Stoner Hands of Doom Announces 25th Anniversary Lineup for Aug. 17

Founded in 1999 and helmed by Robert and Cheryl Levey, the Stoner Hands of Doom Festival was put to rest following its 2013 edition. A 20-year celebration took place as the pre-show for Maryland Doom Fest in 2019, which was a fitting time and place, and the city of Frederick — which hosted a few crucial years of SHoD at Krug’s Place — will likewise serve as the backdrop as the Leveys and a cast of festival-veteran players and bands mark the event’s 25th anniversary this August.

Cafe 611, which is also the main hub for the Maryland Doom Fest that has come to inherit a lot of the spirit of SHoD while forging its own place in the annals of the Chesapeake regional underground, will host the nine-band all-dayer on Aug. 17. No poster yet — hence the logo below — and no word on ticket price or on-sale date or anything like that, but I’m sure those details will surface in the weeks to come, and with Valkyrie and Solace topping the bill backed by Mythosphere and Indianapolis’ reignited Devil to Pay for a true then-and-now feel, there’s plenty of reason to keep an eye out. I don’t know that I’ll make it down for the show, but I have fond memories of SHoD (plus some embarrassing ones) and know damn well this will be a good day.

Cheryl Levey posted the following on social media:

stoner hands of doom logo

Hey everyone we’ve got the lineup finalized finally

Saturday August 17th
Club 611
Frederick Md

Stoner Hands of Doom 25th anniversary!

Devil to Pay
After the sun
Crows Eye

9 bands – all have members who have played at least one previous SHoD!

Many of you know that Robert Levey and I did the first SHoD Fest in 1999 – we plan to have a party on August 17 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of that first show.

Valkyrie, Live at SHoD X in 2009

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