Helter Swelter at Ace of Cups Saturday with The Clean, TJSA, Scrawl, and more

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The Clean are in Columbus at Ace of Cups Saturday for Helter Swelter.

There’s a great show at Ace of Cups Saturday you need to be at. Helter Swelter is Saturday, August 16th from 3pm-11pm at Ace of Cups and features legendary New Zealand rockers The Clean along with a lineup of some of Columbus, Ohio’s most well respected and influential bands including Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Scrawl, Unholy Two, Moviola, and more. Get tickets at the bar or click here! The Aquabear had a chance to talk with Jerry Dannemiller (Moviola, etc.) about putting the show together and some of his favorite music from ol’ Cowtown.

How did this show come together?
Marcy Mays (of Scrawl) owns Ace of Cups in Columbus. We’ve been friends for many years and she mentioned wanting to do an outdoor day festival in her parking lot for a couple years now. I helped book a few festivals in Columbus (4th and 4th Fest, Independents Day, Parking Lot Blowout) as well as a few shows here and there at Ace of Cups (Blues Control, Eugene Mirman, Magik Markers). We hatched the idea this past January over a few drinks. We had a great lineup of the local bands all set to go and Kellie Morgan (who I work with at the Wexner Center, that’s my day job) mentioned that the Clean were touring and the routing might be possible to add on a Columbus date. She knows Hamish Kilgour from the Clean (she used to work at Drag City) and the band was down with it. I made a few calls to their agent and they were locked in. It was too good a chance to pass up, and the Clean has never played in Columbus, though they have, in my view, had a strong influence and on many many bands from here. Almost a spiritual connection, if you believe in those type of things.

How did the lineup get chosen? When did all of these great Columbus bands get involved and how did that happen? I know that most of those bands don’t play out much…
Really Marcy and myself working through it. Needed to have a mix so it wasn’t all geezers. We’re all friends to one degree or another and I just asked? Really that simple. The Slave Apartments are some of my oldest friends in Columbus, getting Moviola to play just involves working around everybody’s crazy schedule with enough advance notice.

Who are your top 5 Columbus bands of all time?
Oh lord. Knowing that this list would likely change tomorrow:

– The Four Mints
– Bassholes
– Liquid Mystic Axis
– Rahsaan Roland Kirk
– V3

Who is your favorite Columbus bands right now?
Again, subject to daily change:

Connections
Cheater Slicks
Unholy Two
Psychedelic Horseshit
Mike Shiflet
Counter-Intuits (I-71)
Ipps

What’s the lineup? Tickets?
Tickets are $10 online and at the bar until Friday afternoon, at which they go up to $15 and are only available at the bar.

Ace of Cups presents
HELTER SWELTER 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
3pm—11pm outside in the Ace of Cups parking lot
Tickets @ http://aceofcups.ticketleap.com/helterswelter/ and at Ace of Cups

Featuring performances by:
3:15 RAW PONY
4:05 WASHINGTON BEACH BUMS
5:00 MOVIOLA
5:55 PRETTY PRETTY
6:45 UNHOLY TWO
7:35 THOMAS JEFFERSON SLAVE APTS
8:30 SCRAWL (performing “Plus, Also, Too”)
9:25 THE CLEAN (New Zealand legends!)

Plus!
outdoor: Shang-a-lang stage inbetween bands, Ray Ray’s BBQ, and food trucks, beer!
inside: record swap all day and DJ George Brazil.

Presented in collaboration with Pale Rider and Straight to Video.

Anything else?
I hope folks can make it out. The weather is looking beautiful. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Girlz Rhythm n’ Rock Camp and Grrrls Rock Columbus which provide creative expression opportunities for young women regardless of means.

Blackoutfest Turns 18 in Athens This Weekend!

blackout2013Athens own Blackoutfest turns legal age this year, celebrating 18 years of Scott Winland bringing awesome underground rock and roll to Athens for a weekend each year for one big party of music. The 18th annual Blackoutfest will take place THIS WEEKEND (Thursday, April 11 – Saturday, April 13) at The Union in Athens, Ohio. 30 bands over three nights including music from Cheap Time, Natural Child, Greg Ashley Band, Birthday Suits, and Useless Eaters and some great Ohio bands like Grafton, EYE, and Unholy Two along with the usual Athens mainstays too. Tickets are on sale at Haffa’s Records in Athens right now, or you can buy them at the door.

Aquabear Legion is honored to co-sponsor Friday  night (April 12th) of Blackoutfest with music from Natural Child, Birthday Suits, EYE, Grafton, The D-Rays, Hex Net, Unholy Two, Homemade Drugs, Hook & Eye and Unmonumental. Starts at 6:00pm SHARP.  We’ll have some free pizza at the start of Friday night from Avalanche courtesy of the Aquabear, so come early.. plus free Aquabear stickers for all! And there is a guitar raffle all weekend (you could win a badass guitar from United Lutherie made just for the show) and sweet screenprinted posters from Jason Frederick. Come out, see bands, support rock and roll, and buy some stuff. And the brand new Splooge Magazine is co-sponsoring Saturday night!

Schedule below and you can attend on Facebook here.

Thursday PRE-PARTY!!! 8PM // $5
Weird Science
Buring Itch
County Pharoahs
MOP
Fat Elvis
Sportfishing USA
Shower Beers
Melk

Friday – AQUABEAR BLACKOUT!! 6PM //$8
Natural Child
Birthday Suits
EYE
Grafton
The D-Rays
Hex Net
Unholy Two
Homemade Drugs
Hook & Eye
Unmonumental

Saturday – SPLOOGEOUT!!! 4PM // $8
Cheap Time
Greg Ashley Band
Useless Eaters
Shockwave Riderz
Whalezombie
Gardens
Messrs
Frankie Teardrop
Ferals
Small Steps
Mom’s Weekend
Method Air