The bands had been playing for about seven hours, but as it approached 8 p.m., dark clouds started to roll in, casting a dramatic backdrop for the band Faceplant as they strummed through an instrumental heavy metal number.
Fans crowded close to the stage, soaking in the music until the very last minute until the band and guests alike were forced to make a run for their cars as the rain broke.
That was the most powerful memory from last year’s Punk Rock BBQ for organizer Logan Lehr. Even though the rain cut short some of the planned music, he still got text messages from several days afterward praising the experience.
The festival is back this year under the name Chumpstock 2: Electric Boogaloo on Saturday, Aug. 18, starting at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and include picnic-style food and activities including a Slip-n’-Slide. They can be purchased online at https://www.evensi.us/chumpstock-2-electric-boogaloo/261136396.
Westminster-based pop punk band Chumps are the hosts of the outdoor festival, which brings together 14 bands, many of them local and touring. The fest’s music runs the range of folk punk, punk rock, and ska.
Just Juliet starts off the day at 1 p.m., followed by Bedroom Floor, Vodora,Who, Me,The Bro-mantics, Howzit, The Xiles, Chumps, T R E N C H E S, Consumer Culture, Earthworm von Doom, Punktual and The University of South Vietnam School of Warfare.
Merchandise tables will be set up nearby and more information about participating bands is available on the event’s Facebook page.
This year there are more bands than in 2017, and Lehr said it is a goal each year to bring in new bands and help them get exposure through the event. Venues for these genres of music can be harder to come by locally and Chumpstock aims to be a place for bands and fans to gather.
He wants guests to leave Chumpstock excited and ready to return. The event is all ages and family-firendly. Pets are allowed.
“People might have negative connotations of [punk music], “Lehr said, but the festival is about positive energy and “people crowding around to support and encourage other bands that are playing.”
Seating is on a hill and guests are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs and other items.
Food will include hot dogs, hamburgers and pulled pork as well as other cook-out style sides and drinks. Alcohol is BYOB, and IDs will be checked at the entrance.
The festival takes place at 201 Jocks Dr., Westminster — a private residence — and organizers stressed that illegal substances would not be welcome.
Parking is free. If guests need to stay the night, they may contact the organizers about camping on the property.
For more information, call Lehr at 443-478-6007 or search for the event’s Facebook page. More band information and weather updates will be available there.