It's crappy out right now, but this weekend is supposed to be mostly sunny and cool. In other words, perfect camping weather.
Which is good news for the punk and metal bands and their fans making the hour-and-a-half drive out to Emory this weekend for the third annual No Thanks Fest for two days of natural beauty and unnaturally heavy music beginning at 8 p.m. Friday.
Along with Dallas bands like Vorvadoss, Violent Messiah and Division Of Power, a few regional touring bands will perform. Tulsa thrashers Bring Down The Hammer scream pro-Labor anthems over breakneck riffing with most songs skidding to a stop well before the 1-minute mark. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Stull from Lawrence, KS, which strings heavy, sludgy riffs into 9-minute epics with growled, distorted vocals. Also using the Cookie Monster vocal technique is Tucson death metal act Serows.
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The festival is free, though donations to the touring acts are encouraged. The Phoenix Project Collective will even be providing free vegan food--which should leave you with that much more dough to share with the bands.