High Sierra: More notes from the guy who hates festivals

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High Sierra Music Festivalgoers on the move at the Grandstand on Day 2.
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Day 2: Ten more notes from the guy who hates music festivals
  • I watched Tank and The Bangas write a song using words that the crowd suggested. The audience gave them “yellow,” “taco,” and “sandals.” You proud of yourself, High Sierra? The song was actually pretty cool, though.
  • Erica Falls is the love of my life.
  • During The Werks’ set, I spotted a pair of hippies vigorously making out. When they finished, there was a brief struggle to untangle one of the lady’s dreadlocks from the guy’s necklace. I looked around, wide-eyed, to see if anyone else was watching the beautiful comedy we’d been gifted … no luck.
  • The Record Company had the best crowd of the day. Straight-ahead rock and roll still works.
  • Put clothes on your kids. It’s a music festival, not some utopian community where creepers don’t exist – pedos like jam bands too.
  • I described a lot of the outfits I saw on Friday as “fucking absurd” but after seeing Blake Griffin’s new contract, HSMF fashion only strikes me as “a little odd.”
  • Day 2 with no sunburn.
  • A woman was walking around with a fake tiger head on her back. She was confronted by another woman saying, “Hey! Our camp needs the tiger head back a little later tonight,” to which the tiger lady responded, “No, this is mine. I brought it from home.” The other lady then apologized and said her tiger head had been stolen earlier in the day. Keep an eye out, I guess.
  • Todd Snider looks like Iggy Pop’s most exhausted son.
  • The Playshops are the not-so-hidden gems of the festival. Make sure to catch Guitarmageddon: Summer of Love with Sean Leahy and Eric DiBeradino at 5:15 p.m. today in the Music Hall.                                                                                                            -Spencer Kilpatrick
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    Erica Falls in the Music Hall.
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    The Record Company rocks Big Meadow.
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    Todd Snider fronts the Hard Working Americans.
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    Temperatures are lower than usual, but it’s still hot enough to want a spray.
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ABOUT Spencer Kilpatrick

Spencer Kilpatrick
Author Spencer Kilpatrick graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in English. He hates the Lakers and his top three emcees are Blu, Earl Sweatshirt and Nas.

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