Staff picks for Friday at ComFest 2011

The Ferals

2:45 p.m. Friday, Off-Ramp Stage

If you feel like ComFest is lacking in fearless, dirty rock 'n' roll bands this year, you're not alone. Those lucky enough to get work off Friday afternoon have the privilege of thrashing about to The Ferals, a Columbus garage rock supergroup that has more than lived up to expectations. A Brainbow-backed Lara Yazvac destroying Zep's "Since I've Been Loving You" was a highlight of ComFest '09 (look it up on YouTube). Cross your fingers for more such magic this time out. -Chris DeVille

Old Hundred

3:30 p.m. Friday, Off-Ramp Stage

The quintet of alt-folk maestros mixes Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young vocal harmonies with jangling front porch banjo/guitar rock sure to get your heels tapping. Friday boasts a stellar lineup on the Off-Ramp Stage, and no band is better suited for sipping a beer and starting ComFest off right. -Jesse Tigges

The Bastard Sons of Neptune

4:55 p.m. Friday, Bozo Stage

The god of the sea's illegitimate children play instrumental surf rock reminiscent of The Ventures, whose 1960 hit "Walk Don't Run" The Bastard Sons play as an excellent cover. Granted there are no waves to catch near Goodale Park, but this fun music is best served with a beer outside in the summer sun. -Jackie Mantey

Alleyes Path & Envelope

7:15 p.m. & 8 p.m. Friday, Off-Ramp Stage

These two acts performing back-to-back is a one-two knockout of Columbus' best hip-hop. Alleyes Path swirls dank, eclectic beats around lickety-split smooth rhymes reminiscent of Bobby Digital (aka RZA) at his finest. Envelope earned radio play for the Ohio reppin' hit "Day Dream Nation," but his "Shark Bolt" LP and live act proves this dude's skills extend way beyond just one single. -Jesse Tigges

The Town Monster

9:15 p.m. Friday, Off-Ramp Stage

If you don't know The Town Monster yet, come get baptized in electro-rock goodness. Dirty Gary Numan synth hooks abound, and the trio crafts delightfully noisy symphonies that are impossibly dancey. With a prime Friday night slot, expect a well-lubed crowd and the party of the night. - Brad Keefe

MojoFlo

9:55 p.m. Friday, Bozo Stage

Few bands are more deserving of a main stage headlining slot than MojoFlo. These guys and gal do it all, and they've been doing it everywhere, even hitting the road for a few weeks to bring their funk/soul/blues/jazz/R&B/hip-hop party to America at large. And it's not like they take their feet off the gas when they're in Columbus. MojoFlo keeps blasting away on stage several nights a week and even rehearses on their off nights. They work hard, and it shows. -Chris DeVille