Every music scene has a nook of weird and inventive bands, and New Bedford is no exception.
Eclectic structures and interesting tones are the sparks that give bands originality and the aesthetic is contagious.
On Friday at No Problemo in New Bedford, there’s a celebration of the art form known as the New Bedford Psych Fest.
Whaling City progressive rock stalwarts Baylies Band, Fairhaven psychedelic weirdos Stratosphere Giant and Brain Farm, who’ll be playing their first show in 25 years, are on the bill.
It’s also free, so you can spend your money on tacos and burritos.
The festival comes from the creative mind of Eric Baylies from the Baylies Band.
“New Bedford has always been a metal city, even now, especially now,” Baylies said about starting the Psych Fest. ”That’s fine and all, but I always thought the psych, post-punk, noise rock and avant-garde musicians were marginalized and ignored in this city to a greater degree than other comparable communities.”
Baylies Band’s claim to fame is that they’re among the longest running bands in New Bedford with a career spanning 35 years and performances in three continents and over 20 countries. It’s only fitting that an act who has been around that long is rising to the occasion to be a catalyst for artistic change.
Along with being a musician, Baylies is the author of “Heroin’s Rainbow.” which details his life growing up in New Bedford’s North End.
The Psych Fest has taken place in different venues for the past 30 years and has been a showcase of abstract sounds.
The fun is set to kick off at 10 p.m. Friday at No Problemo, 813 Purchase St., New Bedford