The Replay started the weekend off with a Latin-jazz psychedelic freakout, thanks to a group of rowdy musicians from East LA.
Thee Commons lived up to their Burger Records reputation when they instigated an all-out madhouse at the downtown Lawrence venue. There were wolf masks, growling vocals, and backbends (Good Lord, so many backbends). The rockers perfectly blended cumbia and psych-rock, heavy on the punk influences. It took no time at all for a buzzing blend of dancers to crowd up against the stage and start cutting a rug. The audience danced harder and harder until the guitarist plucked women out of the audience to dance onstage with them.
The entire band was animated, but it was the sax player who kept stealing the show. He bolted outside, he ran around, lay flat on the ground, scaled monitors, and even crowd surfed (video below)– all while vigorously hitting those notes.
They were joined by the fiery Up The Funx and Dean Monkey and the Dropouts, who were bidding the female vocalist in their hefty lineup goodbye on this night. You can see a photo gallery of all three bands below.
Words and photos by Fally Afani