Published on September 3rd, 2015 | by gatsbyadmin0
Riot Fest – Sunday – Recap
Having only gotten a ticket for the third and final day of Riot Fest 2015, and having shown up relatively late – around 4pm – it still didn’t take long to get a feel for things once you were inside the main gates: anything goes. From gentlemen sporting three-piece suits standing silently watching Bootsy Collins to twelve year old’s sporting “Wu Tang is for the Children” t-shirts to women finding relief from the scorching 95 degree weather by wearing nothing but their bra, Riot Fest is a place to express not only your taste in music, but your true self.
My first stop was GZA, of the Wu Tang Clan, on the Riot Stage. He was scheduled to perform his solo album Liquid Swords in its entirety, a particular highlight for me. However, as I probably should have figured, the primarily white crowd wasn’t too familiar with that album, and GZA had some trouble getting them hyped, after playing a few tracks like Shadowboxin and 4th Chamber. “It’s a bit different up here without the Clan,” he said at one point, before finishing out the rest of his set with the more recognizable Wu Tang tracks. When he saw the twelve year old in the “Wu Tang is for the Children” shirt, he promptly told him to come up on stage and be his hype man. The crowd – and the kid – thoroughly enjoyed that.
Next, after some people watching and food from one of the many food trucks set up outside the coliseum, it was Bootsy Collins, a funk/soul/blues singer from the 70’s which ended up being one of my favorite performances of the day. Dressed in crazy costumes, playing a star shaped neon guitar, and backed up by a band which included horns and some of the most amazing bass players I’ve ever seen, this is one guy I need to see live again at some point. He drew an especially diverse crowd and almost everyone was dancing.
Finally, I stood waiting for Snoop Dogg to perform the last set of the night – he was 25 minutes late. Oh, Snoop. While I was waiting I got to see/hear a bit of Tenacious D on the neighboring stage, which was interesting. I’ve never been a huge fan myself, but they certainly have an interesting sound, and some dedicated fans. Eventually, Snoop made his way to the stage, sporting shoulder length dreadlocks, and opened with the classic, “Gin & Juice”. For the length of time he’s been in the game, Snoop killed it. He played lots of old tracks – classic Dr. Dre bangers – which the crowd certainly appreciated. Everyone was singing along and passing blunts throughout the crowd in tribute to the legendary MC on stage. Snoop definitely knows how to rock a crowd – especially a crowd where weed is legal.
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