Let me take you back to the morning of May 13th…
I began my day the same way I always do: putting off getting out of bed to get ready for work. This usually involves laying in bed for about 30 mins, scrolling through the overnight tweets in my Twitter timeline. After getting through tweets about the west coast basketball/ baseball games that were still going on when I had gone to bed, Jay Bilas’ “I gotta go to work” Jeezy lyric, and updates on the Mizzou football recruiting trail, I saw a tweet that absolutely shocked me and woke me up immediately. I quickly texted two of my friends:
”OutKast is coming to Loufest!!!! OUTKAST IS COMING TO LOUFEST!!!!!”
(More on that in later)
I was beyond excited. After the announcement that ‘Kast was going to play more than just Coachella, I was hopeful they’d be close enough (and affordable enough) that I’d get a chance to see them. I definitely wasn’t expecting them to be just an hour and a half away at a two day, sub $100 festival. There was no way I was missing this show.
Although the Atlanta duo was BY FAR the biggest draw of the weekend, the rest of the festival delivered with a pretty solid lineup. So here is my re-cap of the weekend:
The Disappointment- Cake
The weekend didn’t start off great. I’m not a huge Cake fan (I’m more of a pie fan…..sorry couldn’t resist….but it’s true), but I don’t dislike them either. I don’t know much beyond their most well known songs and am even more unfamiliar with their new stuff, outside of one or two songs. So since much of what they played was mostly more recent songs, that probably attributed greatly to me not enjoying their set all that much. I also was expecting a cover of a currently popular song, done in the style of Cake, but that never happened. They didn’t even play what is in my opinion one of the best covers ever in “I Will Survive”. They did have a pretty fun crowd call-and-answer portion during “Sick Of You”. But overall, I had no problem leaving the set early to get a good spot for Friday night’s headliner and next act.
The Purists- Arctic Monkeys
Recently, it seems music festivals are moving towards incorporating more indie rock, electro pop, and EDM-type acts. Loufest is/was no different, carrying a mostly indie rock lineup. So it was good to see a band that goes out and rocks. The Arctic Monkeys are definitely that. Even with their most recent album being a little more toned down than previous works, they managed to put together a very high energy set. The driving rock sound they are known for was on full display, balancing tracks from their new album with older songs. They did a great job sandwiching their entire set with their two most notable songs from their latest album AM, leading off with “Do I Wanna Know?” and finishing with “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”. Also, they joined an elite list of “Acts I’ve seen more than once”, which now stands at 2 1/2. So congrats on that guys! It was a great way to close out the first day of the festival and set a high bar for day 2. Which, who am I kidding, was easily going to meet that expectation with just one act.
The Under Appreciated- Portugal. The Man
Our dedicated readers know (we have those, right??) that I have been a huge advocate for Portugal. The Man. I did a “Now Playing” feature on them in 2011 after hearing their song “Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now)”. Last year, I reviewed their album Evil Friends and named it my third best album of 2013 in my end of the year list. Well add “plays a kick ass live show” to reasons you really should be listening to this band. Unfortunately, people still haven’t caught on. They were given a mid-afternoon slot on Sunday, when they really should have been closer to the headliner. They still did have a pretty good sized crowd, but this could have been attributed to the fact they were the only band playing at the time. Despite this criminal act of disrespect, they delivered with one of the more entertaining sets of the weekend. They opened with Pink Floyd’s “Brick In The Wall” then went straight into their song “Purple, Yellow, Red, and Blue”. They also did a great cover of Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger”. But maybe the biggest “OH MY GOD, THIS IS HAPPENING!!” moment is when they opened “So American” by playing The Day Man song from “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”. On top of all of that, band members were taking pulls off of what appeared to be a fifth of Jack Daniels that was ran out to them at random times, including mid-song, by a crew member. And at one point in the show, Zachary Carothers threw his bass a good 10-15 feet in the air. So, have I convinced you to check these guys out yet?
The Innovators- Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
With the lineup set up how it was on day 2, there was a need to take a seat and relax for a bit. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue’s set was that time for me and my friends. And that’s not a bad soundtrack to have to just relax to. TSOA mixes traditional New Orleans jazz with hip hop and R&B to create a unique and upbeat sound. So it was nice to be able to just sit back and appreciate the artistic blend and musicianship of the band. TSOA also did their fair share of cover songs. They sampled Green Day’s “Brainstew” and Big Tymers’ “Still Fly” in one song, and Nelly’s “Country Grammar” and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Give It Away” in another.
The Party Starters- Grouplove
A long day out at the festival required a pick me up as the day continued on. Grouplove provided just that. The band came out as A$AP Rocky’s “Wild For The Night” played over the sound system. This set the tone of the rest of their performance. The band has a catchy, upbeat sound, and that’s exactly what you get at their live show. They also continued the cover song theme of the weekend. In the middle of their set, out of nowhere, they performed an incredible cover of “Drunk In Love” that had the whole crowd singing. Then to close out their set, they were joined on stage by Portugal. The Man to perform The Who’s “Baba O’Riley”. Even though their sound isn’t all that similar, Grouplove set the tone perfectly for the next act
By - Kurtis Klay