Five years ago I wrote my first ever blog review on MySpace. I blogged about my trip to Baltimore and the HFStival concert, I thought it would be fun to release this post to the Blast Furnace to commemorate the occasion. This trip included a few Blast Furnace contributors; I have changed the names to protect the innocents. Enjoy!
Memorial Day Weekend 2006I spent Memorial Day 2006 in Columbia, MD where Oechsleins and his wife reside. Chris and I drove down on Saturday afternoon and had a mini-picnic/barbeque, Oechselins playing the burger chef. Later that night we made a 20 minute journey to Baltimore to go bar hopping. I found the bars to be very nice; it puts Pittsburgh’s beloved Southside to shame. The bars that we visited in Canton and Fells Point were new and streets clean. The first bar we entered, the bartender offered us a ‘stoplight’ shot. We were clueless on what a ‘stoplight’ was but it consisted of three shots: green, yellow, and red. These shots must be slugged back in the conventional stoplight sequence and participants must race each other. Chris won the contest and Oechsleins finished last, I may have won if I wasn't chewing gum which I eventually swallowed on my last shot. Other highlights from that night included drinking a cold Natty Boh and looking out at the old "Homicide: Life on the Streets" police station. BPDave3 even called at 5:00am to check in from Corpus Christi, TX.
On to Sunday, the main reason for the visit, we went to the HFStival at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, a venue similar to Star Lake only more wooded. It was a very hot and humid Maryland afternoon, temperatures reached the 90s. The main headliners were the bands AFI, 80's rock chick Joan Jett, Dashboard Confessional, Strokes, and Counting Crows. The first band that we enjoyed was Damone. They had a fairly hot female lead singer and were a pleasant surprise since they were playing the second stage. I thought that AFI was the best band of the day, lead singer Davey Havok, who Pills, Oechsleins, and I saw one night in Oakland at 1:00am, (not really but a transvestite look-a-like who was interested in one of the three of us) had a great stage presence. Other notable highlights include Dashboard Confessional playing Radiohead's "Fake Plastic Trees" and Counting Crows opening up with “Mr. Jones.”
|AFI's Davey Havok|
Follow-up: The trip to Baltimore and the HFStival was pretty fun. I would end up going to Baltimore five times after that trip and always had a good time. Our group has found our favorite spots: Pub Dogs in Federal Hill and Nacho Mamas in Canton. My affinity for AFI began there as well. I had of course been exposed to them before 2006, but I never really listened to them. After their performance I became a huge fan. I hope my blogging skills have improved since then.