The 2nd Annual Ride Festival was one hellova ride. Cool weather, plenty of space and some much needed rock n' roll in the box canyon. It will be hard to top such a talented and eclectic lineup this summer - everything from new emerging artists like UK's Brother and Bones (who made their US debut) and New Orleans’s The Revivalists to old-school favorites like Cake and David Byrne. The canyon walls are still vibrating.
My top 4 shows:
David Byrne & St. Vincent (of course) - my second time seeing David Byrne in Town Park and I'll have to say... one of the best shows I've seen in a long time. But that's a given. It's David Byrne. For me, St. Vincent really stole the show. Her stage presence was out of this world and I was pleasantly surprised by her guitar shredding ability. One word: HOT. Byrne's entire brass section almost rivals a college band and the choreography alone will keep you enthralled. The icing on the cake? They encored with Talking Head’s Burning Down the House. Town Park went nuts.
Drive-By Truckers - my favorite performance from the entire weekend, DBT’s show was off the charts. Everyone in Town Park was digging their loud Southern Rock set and cowboy like lyrics from frontman, Patterson Hood. That’s Athens for ya. John Oates hopped on stage and they ended with an awesome Everybody Needs Love from their Go-Go Boots album. If you haven’t listened to that album, check it out. Gives me chills every time I listen to it.
The Revivalists – this was my wildcard for the weekend and they did not upset. Not your typical NOLA funk sound, The Revivalists are a unique sounding rock group destined to blow up on the scene. A little bit of a Citizen Cope/Maroon 5 sound with a serious rock twang. And way better. AND they closed their Sheridan Opera House set with Dr. Dre’s “Forgot About Dre.” I’m sold.
Brother and Bones – Making their US debut, UK’s Brother and Bones was another magical moment this past weekend. I love when people get to experience Telluride for the first time - especially from halfway across the world. I got to spend a lot of time with these guys and I’ll have to say, they are some of the coolest dudes I’ve hung out with all summer. They were hilarious and having the time of their lives. Highlight of the entire weekend was hanging out with these guys and Colorado’s Governor, John Hickenlooper. We had some interesting conversations! Safe travels, guys. Come back ANY time.