Saturday, July 26, 2008

D Fest day one

We got a late start to D Fest but with the temperature in the upper 90s at 10:00 that was probably a good thing. The only band we really wanted to see on day one was the mighty Ghostland Observatory. As you can see from this sweaty picture of Gretchen with Aaron Behrens we managed to see them.
After a little bit of Moe's set the lasers were set up, the smoke machine was cued up, the cape was fastened and the hair was braided for an unbelievably show. I can't remember ever having danced that much at a show, the video that i shot was shit because i couldn't stop dancing.
Aaron's dancing really has to be seen to be believed, that kid can move. They played my two favorite songs, Heavy Heart and Move with your Lover, i couldn't have asked for a better set.

After the Ghostland set we hustled over to Blank Slate to catch the last half hour of the Apples in Stereo set. They sounded great but we were all jazzed up from Ghostland and ready to dance so i didn't give them my full attention. We left the festival at about 1:00 and wouldn't you know it, it was still hot as hell.

Grace Potter and the ironics

You know the night is going to be good when your cute 20 something bartender has a Petunia tattoo(a la Pete and Pete) and gives your party free shots to celebrate your shared love of the show. Like i said earlier a cousin(Melanie you rule) hooked us up with free tickets to this sold out show. My expectations were low, i really only listened to the first two Black Crowes discs so imagine my surprise when this turned out to be one of the best nights we've had since arriving in Ok.
The first surprise of the night was that Grace Potter and the Nocturnals were opening. It's ironic that we finally saw this Vermont band at the Cain's Ballroom in Oklahoma after living in Vermont for two years. They were great, a lot more rocking then i expected.
The Black Crowes put on an amazing show, the band had two gospel singers with them that sounded great. It was amazing how tight yet still jammy the band was. Hard to handle sounded like a brand new song with the band really jamming it out without losing the groove. Since i was only familiar with the hits i had plenty of time to just get down on the famous spring loaded dance floor(thanks Gretchen!!)
This fellow with the mullett had a dance that required him to jerk backwards frequently narrowly missing Gretchen each time, rock on mullett dude.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Black Crowes

One of G's cousins invited us to a sold out Black Crowes concert. I'm not one to look a free concert in the mouth(why in the hell did i turn down those Hold Steady/Art Brut tickets) so we will be there getting down with the hippies.