You’d think that after hours upon hours of indulging in free Jameson and constantly screaming “PRESS!!!!!!!” as I pushed through stubborn crowds that I’d be out of the game for good. Fear not — your favorite intern made it out alive, soul and camera in tact! I wanna give a quick shout out to Off the Rez — y’all helped sustain me through yesterday with your pulled pork frybread tacos!
Well, let’s get to it: Day 2. The Saturday lineup is the one that I’ve been looking forward to the most. You know the drill: we’ll start with favorite picks from the Times, and a few of my personal favorites*. Here’s where I’ll be Saturday:
Breaks and Swells | 6:45 pm @ Barboza
Local seven piece band Breaks and Swells delivers that retro-soul sound with beats that’ll have you dancing and swaying. This band has some amazing chemistry: with Marquetta Miller on vocals and horns, keyboard, bass, and guitar delivering those bluesy riffs, you’ll instantly find yourself feeling like you’re in another era.
Why I’ll be there: I’m excited to hear Breaks and Swells because they’re different from my usual repertoire, and I think they’ll create an amazing atmosphere against the glowing aura of the Barboza stage.
Star Slinger | 9:45 pm @ The Vera Stage*
Star Slinger is a Producer/DJ from the UK, taking influences from house and hip-hop, and even a hint of jazz, to breed his uniquely dreamy sound. You’ll find yourself dancing to these high energy, pumping beats and being mesmerized by the intense, complex layering all at once.
Why I’ll be there: I spent much of my freshman year of college laying around listening to Star Slinger with headphones on blast — his music always had something to match my many moods (I’m going to stop here because it’s starting to sound like a diary entry).
Chromeo | 11:00 pm @ The Main Stage*
Chromeo is Dave 1 (or David Machlovitch, brother of A-Trak who played at last year’s block party) and P-Thugg, a Canadian electro-funk duo that quickly became one of my favorite acts when I was younger. Combining keyboard, synthesizers, guitar, beats, and talk box, Chromeo has a unique funky sound that pushes past that “disco vibe,” and gives you some of those “feel-good summer vibes.”
Why I’ll be there: Because I’ve had a crush on David Macklovitch since I saw Chromeo play live at the Roseland Theatre when I was 16 (I said it). Besides that, Chromeo is timeless and I’m pretty sure anyone can find themselves getting down to their irresistible sound.
Also, a few shots from Friday: