This Friday, Zanzabar is hosting three fantastic bands for a show you absolutely don’t want to miss. That’s right: It’s time for FOWLERFEST!
Wait…wha? WTF is “Fowlerfest”? Good question. Let me give you the short(ish) version:
“Fowlerfest” was originally a show booked at Zbar years ago for my birthday. An unusual move for me, because of my prevailing attitude towards my birthday, which is mostly indifference. My Birthday Ethos is neither that of someone who eagerly awaits it every year and then overdoes it like I’m spending a week a Vegas, nor am I a curmudgeon hoping I can keep the day of my birthday secret (that’s much harder to do now, THANX FACEBOOK) so that no one badgers me about celebrating it.
Bottom line is, something like Fowlerfest only happened because good friends of mine insisted I do it, and thanks to them I eventually realized what it really was: An opportunity for Louisville to celebrate amazing bands at an awesome venue for a dirt cheap price.
I can name off so many great moments from past Fowlerfests–between the first year’s Fowler masks (see above), me hanging Fowlerfest posters around town with my own face on them, The Deloreans telling Fowler Stories during their set, having Chicago’s Sidewalk Chalk in town to play a “Halfway to Fowlerfest”, every band last year covering a Radiohead song, and countless more. But nothing compares to actually being there when this kinda stuff happens. And there’s no telling what’s in store for us this year! I mean FFS, Spirit Animal is driving down here from Brooklyn just to play it. Anything could happen!
So in conclusion, let me extend an invitation to each and every one of you out there to join us this Friday night. Despite the name (which I didn’t come up with, by the way…I can be a pompous ass but even I have limits), Fowlerfest is not a private party, not even close. We’re all lucky enough to share this city, this music scene, and these venues, and this show offers some of the best of all these things to anyone who wants to stop in and enjoy themselves.
Side-note: I want to especially thank the musicians, past and present, who have made Fowlerfest (and Louisville, for that matter) what it is today. I ask that you please support them by getting some merch from their tables, putting their shows on your calendar, and telling your friends to see them–or better yet, bringing your friends along to future shows! Louisville’s music scene continually improves my own quality of life, and in return I only hope to keep offering Fowlerfest as a small measure of gratitude each year until this mortal coil done been shuffled.
Want to meet the bands of Fowlerfest 2015? See below:
Fowlerfest, feat. Kaleidico, Spirit Animal, and Frederick the Younger
Friday, Feb 6, 2015
$5 at the door