Published on March 24th, 2016 | by gatsbyadmin0
Pot Of Gold Festival – recap
The 2016 Pot of Gold Festival was two days packed full of prodigious talent with the lineup of various reggae and hip hop artists! The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing, and after much anticipation, Lucky Man Concerts helped St. Patrick’s Day to start out right, with green beer and great music! With Future who headlined Thursday night, and Big Sean headlining on Saturday night, there was a little something for everyone to enjoy! Other amazing artists to grace the stage were Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere, Dirty Heads, Rebelution, Rae Sremmurd, and 311, Earl Sweatshirt, Fishbone and more, creating a total of 28 potluck of artists all together.
Fishbone was a perfect band to kick off the start of the first day, as they jammed out with their distinctive music, with beats and vocals that gave off nothing but good vibes. Rebelution really got the crowd going, reminding the fans that there is nothing like roots reggae music! While they were on stage, they also featured live painting by the duo artists, who go by @AnamorphosIsArt on Instagram. Rae Sremmurd unfortunately seemed to have sound issues as their music kept cutting out, yet you almost couldn’t even tell as they started rapping acapella style through all the chaos, and joshing that the high energy crowd was so bumpin’ that we broke their equipment! Before they ended their set, they instructed the crowd to find a bottle or something to toss in the air, as they gathered some swag to throw back at the crowd, which made some exciting moments to capture. 311 put on a long, memorable set, as they are always a crowd pleaser, and Atmosphere seemed to pull out all the classic hits, especially our favorite, “Fuck you Lucy!” The alternate stage was also timed out pretty well, and it was cool to see the smaller artists that the crowd really reacted to and engaged with, like Black Bottom Liners.
Beyond the music, the festival grounds this year at Rawhide was spacious, and some would joke that it is almost too spacious when we found lots of festival goers who were lining up at the wrong entrance to the venue! Some festival goers also learned from Thursday’s mistakes about following the special regulations regarding allowing only clear purses and backpacks only. It was a bit mind boggling to see some ladies having to literally throw their purses in the trash!
On the flip side, we were pleasantly surprised at the assortment of appetizing food vendors to choose from. Our favorite booth that we found ourselves coming back over and over was the savory flavors of pizza and treats from Frankie’s Gourmet Pizza! The crew stood out from the rest with their high spirited energy, especially when they received a tip! They had the best, mouth-watering varieties to choose from, like tomato basil BBQ chicken, and the pepperoni jalapeno meat lovers pizza, that were to die for!
We also really enjoyed the indoor side stage that featured talented young kids and teens of School of Rock who were hosting some live band karaoke. It was fascinating to see the new generation of up and coming rock artists! Overall, it was a great music festival that was such a success and we were stoked to be apart of it! It was a very well planned event, at a great location with plenty of amenities. Next year, it is going to be hard to top this lineup!!
Written & Photos by: Gino Calles @gdank