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Blundering through Cincinnati, laughing all the way


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Bunbury 2015 Sunday Pictures

Airports aren’t ideal for writing under any circumstances, but particularly so for describing the sun-baked joy of a music festival. The recycled air drives all sensory memories down the memory hole. Even the coffee is rendered ineffective in stimulating the creative process. As friendly reminders about TSA regulation filter in yesterday might be an echo from a past life.

With a fifty percent chance of rain yesterday, day three of Bunbury Music Festival, all scheduling felt tentative. Sawyer Point looked as exhausted as many of the fest attendees. Grass laid down under the weight of so many stomping feet. Evaporated beer, among other unmentionables, warmed on the concrete. No amount of trash management can erase the days past.

500 Hundred Miles to Memphis started the day, as the crowd was chasing the sleep from their eyes and booze from their livers. This would be the only moment for regrouping with The Front Bottoms taking Yeatman’s Cove stage in thirty minutes. Shakey Graves, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Atmosphere, and Manchester Orchestra all packed in the following three hours. This left the last couple hours of the fest with just Twenty-one Pilots and Snoop Dogg.

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band overflowed with charisma and bombast. If Reverend Peyton’s was the Labrador of performances, Shakey Graves was the Greyhound, delicate, graceful, and beautiful. Twenty-one Pilots are incredible performers, and yesterday was no exception.

All the great music culminated with Snoop Dogg’s closing performance. He was late. He was late by forty-five minutes. He was backed by a couple of DJ’s, a vocalist, and a dancing human in a dog costume. He covered many songs. It was a disappointment, especially considering all the musicianship that was on display earlier in the weekend. Check this one off the bucket list.

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Twenty-one Pilots

Twenty-one Pilots

Twenty-one Pilots

Twenty-one Pilots

Twenty-one Pilots

Twenty-one Pilots

Twenty-one Pilots

Twenty-one Pilots

Twenty-one Pilots

Twenty-one Pilots

Twenty-one Pilots

Twenty-one Pilots

Twenty-one Pilots

Twenty-one Pilots

Atmosphere

Atmosphere

Atmosphere

Atmosphere

Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves

Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas

Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas

Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas

Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

The Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms

The Front Bottoms

500 Miles to Memphis

500 Miles to Memphis

500 Miles to Memphis

500 Miles to Memphis

500 Miles to Memphis

500 Miles to Memphis


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Bunbury 2015: My Schedule

It’s time. It’s time to sort out what I am seeing at Bunbury Music Festival. This exercise always feels obnoxious, but I will refer to this an absurd number of times this weekend to ensure I see everything I want to. Here goes.

Friday
2pm Wussy
230pm Markham
3pm Multimagic
4pm Father John Misty
430pm Temples
5pm Catfish and the Bottlemen
530pm Mini Mansions
545pm Bleachers
645pm Matt and Kim
730pm Royal Blood (so bummed to miss WTM)
845pm Tame Impala
945pm Black Keys

Saturday
2pm Zack Longoria Project
230pm Playing to Vapors
3pm Austin Plaine
330pm Bummers
4pm Motherfolk
430pm Devil Makes Three
515pm Graceful Closure
615pm Decemberists
715pm Reverend Horton Heat
830pm Old Crow Medicine Show
945pm Avett Brothers

Sunday
230pm 500 Miles to Memphis
3pm Front Bottoms
345pm Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
415pm Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas
530pm Shakey Graves
6pm Atmosphere
630pm Brand New
815pm 21 Pilots
915pm Snoop


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Bunbury 2015 Must See: Snoop Dogg

I’m not really into rap. But that sure as shit wouldn’t keep me from seeing Snoop Dogg on Sunday at Bunbury. I will gladly tick this off my bucket list for the price of admission. And really, who doesn’t enjoy this song? This show is going to a heaping helping of big fun. Snoop will wrap-up the fun perfectly. Snoop plays at 915 on Sunday of Bunbury 2015.


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Talk, Talk, Talk, About It: Bunbury 2015 Line-up

True story: I have been disappointed by the Bunbury line-up in the past. Last year’s line-up was lackluster. Of the headliners, I was unpassionate about Empire Of the Sun and Flaming Lips and don’t enjoy Fall Out Boy and Paramore. Turned out, Empire Of The Sun was one of the best live performances I have ever seen. And the Flaming Lips, although not my thing, put up a really fun show. All in all I was satisfied with my experience regardless of what was, IMHO, a bummer booking in Fall Out Boy and Paramore. I am rarely at the fest for the headliners, and there were plenty of mid-tier acts that I enjoyed. Kopecky Family Band, Kishi Bashi, Wild Cub, Cage the Elephant, Holy Ghost!, The Lighthouse and the Whaler, Bronze Radio Return and more, made my ticket well worth it. For my past Bunbury thoughts check these out.

This year? I was concerned when the fest was sold to Promowest. The line-up was anyone’s guess. Given that I purchased my VIP tickets right after Bunbury last year (pro tip: they are cheapest then, but clearly it’s a risk as there’s no line-up announced), I had some skin in this game.

I am thrilled that Promowest put a line-up together that is better than my highest hopes for this fest. Granted the bar was a bit low, given that last year’s line-up was not my favorite.  Check out the full announcement here.

Bunbury 2015 Line-up image

Bunbury 2015 Line-up

I haven’t checked out the Avett Brothers, Tame Impala, Atmosphere, and Matt & Kim, so I am excited to see them. I’ve seen The Black Keys, The Decemberists, Twenty One Pilots, Walk The Moon, and Manchester Orchestra, and I am trilled to give all of them another go. While Twenty One Pilots aren’t exactly my bag, their show was really fun to watch. And while Walk The Moon’s fans are little rambunctious for this 38 year-old, the band is so thrilled to play their hometown and with their sound reminiscent of The Talking Heads (if you know me, you know 80’s pop is my catnip), combines to me enjoying their shows. What’s not to love about The Black Keys and The Decemberists? Top it all off with ticking Snoop Dogg off my bucket list, and I am a happy, happy ticket holder. So, cheers to you Promowest!

One other wonkish thing to note, Promowest “leaked” the line-up to Cincinnati local media early. Nice marketing move there. My Facebook feed exploded when that happened. I was a little concerned that a Columbus company might misread the Cincinnati market in terms of line-up and media. This is one of those rare circumstances in which I am happy to be wrong. In a couple months, I will start my Bunbury music reviews, so check back in April. Happy listening!