The Sweetest Local Music Fest

by Darien Davies

The countdown is almost over, my official Bumbleheads. For the eighth year, you’re invited to join the musical madness of 36 bands over the course of two nights on six stages. It’s not explicitly stated, but sleep is an option, and not necessarily recommended.

Held Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14, you and your cohorts are invited to experience some of the finest punk, garage, psych, lo-fi, hip-hop (and more) auditory stimuli from some of the hottest national headliners and best music makers in the area. Not to mention, it’s a kick-ass birthday party for PureHoney Magazine and everything those good people do for our musical pleasure.

For Steev Rullman, publisher of PureHoney and producer of Bumblefest, the event is all about cultural enrichment. He strives to build the community and create awareness for bands that most people have never even heard of before.

The main focus for the event is to be “less commercial” and offer “more under-the-radar acts that are quite frankly a lot more interesting and better than most big, famous touring bands,” Rullman said. “It’s more about the music than the silly selfie ‘look at me at a fest’ culture. Great vibes.”

Festival Organizer, Steev Rullman
Festival Organizer, Steev Rullman

So you can bank on the fact that you’ll be in for a treat, regardless if you recognize the bands or not. Headliners include The Blank Tapes, The Fantastic Plastics, Big Bliss, Winter, and Worn-Tin, with each a sound all their own. Additional bands include everyone from Timothy Eerie, Boston Marriage, The Spoon Dogs, and Ghostflower, to Toro Jones, The Treetops, Makoto, Glass Body, and, well, you get the idea.

Because the event is almost like one big, long jam session with bands that love to party, you can expect the fun to continue before and after each band takes the stage.

“Nothing of this [is] pre-planned nature. It generally happens on its own,” Rullman said. “These bands aren’t trying to hide out and be reclusive. They like to hang out and support one another.”

With a goal to get more people out to support live music and the arts, Rullman hopes that this event brings music lovers a realization that there’s a lot more out there to experience if they just take a different route home from work every once in a while. As an avid lover of the art of music, he hopes that the bands get new fans, new friends, and a lot of joy. Because of this, he’s kept the ticket price super low so people can step outside of their usual routine and typical musical consumption.

Early bees can get two-day tickets for $20, while advance tickets are $25 for both days or $20 per day the day of. The entire event is held at Voltaire, Respectable Street inside and back patio, Hullabaloo, Subculture and Kismet stages, which are all along the 500 Block of Clematis Street. The bands hit the stage at 8 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday and will play into the wee hours of the night.

Mark your calendars, my faithful worker and queen bees, gather the honey, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. It’s music time, and it’s ‘bout damn time.

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