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The Violet West Brings the Psychedelic to Artoberfest in Lake Worth

If you're like us, chances are you're still in deep recovery mode from Saturday night's Respectable Street's 27th anniversary shebang. You've had a few days to pull yourself up by your party bootstraps and get ready for another rocking block party. The Fourth Annual Artoberfest this Saturday will have 16 bands performing on two stages with 50 local arts and craft vendors on Lake Worth's J Street.

Sponsored by Aces High Tattoos, the event will feature an outdoor stage South of Lake Avenue and an indoor stage at Propaganda. With so many bands playing, it's impossible to see it all. But one thing's for sure, if bombastic psychedelica with a heavy helping of blues is your thing, then catch an act you might have missed at Respects amidst last weekend's 27 bands, Delray Beach duo the Violet West.

This boisterous two-piece consists of longtime friends who happen to both have been born in Bethesda Hospital in Boynton Beach. Drummer and vocalist Meghan Nevels and guitarist and vocalist Chase Issler met over coffee at Fort Lauderdale's Underground Coffeehaus. The two forged a strong musical union over mutual admiration for garage rock and experimentation. Nevels and Issler decided to become an official band in 2012, but it's only recently that their stripped-down rock truly came into its own.

This last July, the duo released its first bare bones yet totally clamorous debut EP. Affirming a love for all things retro, this eponymous effort was recorded on a four-track reel-to-reel tape recorder.

Violet West frontman Chase Issler tells us the all-analog album came to fruition during a one night bender at Reeltone Recordings' studio -- of which Issler is a founder with local sound engineer Rob Kingsley.

The two don't mind White Stripes comparisons that come their way and take it as a compliment. The group is currently working on wrapping up a vinyl release and putting the final touches on a full length. It's been performing nonstop across Palm Beach and Broward counties and blowing audiences away with a raw visceral barrage of sound. Be sure not to miss out when they perform at 6:30 p.m. on the Propaganda Stage.

Sample yourself a little primitive rawk here.

Violet West, performs 6:30 p.m. with the Drip Effect, Raggy Monster, the Goddamn' Hustle, the Pathetique, and many others, this Saturday October 11, at the Artoberfest Block Party, located at 6 South J St., Lake Worth. Starts at 2 p.m. and lasts until 2 a.m. Free until 8 p.m., then it's an $8 cover charge. VIsit

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