Wow, what can I say….this was my first coverage of a festival. This was put on by local radio station X96(KXRK, www.x96.com) to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The line-up included headliners Flogging Molly and Hollywood Undead. Being that I shot photos for each performer, I wasn’t able to catch full sets of anyone. BUT, needless to say, Flogging Molly showed up and took possession of the indoor stage like they always do-large, loud, and proud. Lead singer Dave King commanded the stage, which when surrounded by a rather large band of six other members, is a feat in itself. The band opened up with crowd-favorite “The Likes of You Again”, and immediately the audience surged to the front of the stage.
Flogging Molly continued on with two more songs, Swagger and Speed of Darkness(title track from the new album) before I exited the photo pit. The lighting for the show was perfect, the crowd-unruly and amped as usual, and good times were had by all.
Also headlining Cinco de X was Hollywood Undead. I had the pleasure of meeting the Undead gentlemen before the show for a little fan BBQ. Winners of a contest were granted a meet and greet with the band, including a little taste of Mexican fare. The gents were kind, and signed items for the eager fans, ate, and mingled with us. Later when they took the stage, masks and all, I was blown away. These fellows really know how to perform. Masks, equipped with lights from these monolithic figures on stage, and the power of the vocals really got my attention. The band opened with their hit “Undead”, which I found myself singing along to as I shot photos of the boys, doing what they do best. They also played at the same time Flogging Molly was on, so I had to bounce back and forth. I grabbed some shots of them on the outdoor stage.
The festival also had seven other performers, including Middle Class Rut, 10 Years, New Medicine, and Drive A. Other mentionables were gypsy-style group Drowning Men, local act Brogan Kelby, and Drive A. Some shots of each are included. All in all, this festival had a great mix of artists and a pleasant crowd. Great venue and a great time!