Chicago Day Two

First off I want to say thank you to my sister for letting Cory and I crash at her house here in Chicago. I also want to thank the City of Chicago for being one of the most amazing cities I’ve ever visited. It’s so beautiful here and everything about it is so welcoming. The public transit system here alone is one that I wish DC would take lessons from, flat rate $2 fares make it impossible not to want to take The L. Also Chicago really cares about it’s arts community here. I’ve accidentally walked into three different musical shows while walking around, all put on by the city for free. Chicago understands that investing in the infrastructure of the arts creates a beautiful environment for visitors and residence that brings money into the heart of the city. I wish Richmond would take note. Everything I’ve seen in the last two days well help a lot when I start my City Planning class in the fall.

So last night Cory and I went to the Pitchfork Music Festival Preview Night at Millennium Park, which was free, and we had an amazing time, here’s a break down of three out of the four bands that we saw Thursday. I left out Extra Golden, they just didn’t do it for me. I’m really excited about tonight and seeing Public Enemy.

A Hawk and a Hacksaw: This was an amazing set. The four came out with brute force as they opened with the distortion of a horse hair being pulled above the bridge of a violin. Each song was equally beautiful and enchanting with it’s sparse lyrics and tendency to jump into repetition of the same musical verse just twice as fast. There were periods of soft melody and solo violin, mixed with trumpet and accordion duels. And it’s hard to not notice that the mandolin player keeps a set of bells on his feet. An all around great time, I can’t wait to see them again at the festival.

Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar: This was the band that got the people on their feet Thursday night. You can see by the picture all the people dancing in front of the stage. It was comedic how the security at Millennium Park were forced to stand straight faced as all these people danced up on them. Great brass orchestral music and the best stage presence of the lot that night. I had a great 21 birthday party, but if I had to do it all over again I would invite these guys to my tiny one bedroom apartment in Richmond to bring the noise.

Fleet Foxes: Talent, that’s the word I would use to describe Fleet Foxes. On that stage was a group of muscians oozing with it. They were simply magical Thursday night. Chicago’s skyline infront of them as they seemed to pay no attention to the fact that they had the audience in the palm of their hands with their dazzling harmonizing vocals. They playfully played to a crowd of a couple thousand like it was a tiny bar with joke filled banter between songs. But as soon as the group started singing as one you could feel the electricity coming off the stage. It was like you were watching a veteran musical act that had been performing together for decades. A great gem to watch at this years festival and beyond.


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