September 14, 2013
The first annual Baltimore Shindig Festival happened on what would best be described as an amazing mid September day with weather which was in the mid 70’s & cool...the sun was shining and the bands were rockin’ when the show started just around 1 PM with local openers Victims of Experience.
Funny side note, the line waiting to get in the concert was long BUT the lines at the portapots were tragically longer and set fans back atleast 30 mins in wait time.
I arrived in time to catch the tail end of Jimmie’s Chicken Shack’s set and they sounded great ..... The Hold Steady played directly after them on the Boxer stage.
The Reverend Horton Heat tore it up on the Babe Stage and his guitar playing sounded sweet on a Sunny September afternoon. Horton and company played a solid hour long set that included a cover of “Johnny B. Goode”.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones had the crowd going nuts for their ska soaked rock and The Gaslight Anthem’s set was sadly a little flat sounding in my opinion.
Clutch brought the Boxer stage to it’s knees with a kick ass set that was complete with a large mosh pit.... fans were freaking out & the band was on fire! I personally felt like Clutch should have been the nights headliner because they were the band to beat on this night!
Joan Jett headlined the Babe stage and her set was tight with all the classics as well as a hand full of new songs off her upcoming record.
Joan and her band tossed out “Cancer Sucks” bracelets throughout most of the bands set. “I Love Rock N Roll” & “Crimson & Clover” closed out her first set and the encore consisted of 3 songs (“I Hate Myself for Loving You”, “AC/DC” & “Everyday People”).
Dropkick Murphy’s closed the show and walking through the crowd I had to laugh as I spotted fans riverdancing to the bands Irish hard rock....I still stand by my feelings that Clutch should have been the closer since this was a Maryland festival and Clutch are one of the bigger rock bands from this state.
All in all The Shindig was a success because the crowd had a great time, the bands were solid, and the show itself was packed!