Dodging folk who were already engaging in experimental activities, I thought to myself how many of these people were going to make it through the whole weekend let alone remember it. To each their own of course but when you spend that much money on a ticket one would think you would try to absorb in as much as you could.
The Black Lillies were jamming out by the time we found the Troo Music Stage. The band was a fun twangy folk act that for some reason reminded me of the Allman Brothers with their vocals at times and had this great bluesy feel to it. Three songs in to their set I had to bid goodbye so I could check out another band who was playing at This Tent.
Thanks to late-morning thunderstorms the grounds were not exactly dry. While trying to get from one stage to the next I made sure I kept a good eye to the ground to avoid slipping in any mud puddles. I also kept looking at the sky as it just had this unsuspecting vibe to it. The clouds let the sun in but also suggested another round of thunderstorms might just be brewing up.
Making it unscathed to This Tent, the White Rabbits were running a little late but the crowd did not seem to mind. I liked this band a lot because they sounded like a mix of The Flaming Lips and late '90s alternative emo. I got a kick out of the duel percussionists as well as the piano playing that was Ben Folds-worthy.
As the sun started sinking into the western horizon we hit up the Other Tent to see Def Jux artist Murs bring a heavy dose of hip hop to the crowd. Murs, who has one of the biggest dreadlocks I have ever seen, announced "it's hip hop time" before tearing into his set. I honestly think he was shocked at the size of the crowd that gathered to see him. Murs was quick to apologize to anyone with sensitive ears but explained "that's hip hop" and continued his thing.
Seeing the hippies dance to his hip hop masterpieces humored me but in all honesty it was great to see everyone having such a good time. Jumping high in the air and touching his toes while dancing and rapping, the crowd was going insane for the Southern Californian rapper.