Local musicians Zachary Reader and Casey Malone started Recess Fest in 2010 to combine live independent music with the playfulness of an elementary school field day. The multi-day, multi-venue, multi-neighborhood festival emphasizes local music and includes performances by 30 bands, DJs, and artists. Recess Fest #3 (following a second version last winter) kicks off Thursday, August 11.
Activities throughout the weekend stress cool summer fun. Concert goers are encouraged to pack swimwear, super soakers, and water balloons. There will be a dunk tank during the cookout at Snug Harbor and double dutch, four square, a slip n' slide, and hopscotch at locations throughout the fest.
The eclectic musical lineup features everything from folk to noise to avant garde jazz to Latin and indie-rock with various points in between. That's part of the focus, besides summer fun - exposing audiences to acts to new music.
Thursday's lineup includes Andy the Doorbum, Human Pippi Armstrong, and D.C.'s Hume at Plaza Midwood's Common Market (2007 Commonwealth Ave.) followed by Maryland's Dope Body with No Power, Nail Biter, and Joint Damage at the West side's Sewercide Mansion.
Friday's schedule includes music from Homewrecker, Moons, and Georgia's Bird Names at Fuel Pizza (1501 Central Ave.) as well as Pizzageddon - a pizza eating contest. Neighborhood Theatre (511 E. 36th St.) will host local favorites Yardwork, Super Ape, Bakalao Stars, Junior Astronomers (pictured above) with Illinois' Jason Ajemian & The High Life following a short film showcase by The Light Factory at 8 p.m. The evening ends at Nu Faizon with Slamming Door Orchestra, Calabi Yau, and Athens' Bubbly Mommy Gun.
Saturday afternoon kicks off with Richard Parker, Calormen, Mon Frere, and Young and in the Way at Snug Harbor (1228 Gordon St.) with Gore Gore Luchadores wrestling on the back patio. Southend’s Black Sheep (1504 Camden Rd.) hosts an Etch-a-Sketch art show with Post All Bills and the Dirty Drummer while Secret Hospital, Paint Fumes, and 2013 Wolves play at Lunchbox Records (1419-A Central Ave.). The Milestone (3400 Tuckaseegee Rd) closes things down with Chicago's Joan of Arc, Blossoms (featuring the fest founders), Moenda, and Implodes.
NoDa's Chop Shop (599 E. 35th St.) will host the weekend wrap party on Sunday with Oddczar and Weekenders.
The schedule is staggered so you could seemingly take in a little or a lot at each venue. Prices for individual shows vary. For instance the Snug show is $6, the Neighborhood show is $10. $20 weekend passes are available along with the full schedule at http://www.recessfest.blogspot.com/. Passes also available at Lunchbox Records and Pura Vida Worldly Art. Locations for Sewercide Mansion and Nu Faizon will be revealed at other events during the weekend.