Archive for August 16, 2012

This past weekend, I made the trek to Bangor, Maine (not without a little help from my friends, of course)¬†for the KahBang Festival Arriving on Friday, August 11th, I arrived at the Bangor Waterfront to a scene unlike other festival I had been to. ¬†Rainy and cloudy (but humid…it’s still summer on the east coast), the crowd was sparse, but what was a unpromising first impression turned into a great day. ¬†A line up with several key highlights started with ¬†some of my favorite rockers out of Long Island, Lights Resolve, who ¬†boosted my energy for the weekend. A lot of milling around resulted in catching bits and pieces of sets by indie bluegrass/rock outfit, Darlingside, funk-infused hip-hop act, Bad Rabbits, and ¬†rapper, Wale, before the big moment we had all been waiting for finally happened: Deftones. ¬† I had maneuvered my way up to the front and with each surge in the music, the audience did the same. ¬† ¬†Suffice to say, with all the body crushing and shouting along to a lot my personal favorite, the audience bonded pretty quickly, ¬†and it was an incredibly fun show that made the downpour mid-set worthwhile.

The following day maintained both ¬†the gloomy weather ¬†and excited mood, as I got back in the KahBang game with synth-pop trio,¬†The Bynars, ¬†Brooklyn’s quirky Pearl and the Beard, Bangor’s bluesy rock duo, When Particles Collide, ¬†and back to back dancable and standout Brooklynites, My Pet Dragon, Black Taxi, ¬†and The Gay Blades. ¬† As dusk fell upon the festival, ¬† Minneapolis rapper (he looked more like a Guess jeans model) Astronautalis took most of his set up raving about headliner, Bassnectar. ¬†The music progressively became less instrumental and more gadget-based, as¬† DJ, Paper Diamond, and ¬†electro-pop group,Penguin Prison, primed the stage for Dubstep’s hitmaker, ¬†Bassnectar, who put the sound and light systems to the test.

Finishing off the night in New York spirit, Black Taxi offered the crowded Sea Dog Brewing Company a Saturday night set alright for dancing to, and kept the energy high until it was time to say our farewells to “Vacationland.”

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Lights Resolve


Black Taxi