Last weekend I attended Firefly Music Festival for an awesome weekend of music, friends, and fun. The following excerpts are from my article on Examiner. Check it out here for an in depth review of the bands, performances and pictures from the show!
Welsh indie-rockers, The Joy Formidable, filled every inch of The Backyard stage with a surge of energy and glorious chaos on opening day. With speakers falling and guitars being thrown, the threesome produced a genuine rock performance of raw sounds, complex guitar riffs, and booming bass and percussion.
On day two, Chvrches brought a synth-pop dance party to The Backyard. Lead by the petite yet commanding Lauren Mayberry, the Glasgow trio dazzled with their Scottish accents and electrifying performance. Mayberry’s graceful vocals soared crisply over catchy dance hooks and synths. In between songs, the electro-poppers charismatically joked and engaged the crowd, ending the set with fan favorite “The Mother We Share.”
Indie violinist, vocalist and loop genius, Kishi Bashi, rocked The Backyard stage Saturday afternoon with a unique style of musical creation. His joyful music was mirrored in his lighthearted stage presence and a smile that never faded. Tall Tall Trees (Mike Savino) added an element of banjo-rock to the group, while Elizabeth Ziman contributed intense percussion and backup vocals. The three ended the 45 minute set with a vivacious version of “It All Began With a Burst,” leaving the speakers vibrating and the crowd cheering for more.
The indie folk-pop outfit, Delta Rae, exploded onto The Backyard stage to kick off the final day of the festival. As Brittany Hölljes belted the lyrics of “Bottom of the River” above thundering percussion, the dark gray skies opened on cue. But the pounding rain didn’t dishearten the energy of the band or the dancing crowd. Delta Rae projected an intensity that shined through the storm, easily placing them atop the 2013 highlights.
The Last Bison is the ideal festival act, blending elements of indie folk, pop, with a hint of mellow rock. Dressed in traditional folk stylings, the Virginia seven-piece, led by vocalist and guitarist, Ben Hardesty, filled the festival fields with rich orchestration and bright harmonies. Even as the rain started to fall, then pour, the mood couldn’t be broken. A string-filled cover of M83‘s Midnight City was the perfect icing on the Bison-filled cake.
[As seen on Examiner]