Punk Pioneers “Death” To Headline I AM Festival Sept. 7

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Death, one of the first punk bands ever, will be headlining this year's I AM Fest. (Handout)

Death, one of the first punk bands ever, will be headlining this year’s I AM Fest. (Handout)

As September rolls around, so does the annual I AM music festival in downtown New London. It’s one of the state’s biggest indie festivals, one that brings dozens of local and regional acts to the Whaling City for free performances.

This year’s bill for the Sept. 7 event has Death topping the lineup. The Detroit group was one of the first, if not THE first, punk band ever. Their exploits and the story of their near-fame was recently told through the documentary “A Band Called Death,” and group has experienced a new surge in popularity.

To get everyone nice and ready for the show, Hygienic Art Park will be screening the film this Thursday, Aug. 29, with a special introduction plus Q and A with director Mark Covino. Tickets are $5.

Cymbals Eat Guitars and The London Souls round out the top of this year’s bill. In the past there have been some performers on the cusp of their stardom, including Matt & Kim, Deerhoof, and Girl Talk.

The London Souls will be playing I AM Fest on Sept. 7. (Handout)

The London Souls will be playing I AM Fest on Sept. 7. (Handout)

I AM Fest has been around since 2006, though last year was the first time it expanded into downtown New London and took over multiple venues. Bands this year will be performing at Parkade Plaza, Hygienic Art Park, The Oasis Pub, The Telegraph record shop, and 33 Golden Street.

The festival last year was sabotaged by weather. Ominous clouds and a tornado warning painted a frightening picture for outdoor performances. Though no twisters actually touched down, it rained during a set by Dom, and Hospitality was moved from the outdoor Parkade Plaza to a tiki bar nearby.

Click here for more on last year’s festival.

This year’s lineup also includes Slim Wray, Violent Mae, Slander, Horns of Ormus, Daphne Lee Martin, Straight to VHS, and Echo & Drake. A street fair of local vendors will also round out the Parkade Plaza.

For more information and a continually updated lineup, visit iamfest.org or view the Facebook event here.

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