The second smaller stage is in the Constellation room. At peak band levels it gets super packed. You feel like you are in the most crowded house or warehouse show ever. A more intimate room with a higher chance of a sweaty body pushing against you or a shoe swinging into your face from an random crowd surfer.
Now don't think because these shows are indoors that they are for wusses. While crowds at FYF may have to handle dust storms and sunburns, the sheer amount of bodies during any Burgerama show makes the atmosphere in the Observatory feel like the amazon. You also tend to get caught up in a sea of people as tides flow from one stage to the next. Much needed escapes from the musical mayhem can be found outside in the barbecue area or at one of two bars or meeting the performers in the upstairs merch area.
Burgerama is a compact, concentrated immersion into indie rock for all ages. Demographically it skews younger overall than other such shows. Maybe it is the relatively low cost. Maybe it is because the bulk of the bands are shiny beacons of the DIY ethic. Maybe it is because Burgerama more than many other indie festivals introduce us to some bands that other festivals pass on. There is a sense that things will happen on these two stages that will influence young bands who are in the audience or will inspire some in the audience to start bands. It feels not so much like a proving ground as a musical breeding ground. If you haven't been to Burgerama I implore you to go and soak it all in. I bet you will be back next year, and the year after that. Check out some performances from years past below.
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BURGERAMA 3- SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2014
BURGERAMA 3 - SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014