The modern-day giant music festival is the ultimate event for those with short attention spans or folks who want to sample as much as possible for fear of missing out on the next amazing surprise by that band you’ve never heard of before. As mentioned in yesterday’s article, it’s nice to try and schedule the whole day, but when essentially everything is left to chance the whole thing becomes an adventure. Most people do not plan to eat Bacon Bacon’s Porky Fries four times in three days, but when it happens, it sure is something about which to be grateful.
Thee Oh Sees hit the Toshiba Stage at 1:15 in the afternoon and proceeded to make the crowd question reality. This San Francisco-based four-piece know how to make some serious noise while delivering tight, almost jazz-like, post-punk, noise-rock at a blistering pace. It must be mentioned that having them play on gigantic main stage early in the day did seem a bit odd, but that decision did make it so there was plenty of room for those in attendance to rock out as hard as they wanted to, and by the end of the first song a fan-friendly frenzy had begun.
If you’ve never heard of the Mexican Institute of Sound, do yourself a favor and get acquainted with them. They are incredible to hear and watch, and they are super fun, to boot. Their set was arranged to elicit maximum joy from the audience, and frontman, Camilo Lara, made sure everyone was up, dancing, and having a good time by encouraging somewhat of a dance-off between the two sides of the audience. Great stuff from another band I’ve never heard of.
On the City Winery Stage, local favorites, Ramblerz, threw down a fun-filled set of old-timey Bluegrass and Swing to those kicking back in the City Winery lounge. Song after song, toes were tapping, and heads were bobbing, as Ramblerz did what they do best; make music. If you ever get a chance to see them perform, especially if it happens to be at Napa’s Porchfest, do it. You’ll be glad you did.
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