-by Fally Afani
On the second day of the Kanrocksas music festival, the confetti from the Flaming Lips show the night before had barely settled. The venue was sparse until about mid-afternoon, when the sweaty masses huddled around the Ad Astra stage for The Black Angels.
The Black Angels
The Austin-based psychedelic band had folks in the crowd braving the hot sun and grooving to their oh-so-chill sound. With folks lying out atop their towels on the dead grass, you would’ve thought we were at the beach.
The band was as much fun to watch now as they where back when they played the Bottleneck earlier this year. Psychedelic riffs with curdling screams peppered in drew fans from far and wide.
When Best Coast took the stage, it was just the right time to hear their surfy summery tunes. But the band was having none of the heat. “We’re from Cali, and this is no joke, Kansas,” said the band’s leading gal, Bethany Cosentino.
Straight off a week-long world tour, the band was exhausted and it showed. They spent their set pacing themselves, dilly dallying between songs, chatting with the audience and having fun. It was a relaxed and laid back setting, which is good considering how exhausted the heat was making everyone.
OK Go came out in their signature primary colors, which gives them bravery points for wearing those suits in the oppressive heat.
They played just a few very danceable tunes before busting out the onstage antics they’re known for. That included a song solely on the bells, playing IN the crowd, and constant chit chat with the crowd.
By the time Flogging Molly went on, the sun was setting and the crowds had recharged and were ready to rock out to Irish punk anthems.
The band didn’t disappoint. They whipped out high-energy songs and performances, constantly keeping the audience pumped up even when they chatted between songs.
Girl Talk was an absolute fantastic, feel-good party. Greg Gillis continued to mash the hits of today with the songs our mothers used to listen to.
His team of festival dancers onstage got the party going, and hands remained in the air across the speedway until the very end.
Muse was the big draw for Saturday night. Let’s just say they did not disappoint.
The crowd chanted for several minutes until the band finally took the stage, then both performer and audience went nuts when the band delved into “Uprising.” The lights flashed vivaciously while the band played with every ounce of energy they had.
They played all the favorites, and ended on a fantastic, rousing encore featuring “Knights of Cydonia.” The song began with an eerie and bone-chilling harmonica solo from “Once Upon A Time In The West.”
For photos from Day 2 of the Kanrocsas music festival, click here.