The second day of the festival for me kicked off with The Secret Sisters, and yes they are actually sisters. Their style of music leans more towards Country music, though with more of a modern twist. During their performance they would do their original material as well as covers of Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn amongst others. Their banter on stage at times seemed…well, awkward and sort of forced, but when they weren’t doing that their voices were quite beautiful.
Next, I checked out The Globes, a band out of the Seattle area that drew a fairly decent crowd at one of the smaller stages, the Yeti stage. The band had a very progressive rock sound that seemed to appeal, they even showed their appreciation and surprise to the turn out by saying “Thanks for showing up to see a band you guys have never heard of!”.
Back over at the Bigfoot stage was Canadian MC K-OS who came out to a backing live band. Again the turnout for this was quite good. There was an obvious representation of Canadians as it wasn’t hard to spot Canuck jerseys, flags and the likes. Everyone crowded in and started to rap along with K-OS. Performing “Sunday Morning”, “I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman”, “ELEctrik HeaT”, “Man I Used to Be”, “B-Boy Stance” and myriad of other songs that he and the band would remix live.
An act that I was eager to catch was Aloe Blacc. He was running behind, but when the intro music began the crowd went pretty crazy. The intro went on for a minute or two before the band changed the instrumentals to “I Need a Dollar”, in which Aloe Blacc came waltzing out on stage looking seriously dapper in a purple button up, gray vest and a hat. This man belongs on a big stage and it’s the only way to see his show. The crowd didn’t let up on the energy and to my surprise sang along with every song. He also mimicked RnB greats Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and others, which of course drew cheers from the ladies. Aloe Blacc was probably one of the best acts this weekend so far, maybe topped by one or two other performers that came later this day.
Another act that I wanted to try and catch this weekend was duo Jenny and Johnny. Their music to me has this Summer vibe that makes you want to sit back on the beach and smoke a little something something. If I had to describe who’s sound is similar I would probably say Best Coast, but that wouldn’t do Jenny and Johnny justice, as I actually find their music better and more appealing than Best Coasts.
Okay, now above I mentioned that Aloe Blacc was one of the best acts on this day, well Matt & Kim also were incredible. None stop smiling on these two from beginning to end. Matt would reference the incredible views and venue, The Gorge Amphitheater, several times and at one point you could almost see he was slightly overwhelmed with the feeling and the love that the crowd was giving them. Kim was super energetic as well, jumping on top of her drum set, pitting different sides of the crowd against each other in the noise factor and running down the middle to pass out balloons that the audience would blow up and throw into the air during their set. The popularity of the two for me was surprising as it seemed like everyone in attendance left the other three stages and watched this performance.
The last act I caught before I called it a night was Robyn. She somehow managed to trump Matt & Kim and Aloe Blacc, despite her set starting 30 mins late and everyone was freezing their asses off. But when she did finally come out throwing pelvic thrusts at the crowd, which they went apeshit over, all at that moment was forgotten. To be perfectly honest I forgot what songs she started out with as I was too busy being mesmerized by her manic and sexy dancing on stage. Pretty awesome way to end the night for myself.
I had intentions to cover / photograph Washed Out and Sleigh Bells, but a slight change in Sasquatch’s access for media in the dance tent drastically changed this year which totally bummed me out as access was no longer possible, so basically anything the dance tent I won’t be covering over the weekend.