UFO Dictator Fest #11
Bell’s Eccentric Café
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo
Friday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m., $8
“UFO Dictator” may be a sloppy, obscure 1979 punk 7-inch by the defunct Italian band Tampax, but it’s also a long-running punk and rock ‘n’ roll festival in Kalamazoo. The one-night blowout was founded in 2004 by Useless Eater, a veteran WIDR radio DJ and guitarist/vocalist of the local band No Bails. In the past it’s been held at Kraftbrau Brewery, then Louie’s Trophy House, then 411 Club – now, UFO Dictator Fest #11 lands at its new home: Bell’s Eccentric Café.
This year’s roster features six bands for the totally punk-rock price of $8. Headlining is NOTS, a Tennessee-based outfit on the mighty Goner Records imprint. Pitchfork Media praised NOTS for its “breed of Memphis garage-punk fire.”
Also performing are Rev Norb & The Onions (Green Bay, Certified PR Records), Last Sons Of Krypton (Manitowoc, Wis., Kryptonite Records), Trampoline Team (New Orleans, Pelican Pow Wow), No Bails (Kalamazoo, Pelican Pow Wow) and Disastronaut (Grand Rapids, Independent Fries). — Reported by Rich Tupica