While the focus of last weekend’s day-and-a-half-long Copenhagen Beer Celebration event was obviously beer (as evidenced by the somewhat awkward setup at the barren, soulless hellscape that is Boston’s City Hall Plaza), there was a constant musical accompaniment that was actually quite enjoyable for those who actually pulled themselves away from the beer lines for long enough to pay attention. The second part of our coverage of that event actually rewinds the tape a tad to prior to the first post. As we’ve established, Lucero closed out the entire festival, and with good reason. As we said in that story, the musical mix at the festival was a tad eclectic, and didn’t all necessarily meet the benchmarks that we apply for coverage at Dying Scene (I mean, Yo La Tango is good and all, but…), but there were still a few other performances to draw your attention to.
Tigerman WOAH opened up the Saturday afternoon portion of the festivities, taking the stage as the gates to the event grounds were being thrown open for the day. For the uninitiated, Tigerman WOAH are a four-piece outfit from nearby Lynn, Massachusetts, and if you’re familiar at all with Lynn, Massachusetts, you’re no doubt familiar with the entirely accurate singsong little ditty about the band’s hometown (“Lynn, Lynn, the City of Sin/You never go out the way you came in”). With that in mind, Tigerman WOAH are about as eclectic a mix as you’ll find: the band play an intense version of genuine folk music paired with a working-class, pro-Union, socially conscious, DIY punk rock mindset. You had to walk by the stage area in order to get from the festival gates to the beer, but Tigerman WOAH play in such a way that leaves it all on the stage, and forced all but the most dedicated beer snobs to stop and pay attention.
Mariachi El Bronx closed out the Saturday afternoon session, a seemingly painfully few hours after their punk rock alter egos The Bronx played a punk rock show to a capacity crowd across town. An outdoor show on a cloudless late-Summer day may not be the ideal hangover cure for a late night punk rock show, but the lower key, mariachi stylings sure helped the band ease into their set rather than having to explode into it. While the crowd was on the small side (again, it was a craft beer festival with a musical side stage, not the other way around), there weer a great number of people in attendance seemingly solely for MEB, and hung on every word and horn blast from Matt Caughtran and the gang.
Check out our full photo gallery from the event down below!