Wakarusa 2015 has already gone down as the hottest... at least, that's what I've been told. With temperatures popping up into the 90s, ice and water are at a premium. Batteries, too
We pick up this dispatch with Thursday evening, down at Satellite Stage, where the sun set earlier and electronic dance music is the theme of the night.
|The crowd started to gather Thursday night before Goldroom.|
|The crowd was... diverse.|
|I caught this shot of Josh Legg, aka Goldroom, during soundcheck. I think he posed.|
|Once he got into his show, the sunglasses came off and he jammed right along with|
the throng of dancers out front. He's adorkable.
|People of all ages seemed to really dig the set. Goldroom's exposure on Sirius|
XM Chill certainly hasn't hurt his carryover with more mature audiences.
|The beauty of Satellite Stage is the way the wooded area along the hill funnels|
the music upward. There are no bad seats, or hammocks, in this house.
|Goldroom's set is the first I have danced to for its entire length... in years. It wore|
me out. My plans to hike out of the hollow were put on hold for me to rehydrate
and relax, eat a can of pears and drink some cold coffee.
|That gave me the chance to hear Conspirator, though it took them quite a while|
to get going. Love the laptop cover here... apparently Boba Fett loves a slushie.
|Once they got going, Conspirator's heavy drums and guitars fell onto laid down|
tracks. They had quite a following, including a crowd from Maine and from Boston.
|This crowd was entranced. And as the light left the sky, the lanterns lit up and|
the crowd brought out every sort of light devices of their own.
|While I was downhill, Grav was up top at Main Stage for Umphrey's McGee.|
|Their jam lasted quite a while... I could hear it when I reached camp and was|
able t enjoy it late into the night.
|Grav caught the Lotus puppet from the Astral Gypsies in the crowd. You'll|
see it bobbing about in the video below for STS9, later.
|Friday morning, we got up to head down to Chompdown. Last year's event was on Friday,|
and the crowd was pretty significant.
|And thought the heady scent of frying bacon was in the air, the crowd this year|
|Probably due to the Friday slot. There were still hundreds of hungry people|
on-hand. /The smart folks bring food to share - which, for us, meant pancake
mix, marshmallows, cookies and crackers.
|The table never seems to go empty.|
|Dirtfoot added to its distinctive Louisiana sound with some Missouri-style|
trombone playing from the Ben Miller Band. I think Dirtfoot only retains about
two of its members and everyone else changes out.
|Something this Wakarusa has taught me... the value of acute, immediate personal|
hygiene. Thank heavens for Wet-Naps.
|In the heat of the afternoon, there were the Delta Saints.|
|And Wick-It The Instigator, cutting up at Outpost.|
|Wick-It may not be as adorkable as Goldroom, but he draws|
some interesting fans.
|The big show of the early evening was definitely Galactic with Macy Gray. The|
New Orleans based jazz rockers have paired up for a collaboration with the Ohio-
born R&B star. But she was nowhere to be seen the first two songs of
|No matter. These guys really know how to show off.|
|And then there was Macy.|
|It was 90 degrees in the shade and she rocked feathers.|
|Her passion ignited the crowd.|
|And what a crowd it was.|
|Out on the Main Stage lawn, bubbles were being blown and aircrafted.|
|Dozens hung out under and on geodesic domes.|
|The appearance onstage of Chance the Rapper drew out some...|
|They call him Mellow Yellow.|
|As the night waned on, Grav and I caught a spot with a haybale and stationed|
ourselves with a big sheet to sit on to lay in the grass. This is how I watched
Chance the Rapper.
|And then... there was STS9.|
|The sheer amount of light coming from the stage was astounding. There was|
an amazing amount coming from the audience, too.
|Grav caught fire dancers on full display...|
|As STS9 plied the music of the night into fluent waves of smooth.|
|Saturday, we'll yoga, enjoy The Roots, reconnect with Nahko and Medicine for|
the People and try try try to survive the heat.