@AndyShore My second hometown festival this year that I cannot attend. Thankfully, there are plenty of our friends and readers there to represent. Just because I’m not there, doesn’t mean I haven’t put any thought into who I’d be seeing if I was. This is a line-up full of my favorites, and far surpasses FYF Fest (which I will be at tomorrow). To all who attend, have fun with Umphrey’s McGee, Grace Potter and Lupe Fiasco for me. I’m there in spirit.
North Coast doesn’t ease you in on Friday. Enjoy the dance party of Pretty Lights and I’m sure Chemical Brothers will be back on more than just another one of those other “Block Rockin’ Beats.”
Be sure to get into North Coast by 2:00 to catch Great Divide. It'll be tough to leave, but definitely catch some of the end of New Mastersounds. Those dudes are funky. Cozy up to the stage after that and hold down a good spot for Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. If you've seen them before, you'll understand what I mean. If you're seeing them for the first time, you can thank me later. From there it's a back and forth of can't misses with the New Deal, Jay Electronica, De La Sol, and then, so much more than the cherry on top, Umphrey's McGee. I just watched their new short film The Tabernacle this afternoon. I'm totally in awe of these guys every time I seen them play (and it's somewhere in the 60s I believe).
Sundays are sleep-in days. Roll in at 3:30 for Dirty Dozen Brass Band. These dudes are sure to bring the N'awlins funk to North Coast. Speaking of funk, go see my fellow MOT, Mayer Hawthorne & the Country. Eat some dinner and get up close for Lupe Fiasco. The dude is a performer, and the star of my favorite photograph that I've ever taken.