San Leon, Texas (March 16, 2018) – 18th Street Pier Bar and Grill was host to a soda-soaked, sticky, fun night in San Leon, Texas, near Galveston Bay tonight. Slamfest, headlined by Insane Clown Posse, and supported by Attila and Sylar, was everything you would expect it to be, and more!
Up first was Sylar, a metalcore band from Queens, New York. Jayden Panesso, the band’s vocalist, hyped up the crowd encouraging a mosh pit. Jayden, Dustin Jennings (guitar), Miguel Cardona (guitar, vocals), Travis Hufton (bass), and Thomas Veroutis (drums) played their hits “Assume”, “Dark Daze”, and “Soul Addiction” from their album, Help! Sylar toured with Vans Warped Tour in 2017, so they know a thing or two about getting the crowd going, and boy did they deliver. The crowd was seen head-banging and moshing from the beginning to the end of their intense set.
Up next was a metalcore band Attila, who hails from Atlanta, Georgia. Chris “Fronz” Fronzak, the band’s frontman, screamed and thrashed while belting out popular songs such as “Payback”, “Party with the Devil”, and “Middle Fingers Up”. Chris Linck (guitar) and Kalan Blehm (bass) helped to keep the crowd pumped; hyping everyone up for Insane Clown Posse.
Insane Clown Posse (ICP), the infamous horrorcore hip-hop duo composed of Violent J (Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (Joseph Utsler) from Detroit, MI, brought their always-elaborate performance with lots of props and plenty of Faygo. The venue provided a perfect intimate setting, giving those in attendance a chance to be close to the performers and a perfect position to ensure getting soaked by the ‘Faygo Armageddon’; a common term used by ICP fans to describe the spraying of Faygo, a Michigan-based pop, into the crowd.
When the curtain drew, and the performance started, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope were in large clear boxes, as if they were action figures. They emerged and started their set off with the hit “Toy Box”. It wasn’t long into the first song when the soda spraying started. Juggalos and Juggalettes were completely unphased, embracing every last drop while singing along. ICP played a mix of many albums including “Chicken Huntin’”, “The Neden Game”, “Dead Body Man”, and “Juggalo Homies”.
The set ended with “Bang! Pow! Boom!” and those who had VIP tickets were able to get on the stage to join in on the ‘Faygo Armageddon’. The remaining bottles of Faygo were sprayed onto the crowd and not a single inch of the venue was safe.
The mosh pits, circle pits, and crowd surfing was unbelievable tonight! Slamfest was a crazy, fun-filled night. Every act did their own part in bringing the whole show together for one amazing concert. There was not a dry place in the venue, and if you have ever attended an Insane Clown Posse show, that’s exactly how it should be.
Photojournalist: Laura Adam