The Spin: Outloud Music Fest, 6/4 and 6/5/2021

Bully at Outloud Music Fest, 6/4/2021

Outloud Fest, held outside at the Main Event Parking Lot in June, was one of the first multi-day fests to return to Middle Tennessee, and it was the first in-person show many in the audience had seen in more than a year. Rock ’n’ roll champions Bully were pinch-hitting for Soccer Mommy, who had to cancel at the last minute, and it was an unusual and somewhat nerve-racking kind of first for Bully — not that we’d have known it before singer-guitarist Alicia Bognanno let the crowd in on the secret near the end of the set. This incarnation of the group (with Joey Howard on bass, Chappy Hull on guitar and Wes Mitchell on drums) was playing together for the first time. Bully didn’t show even a hint of hesitation, embracing the unpredictability of our modern times and ripping through favorites new and old to bring an end to 15 long months without the cathartic release of live music.

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