Rain. We knew it was coming but against all hopeful thoughts and incessant forecast checks, it still came. It came early and at times it came hard. I packed a rain jacket but my shoes couldn’t take it. I realized I don’t have appropriate gear for standing in the rain for an extended period. Knowing I’d get wet helped a bit with the water but the wind turned the water cold. By midday that was what did me in.
Things started calmly with the Georgia-based Funk You playing in a tent near the food trucks. They were packed tight on a small stage but managed to bring it. In this case, the weather was a help to them. It was probably the worst attended day I had seen but suspect Panic brought out a crowd later in the day. I’m glad I saw Funk You and would go see them again. I hope they make it north.
We became a spectacle to the fans in the wings looking down from above. They were flaunting their dry state as they photographed us with no concern for their devices. I, on the other hand, lost a headset and backup battery by the end of the day. One friend lost her phone entirely. So now you’re asking, “did they play Looks Like Rain?” Nope. “What about Here Comes Sunshine?” Nope. It was a single set so they played a custom setlist (at their shows they often play a setlist that the dead played at a show) but it was fine (full list below).
Ween was next. Oh joy! I first (and last) saw Ween at Lockn’ last summer (2016) and am sorry it took so long. Their sets are basically them playing their songs which I know sounds like useless commentary but they are unique and absurd so you may have expected more. I find they are more raw live wich really had me appreciate their recordings for the production value. This show was similar although I would say they were tighter and a little less noisy. Overall they are tons of fun and I always remember songs I had forgotten. If you’re unfamiliar with them I highly recommend digging into their catalog. Some albums have consistent themes but the others are scattered. Great music, great lyrics. Intense at times, insightful at times. and gross others.
Dark Star Orchestra set:
The Music Never Stopped
Playing in the Band
Help on the Way
Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad