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Bunbury 2015 Friday Pictures

After day one, I had over seven hundred pictures to sift through. Here’s a sampling of what I got. Admittedly, my editing was a bit slapdash. Here’s the highlights of what happened.

Father John Misty was shockingly great to watch. Bleachers and Matt & Kim couldn’t have been more fun. I missed the meet-up to go up front for Bleachers, so I had to make do with not so great crowd shots for their show. I had a little regret that I was running around taking pictures for their sets, because I really wanted to dance my pants off. I had my very expensive gear out when it started to rain in the second song of Tame Impala’s set. I was disappointed to leave them and find cover for my gear. The Black Keys sounded great, as they have every time I have seen them.

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Black Keys

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Bleachers

Bleachers

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Father John Misty

Multimagic

Multimagic

Multimagic

Multimagic

Multimagic

Multimagic

Machineheart

Machineheart

Machineheart

Machineheart

Machineheart

Machineheart

Markham

Markham

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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: The Black Keys

I love The Black Keys. I love that they are died in the wool Akron boys. I love their raw blues sound.

I saw them at the Madison some years back. The venue is small and sweaty and remains nicotine stained despite years of being smoke free. It was my ideal setting to see them. I was doubtful I would enjoy seeing them two years following at US Bank Arena. I couldn’t conceive of their sound translating well to that cavernous venue. I was surprised.

I also saw The Black Keys at Lollapalooza years and years ago. They were unknown at the time, and played bright and early. The crowd was patiently staking out their spots for Nine Inch Nails, and barely engaged. The sound was awful.

I am ready to have that unfortunate fest experience erased from my mind. This context will be different simply because The Keys are successful enough to headline a fest. Here’s to my second experience with the Black Keys.

Black Keys “Lonely Boy”


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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!


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Midpoint Music Fest 2014 Must-see: All Them Witches

Ohh, the crunchy blues licked goodness of this band. This band is going to melt my face off with rock and roll. I want to ride that old-school guitar amp sound right into a bucket of fried chicken and biscuits.

Last year Black Rebel Motorcycle Club melted my face off with rock and roll. This year my eye brows will be singed on Friday September 26th at The Drinkery at Midpoint Music Festival.