Comfest 2008

The Columbus Community Festival (affectionately know as Comfest) is in the history books now, but I think it was one of the better festivals I’ve been to in a long time.  Many here locally in Columbus complained about the band selections, the rain etc. etc. but I was happy as a pig in poop.  Hey, they actually had METAL bands this year, so who was I to complain?

Saw only one band on Friday due to the ‘Type O/Hatebreed’ show (see earlier review) and spent the afternoon on Saturday working the beer tent . . .in the rain.  No better place to be during a storm than under a tent with access to alcohol.  Lightning, what lightning?

Sunday was full-on festival enjoyment mode, despite more of the wet stuff and mud being the predominent color of the park.  Here are the notable bands I saw/heard;

  • Teeth of the Hydra: Sludgey Metal goodness at 2pm on a Friday afternoon?  Well it worked for me!  I’ve seen this band open for national acts & based on this show, I’m hoping to hear a lot more from them in the future.
  • Willie Phoenix Band: I go see these guys whenever I can.  Had to work during their show but heard’em and they sounded great.  One of the blue legends in Columbus.  Yes, we have blues legends.
  • Deadsea: more great metal riffage. had a very large crowd for a side tent (about 400 or so).  The guys played their hearts out and the crowd responded.  First time I’ve seen crowd surfing at Comfest.  Awesome!
  • Los Caminos – Friends of mine so I also catch them every chance I get.  Alternating between country/folk and bluesy rock, the guys are getting better and better.  Definitely a crowd pleaser that play with a ton of heart.
  • Willie Pooch – Another blues legend with a great backing band.  Lots of fun and went great with a cold one.  Not sure about that orange suit tho.
  • Black 47 – Politically charged Irish-American Rock.  Strange as that may sound, I enjoyed these guys.  I probably wouldn’t agree with some of their lyrics but their show was a long way from Michael Flatley land.  Think U2 with a more traditional twist.

There were many, many more acts that I saw in part or while waiting in a food line somewhere.  The pic above was taken from the Jazz stage – which is NOT the main stage, to give you some idea of just how big this festival has become.  Click on the pic if you’d like to see the Flickr account of the photographer – he has other great shots from around my city.

I’m sad the festival has come and gone so quickly, but enjoyed the topless ladies, the kids with the improvised mud slip-n-slide, and the fair food.   And as always, the great tune-age & beer!

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One Response to “Comfest 2008”

  1. COD says:

    I have the new Black 47 record, I quite like it.

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