All Things Music, Vol. 8: DMB Caravan, Day Two

As the festival goes on, the area is getting much drier and a lot more dust is getting kicked up. I wore sneakers, and there was so much dust on me from my shins down it looked like a bad tan line. But, totally worth it, as Saturday brought what was, in my opinion, the best lineup of the three days.

Ben Folds performed to a much larger crowd than he is used to, but seems to be more comfortable with it now than when I’ve seen him play to larger crowds in the past. “Gone” led to a very humourous performance of Kesha’s “Sleazy.” Ben is such a goofy guy, and fans of him know about his ability to cover hip hop songs (I won’t mention the title to his most famous one.) “Annie Waits” and “Landed” brought the loudest cheers of his performance, and he relied heavily on older stuff throughout, as other highlights included “Still Fighting It” and “Not the Same.”

Those who know me know that it takes a lot for me to like a hip hop artist. Well, even though I had never heard any of his songs before, Kid Cudi succeeded. Helped by a backing band of drums, guitar and keyboards, he kept the energy high and his songs compact throughout his set. He seemed very humble to be there: “A sea of people as far as the eye can see, and ya’ll here to see me?” He certainly didn’t disappoint. “So Whatever” and “Ghetto University” brought the loudest cheers and sing-alongs of his set. I would definitley recommend catching his act.

Dave came on about 8:25, just as last night, but performed for about 15 minutes longer this time. He opened with a much more concise version of  “#41” and let the party really begin two songs later with a stellar cover of Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House” (he also covered Procol Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale” and I forgot to mention yesterday that Dave performed a rip-roaring cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times, Bad Times” on Friday.) The band was in the jamming mood tonight, with five songs lasting almost 12 minutes or longer, the best ones of those being “Crush” and “Lie In Our Graves,” two crowd pleasing favorites. The show closed with a fiery “Two Step,” which got the crowd into a frenzy. By my estimation, there were at least 60,000 people, probably 10-15,000 more than Friday. It took me two hours just to catch the shuttle to the Red Line home, but it was all worth it.

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