Now that I've had some time to collect my memories and get myself back together, I remember a lot more about the weekend, both musically and just in general. Things got kicked off Friday morning with a blistering set from Old Shoe. They were really in the zone, every note sounded effortless and perfectly placed. It's been fun to watch their crowds get noticeably larger as they play more and more. Friday afternoon was filled with great shows, and I took in more of the atmosphere as well, including the food (crab rangoon mainly) and the vendors (anything under the sun you can think of, they were selling it). I also caught up with Ultraviolet Hippopotamus for a brief interview after their acoustic set on Friday and asked them a few questions (I could tell they were in a hurry).
AH: What were you expectations as a band when you first started out?
UVH: We just started doing it for fun. We would get together and play, and we started playing shows, and suddenly it was like, whoa, people are digging it. It just sort of took off from there.
AH: You guys played a set from in the wee hours of this morning, and here you are 12 hours later finishing another set on a different stage. How hard is that to do?
UVH: You know, we're really pretty used to the road life that by now it's just routine, and it's always easy to get excited for a show.
AH: What's your favorite kind of show to play? Something like this, a smaller festival, your own show....?
UVH: Any time we're on stage it's fun, but getting together with a bunch of bands from the Midwest for a ton of people is always cool. But really, just being on stage makes any event cool.
AH: Are you working on anything new?
UVH: Yeah, we actually just finished up all the tedious recording stuff, just have to put the finishing touches on it, it should be out this fall.
AH: Thanks guys, see you at your set tomorrow.
As the evening wore on, the weather got worse, but the stories got better. More tomorrow!
--I would also like to add a retraction: at the time of my review yesterday, I did not realize that the final outdoor performances were suspended due to the weather.