Wallypalooza founder Wally Miles (left) and emcee Waylon Whiskey
Remember this, party people — bloody marys. Find a good recipe. Pre-make some. Keep a gallon of it in the fridge before you head out to Wallypalooza 2012: The Fifteenth Anniversary, details of which were revealed this morning by the man himself, organizer Wally Miles.
Why the need for a vat of bloody marys, you ask? Because you won’t be in any shape to make them on the mornings after, and you’ll need them to get better quick — because Wallypalooza is spread out over four nights this year.
“After 15 years of Wallypalooza, both the legend and the expectations have grown to levels unimaginable,” Miles said. “To celebrate 15 years of something I didn’t forsee still existing after all these years, the goal is to make this the absolute biggest Wallypalooza of all time, for those who have only heard the legend, and for those who have attended and have come to expect a weekend they will never forget.”
Here’s the skinny:
- WHEN: March 1-4, 2012
- WHERE: The Thirsty Turtle (formerly Big Daddy’s, the site of many Wallypaloozas in years past), 2641 Highway 411 S., Maryville
- HOW MUCH: $5 per night
- HOSTED BY: Comedian Waylon Whiskey and members of the comedy troupe the Black Liver Society
- PERFORMERS: Labyrinth, Centric, German Deathwish, Cooter Punch, Joe Coe, Afterlife, Binfield, Divided We Stand, Psychosystem, Rockslyde, Shallowpoint, Catalyst, Big Trouble, Crome Molly, Warclown, The Aftermath, Rot Iron, One of the Fallen, Hollywood and Dirty D … and more to be announced
For those wondering what, exactly, Wallypalooza is … well, you’ve got to experience it. It began as a birthday celebration for Miles, a 1997 graduate of Maryville High School and a lifelong resident of Blount County (until recent years, at least). Miles invited friends to the lake in 1998, and they enjoyed an afternoon of music blaring from an old boombox. The next year, someone came up with the idea of getting a rock band to play for the annual gathering.
Over the next 14 years, the event was christened Wallypalooza and grew into the monster that it is today. And starting in 2008, when he booked three bands (Middle Finger, Stonemosis and Half of Something) at Nater’z Sports Grille in Maryville, it’s become a beast over which he has little control, at least in terms of how many people show up.
And start doing liver squats or something, because your internal organ will require conditioning for this party.