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“It’s more about wanting art in music than wanting music just itself,” Travis Caffrey says of the genre. An artistic stage show that could read as just plain strange is often an important part of the act—which is definitely the case with Vladopus9. Sadler, Zac W. Caffrey and Travis Caffrey have a house venue called Mouthhole, which has hosted everything from 30-piece folk bands to hip-hop sitar acts to plays, stand-up comedy and live painting—including Vladopus9. “Joe (Page) once played a show at our place where he cooked bacon on stage and blew the smell out into the crowd while he was playing. So I’m always excited to see what he will do,” Sadler says. Zac W. Caffrey remembers Vladopus9 playing a show where they started playing inside a cardboard TV set, only to destroy it by the end of the performance. “I think out of any band in Nashville, Vladopus9 experiments with their stage presence most,” he says. Vladopus9 will debut a song at Local Fest that Page describes as “the craziest song that we ever even tried to do,” as well as tracks from their newly released album Expires on Tuesday through label SweetSong Nashville.   The Chewers haven’t gotten to play their newest record, “Downhill Calendar,” much, and they look forward to doing so at Local Fest. Each show is different for the duo, and the song probably won’t sound just as it did on the record. It’s weird, experimental, noise rock, but you can tap your foot to it, the band says. The goal of Chop Chop Chang is to make the audience feel entranced with its brand of instrumental electronica, effectively taking them to space and back, Zac W. Caffrey says. Page insists that not one of the 21 bands set to play at Local Fest is like another.

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“The thing with the underground scene here is no one is really competing because we’re all doing very different things. The competition that exists in the industry, that doesn’t exist in the underground as much,” he says. Page says Vladopus9 could not have released their album without help from Sadler, Zac W. Caffrey and Travis Caffrey. People from the band’s label were shocked by the strength of the underground community and its willingness to help without payment. “It is just for the love of the game and the love of the scene,” Zac W. Caffrey says. “It’s not just us, there’s a lot of people in the scene who will just contribute whatever they can contribute. We’re all sort of in the trenches of being weird and not wanted, necessarily.” For those looking to take a dive underground, Local Fest is the ideal introduction. VI

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Local Fest will take place on July 12th, 13th and 14th at Betty’s Grill, 407 49th Avenue, North. Doors open at 8:00 p.m., and music starts at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 per night and will be sold at the door only. Hannah Herner is a freelance journalist, resident of Bellevue and recent graduate of The Ohio State University. She is also an alternative music fan, tap dancer and a Jeni’s ice cream enthusiast.

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