July 1, July 2, July 16
Last year's Punx Picnic, or the part that took place outside at Wyman Park Dell was, as usual, a mix of great bands, grilling and other foods, and kickball. But the best moment, in my opinion, was when I walked out of Wyman Park and across the street and could hear the show from above on 29th Street—as regular ol' people not there for the picnic experienced it. Oozing out of the park and out into the street was the sound of Oak's fumbling (in a good way!), hefty doom. And whereas myself and others comprehended what was happening as a specific kind of metal, it seemed to not even process as music for other park-goers who stumbled upon the event. Like, was some kind of Lovecraftian beast howling from the bottom of the park? Sounded like it. It is good when music can still freak out squares. This year, Punx Picnic is a bit more spread out. It's at Wyman Park on July 1 (acts include Relief, Short Leash, Bellicose, Scum Again) then the next night it's at Sidebar (acts include Bidet, Wet Brain [pictured], French Vanilla) and then there's another show at Sidebar a few weeks later on July 16 (acts include Population Zero, Rudest Priest). July 1 (Wyman Park, 5 p.m., free); July 2 (Sidebar, 218 E. Lexington St., 8 p.m., free); July 16 (Sidebear, 218 E. Lexington St. 8 p.m., $5); facebook.com/baltimore.punxpicnic. (Brandon Soderberg).