Sleazy Slimey Sunday slithered into the Cancun Cantina once again, the day after the M3 Festival ended and this one was one huge party, not to mention one hell of a festival itself. Not to be confused as ‘Day 3 of M3,’ as some have called it, SSS is an annual event now with a great assortment of exciting bands brought to you by Brad Lee of Brad Lee Entertainment. Hosted by radio personality Luc Carl, headlining this event were none other than the Bulletboys, traveling cross country just to play this event. Also on the bill were Canada’s Killer Dwarfs and Georgia’s Kickin’ Valentina, as the other two supports, but that wasn’t nearly all the bands that performed that day.
First up was a band called Thruster, a three piece that played some cool covers exclusively just for the VIP’s at the event. When they were finished, general admission was let in and then Maryland’s own Silvertung took the stage and completely blew the doors off. If you have never seen this band perform, plan a date to do so, as this band can flat out bring it. Shockwave has interviewed this band in the past as well as reviewed their fantastic live show, and this show was no different. I look forward to seeing this band play every time. Hammer Down from New Jersey were up next and had some big shoes to fill, and fill them they did. This band can rock. Lee sure can find the right bands to perform for his festivals. Maryland’s 86 Bullets were next up and let me tell you, this band has a live show like no other. I was greatly impressed by front man Steve Graybeal’s way of interacting with the crowd. They coincided this performance with the release of their new independent album Agents of Absolution, which is reviewed in our review section if you have not yet read it. We support local music 110% so please check out this release from them. We will be interviewing this band real soon as well so be sure to look out for it. Next up was Streetlight Circus from New York and again, Lee can pick them. I had seen them perform once before at M3, but this time they were more polished and put on a spectacular performance for SSS2. They also have an album out which you can purchase on their webpage.
It was now time for the three big boys of the evening to perform and Kickin’ Valentina were up first. Bassist Chris Taylor and guitarist Heber Pampillon were kind enough to sit down and chat with me about playing this event again, as they played last years as well. “Yes. We were invited back and we love playing this new little event,” said Pampillon. ” We will be playing some new songs off the new record tonight as well.” And that they did, playing two new songs off the forthcoming second album Imaginary Creatures which will be released in August. “We’re very excited about the new album coming up and hope everyone likes it when it does,” added Taylor. If you have never seen KV perform live, they are very much a well-oiled machine and put on a great show for the crowd, as this show was proof enough. They will be heading to Europe this summer, but I’m sure Brad Lee will have these guys back in our area real soon.
The Killer Dwarfs were up next. A big box was carried from the back to the front and sure enough out pops lead singer Russ Dwarf doing his thing. The crowd loved it. They put on an equally great show. “Keep the Spirit Alive,” “Comin’ Through,” and “Hard Luck Town” were just some of the hits they played this evening. Russ is that classic front man also, interacting and just plain having a great time on stage while performing.
After the Dwarfs came the headliners of the evening, the BulletBoys. Marq Torien and crew, not upset about not playing M3, showed us why they are still a great band to see these days in the world of glam rock and what better way to see these guys up close than at Sleazy Slimey Sunday. Torien ripped through classics “THC Groove,” “Hard as a Rock,” and “For the Love of Money,” and of course ended this great day of music with “Smooth Up In Ya.” All in all, Sleazy Slimey Sunday 2 was an enormous success for the people that attended and Brad Lee deserves all the credit for again, lining up this great addition to a power packed weekend of music.
At the end of the night, I got to talk to Brad quickly, as he was in the middle of helping clean up the place. I don’t know anyone who heads an event like this AND helps takes out the trash at the end of the night. That tells me what kind of a genuine person Brad is.
Shockwave: So what does it take to start up and promote your own entertainment business?
Brad Lee: It takes integrity. It takes class. It takes being a man of your word. It takes having a love for music especially in your own music scene and having enough faith in people to make sure you have the right people to succeed. As far as promoting, you have to invest in yourself first. You can’t possibly promote anything before you promote yourself. It starts with you and once you are respected by everyone first, you go from there. Building a foundation first is the key.
What are the positives between last years SSS and this years?
We’ve grown, plain and simple. I always want to get bigger and grow each year and get stronger and give the fans what they want in the end, is a great festival. One key is not to grow too much too fast though because once you hit the ceiling, the only thing next is to go back down and hit the floor.
Will there be a SSS3 next year?
There will be another SSS next year and it will be during M3 weekend. I don’t have any bands lined up yet, but I have some ideas. We will carry on the tradition and see how far we can take this.
All in all, I believe this festival is only going to get bigger and bigger through the years and maybe, just maybe now, this will be held where M3 is held one day. Time will tell.