Monday is always the most chiller day at the festival for me, every year it seems like the least populated day down at Hart Plaza. With everyone getting silly all weekend, I guess by Monday some can’t make it up. But honestly, with all the ridiculous after parties on Sunday, is it really any surprise. It’s one weekend out of the year, and that’s the way it has to go down sometimes. Sleep is overrated anyway.
I found myself all over checking in at different stages all day. Carl Craig was the first act we peeped out at the Main stage. Lots of great techno tracks, with his usual seamless mixing. Big ups to Mr. Craig being named creative director for next years festival, his absence has been too long. Next we made our way over to the Red Bull stage for Afrika Bambaataa. This dude needs to play in Detroit more often. The last time I saw him was a rave like maybe 5 years ago, and it was an awesome performance. After a bit of technical difficulties delaying the beginning of his set, he got things poppin off with bassy dance hits and strange edits of non-dance music. The crowd was going fucking crazy the whole time. The guys (and girls) dancing to the right of the stage were awesome.
Oh, and the hype man that was keeping things going at the delayed start of the set was great.
It was a quick dash back to the main stage next to catch Los Hermanos. I have been a big fan for awhile, so I really looked forward to this performance. Talk about a setup! Totally seamless instrumentation the whole time. This is the type of stuff techno is all about, taking it past the drum machine and synth to the next level of what’s deemed “live performance”.
I got to catch a few minutes of Buzz Goree downstairs. He was banging some really driving techno like that shit was a warehouse. Right on.
After a quick “refueling”, we came back down in time to spend time between Bassnectar and Kevin Saunderson. I think I got spoiled on Kevin Saunderson a couple years ago when he was doing a weekly at the Works. I give the guy mad respect. He keeps his techno straight, and he has mad Detroit love. I didn’t catch much of his set, but what I heard did not disappoint. I was kind of excited to hear Bassnectar for the first time, a few people have repped this guy and I wanted to see what the noise is all about. Holy fucking bassed out, low end dance music!
This guy tested those subs like what. I can’t really pin down his music to a specific electronic genre, so I’ll just say, he lives up to his name, and he really knows how to get a crowd sweating. I was very impressed. The night finished out with Derrick May back at the main stage. Good solid Detroit techno from one of the true masters. I think the lineup for the main stage for all of Monday evening was a great way to finish off a great weekend.
Overall, this was a fantastic weekend. I was glad to see so many heads made it down to Hart plaza to enjoy a true Detroit natural resource, techno. I’m really glad to see a new generation of kids getting excited about electronic music, and realizing there’s a vibrant accessible music scene right in their own community. It’s also amazing to see so many folks come from so far away just to foray into Detroit for a weekend of electronic bliss. I also have to say, it’s also great to share this weekend with so many good friends who keep me motivated and inspired with all things musical. I’m glad I got to talk to so many people, and tell them about this blog, I met some great folks. If you talked to me or Art Martial this weekend, or got one of our flyers, check back every couple days, we always got something new to say on here. Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend, and I’ll see y’all in the D!