Monday, August 27, 2012

Woodsist 2012: Sights and Sounds (day two)

06 AUGUST, 2012 (day two)
Day two of the Woodsist Festival commenced in the bright of sun that the previous day lacked, and sonically headed for the outer fringes, before coming back to anchor with an earthy rock closing.  Ducktails, (Matt Mondanile from Real Estate), started the afternoon with ambient guitar loop goodness, giving way to Sun Araw, who took that theme and ran further out with it.  Peaking Lights entranced the crowd with their dub-informed soundscapes, quickly bringing down the sound system.  The duo paced out the awkward time 'til restoration, and once the issues were in check, gave what was my favorite performance of the weekend, totally entrancing.  Fresh and Onlys brought the rock back to the stage, unveiling a healthy dose of their upcoming LP, Long Slow Dance, due in September.  They were lean and wired, and the crowd ate it up.

Sun Araw

Sun Araw

Sun Araw

Peaking Lights

Peaking Lights
Peaking Lights

Fresh and Onlys
Fresh And Onlys

The Fresh and Onlys took my final dregs of energy, and I called it a weekend as Thee Oh Sees came on, knowing I would catch up with them on their home turf at the Outsidelands Festival in San Francisco a week later.  They made a hero's entrance-the crowd making more noise than anything heard that weekend.   

It was an amazing weekend, and thanks go out to the Woodsist family and the Henry Miller Library for not only putting this together, but for keeping the vibe so special.  Shouts are due, of course, to all the bands who made the trek up or down Highway One, as well as the awesome food and fashion vendors, including Vacation, from San Francisco.  Until next year...

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