I’ve kind of been disappointed at the music scene in and around DC so far, but when I saw that the lineup for Sweetlife Fest included Explosions in the Sky, knew I had to go.
I’ve always wanted to lie outside in the grass, eyes closed, and listen to their music. It was everything I wanted it to be.
But first, there were some other bands. They kicked off the show with newly successful indie pop band, Fun.
I fell prey to their hit single “We Are Young” when it first came out, but once I heard a few of their other songs and heard that the lead singer was formerly of The Format, I decided they were worth showing up at noon for.
Also, as it turns out, that lead singer is also very easy on the eyes. He looks like a cross between Val Kilmer and Mark Wahlberg, with pretty fantastic floopy hair. Gotta love a guy with floopy hair.
Also, guy’s got pipes. Real talent. It was a good show and I wish it wouldn’t have been so early and cold so they would have had a better turnout.
After they finished up, we checked out some of the lesser known acts on the second stage. First up was Haim, a group of three sisters with some really righteous drum skills and delightful potty mouths. I liked them.
We also checked out an adorable Malaysian indie pop singer – Yuna – with an amazing voice.
In between all the music, we grubbed on taquitos from Jose Andres’ new food truck, Pepe.
It was a chilly day, so cold beer wasn’t the most appealing option. Instead, I had red wine.
This, in retrospect, was an awful idea. By the times the Shins took the stage, I was slightly off my A game. Then it started to rain, so we left.
It felt really good to spend a day doing nothing but listening to music, enjoying the outdoors, and interacting with people. It makes me even more excited about this festival, which I’ll be checking out in a few months. It’s been far too long since I’ve seen my beloved Wayne.
Are you going to any music fests this summer?