Cheers to two years of amazing beer, food, and community at the Ogma Brewing Two Year Anniversary Party in Jackson
Ogma Two Year Anniversary
This past weekend, we skipped over to Jackon for the Ogma Brewing Two Year Anniversary party. This was no ordinary anniversary party. Ogma pulled out all the stops. On top of great beers and food, this blowout included a pop-up vendor market, artists creating art on-site, a bevy of bodacious bands, and women whirling fire. If that isn’t enough, Ogma was slinging the new Rise Doom Claw Rise imperial IPA. It is their Doom Claw IPA with all the doom and twice the claw.
This Pub is Rocking
The pub bustled with activity when we arrived for the Ogma Two Year anniversary party. The crowd was lively, with many mug clubbers hoisting their towers of beer. A few lucky mug club members found golden tickets in their mugs, which entitled them to a full pour (32 ounces) for $1. We snagged the last open table for a beer and food before heading outdoors for the rest of the party. Instead of the special Andouille Cajun Mac and cheese or the intriguing Raspberry Squeeze (a giant samich with raspberry jam, garlic coriander cream cheese, and honey smoked ham), we opted for our Ogma’s ridiculously delectable nachos loaded with shredded beef. Fueled for the fest, we headed outside to check out the action.
Festival In Full Swing
The main event at the Ogma Two Year Anniversary was outside. Thankfully, November kindly set free the sun while keeping the winds at bay. In the Ogma Beer garden, they had set up a tent for the vendors, live artists, and music. All of Ogma’s beers were on tap outside. If you were hungry for pizza, Tiki Sam’s had you covered. Their portable wood-fired pizza oven was working overtime, slinging some gorgeous looking pies.
Inside the tent, you could check out Zach Snyder and Audra Lockwood, creating art before your eyes. If you felt inspired to create some art, there were small canvases and markers. The vendors included artwork by Audra Lockwood, Peril Hot Sauces, and Smoke With Stoke. I’ve got a few bottles of Peril Hot sauce that are dynamite. The stellar jerky selection from Smoke With Stoke was too hard to pass up. I loaded up a selection of each flavor. I can tell you that they all rock, but the two-way winner is their Chipotle and Spicy Pepperoni. Spinning tunes before the music got rolling was none other than DJ Carlos!
Flames and Dames
Kicking off the entertainment in the Ogma big top was the Flames and Dames. These talented women make wielding and spinning objects on fire look easy. Using flaming wheels, batons, and hula hoops, Flames and Dames put on a mystical and mesmerizing show set to hypnotic music. I couldn’t help wondering how they could do this and not get burned. Or perhaps they were getting burned yet remained smiling the entire time. Either way, their performance was enchanting.
Music and Mayhem
The music stage took up the back quarter of the tent. I’m not sure who was on sound, but they had it dialed in nicely. It was loud and clear—the psychedelic light show overhead on the ceiling of the tents by Matt Rozensky was dazzling. Sadly, I was so preoccupied with the bands that I failed to get a snap. If you did, shoot us a comment.
Opening up the musical extravaganza portion of the Ogm Two Year Anniversary throwdown was the fascinating and fun punk rock of Paka Plaza. This local three-piece came ready to rock, taking the old school name for Jackson shopping center, now called Jackson Cross. They played a high energy set of pop punk that had me thinking of greats such as Talking Heads, Gang of Four, and Devo. They kept the stage antics refrained, letting their fervent music do the talking. Paka Plaza’s feisty set paired well with a Sabro Cadabra.
Garage rock doesn’t even begin to describe the heavy hallucinogenic phantasm of sound crafted by Carbon Decoy. I like to imagine that Clutch, Pink Floyd, and Miles Davis formed an unholy alliance to forge this band from water, fire, and stone. Their performance at the Ogma Two Year Anniversary party featured vibrating guitars surfing on breaking waves of punching drums and bass. The vocals whisper in your ear before roaring against the unknowing void. The music of Carbon Decoy is a sonic avalanche of psychic energy that buries you completely. Their music is best enjoyed with a frothy mug of Cerebral Scrub.
I have to imagine a few folks at the Ogma anniversary party were wondering if they had just witnessed the hybrid twins of The Who and Jimi Hendrix from an alternate universe on stage after Glass Chimera’s set. The titanic drums, the insistent pull of the bass, and the fiery guitars culminate in a crescendo of electric bliss. That Glass Chimera is all about heavy psyche cannot be mistaken; their music boils with exhilarating passion. You can feel this passion and overwhelming energy radiate from the band as they play. Glass Chimera put on a magnetic performance, which paired well with Starcrust.
Temple of the Fuzz Witch
As Temple of the Fuzz Witch began their set, it was as if a behemoth charged from the darkness to bellow at the light. Guttural and growling guitars combined with the concussive drums and bludgeoning bass create a malevolent soundscape. These riff lords of the hinterlands had everyone headbanging and grimacing with the terrible ecstasy of their tunes. Singing oaths of annihilation, Temple of the Fuzz Witch captivated the crowd at the Ogma Two Year Anniversary Party. It is only fitting that we pair Rise Doom Claw Rise with the crushing music of this band.
The final swing for the night is not a drill. It is the maniacal blackened death of Jackson’s own Throne. The band tore into their set like savage wolves ripping into a kill. Kolin’s drums brought the fire of hell with every blasting beat. Leslie was a rabid animal, his body and head thrashing with his eyes burning with the possession of their music. Nate used his voice to conjure demons while his guitar spewed mayhem and devastation. New guitarist Tim Kennific joined the feeding frenzy with a napalm assault of notes accented with the wails of the damned. Throne played with furious intent. Every time I witness this band live, I’m left staggering from the brutal mastery of the music they make and the sheer power of their performance. The music of Throne pairs so very well with Hellion Wølv.
Happy Anniversary Ogma
Thanks so much to the great team at Ogma Brewing for inviting us to this fantastic party. I know that putting on a gig like this takes a lot of work. Hopefully, you all were able to enjoy it with us. You have created a magical communal spot for us all to share stories, laughs, art, food, and beer. I can speak for many when I say that we greatly appreciate your work and your craft. Cheers.
To relive the Ogma Two Year Anniversary party via photos, take a look at our gallery.
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