The doors were advertised as opening at 6:00, and they did, however, the first band did not go on until 8:00! Man, that is a good way to a get a crowd in a bad mood right from the start, let them get in to stand around and get drunk before the show even starts. This led to a fan getting kicked out right when the show started. Anyway, I was able to get a good location to set up camp for the evening, and there I stood, preparing myself for what was yet to come.
The small crowd was ready for the first act, a good round of applause went up as the lights went dark. When they came up, we were introduced to Black Star Inc as "not too heavy, and no real metal." Great, just what I wanted. They are a local act that won a battle of the bands a few weeks ago to get the opening slot. Not to sound mean, but if this was the best that show had to offer, it must have been one lame show.
Don't get me wrong, the band has some potential, but they were clearly a few months away from being a live band. The music was bland, generic, and just completely uninteresting. Save for a small group off to one side of the stage, the crowd just stood there, staring up blankly at the stage. The lead singer was not all that interesting of a frontman, he spent most of his time jumping around and spinning as if he had epilepsy. The guitarist was pretty quick, but he was not all that accurate with plenty of dropped notes. He has the potential but is not quite ready. The rhythm section was just sort of there, not doing anything terribly interesting.
Given the right setting, they may not be bad, but this was just not the right crowd for them. Towards the end of their set, a small pit broke out, possibly to get the singer to stop asking them to move, or to keep themselves awake, both reasons fit.