Monday, May 28, 2012

Sasquatch Day Three: Ballin On A Budget

Whew, what a day. Started off with a little writing as I took the morning off to bring you up to speed on the prior days activities. It was going to be another full day with Fly Moon Royalty, Spac3man, and Dyme Def on the Maine Stage. Then Deer Tick and Little Dragon on the Bigfoot Stage and closing out with Beirut and Bon Iver on the Sasquatch Stage.
Fly Moon Royalty is an Electro-Soul duo from Seattle comprised of Action Jackson and Adra Boo. They are extremely dope, unfortunately I was in the zone writing and uploading photos that I totally lost track of time. I did catch the last five minutes or so, and with a stage full of go-go dancers, I was sorry I missed the whole show. Check out their bandcamp for a new FreeEP and cop their album.
Spac3man, however, I did not miss. When I got to the stage I noticed that they had put up a fence between the stage and crowd, something that was not there the day before. This, I thought, would put a damper on Spac3's performance. Much of his live show is spent interacting with the crowd. Not just interacting but actually being IN the crowd. He did his thing on stage then, in typical Spac3man fashion, he made his way into the crowd. Surrounded by a raucous group of festival goers, Spac3 got the whole crowd jumping and singing along with him. I was impressed. Then again, that is what I have come to expect from Spac3man. You can check out and get some of his music here.
Next up on the Maine Stage was Dyme Def. Dyme is no virgin to performing at Sasquatch, having performed here once before in 2008. Call it a homecoming if you will. The trio of Brainstorm, S.E.V, and Fearce were definitely up to the task and had a couple of little surprises in store for the Sasquatch crowd. They performed tracks from Space Music, Sex Tape, and the recently released Yuk The World. There is never a dull moment with Dyme Def that's for sure. Surprise number one: they got a girl a date to prom. She sent them a message on Facebook and asked them if they would as her boyfriend to prom at their Sasquatch show and they obliged. Awwww, how sweet. Congrats and have fun to the happy couple. Surprise number two: a secret show with the Red Bull truck at 12:30am in the middle of the campground. I think there were just as many people, if not more, at that show. Both shows were crazy. After the secret show, people were climbing on the truck, rocking it, and chanting "one more song". That shit was crazy.
I then hopped over to the Bigfoot Stage to catch Deer Tick on the recommendation of a buddy. I'm glad I did. They were surprisingly awesome. I'm told they are from Rhode Island but they claim to be from all over the east coast. You know a show is going to be good when the lead singer starts by saying, "I started drinking early today cause we had a lot of media shit to do today". Awesome. Deer Tick has been labeled as country, folk, rock-n-roll. They rocked our faces off yesterday. The highlight was another MCA/Beastie Boys tribute as they performed "Fight For Your Right". I wish I could have recorded it for everyone, that shit was incredible. As if The Beastie Boys didn't smack you in the face enough with that, Deer Tick took it one level higher. Check them out.
After a little break and some sustenance we hit Beirut on the Sasquatch Stage. They were alright. I was surprised to recognize the horns on one of their songs though. Those of you from Seattle may know a couple guys by the name of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. If you do, then you may know a little song called "Irish Celebration"...yep you get it. This is where Ryan Lewis got the sample. I was totally tripped out.
The night closed out with Little Dragon and Bon Iver, both of which were good. Little Dragon is a Swedish Electronic band with a Japanese female singer, how awesome is that? I mean, it's not really my cup of tea but it was cool to see once. Bon Iver, on the other hand, wasn't bad at all. They definitely brought the tempo waaaay almost asleep in the cold down. They were good though, and lead singer Justin Vernon seems like a personable guy. I mean you know how everyone says the same things and sounds the same on stage, well he does that too only you feel like he really means it.
One more day to go, Happy Memorial Day everyone. Today is Gary Clark Jr, Katie Kate, Don't Talk To The Cops, Fresh Espresso, Shabazz Palaces, Tenacious D, and Beck! Oh and apparently Deer Tick is stepping for someone who couldn't make it and it going to do a set of all covers. Yessss! Holla...

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