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4th Annual LouFest Music Festival Comes To A Close – Day 1 Review

4th Annual LouFest Music Festival Comes To A Close – Day 1 Recap

Words and Pictures By Bradley Darby

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LouFest 2013 - Main Stage TBT

The Fourth Annual LouFest Music Festival has come to an end. This year’s installment featured the addition of a third stage and expanded festival grounds in the beautiful and seemingly never ending Forest Park in St. Louis. The stacked lineup mixed some of the hottest up and comers with some grizzled veterans that have many large shows already under their belts. This was my third experience at a LouFest Music Festival… and I could tell it was certainly larger in scale and attendance than previous years. Early reports were that the organizers were expecting as many as 15K people each day. Previous LouFest’s averaged around 8K over the two day span! The first thing I noticed upon arriving was that the parking situation was starting to get out of hand. Luckily we arrived a bit earlier on Saturday than we did on Sunday, so we lucked out and found a spot. More on that later…

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Upon arriving we exchanged our paper tickets for wristbands and we were in the gates within minutes! Security was very friendly and rather quick with their searches, which I certainly appreciated. Right as we entered, Jukebox the Ghost and Kentucky Knife Fight both began playing at opposite ends of the festival. We decided to make a lap and see where everything was… we ended up at the Schlafly Beer booth. From there we could hear Kentucky Knife Fight on the smallest of the stages, the BMI Stage. After indulging in a few beverages we went to set up shop for the first band on our list, J Roddy Walston & the Business.

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Originally from Tennessee, J Roddy Walston & the Business play straight forward rock and roll music. Their live show was incredibly energetic and transferred well from the few songs I had listened to pre festival. Their new album, Essential Tremors, is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, but they were selling advance copies at the festival which I found to be pretty cool.

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 LouFest 2013 - Trampled by Turtles

After aimlessly wandering around a bit more and meeting up with some friends, we headed back to the Bud Light Mainstage for our second featured show of the afternoon, Trampled by Turtles. Straight outta Minnesota, Trampled by Turtles is a band that I really should enjoy, they are about as in my music wheelhouse as it gets… but for some reason I have now watched them three times and I just can’t seem to get into them. I’m not saying the show wasn’t good, they sounded great and the majority of the crowd seemed to really be digging their modernized bluegrass sound. The rapid fire banjo and fiddle both played at machine gun speed were definitely  standouts… but I can’t pinpoint what it is about TBT that doesn’t allow me to get sucked in. Don’t let that stop you from checking them out. The crowd went absolutely bonkers when they broke out “Wait So Long” from 2010’s Palomino.

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 LouFest 2013 - Space Capone

It was now time for us to check out the band who wins my award for Best Band Name of LouFest… Nashville’s soulful funky 8 piece Space Capone. Invading the smallest of the three stages and playing against the very popular Ra Ra Riot, we chose to check this new group out and see what the Chipotle VIP lounge was all about at the same time. What it was about was some FREE tacos and bottled water! We sat in the shade while enjoying the music of Space Capone while catching a few minutes of the Mizzou game and eating free lunch before venturing stage front for a handful of songs. Space Capone is apparently the stage name of the lead singer, who can get down while working the crowd. Behind him you find seven other band members playing drums, horns, tambourines, keys, guitar and bass. Capone had a unique voice, one that took me a few songs to really accept. But by the end of his set I was feeling the soul/R&B/funkiness. They definitely had an Earth, Wind & Fire / George Clinton thing going on. Be sure to check out Space Capone, my pick for hidden gem of Day 1. Watch this video, it has a Michael Jackson vibe to it.

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 LouFest 2013 - Fitz and the Tantrums

After the 70’s dance party ended, we kept the funkiness going with Fitz & the Tantrums back on the main stage.  Another band that I had previously watched and found myself less than impressed with, Fitz & the Tantrums call the City of Angels home and play a modern brand of pop-soul music. A few years back they headlined one night of the Taste of St. Louis and I was not a fan. I still tease my girlfriend about making me watch them. Going into this one I was less than thrilled, but in all honestly they sounded a lot better this time around. The two part harmonies provided by Fitz and the strong winded Noelle Scaggs worked really well and everyone in the field was dancing or swaying around to the grooves.

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Next on our lineup card was Jim James, but with a bit of time to kill we decided to spend some time venturing around. LouFest featured a great selection of food vendors from a cast of mostly local establishments including Atomic Cowboy, Local Harvest and Mission Taco Joint. There was a rather small grouping of vendors set up and drinks were incredibly easy to find from any stage. The only downfall was that Schalfy Beer was only available at one stand, the Schlafly Brewtopia, and was on the far side of the grounds from the Forest Park Stage. Euclid Records had a tent set up to sell the artists CDs and vinyl while there was a separate merch booth for your LouFest branded merchandise as well as posters and t-shirts. You could also wait in line to meet certain artists and get your albums signed at the Euclid Tent.

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 LouFest 2013 - The National

We wandered over to check out some of The National, a band that no one in our group was excited to see, but we were all at least a little intrigued to see what we were missing. At this point you couldn’t get anywhere near the stages, so we just hung out towards the back of the crowd. The National featured what I would call the best stage design thus far with a large LED screen in the background that had been teasing us all day finally being utilized. I am not at all familiar with The National, and I won’t even pretend to know any of their songs… but I will say they sounded a lot better than I would have imagined. It was now time to go claim our spot for Jim James.

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Best known as the front man of My Morning Jacket, Jim James is on his own for this tour promoting his first full length solo album Regions of Light and Sound of God. Prior to James taking the stage his signature flying V guitar was mounted center stage… right at 7:30 the lights dimmed and out came Jim James in a suit with his long curly hair bouncing around as he prowled around the front of the stage to the opening notes of “State of the Art.” Finally the lonely guitar was played, while still on its stand. The set featured most of James’ newest album and also a peek at Jim James playing the saxophone during one song. This one wins the award for Best Show of LouFest in my opinion. The only downfall was that the set was limited to only an hour, but this was consistent with most of the lineup as only headliners received more than an hour and a few bands early each day received 45 minute sets.

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Day One ended in style as 2010 LouFest headliner, and Belleville born and raised, Jeff Tweedy came back to Forest Park and brought along his buddies that make up Wilco. If you have yet to see Wilco, I truly am sorry. A lot of people give Tweedy a lot of flack, but the man can straight up write songs and watching the live execution is a thing of beauty. The set opened with a pair of songs from 1996’s Being There, “Misunderstood” and “Forget the Flowers.” Other highlights of the set included an Uncle Tupelo song, “Give Back the Key to My Heart”, “I Might”, “Handshake Drugs”, “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” and “Heavy Metal Drummer.” In typical Wilco fashion, “Casino Queen” was featured near the end of the night before closing down LouFest Day One with “Hoodoo Voodoo.” Wilco proved yet again why they are one of the best live bands out there today. Make it a point to catch them at a more intimate venue next time you are given the chance. (Note: I didn’t get a decent picture of Wilco as we just posted up in the field… so instead of Wilco please enjoy this picture of some random dude that was in the zone rocking out on his keyboard while bands played on the stages in front of him. Rock on brother!)

This was yet another great LouFest and I look forward to the 2014 edition! They have found a truly beautiful place to hold the festival, but to come back to the parking dilemma I briefly discussed earlier, that is something that needs to be addressed. The Muny parking lot was being used and people were making their own spots wherever they damn well pleased. This led to an incredibly tight parking lot that was impossible to navigate with cars going every which direction and fighting over spots. Outside of that lot, there were numerous cars being ticketed all over the park for various reasons including creating their own spots, having 2” of their car over the yellow line, parking in wide open streets that were marked no parking for no apparent reason. If you want to draw 15,000 people a day there needs to be parking to accommodate those people. It took us an hour to find a legal parking spot on Sunday.  There were shuttle signs randomly around the park but I couldn’t find any other info on the shuttle service in the program that was passed out or near the signs stating it was a shuttle zone. I also never once saw a shuttle running.

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JIM JAMES

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LouFest 2013 - Alabama Shakes

ALABAMA SHAKES (Played Sunday)

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FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS

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SPACE CAPONE

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LouFest 2013 - Forest Park Stage Lit Up

FOREST PARK STAGE ILLUMINATED FOR JIM JAMES

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LouFest 2013 - The Killers

THE KILLERS (Played Sunday)

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LOUFEST 2013 Lineup Unveiled! Feat. The Killers, Wilco, Alabama Shakes, The National, Jim James, MORE! / Sept 7-8 / St. Louis

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LouFest returns for its 4th annual Summer festival taking place in Central Fields of Forest Park in St. Louis, MO. This year they have pushed the date back a few weeks from late August to early September, meaning we may luck out with highs near 95 instead of 106. But it is St. Louis, so there is also a chance of snow and somehow even a hurricane. This year we can also welcome the idea of expanding the festival to take up more of the beautiful (and under-utilized for this event) space in Forest Park, including for the first time a THIRD STAGE!!!

Last year’s festival was a great success despite less than stellar weather (it rained A LOT on Sunday afternoon/evening) and the Flaming Lips still managed to leave everyone happy (and wet/confetti covered) after a stellar two days of music. In addition to The Flaming Lips, last year’s installment featured Girl Talk, Dawes, Son Volt, Dinosaur Jr., Dr. Dog, and Little Barrie who have quickly become one of my favorite new-to-me bands in quite sometime. Aside from last years stellar lineup, previous festivals have featured She & Him, TV on the Radio, Broken Social Scene, Built to Spill and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco doing a solo set.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR 2012 PHOTO GALLERY

LouFest 2013 LOGO

THE 2013 LINEUP WILL FEATURE:

THE KILLERS

WILCO

THE NATIONAL

ALABAMA SHAKES

EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS

JIM JAMES

LOCAL NATIVES

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS

TORO Y MOI

TWIN SHADOW

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES

WALK THE MOON

RA RA RIOT

COURT YARD HOUNDS

ICONA POP

YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE

ROBERT DeLONG

JUKEBOX THE GHOST

WILD BELLE

THE MOWGLI’S

BRICK + MORTAR

DESERT NOISES

SPACE CAPONE

WILD CUB

J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS

ANDREA DAVIDSON

MODOC

THE LONELY BISCUITS

KENTUCKY KNIFE FIGHT

TEF POE

Visit the LouFest Official Website for all details and ticketing information

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          DAWES – 2012 LouFest                                                         FLAMING LIPS – 2012 LouFest

 

Wilco Hits Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon

Wilco Hits Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon

Wilco has had some 3 days.. This week of they played two back to back shows at Prospect Park in Brooklyn in the rain, and before they headlined a gig at Terminal 5 they stopped by 30 Rock to play a two songs for Jimmy Fallon, one being a web exclusive.  After watching this, the only question that remains is why this writer is typing this up instead of being on his way home from Terminal 5 right now after seeing Wilco. Anyway, we’ve got the videos for you below courtesy of NBC. Check it out:

Wilco- Art Of Almost

 

Wilco – Laminated Cat (AKA Not For the Season)

Wilco Summer 2012 US Tour Dates

Wilco Summer 2012 US Tour Dates

Wilco is going on tour this summer. They are going to play with some great support acts like Blitzen Trapper, Lee Ranaldo and Dr. Dog. They will probably yell at you if you bring a camera, cause Jeff Tweedy hates that shit. This is why our founder Reverend Justito does go and see Wilco live. That and the fact he is still bummed about the whole Jay Bennett thing. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go and check them out. Below you will find all the U.S. Tour Dates for the band as of April 10th, 2012.

Wilco Summer 2012 US Tour Dates:

05/10/12 – Fayetteville, AR/Arkansas Music Pavilion
05/11/12 – Birmingham, AL/Sloss Furnaces
05/12/12  – Jackson, MS/ Thalia Mara Hall
05/14/12 – Tampa, FL/ Morsani Hall
05/15/12  – Miami Beach, FL/ The Fillmore
05/16/12  – St. Augustine, FL/ St. Augustine Amphitheater
05/18-20/12  – Gulf Shores, AL/Hangout Music Festival
05/19/12  – Memphis, TN /Mud Island Amphitheatre
06/22/12  – Morrison, CO/Red Rocks Amphitheatre (w/ Punch Brothers)
06/23/12  – Morrison, CO/ Red Rocks Amphitheatre (w/ Dr. Dog)
06/25/12  – Salt Lake City, UT/ Red Butte Garden (w/ Blitzen Trapper)
06/26/12  – Boise, ID/ Idaho Botanical Garden (w/ Blitzen Trapper)
06/28/12  – Missoula, MT/ Big Sky Brewery (w/ Blitzen Trapper)
07/01/12  – Duluth, MN/ Bayfront Festival Park (w/ Blitzen Trapper)
07/02/12  – Rochester, MN/ Mayo Civic Center Auditorium (w/ Blitzen Trapper)
07/03/12 – Davenport, IA/Adler Theatre
07/07/12  – Sioux City, IA/Saturday in the Park
07/08/12  – Geneva, IL/ Fifth Third Bank Ballpark (w/ Andrew Bird)
07/15/12  – Louisville, KY/ Forecastle Festival
07/17/12 – Vienna, VA/Wolf Trap
07/18/12 – Vienna, VA/Wolf Trap
07/19/12 – Charlottesville, VA/nTelos Pavilion (w/ Lee Ranaldo)
07/21/12 – Camden, NJ/ XPoNential Festival
07/23/12 – Brooklyn, NY/Celebrate Brooklyn/Prospect Park (w/ Lee Fields & The Expressions)
07/24/12 – Brooklyn, NY/Celebrate Brooklyn/Prospect Park (w/ Lee Ranaldo)
07/27/12  – Newport, RI/ Newport Folk Festival
07/28/12  – Cooperstown, NY/ Brewery Ommegang (w/ Lee Ranaldo)
07/29/12  – Essex Junction, VT/ Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo (w/ Lee Ranaldo)
07/31/12  – North Adams, MA/ MASS MoCA
08/01/12  – Hartford, CT/ The Bushnell (w/ Lee Ranaldo)
08/03/12  – Rochester, NY/ Highland Bowl (w/ Lee Ranaldo)
08/04/12 – Columbus, OH/LC Pavilion (w/ Lee Ranaldo)
09/30/12 – Los Angeles, CA/ Hollywood Bowl

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avu45F0hqSo

Hangout Festival Returns to Gulf Shores for 2012 with Stellar Lineup!

What: Hangout Music Festival 2012

Where: Gulf Shores, Alabama

When: May 18 – 20

Why:  Hangout 2011 featured a diverse lineup including Paul Simon, The Foo Fighters, Primus, The Black Keys, Girl Talk, Avett Brothers, Widespread Panic, and The Flaming Lips.

Well the folks planning the only festival featuring white sandy beaches and palm trees out there have done it again with a fantastic early 2012 lineup coming out in waves via Facebook this evening.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Dave Matthews Band •Jack White
String Cheese Incident (performing two sets)
Wilco •Skrillex •The Flaming Lips perform Dark Side of the Moon
Dispatch •Steve Winwood •CHRIS CORNELL •STS9
Gogol Bordello •Michael Franti & Spearhead •Mac Miller •Flogging Molly
Coheed & Cambria •Paul Oakenfold •G. Love and Special Sauce
Randy Newman •Dr. Dog •Young The Giant •Cage the Elephant •Dawes •Alabama Shakes
M. Ward •YelaWolf •Switchfoot •Julian Marley •Zeds Dead •Mavis Staples •Shpongle •Gary Clark JR •Rebelution Allen Stone •Big Freedia •The Devil Makes Three •Paper Diamond •Futurebirds •Hey Rosetta! •Sleeper Agent THE LUMINEERS •ARCHNEMESIS •Tribal Seeds •Rich Aucoin •Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns

Added 03/12/12 – Kaskade, Umphrey’s McGee, Delta Spirit, Heartless Bastards, Greyboy Allstars & Givers

 

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 10th and start around $200 for 3 days. For complete details, visit http://www.hangoutmusicfest.com/

Wilco Pays Conan O’Brien a Visit

Wilco Pays Conan O’Brien a Visit

We like Wilco. However Wilco does not like fans with cameras, something about ruining the experience. So it’s rare that we go see the band live. Well that and the fact we are still not big enough to get a photo pass from Mr. Tweedy. Rev did write this back when Jay died. Anyways, let’s just get to the reason you came to this post, you want to watch Wilco rock the Warner Bros. lot in beautiful Burbank, CA as musical guest to one Conan O’Brien and his late night show. Enjoy.

Sasquatch! Festival – Monday 5/30/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre

Sasquatch! Festival – Monday 5/30/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre

Review, pictures and video from thenaturalstoner

 

Monday morning was a little bittersweet.  Of course we started with a morning drink, but Mr. Sparkly was already gone for a couple days and Phishbeard was unable to stay for one last blow out, so I rocked Monday at the Gorge solo.  I had company from our neighbors of course, and the day turned out to be a total success.  I got to meet an artist I really like, we had some crazy weather, and some totally awesome tunes made the last day of Sasquatch! 2011 one to remember!

I went into the venue solo, but eventually met up with my Calgary crew in time to see Chromeo on the Main Stage.  I saw a couple Noah & the Whale songs on my way down to the Chromeo set, and they sounded good.  Unfortunately there was no time to waste before my show and I couldn’t stay.

I just want to say that Chromeo was easily the best act on the Main Stage all day, although Sharon Jones gave them a run for their money.  After watching the Coachella webcast, I was determined to see this performance.  It was quite an odd placement at 2:45 in the afternoon but the Gorge boogied as hard as it had all weekend.  Of all the 45 minute sets, this one was easily my favorite of the four days. “I-WANT-MY-CHROMEO”

Guided by Voices was next and the crowd really thinned out. Odd planning there.  The reunion tour was fun for some, but many in the crowd decided it was time to check out other acts.  After a few songs I left and saw one White Denim song (wish I had seen more) on my way to watch Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings close on the floor.

Sharon Jones brought the HEAT to the Gorge.  Her energy is amazing and she had that crowd on its feet from the very first second she was on the stage up until she left one hour later.  I took the opportunity afterwards to go to the meet and greet and say hello.  Sharon was very gracious and I got a picture, a kiss on the cheek, and the chance to ask her about signing with my favorite band Phish.  It was a great moment for me.  She also got a fan out of the crowd and danced and sang with him on stage during her set!

I had to sacrifice Best Coast to catch almost all of Rodrigo y Gabriela, who was amazing.  This is one band that turned me into a little bit of a fan, and Gabriela kicks ass!  The first poor weather (except for the wind) began during this set as rain would start to come down.  Some thought it added an element of fun to the set and were tired of baking in the heat for four days, so it wasn’t all bad.  After Rodrigo y Gabriela the weather did take a little twist, as we were greeted to many lightning blasts during The Decemberists and Wilco.

The Decemberists were a lot of fun, pretty darn good actually.  I like these Portland, Oregon folks a lot and their set did not disappoint.  I equate them to Iron and Wine, and I thought The Decemberists set was more fun.  They opened with The Infanta and played many that I like.  I remember Down by the Water, The Crane Wife 3 and others standing out and they finished with a fun version of The Mariner’s Revenge Song, a perfect song for the Pacific Northwest.  The Decemberists said this was their last show for awhile, so I hope you saw them when you could.  The weather got worse, not rain but lightning, during the set and got especially nasty for a little while before Wilco came out.  I thought there was a chance the storm would go right over us, but we were spared!

I had a dilemma all day, a few days actually, about what to do with the Wilco/Major Lazer conflict.  I didn’t want a repeat of the Sleigh Bells miss earlier in the week, but there was potential for Wilco to be amazing, and I certainly didn’t want to miss that.  So I did what I ended up thinking was near perfect, and watched the first few Wilco songs, busted over for one quick Deerhunter song (it was cool too, I think I missed something good there), and then saw the last 45 minutes of Major Lazer before returning to the floor for the end of Wilco and the Festival.

Major Lazer was crazy.  All that I had imagined and a little more.  I don’t love this style of music, but they have insane energy and the party up in the Banana Shack was undeniable. Thank goodness I saw most of this set, as it was FUN.  Lasers, crazy dancing, people having a blast and the dude on stage jumping from a ladder into the crowd (and other antics) made this set great!  I wouldn’t mind going to another Major Lazer party, that’s for sure. “I love it here in Washington! I don’t ever want to leave. Will someone let me stay in their basement!?!” he said.  A dance party with tons of chicks from the crowd up on stage and only the second collaboration I saw all weekend ended the set. Skrillex came out and they performed a demo that they have been working on (first time ever played) and the set ended with everyone in the crowd pumped!

After Lazer, the end of the Festival was near, and that was a bit sad.  I headed down to Wilco, ran back into my Calgary buddies which was awesome, and finished the set with just Calgary Phil and I being the last of our crew there.  The Wilco set was fun enough, it didn’t convert me into a fan like Modest Mouse did the night before, but the jams were cool and it seemed like a good way to close the show.  Phil and I walked back to the Campground, had one of the funniest conversations of my life along the way, and then drank some beers before officially calling Sasquatch quits.  The next morning came, camp was broken down, emails exchanged and goodbyes were said for all.

I’d like to personally thank Sasquatch! 2011 for being an epic blast and I hope next years lineup makes me want to go the whole three (or four?) days again.

 

Random Notes:

In some of the worst scheduling I have ever seen, Chromeo had the largest crowd all day on the Main Stage and got stuck with the 2:45-3:30 spot.  Once they left so did the crowd.  The floor was EMPTY for Guided by Voices who followed.

In lame joke of the weekend news: Jeff Tweedy, after egging the crowd on to throw as many glowsticks as possible at him (and I am paraphrasing): “You all suck! That’s probably why the Mariners are so bad too. Ohhh low blow, sorry.”

Sharon Jones is epic.

I heard the Skrillex set up in the Banana Shack was one of the best. Bummer to miss that. Also bummed to miss Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

I will see you again Sasquatch!!!!!!!

 

Monday Video of the Day:

With a cameo from Phil at the 1:50 mark!

 

Monday Video list:

Chromeo – Banter and You’re So Gangsta

Chromeo – Out of Sight

Chromeo – Tenderoni

Guided by Voices – Over the neptune-Mesh Gear Fox (A Rock Anthem)

Noah & the Whale – Blue Skies

Rodrigo y Gabriela – 5-30-11 – Sasquatch Festival – The Gorge

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – I Learned the Hard Way

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – If You Call

The Decemberists – Calamity Song

The Decemberists – The Mariners Revenge Song – Encore

Wilco – Bull Black Nova

Sasquatch! Festival 2011 Preview – The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA

Sasquatch! Festival 2011 Preview

By thenaturalstoner

It’s hard to believe that out of over 100 bands performing at this years Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre, I have only seen two.  I go to a lot of concerts, and like a lot of these bands, so it’s really freaking odd to me that I have only seen the Old 97’s (at an old Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, approx. 10 years ago) and Sharon Jones, although I didn’t see her with the Dap-Kings, only as a backup performer to Phish at their legendary Festival 8.  With that said there are some amazing acts this year, and as always, Sasquatch! is plum full of up and coming bands we will all love in 2-3 years.  This preview will look at my favorite acts I am looking forward to, and why.  There are lots of different reasons that these bands appear on this list, and after the Festival I am sure some of my favorite sets from the event won’t be any of these listed, but these are the top bands I am most looking forward to seeing perform live (ALL for the first time!).

 


10. Flogging Molly: While “celtic punk rock” isn’t my favorite genre, it certainly jumps up big on the list after a few cold beers.  So Sunday night’s Flogging Molly set on the Main Stage at the Gorge should be epic (so should The Flaming Lips and Modest Mouse to follow on the Main Stage-what a way to start the night!).

9. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: As mentioned above, I have seen Sharon Jones once before, backing up Phish at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. This will be a nice treat seeing her with her own band. Sharons throwback funk/soul sound gets me going every time and her voice is amazing.

8. The Decembrists: I will admit, an ex-girlfriend got me into this band. Usually the kiss of death, but I have always kind of liked their sound (their 2011 album The King is Dead is a lot of fun) and these guys will be great at the Gorge.

7. Chromeo: When the initial Sasquatch! lineup was announced, I asked concertconfessions own Rev. Justito to give me some names of bands to check out that I might not be familiar with. I’m pretty sure Chromeo was on his list because they made it onto my iPod, but after a couple listens it really wasn’t for me. However, I decided to give their recent Coachella Festival webcast a chance, and after watching the ENTIRE set, this Prince-meets-Devo funky pop band is something I am really excited about seeing. I can only imagine the dance party that awaits.

 

6. Modest Mouse: The great Northwests own Modest Mouse, returning to Sasquatch! for a night for the ages.  Sunday nights headliner is a band that I like (not love), but maybe that will change as this will be my first Modest Mouse show.  I have heard their concerts can be hit or miss, especially these days, but I have to think the Sunday night magic of Sasquatch! will leave the Gorge Amphitheatre in awe.

5. Bassnectar: Dubstep, a genre I am a total noob about, is intriguing to me. And Bassnectar is one of the best blowing up right now.  After hearing about the legendary glow stick wars (that supposedly put my band Phish’s to shame) and seeing some YouTube clips, I have a sneaking suspicion that this late night set could be one of the best of the entire Festival.

4. Iron & Wine: Another ex-girlfriend introduction for me, but I thank her greatly for it.  Iron & Wine (traditionally a one man band, but I have heard he sometimes tours with a group) is one of my favorite mellow “rock” acts.  The Main State of the Gorge will be a perfect setting for a Saturday night dusk time set and the new album is super, so the tunes should be great.

3. J. Mascis: The front man for legendary alternative band Dinosaur Jr. will be at Sasquatch! performing a solo set.  J.’s past solo performances are great and his latest all-acoustic album “Several Shades of Why” is fantastic.  This will be a small side stage act not to be missed!  I think I just pee’d my pants a little thinking about it.

2. The Flaming Lips: Not sure how I have not seen this band before, but am SUPER excited for this set.  The Lips will be performing their 1999 epic “The Soft Bulletin” in its entirety, plus other additional songs to follow.  I’ve been told a Flaming Lips show can be life changing, so Sunday May 29th may be my last “normal” day as thenaturalstoner.

1. Foo Fighters: The first band announced for this years Festival is the one I am looking forward to the most.  Nirvana was always my favorite band growing up, and to have the opportunity to see Dave Grohl and Pat Smear play together will rock my mind and soul.  Nirvana Bassist Krist Novoselic performed on the Foos new album “Wasting Light” (as did Huskur Du’s own Bob Mould, also at the Sasquatch! Fest), so who knows, maybe a Nirvana reunion will rock Central Washington in May.  Regardless, this is one set I have been looking forward to for months on end.  I had the chance to see the Foos only one other time, also at the Gorge with Kool Keith and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and some mishaps along the way caused me to miss the show.  That will NOT happen this time.

 

 

Just missing the cut: Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Washington state hip-hop represent!), Bob Mould, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Trailer Park Boys, Reggie Watts, Wilco.

Things I am pissed about:  J. Mascis and Chromeo only scheduled for 45 minutes; The Decemberists, Iron and Wine and Bassnectar only scheduled for an hour; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings scheduling conflict.

So that’s my list.  The best part about Festivals, especially 4 day long ones, is that your list will differ greatly from mine.  I can’t wait to check these bands out (plus 90 others!) and report back on who was amazing and who failed to live up to expectations.  George, Washington, here we come!!!

For those who can’t make it – NPR will be broadcasting live from the festival all weekend long.

Sasquatch! Festival 2011 Full Lineup:

Friday, May 27

Foo Fighters

Death From Above 1979

Against Me!

Biffy Clyro

Rival Schools

The Bronx

Bob Mould

Saturday, May 28

Death Cab For Cutie

Bright Eyes

Iron & Wine

Bassnectar

Robyn

Pink Martini

Wolf Parade

Local Natives

Matt & Kim

Trailer Park Boys

Sleigh Bells

The Thermals

Jenny & Johnny

The Head & The Heart

K-os

The Radio Dept.

The Antlers

Sharon Van Etten

Aloe Blacc

The Secret Sisters

Wye Oak

J. Mascis

Tig Notaro

Alberta Cross

Seattle Rock Orchestra

Washed Out

Dan Mangan

The Globes

Rebecca Gates & The Consortium

Pepper Rabbit

DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid

Matt McCarthy

The Glitch Mob

Sunday, May 29

Modest Mouse

The Flaming Lips

Flogging Molly

Cold War Kids

Ratatat

MSTRKRFT

Yeasayer

Beach House

Flying Lotus

Tokyo Police Club

Fitz & The Tantrums

Archers of Loaf

City and Colour

Reggie Watts

Gayngs

Tim Minchin

The Drums

Sam Roberts Band

Villagers

The Moondoggies

Smith Westerns

Das Racist

Wheedle’s Groove

S. Carey

Typhoon

Gold Panda

Cotton Jones

Mad Rad

Basia Bulat

Other Lives

Talkdemonic

DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid

Hari Kondabolu

Monday, May 30

Wilco

The Decemberists

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Old 97’s

Chromeo

Guided By Voices

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Deerhunter

Major Lazer

Skrillex

The Scott Aukerman & Paul F. Tompkins Show

!!!

Best Coast

Surfer Blood

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Bonobo (DJ Set)

Young the Giant

Stornoway

Black Mountain

Noah & The Whale

Wavves

GIVERS

Twin Shadow

Foster the People

White Denim

Axis of Awesome

Jaill

White Arrows

Head Like A Kite

The Young Evils

DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid

Sasquatch Festival 2011 Set To Rock George, WA

Sasquatch Festival 2011 Set To Rock George, WA

As we reported late last year, the Sasquatch Music Festival is set to return to the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA. As we already reported, Foo Fighters will be headlining one of the four nights. Also on the bill are Modest Mouse, Death Cab For Cutie, The Flaming Lips and a lot more. Four day passes are on sale now and single day tickets will go on sale on Feb 14th.. For all the details on this festival (which we hope to have our very own Thenaturalstoner attend) please click here.

Remembering Wilco’s Jay Bennett

Days before my 18th Birthday, my Mother took me to San Francisco for an event dubbed Sky Concert by local radio station KFOG.  As mobility challenged Red Cross Volunteer, she needed my help to haul all of the supplies to and from the First Aid station she would run at the event.  While I would like to say the reason that I agreed was to help my Mother, truthfully I went to check out an exciting new band I had recently discovered.  The band was Wilco, and they were touring in support of the just released double disc “Being There”.

 

After a less than spectacular set by a band called Odds, I managed to catch the Wilco set across the park on a separate stage and was blown away.  After the band wrapped up their set, I wandered around the park where the festival was held and quickly grew bored.  About two hours after Wilco’s late afternoon set, I found myself sitting on a wall, playing with a Yo-Yo that some dotcom used as a promotional item (both the Yo-Yo and the dotcom are long gone at this point in time).  It was right around then when things got interesting.

 

I don’t believe I had even put two and two together that I was sitting on this wall next to a row of tour buses.  I was a bit shocked when one of them opened up and Jay Bennett of Wilco walked out with a case of beer.  He jumped up on the wall, declared I looked bored and offered me an ice cold Heineken.  Knowing that it would be rude to turn him down, I took the beer and thanked him kindly (despite the fact I was not a big drinker at this point in my life).

 

For about 30 minutes or so, we talked about Wilco (he was curious as to what I thought, as he saw me rocking out up front.  I was after all wearing a Spamburger Hamburger shirt), my high school, girls etc.  For a kid who lived in San Francisco, I sure had not run into many starts at that point, and to say I was star struck was a huge understatement.  I think I played it pretty cool, but then again, I probably didn’t.  The amazing thing was that he truly seemed to care about what I thought.  He asked about school, girls, really seemed to want to know me.  He was kind enough to share some road stories, but really the focus on me.  To this day, I don’t know why, but he sure made me feel special.

 

Last night when I read that Jay had passed at the age of 45, a tear ran down my cheek.  I hate when people get all upset when a celebrity dies, but I couldn’t help myself.  For years now, I have thought about that magical afternoon in San Francisco.  17 and drinking beers with the band (ok a member of the band) was a pretty big event for me at that point in time.  As the years have passed, I have met many members of many bands and have had some epic times.  However, as they say you always remember your first, and Jay was mine.

 

RIP Mr. Bennett, I know you are now in a better place.  I know you have suffered over the past few years, but you are now free of pain.  Thanks for taking the time to make the day of a 17 year old kid.  It may have been just another day to you, but for me it meant everything.

 

 

 


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