The Oddfest Report
(August 05, 2003)
I posted this to the message boards the newsgroups, but I thought I would repeat it here for all to see.
The Oddfest rocked!
We had an intimate crowd. I think that's what the industry types say when not a lot of people show up. But we had about as many people as we could have expected since we were playing on a Sunday night in the middle of nowhere during a massive thunder storm.
Tom Perri started things off with his banjo strumming ditty "Big John" and then he introduced Sudden Death.
I went on solo because none of the other guys could make it. I came complete with the full video set up showing all the videos and animations that I've made for the various songs. I performed all the favorites like "New Jersey Lifestyle", "Dead Rappers", and "South Park Junkie", plus our new song "Ozzman", and some old favorites like "The Mouth" and "Psycho Slut From Hell." My friend Mark- who sings on the chorus of "Alien Probes"- showed up right after I finished performing that song. Timing is everything in life.
Then it was Eric Schwartz's turn to rock the crowd. He started out playing the guitar with "Me 'n' Jenny And The Lovely Marilu." He played a few songs on the guitar and then moved over to the piano for the middle part of his act. He played a series of short children's songs which he says are more practical than the regular "I love you crap" they always get. To give you an idea, one of the songs is about a bomb that's in the kid's mattress which goes off when it gets wet. "Problem solved" he said. I would have to agree. Then he went back to the guitar to finish up his set. He performed "Charliesomething" and ended his set with "Who Da Bitch Now?"
Worm Quartet- who is actually a one man band- closed out the show. He's a 6'4", 300 pound, "bemulletted" synth-punk-comedy god who calls himself "Shoebox". He opened the show with "Dear God." His "band" consisted of a CD player that was patched into the sound board, so he just cued up the instrumentals of whatever song he wanted to do and sang over it. Of all the acts he probably performed the most songs because he has a tendency to write very short songs. In fact, he did a whole set of songs he claims to have written entirely on post-it notes while in the bathroom at work. Many of these songs were brand new. He also did a new full-length song called "I'm Going To Procreate" which was hysterical. He performed some old favorites like "Coffee" and "Boning Away On The Ottoman" and ended his set with "Frank's Not In The Band Anymore."
After the show we all hung out for a while and sold some CDs and just chatted with the crowd for a bit. (There was actually a guy in the audience who was also named Eric Schwartz, and Eric tried to get him to come up on stage and sing, but he couldn't talk the guy into it.) By then it had stopped raining, thankfully, so I didn't have to get wet while I was loading up my car. On the way home we saw some very impressive lightning in the distance and we arrived home to find the storm had knocked out our cable. But at least we still had power.
I'll be posting pictures and video clips on the web site in the coming week or so. So everyone who missed it will be able to get a taste of the show.
The Oddfest was a lot of fun. You should have been there.