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Fest gathers doom groups from mid-Atlantic on Feb. 9

As if Delaware were not doomed enough, Snake Charmer Booking has announced a new doom metal music festival “The Eye of the Stoned Goat 2” for Saturday, February 9. Set at JB McGinnes Pub in New Castle, the show features 10 stoner rock and doom metal bands from the mid-Atlantic. Tickets are $10 and doors open at 5 p.m.

February 9, JB McGinnes New Castle, DE
Brendan Burns

The festival line up includes Delaware locals Wasted Theory and Heavy Temple along with Maryland heavyweights Iron Man, Blackhand and Beelzefuzz. Pennsylvania acts include Wizard Eye, Clamfight, Skeleton Hands, Thee Nosebleeds and Pale Divine.

I spoke with festival organizer Brendan Burns, who is also the drummer for Wasted Theory, about why he decided to put on Eye of the Stoned Goat:

What was your inspiration for organizing this fest?

I wanted to do a smaller version of the Stoner Hands of Doom festival basically. I just love the idea of a three or four day long show where you can see so many great bands at the same time. So, it had occurred to me that between Delaware, Philly and Maryland, that I could do a miniature festival of my own, with some of my personal faves from the area. And that's really what inspired me.

What was the first Eye of the Stoned Goat Festival like?

Last November I did a five band show at Mojo 13 in Wilmington with Black Cowgirl, Borracho, Wizard Eye, Wasted Theory, and Behind the Ghost. It was really just me testing the waters to see if anyone besides me enjoyed this type of music enough to fill a venue. The turnout was decent, not jam-packed like I was hoping, but decent. All the bands had a great time, and I just liked the name of the event so much that I decided to continue with it.

Tell me about the vendors. Why are you including them too?

When I decided I was going to do 10 bands on this bill, I really wanted to bring a festival-like vibe to it. All the festivals I've ever been too there's always lots of great vendors doing some really cool stuff, and I wanted a little sample of that at my show. So, I decided I wanted some record labels to come sell their their records and swag and any other cool music inspired merchandisers. So, at this year's event we have Anthropic Records and Dullest Records from Philly, Red Heart 13, which is a jewelry and photo type company, Useless Rebel Imaging will be there, he does amazing band photo's, and DeadDave from DeadDavesRadio will be there.

What about the venue?

The venue is awesome, it's at a bar called JB McGinnes, in New Castle, DE. It has a sound system that could rival the Trocadero (in Philadelphia) and is seriously one of the best places to have such a show. I think people are going to be blown away by how great the stage and sound really is there.

What else do we need to know?

Be aware that JB McGinnes Pub is 21+. So this is NOT an all ages event. JB McGinnes Pub is located at 519 E. Basin Rd, New Castle, DE 19720.

Tickets for Eye of the Stoned Goat 2 are $10. You can find out more about Snake Charmer Booking events on their website or Facebook page. The website has tons of useful links to audio and videos fo the bands playing as well as to listings of nearby lodging and so forth.

Brendan says he is already looking into making next year's ESG a two-day event, so if bands are interested in being considered they should contact him at SnakeCharmerBooking@gmail.com.

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