Deluna Fest Recap: Top 5 sets of Saturday
Dave Grohl sounded pretty hammered last night. I don’t think it hurt the set at all though. In fact, it probably helped. The rants were hilarious (“If you come tomorrow, tell Romney I said ‘Hi'”) and his signature growl was fierce and energetic. They played “One by One”, “My Hero” and “Learn to Fly” early on in the set, which made me realize how many amazing songs these dudes really have. They ended their set with “Best of You” before coming out for an epic encore.
The Foo Fighters brought out Joan Jett to sing her happy birthday and play “Bad Reputation”. They covered “In The Flesh” by Pink Floyd and “Break Down” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers before eventually teasing the crowd by saying the next song was “Margaritaville”. Not to fear though, they played an epic rendition of “Everlong” and completed an amazing set.
Thomas Pentz is one of the most charismatic and interesting DJs out there. His sets are a mix of the hottest songs with a complete disregard for genre. He played Rick Ross, Skrillex, House of Pain, and much more. He climbs the BPM tower phenomenally, going from moombahton to electro to dubstep to trap to rap and everything that’s stuck in between.
He also invited a bunch of girls on stage for “Express Yourself” and taught them how to do just that. Hilarity ensued as a bunch of white girls tried to dance like they were at a bounce party in New Orleans.
It isn’t often you get to see one of the most iconic figures in music. Bob Marley and Peter Tosh have passed leaving Jimmy Cliff as the most legendary reggae musician alive. His performance met the hype set forth by his reputation. Dressed in a yellow kimono and eyes blood red, Cliff was captivating. His funky dance moves and energetic outbursts had everyone in the sand loving every minute. Cliff & co. played opened up with “You Can Get it if You Really Want” and went on to play classics such as “The Harder They Come” and “I Can See Clearly Now”.
I thought Band of Horses was going to be really good. But they were really, really awesome. They are one of those bands who sound better live than on their album. The band played “No One’s Gonna Love You” and closed with “Funeral” to the biggest crowd the Wind Creek stage has seen thus far.
Despite a time slot competing with the great Foo Fighters, Paper Diamond did his thing. He attracted a younger crowd and played his usual bangers. Alex B has grown to like this trap phenomenon and he’s one of the best doing it right now. Can’t wait to see this guy again at Counterpoint next weekend!