Promowest Fest 2016: Day 2 Recap

Day 2 of Promowest Fest 2016 came to a close last night, and for me, the obvious winner of the day was the clouds. It’s seriously stupid hot this weekend. Also, trash cans are now marked with a recycling logo. Yesterday, I had no recycling option and had to throw my water bottle into a regular trash receptacle. It was terrible.

Now, for the performers. Grizfolk started the day out a little late but also a little stronger than I expected, with their edgy, alternative sound. Finish Ticket was next with their pop, Walk the Moon style sound. Holy White Hounds followed up with some intense metal vibes that took me a second to get used to. Once I let myself over to the dark side of alt-rock, the foundation for a hype-as-hell day was laid.

It may be the bands lined up or it may just this beautiful July Saturday, but every show I’ve seen today seemed much livelier and more exciting than Friday’s mellow and alt palette. The bands were funkier and much more upbeat.

AlunaGeorge at PromoWest 2016. PC Emma Wurst
AlunaGeorge at PromoWest 2016. PC Emma Wurst

 The London duo, AlunaGeorge, followed up Holy White Hounds with an amazing half hour set. The two tried some new songs out with the crowd and closed with their most popular song, “You Know You Like It.” My personal favorite was “I’m in Control.”

Trevor Terndrup singing for Moon Taxi. PC Andrew Burns
Trevor Terndrup singing for Moon Taxi. PC Andrew Burns

After AlunaGeorge, Moon Taxi came over to the Columbus Makes Art stage and put on a dope as heck show. I spoke with drummer Tyler Ritter earlier in the day to find more out about the band, especially their live shows, which they seem very proud of.

Me Interviewing Tyler form Moon Taxi. PC Andrew Burns
Me Interviewing Tyler from Moon Taxi. PC: Andrew Burns

Lindsey Stirling hopped onto the Pepsi Stage and gave a crazy performance. Emma summed up Lindsey best, stating how cool it was that someone could be famous for playing the violin. It was also pretty cool that she could dance around while playing her violin. Milky Chance was next, and those guys gave a fantastic show. I really love their sound, and it translated so well onto the stage.

Milky Chance at the Columbus Makes Art Stage. PC Andrew Burns
Milky Chance at the Columbus Makes Art Stage. PC Andrew Burns

All Time Low took the stage in front of the biggest crowd I’ve seen yet and delivered a stunning performance that the rest of the night rode off of. LL Cool J was up next, and after his DJ got the audience hyped up for his appearance, he got all of us ready for Snoop Dogg’s set with a lively show. The guy looks really good for 48, too.

LL Cool J on the Pepsi Stage. PC Andrew Burns
LL Cool J on the Pepsi Stage. PC Andrew Burns

RJD2, the Columbus-based producer, DJ, and songwriter, took over the Columbus Makes Art stage with his funky and ambient sound. He was followed up by the Decemberists, whose upbeat and folk sound took up the time spot for Mac Miller, who had to cancel his performance due to personal health issues (#GetBetterMac).

Snoop Dogg closing out Saturday night at Promowest Fest 2016. PC Andrew Burns.
Snoop Dogg closing out Saturday night at Promowest Fest 2016. PC Andrew Burns.

Snoop Dogg totally killed his performance, if you didn’t guess that already. When it comes to a legend like Snoop, whose been around for as long as he has, you can never really guess which of his songs he’ll stick to for a show. In the end, Snoop gave me everything I could have ever dreamed of, throwing in some covers and covering his greatest hit (“Gin and Juice” will always be a classic). He closed out the night with an unbelievable swagger that I’m gonna need a while to recover from.

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