Best Festival: Punx Picnic

Baltimore’s close-knit punk scene soldiers on, maintained by a cadre of bookers, small clubs, and DIY spots who keep bringing exciting artists to town, as well as giving a platform to Baltimore’s underappreciated current crop of punk bands. Punx Picnic is great example of the town’s DIY spirit—an event that spans several days and yet manages to maintain its fun BBQ/block-party vibe even when it spills out from its punk house/public park origins into larger venues such as the Ottobar. It’s great to see locals like Old Lines, Wet Brain, Radical Discharge, and Curse playing a diverse bill with a bunch of out-of-town bands that are honestly too punk for us here at City Paper to know about—which is how it should be.

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