With the sun finally making an appearance, day two was far more conducive for outdoor drinking…and, of course, watching more live music. On the subject outdoor drinking…All Rise Brewing Company sold an excellent pale ale (Wonder Beer) and blonde ale (Dizzy Blond) throughout the weekend for $7. Good stuff.
Punk legends, The Buzzcocks played a frenetic 10 song, 30 minute set to a sizable sun-drenched crowd. Playing heavily from their earlier albums, the band never seemed to take a breath as they rattled song after song. And 59-year-old Pete Shelley still has his showman skills at his disposal. I just wished their set was longer.
The South African rave-rap duo Die Antwoord show off their brand of theatrics to a very receptive crowd. Yolandi Visser’s surreal voice only bolsters Die Antwoord’s growing cult following. They are certainly a weird group, which no doubt adds to their appeal, but they have tangible energy that is definitely contagious. Entertaining set.
The Afghan Whigs, promoting a new album Do to the Beast (their first in 16 years), had an excellent 45 minute set. Greg Dulli’s voice sounded rested and powerful especially during their new lead single “Algiers.” And they even played “Debonair” of their classic Gentleman album, which they reissued a few years back. It was good to finally see the band play live.
The Wu-Tang Clan brought out one of the bigger crowds of the weekend as fans were eager to throw up the “Wu” symbol throughout their set. Playing nearly all the crowd pleasers from their classic 36 Chambers album like “C.R.E.A.M”, “Bring the Ruckus”, and “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit” Wu-Tang earned the crowd’s attention with precision. They also did an interesting take with The Beatles’ “Come Together,” which melded well with their set. Gotta love Wu-Tang…
The Flaming Lips possibly had the greatest stage setup out of any band during the weekend. After losing power during the beginning of their set due to a cannon shot of confetti, the crowd seemingly aww’ed in unison. But after some quick troubleshooting, DIY front man Wayne Coyne brought his psychedelic rock to the masses and mesmerized much of he crowd with his intricate lighting set-up. “The plastic bubble” also made an appearance during the show, which allowed Wayne his traditional “body surf” moment with his fans. The band’s final song was appropriately a trippy rendition of The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” which cemented an excellent set for the band.
Day two was a success.
What did day three bring…