nowthatsclass.net,
at the bar, and at Motorhead's (15115 Chatfield Avenue), Future No Future (15027 Madison Avenue), The Lion on Lorain (12703 Lorain Avenue), and Voodoo Monkey Tattoo (2070 W25th Street).