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More Mohawks and Bowling Shoes- Days 2 and 3 of Punk Rock Bowling

Day 2 of PRB

Punk Rock Bowling was a crazy weekend, there was so much going on from one end of the resort to the other.  Walking into the bowling on Saturday was overwhelming yet fun, bowlers and spectators in every type of uniform and getup you could imagine, including some really great mohawks. Here’s a small sampling of the scene:

I hung out with the teams from No Idea Records and The Fest for the tournament, great group of guys.  I ran a bit of interference to keep an eye on the scores between the different lanes.   The No Idea team started out against an all female team of damned good bowlers, MFM.  They had one bowler who got several consecutive strikes, it was impressive. The Fest team started off against No Coast Death Squad, and ultimately made it to the Sunday playoff tourney.

With bowling wrapped up for the day, some of the guys and I went to check out the outdoor music festival.  The first band we caught was the Swingin’ Utters, who put on an active set that the crowd responded to with a fast moving circle pit.  Following them up was Gainesville’s own Against Me!, who played a solid set with favorites like “Sink Florida Sink” and others.  The outdoor slate concluded with Flogging Molly, who were entertaining and lively as ever, and provided the stoked crowd with some drunken lullabies.  I caught part of the Revival Tour later in the Madrid Lounge, it was a relaxing interlude among the madness, which was set to start early the next day for the final round of bowling.  Ok by early I mean 11 AM, but as you have probably learned at other multi-day punk events, your perception of early starts to change.

Day 3 of Punk Rock Bowling

If Saturday was crazy at PRB, Sunday was sheer madness as the playoff teams squared off against each other to determine the winner of the 2010 tournament.  There were more than a few bleary eyes among the lanes, but there was definitely an air of excitement as everyone waited to get going.  The excitement built as The Fest team kept winning games, eventually making it to the top 16, where they ended up bowling one of Fat Wreck Chords’ teams, Las Bowlachas, featuring Fat Mike himself. 

It was a lot of fun to watch, I think the guys bowling definitely had a great time bowling with the Fat team, to whom they unfortunately ultimately lost.  Another Fat Wreck Chords team, the Pin Ladens, went on to win the tournament over Northeast Records.

My evening moved on to hanging with friends new and old, which is half the fun.  It was great to meet Lisa from AMP Magazine, as well as to enjoy the Tia and J.P. comedy show.  I got brave and ventured out to try and catch D.R.I.’s set, though the weather was hardly cooperating Sunday night.  The wind was blowing so hard outside it felt like it would pick you up off of the ground.

The lounge show Sunday night was probably my favorite of the weekend.  Starting off the show was Burlington, Ontario’s own St. Alvia.  Despite singer Ben fighting a cold, he enlisted the crowd for some help on a couple choruses to buoy the set along.  Their set was strong that demonstrated the wide range of influences that make this band tick.  Check out some video I took, the sound isn’t great, used my digital camera for some reason instead of my Flip cam, which rules.

Following up was another band I was stoked to see, The Cute Lepers, whose bouncy music and retro background singers made for a really entertaining set.  Check out the video below.

Punk Rock Bowling ended on a seriously high note with the ultimate punk lounge act, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.  The small venue was pretty packed for this show, and everyone was jazzed for the show.  The band did not disappoint, applying their unique stylings to songs like “Jolene,” “I Believe I Can Fly,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”  My favorite was their rendition of Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road,” it was a blast to sing along and enjoy the music.  I live for live music, just makes me feel alive, especially to be among other fans enjoying the show.  A young couple ended up getting engaged onstage during the set, like I said it was craziness.   And so my time at Punk Rock Bowling has come to an end for this year, check out the pics and enjoy this video of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes playing “Jolene.”

I can’t wait for next year, maybe to bowl but definitely to hang and meet more online friends, who I keep finding were there and I missed meeting.  Oh, and the Festival Roundup continues, stay tuned!

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