The first night features a Saturday showcase of local rock heavies, headlined by a reanimated Tooth, the bruise-and-bluster punk-sludge quartet that was a tentpole of Durham's emerging scene half a decade ago, and the first band to play The Pinhook's stage (outside of the now-defunct Troika Music Festival). They're joined by Triad instro wizards The Bronzed Chorus and punk veterans The Bastages, whose mix of juvenile humor and political, vitriol draws a straight line to the rise of hardcore in the '80s.
Tuesday brings a marked change of pace, as Big Freedia, the cheerfully androgynous world-record twerker and self-proclaimed Queen of Bounce, headlines and highlights a high-energy dance party. Freedia's music follows all the genre tropes of bounce, an intoxicating collision of rap sloganeering, Mardi Gras chants, EDM and sample-based hip-hop. Her unflagging charisma has made her the genre's most notable ambassador. —Bryan C. Reed