It’s no secret that our collective attention span is warped—but have we even lost the ability to inhale an entire music festival in one big bite?
The fine people at 103.3 The Edge have served its annual Edgefest for years as the traditional all-day affair, packed with an amplified smorgasbord of past and present alt-rock radicals. This year, they’re breaking it up into three chaotic courses, with the trio of 311, New Politics and The Skints paired for the first serving of its summer concert series off Artpark’s Niagara Gorge.
But in festival tradition, the triple bill still satisfies the necessary intermingling of varied but complementary sounds and generations. Omaha’s 311 colored the mid-90s with its MTV-aired brand of stoned skate rock, appropriate for suburban punks who liked to safely mosh (“Down”) or sway like a moonstruck neo-hippie (“Amber”). The Danish trio New Politics has thrust onto the national scene with an infectious onslaught of pristine millennial rock. London’s Skints shine as the assumed product of repetitious exposure to The Clash’s “Sandinista.”
Sounds like a manageable offering from Buffalo’s alt-rock radio original.
Edgefest, The Series: Part 1: 311, New Politics and The Skints at 6 p.m. July 10 at Artpark (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston). Doors are at 5 p.m. Tickets are $40 (box office, Tickets.com).