Day 2 has come and gone here at the Columbia River Gorge Amphitheater. The view has been beautiful, the campground dubstep has persisted til sunrise and the moods have been altered by MDMA.
Oh, and the music has been pretty dope too.
On the second day of festivities I caught a great set from the ever-so-smooth Aloe Blacc performing his special blend of modern day mo-town. He tore it down softly, showing off the range on those vocal chords and even offering spot-on impersonations of soul legends like Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Al Green and James Brown.
I didnt spend much time in the dance tent this year, the $1300 dollars worth of camera gear I had in tote convinced me from avoid that sweaty, flailing, roll-fest for the most part. I did catch the Glitch Mob do their thing though, which was dope.
Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis put on a shred clinic on the Yeti stage, plugging his acoustic/electric into a distortion pedal and letting loose. The one-man set walked the line between airy acoustics and ear-splitting distortion solos. This guitar wizard has a million sounds in his sorcerer bag, which we would sprinkle about at his pleasure throughout the short set.
I saw Matt & Kim play the Bigfoot stage later. These are two of the cheeriest people I have seen in my life. Kim in particular, was absolutely overjoyed. Pretty sure she was on MDMA as well. The crowd was equally cheery, and everybody lived cheerily ever after.
Later on, I caught Swedish pop sensation Robyn. Her set was hella futuristic. Clad in the finest furs and rainbow-swirl spandex, she put on a sensational display. I dont really remember the music that well, but I do remember her uncanny ability to shake what her mother gave her. On the real, Robyn could give any stripper in Atlanta a run for their money. Swedish girl got moves.
Before the end of the night I dropped my camera shit off at the tent and returned to see Bassnectar without the burden of a backpack full of camera gear. I have no pictures, but any of you who have been to a dubstep concert know how wild that shit is. The people go nuts for dubstep. I snuck into the backstage area with this Vancouver Island homie I met in the media tent, but eventually decided to make my way into the crowd and enjoy the show as it was intended to be viewed. I had never been to a dubstep concert before this and I was undeniably impressed by the spectacle. Although I stick by my assertion that it all sounds the same, it is impossible to hate when the crowd is synchronizing glowstick tosses with the bass drops. That ish was most impressive. Damn. I am still impressed. Dubstep fiends, I applaud your commitment.
This place is crazy.