Twisted Fest 2015 untangles on June 5 at Ziggy’s in North Chattanooga
It’s that time of year again, kids. Riverbend will soon be upon us. As well-loved as that celebration is, there are some folks who find the crowds daunting, the heat oppressive, the Spandex expansive or, for whatever reason, would prefer some alternative entertainment that doesn’t require quite so much hiking.
That’s why Twisted Fest is returning for its second year at Ziggy’s on Cherokee Boulevard with a face-melting, high-energy line-up, ridiculously low cover ($5), great food and cold beer.
Conceived, organized, and fussed over like a mother hen by The Real Bob Carty, Twisted Fest provides a walloping night of entertainment on the OTHER side of the river. Ziggy’s has shown a high level of support for the event, running myriad food and drink specials during the festival, and, as always, keeping the AC cranked up on high.
As the Bobster likes to point out, the dual-room layout of Ziggy’s means that if a particular band in the awesome lineup isn’t your particular cup of tea, you can slip over to the main bar and enjoy some pool, pinball, or even grab a mic and try your hand at a little karaoke.
It’s always nice to have options, but it seems likely that most folks will want to stay glued to the floor in the performance hall.
This year’s line-up includes interdimensional rockers Plvnet, alt-rock group SubKonscious, indie-pop group The Tammys (safe to say Ron Swanson will not be in attendance for that one) and Dalton heavy metal axe-kickers, Memories of 2morrow.
Of course it wouldn’t be Twisted Fest without a very special performance by the founder of the feast himself, The Real Bob Carty.
The one and only Vic Burgess will be introducing Baz Shaw, his latest project, at the fest. Anyone familiar with Burgess can easily surmise that this group is no doubt focused on blues, or classic rock, or alt/pop, or metal, or folk, or singer/songwriter, or perhaps it’s just a jaunty calypso outfit.
With Vic, there’s no telling. The guy has mad skills and broad tastes, is what I’m saying, and for all the diverse projects Burgess has presented over the years, not one has ever failed to be entertaining and interesting.
Twisted Fest is keeping a few surprise guest performers up its sleeve as well. The possibility of some impromptu, all-star jams breaking out over the course of the evening is quite probable (but very secret and surprising at this point, so shhh…). While I am not at liberty to divulge who these visiting artists are (in truth I’ve only been told about a few of them at this point), I can say with confidence that it’s going to be a hell of a show.
Finally, this year Twisted Fest will be featuring its very own Miss Twisted Fest Vintage Pin-Up Girl Contest, so break out your best Bettie Page or Mamie Van Doren and come claim your prize.
For more information on that or to register for the event contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org. At the end of the day, kids, it’s a heavy-duty night of music and five measly dollars gets you the ticket to all of it!
Twisted Fest 2015 happens on June 5 at Ziggy’s (607 Cherokee Blvd.) Show starts at 6 p.m.
In the words of the Bobster, “Why just bend on the river when you can twist too?”