And So it Begins: Awake and Headed to Edgefest 2008

By Martin Cizmar

I'm wide awake, it's morning. Well maybe not wide awake, but nominally awake, and about to head out to Schnepf Farms for a full day of liveblogging with a New Times crew that of eight people shooting photos, video and writing. If it's happening at Edgefest, we'll be telling you about it.

We've already posted the schedule for you. (Also: directions!)

In this week's music section we gave you a feature on the consensus Do Not Miss This Band pick, Gogol Bordello and I did a round up on the other acts definitely worth seeing. Both are worth reading before you come out.

I know a lot of you guys are planning to come late, but beware missing Mickey Avalon - he's what everyone's going to be talking about until 4 p.m. or so. Here's what I said in Thursday's paper:

Mickey Avalon (11:30 a.m. on the main stage): It's not unfair to call Mickey Avalon the male Peaches. They both started their adult life innocently before turning to the shock-rap game: Peaches was an elementary school teacher, Avalon was a bearded Orthodox Jew. Now, they both make a living plopping scandalous lyrics over second-rate beats. The difference? Mickey Avalon has stories about giving hand jobs for smack and Peaches has "Set It Off" and "Do Ya" to keep her from playing her festival sets before the sun is fully risen.

His videos are always getting pulled down on YouTube, but this one - Britney's video set to his music - is way better anyway:

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