I got drunk and passed out in the grass while Ted Nugent was playing [Cat Scratch Fever]. The last thing I remember ‘The Nuge’ saying was “I killed so many deer last year with my bow and arrow, that I sent One Ton of venison meat to the troops in Iraq.” That was the point where I said “Fuck this, I’m going to sleep.” I woke up in the shadow of a stranger, hungry and less drunk. Bet you never slept while Ted Nugent was playing [live] in the background.
Funshine Festival. 3 days. 30+ bands. All the state fair rides. One price. Sound awesome?!
There is normally a charge for every ride at the fair. Nope, not here. They’re all included! What a great mix of bands too. They had something for Mom & Dad as well as something for their emo kids. Here’s a shitty pic while I was on the sky ride:
I only went on Saturday. The Saturday bands I saw were: Tallhart, The Weeks, Kevin Devine, Bad Books, Chris Carrabba & Twin Forks, New Found Glory, Ted Nugent, and We The Kings. I missed Styx & REO Speedwagon (they were playing at the same time as other bands I wanted to see).
I’ve written a Tallhart live review before. Like stated in that post: Tallhart fucking rocks. It was good to see them. A perfect start to my day. They echoed through old songs and new ones. I’m looking really forward to the new Tallhart album coming out July 16th!
Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band.
Goddamn. This band rocks harder than I remember. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen them live. Kevin has been steadily gaining popularity since his very successful Kickstarter campaign. I’m excited about his new albums. Here’s one of my favorites – Kevin Devine Cotton Crush Live
I’m in love with Forest Whitaker. (it’s a song). This is what many consider a “super-group.” Kevin Devine + Andy Hull & Manchester Orchestra. Pretty rad. If you’re not a Bad Books fan yet, check out the Bad Books Forest Whitaker (Acoustic) Video & Check out the full version on Spotify.
Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional & Twin Forks.
Twin Forks is Chris’ new project. It is such a fun band! Although he didn’t play any Further Seems Forever, he rocked through some old classics from the Dashboard catalog – Hands Down, Screaming Infidelities, etc. I have to say – Hats off to their drummer! Dude played 3 full sets that day – with Kevin Devine and Bad Books before joining Chris. Hopefully he got paid the most that day. So Twin Forks has a free 4-song EP! All you have to do is email [email protected] and you get an auto-reply with the EP! Do it!
We The Kings.
This band is from Florida. Right down the road from the venue actually. Gave their performance a ‘hometown’ feel. After seeing them perform, I get it. Tongue in cheek pop punk at it’s best. More girls liked this shitty pic I posted of them on instagram than any others I posted that day. So they must be doing something right!
New Found Glory.
I have to say: New Found Glory takes the cake here. There were the best band in terms of crowd participation and performance. Rocking through old punk classics, covers, and fan favorites. I was thoroughly impressed. Toward the end of their set, Jordan jumped down to sing with the crowd. Here’s a shitty pic:
I hope the Funshine Festival is NOT a one time thing. This festival was badass. If it comes back next year, I highly recommend you get your shit together and check it out!