On the bright side: an underwhelming line-up actually kind of takes any pressure off of planning your weekend.
How fucked up that there's more rock I care about on the Bozo than the Offramp.
I'm not saying that I agree with the opinion about the lineup being significantly worse than any other years, but these two statements don't really sound like bad things to me. It's actually pretty irritating when you have to choose between bands that you really want to see who are all playing at once. And the reason the Bozo stage seems more interesting this year is because they're giving some cool acts a shot. What's the big deal? For that matter, I'm curious to know who's playing (or who's not playing) the Offramp that makes it so objectionable. I'm just not seeing it. But then people would have to start naming names, and nobody wants that.
Well, the Bozo stage has pretty much sucked the cool out of any band I've wanted to see there. The sound from it hasn't fit well with the harder bands I've seen on it. It's liked they turned up the SUCK knob.
The intimacy of the Offramp is taken away when you move a band to the Bozo.
Also, there's still not much I want to see on Bozo this year. There's just very little I want to see on the Offramp this time around.
The Offramp is so much more intimate than standing looking up, up while musicians who used to be local and right there in front of you at [Skullys, Ravari, Summit, Bernie's, what have you] are now distant and on a pedestal. It seems like putting them up there is separating them from the community.
The Bozo stage to me has always been an icon of the "we are better than you" mindset of the older Boomer/Hippie generation over us young(er) loud rock-n-roll-get-off-my-lawn kids.
I originally used the Phantods as an example here, stating that putting the Phantods on the big stage separates them and is sort of like the big wigs giving the young punks a cookie now that they're making the offramp less full-on alternative, and I deleted that. I mean no offense to the Phantods, I'm a huge fan.)
But the main stage takes away the 'club' intimacy that I think works so much better. It's a difference between 'observing' and 'being a connected part of'.