For the last 3 years, I’ve made the trip from Denver to Minneapolis, MN for the event known as D4th of July. The first year was a giant, 2-day blow out with amazing bands (and also the reason I no longer drink whisky). The second year, I drove to Minneapolis, and had an amazing weekend with all of the friends I’d made the year before. This year, I made the event the tail part of a 3,500 mile road trip, and although there were a lot of people missing from it this year, it was still an amazing time. Every year, it’s a wonderful experience, and I’m never lacking a reason to come back.
This year’s bill boasted 8 bands in one night. Opening up was Murf, who I unfortunately only caught the last two songs of because I was eating next door (side note: eat at the Triple Rock, their food rules). EDGEXBREAK was up second, and the crowd was really excited. I think I may have enjoyed it more if I knew the people, or ever went through a straight-edge hardcore phase, since their set was a straight-edge hardcore cover set.
Third was Royal Brat, who I loved. The whole vibe and style of the band was fantastic. Following them was Color TV, who were also most excellent.
Neighborhood Brats took the fifth slot, and were my favorite act of the night. The singer’s energy and stage presence was superb. Make sure you see them when you have the chance, because they’re absolutely worth checking out.
Vacation played next, and the crowd really started filling in. Tons of people starting singing along, and the wondrous feel of D4th of July was beginning to spread! By the time The Dopamines went on, the party was in full swing. Beers began to fly, humans began to fly (and fall), and good times were had by all. The Dopamines played an exceptional set, and got everyone ready for the titular headliner.
Dillinger Four came out and played a relatively short set. Unfortunately, Paddy was suffering from a painful affliction, which may have lead to them not playing late into the night. However, it was still wonderfully D4, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
If you’ve never had the experience of a D4th of July, I hope that you find your way to one before they someday end. It’s a truly magical experience, and keeps me coming back year after year!
* all photos by Jackie Wilding