The second band on the mainstage was Galactic. Before they played, I ran into Tim Pyles, who dropped the news that Boots Riley (of The Coup) was backstage and was going to be making a guest appearance with Galactic. But he didn’t say a thing about Mr. Lif!
Now, I’m not the biggest hip hop fan – mostly because I’m too lazy to wade through the crap that’s out there to get to the actual good stuff. But I like my political discourse, and if it’s given with rhythm and rhyme, so much the better. And if it’s set to the funky beats of a New Orleans roots band, well, you really can’t go wrong. I was hooked on their music, as was much of the audience. Which made for a lot of awkward crowd dancing, but hey, at least it was dancing. And I’m pretty awkward myself, when it comes to it. I’ll just say that I spent some time yesterday investigating both The Coup and Mr. Lif, just on the strength of the tracks they did with Galactic on Saturday.
Unfortunately, the rest of the posts are going to have to wait until tomorrow. I just got back from the Gogol Bordello show at the House of Blues, and any energy I had left I lost while showering off the beer that someone pegged me in the back of the neck with. I don’t understand why someone would just throw away a beer that they paid $5 for. Seriously, if you really don’t want it, give it to me – I’ll drink it.