Thursday evening kicked off Urbana-Champaign’s legendary, epically-proportioned Pygmalion Music Festival with tranquil, yet robust sounds from its featured acts. Starting with eloquently mellow Damien Jurado at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s elegant Krannert Center, the night continued with ethereal-rock Londoners Daughter and then the highly anticipated headliner, Seattle’s Head and the Heart. Encompassing dynamic croons and breathtaking ballads, riffs and rhythms, Pygmalion’s opening could not have cracked open the heart with goodness more. In fact, the audience was so amped for The Head and the Heart that they couldn’t even sit still, let alone stay in their seats, and eventually, with eagerness, huddled around the stage as if Krannert was instead a club venue. While the entire show felt intimate, it projected to an entirely greater level once everyone was inches from the stage. The band even remarked that the crowd was the “best” based on their endless eulogies and excitement. As resurgence swirled like ribbon dances and transuded through every crevice in Krannert, the heartfelt hype only continued at the Canopy Club down the street, where Murder by Death and Warpaint irrefutably hooked harmonically and ended day one at maximal merriment. Pygmalion Music Festival—where lives are enduringly enlightened by music.
Stay tuned for more on the duration of Pygmalion Music Festival 2013.