How good could an alternative-rock festival be without a full-blown, out-in-the-daylight punk show? Not very good. While Wednesday night's punk show (Street Dogs, River City Rebels, Supervillains) caters to the gutter-drunk punk rockers around town, this Sunday afternoon show will be sunnier, both in environment and in attitude.
Headlining will be locals Anberlin, who have quietly become the most popular band from Orlando (if not the most popular band in Orlando). Their 2003 debut album built a slow momentum that won the band praise both within and outside of Christian rock circles (they're another of those Tooth & Nail bands that's nominally "Christian," but it's hard to tell by listening), snagged 'em tour dates with the likes of My Chemical Romance, and in the process managed to sell tens of thousands of CDs. But with this year's Never Take Friendship Personal, they've taken everything to another level. Musically, the new disc is expansive, with intricate melodies colliding against thudding bombast. And the groundswell of interest they generated with that first disc has exploded into a buzz that's resulted in sold-out headlining shows and a rapidly expanding fan base.
Rounding out the bill will be the Jacksonville pop-punk-and-occasionally hip-hop-flavored Whole Wheat Bread, who are signed to Fighting Records, as well as the four bands touring on the "Before the Blackout After the Breakup" tour: Allister, a reunited Fenix TX, Houston Calls and Day at the Fair.