At 7pm the Take Root festival is well under way. After some great surprises at the start of the festival, it’s time for the second part of Take Root 2011.
From the Foyer stage where Man Man is finishing their set I head to the main stage to find a spot front row for The War On Drugs, one of the more popular bands that helps to draw in a younger, Indie orientated audience. Great gig and a good follow up to the hyper active Man Man.
On to the Entrancehall where Matthew and The Atlas are playing, a great English Indie folk band with great vocals. I really loved the setting with people leaning over the railings of the upper floor, the open stage and the fantastic performance by the band. Again an unexpected concert that turns out to be one of the more memorable gigs of this festival.
But I have to get into the “Kleine zaal” again for one of the main acts: Josh T. Pearson. Photographers getting scolded for taking position, audience for walking around and entering or leaving the hall. It was not a great start. Also -but that’s my opinion- the rather heavy songs took way to long leading nowhere. And after two songs he turned comedian spilling out loads of old, bad jokes. As it made him laugh, it did help shoot some decent photos, but I hurried out of there. Scolded or no, I was not going to make it through one more song. Highly anticipated, but eventually huge disappointment number two.
Luckily the festival is broad in it’s selection of American music and in the Foyer Australian C.W. Stoneking and His Primitive Horn Orchestra was playing a mix of old American Country & Blues. It was a lot more fun and easier to take in. He played to a huge crowd and it swung!
Back to the main stage again for the third act that I was already greatly looking forward to. But with Jolie Holland and Josh T. Pearson not at all being what I hoped like, this one just had to be right. Luckily The Tallest Man On Earth was fantastic! Perhaps a bit showy, but the voice, the guitar and the restlessness on stage (he was all over the place) worked for me. Josh T. Pearson as one man with guitar utterly failed on me, but Kristian Matsson (The Tallest Man On Earth) takes in the audience, they’re actually singing along and shouting out. Enjoyed myself a lot here and I was incredibly happy with the stage-light!
So as the festival gets on, I found some other very nice surprises. Just goes to show that coming somewhat unprepared keeps the mind open to find a few gems in the festival.