Last weekend (or a couple weekends ago, way to stay relevant BU central) the Boston Calling Music Festival brought together all types of Bostonians, looking to watch some music and stuff. Here’s what stood out to me:
- Big Black Delta was surprisingly awesome. As I watched Big Black Delta set up their two-drum-sets-and-a-laptop layout, I put on my skeptical glasses and acted pretentious for a while, but I started feeling like an idiot as soon as they started playing. Jonathan Bates’ brand of loop-based electronic music proved to be a visceral and exciting live experience, largely facilitated by a duo of incredibly loud but incredibly tight drummers. Also, sometimes it’s just nice to see a skinny white dude sing and dance around, like if Ian Curtis wasn’t so sad all the time.
- The beer could’ve been shittier and more expensive. They had a pretty good selection of IPAs, including Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada, and a designated Beer Garden to chill and enjoy a nice brew without corrupting the youth and whatnot. Also, compared to other venues and festivals in major cities, the beer was somewhat reasonably priced.
- Interpreters were on point. Shout out to the ladies signing every word with emotion and great rhythm. The effort to make festivals accessible and enjoyable to the differently abled is something other festivals should probably take note of.
- Kendrick Lamar coming through with the live band. I didn’t know what to expect with Kendrick’s performance, after being severely underwhelmed by online videos of past performances. Given that Kendrick is to be touring with the great Yeezus himself this fall, it’s nice to see him stepping up his live game and coming through with the hits. “P&P,” “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “Poetic Justice,” and “Backseat Freestyle” were some highlights that made the difference between a band and a DJ abundantly clear.
- Positivity all around. I’m not really one for sentiments or humanist celebrations, but it really was a positive atmosphere throughout the weekend. Every performance was filled with energy and most people seemed happy to be there.
Good on you, BC. Good on you.