Friday, September 30, 2011

POPPED! Music Festival - Photo Recap

Cage the Elephant
My expectations of POPPED! were certainly lowered in the few days before the event took place at the Liacouras Center last weekend. Mother nature almost ruined what could have been a fantastic festival and turned it into a really long two day concert. Hey, that's still a pretty great way to spend a rainy weekend, so I'll let that be the end of my complaining.

I managed to shoot every band on Friday, with the exception of The Joy Formidable, who dropped off the bill at the last minute. I'm still really upset about this. I've seen them in small venues, such as Johnny Brenda's, and was really looking forward to seeing them in a much bigger setting. Regardless, the lineup still managed to kick Saturday's lineup way out of the water. What can I say? I'm way more into indie rock than hip hop and electro.

The two bands that absolutely blew me away on Friday were Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., with their super fun bubbles and stage set up, and Company of Thieves, with their energetic stage presence as well as Genevieve Schatz's incredible vocals. Bands like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Yuck, Elbow and Panda Bear aren't really my thing, as I found myself kind of bored during their sets. Ending the evening was The Shins, who put on a pretty decent set despite set despite going on after the wild and crazy Cage the Elephant.

Saturday was a weird mix of hip hop and party music, with some decent electro pop. I got to see Cults, Sun Airway and Foster the People rock the huge stage, almost making me forget that I ever saw them at venues like Johnny Brenda's or Kung Fu Necktie. Finally getting to see what indie punk rockers Titus Andronicus were all about, at least I can say that I walked away from Saturday as a new fan of at least one band. Girl Talk and Pretty Lights ended the night, and festival, with one heck of a party. Check out all of my photos from the "festival" below! [And individual sets HERE]

DEAD CONFEDERATE
MINIATURE TIGERS
DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR.
THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
YUCK
COMPANY OF THIEVES
THE HOLD STEADY
ELBOW
PANDA BEAR
CAGE THE ELEPHANT
THE SHINS
CULTS
SUN AIRWAY
TITUS ANDRONICUS
RAKIM
FOSTER THE PEOPLE
GIRL TALK
PRETTY LIGHTS