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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Dayton Music Fest 08 -10.4.08

...although last year we were able to cover a fair amount of the Dayton Music Fest, we admittedly fell for the hype surrounding the potential for a sellout at Gilly's in anticipation of Robert Pollard's homecoming show with his new band, Boston Spaceships. As a result, our account of the evening focuses on the action at Gilly's. Still, we were very excited about what we saw...

...kicking things off were last-minute additions, Hospital Garden. Having seen them a number of times over the last few months, we felt the band turned in one of their best sets. Likewise, The Sailing rose to the occasion and delivered a powerful set for a swelling audience. At long last, Boston Spaceships took the stage following a surprise introduction by none other than GBV alumni, Don Thrasher. For the part of the set that we caught, Pollard and co. combed through a flurry of material from Brown Submarine, as well as recent releases by The Takeovers and Pollard's recent solo album, Robert Pollard is off to Business. Although we were not fortunate enough to hear any classic material, Pollard's newest live band might very well be one of the best lineups Pollard has ever assembled...

Hospital Garden

The Sailing

Boston Spaceships

...after staying stationary for way too long on this night, we finally ventured over to Blind Bob's to catch a few of our favorites at DMF. Rolling into the Oregon District, the energy on the street was great. People were everywhere and seeming to have a great time. We caught the last half of Astro Fang's set, which may have been their best ever. The sound in the room was much improved over our previous venture into Blind Bob's, which we were very pleased about. We caught a few songs from the new lineup of Lab Partners, and they likewise sounded great. With the night waning, we headed out to try and stop into one more club...

...we got to Oregon Express just in time to catch a few songs from Human Reunion. By this point, we were getting a bit burned out, but the band sounded great...

...although we had a pretty good time, it would have been nice to have seen more. For more photos, go here.

...How did your night go? Got any good pictures?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:09 AM  
Anonymous human reunion said...

between all the awesome bands we got to see and friends and fans we got to play for and hang out with we had a total blast!

to anonymous,
Bands were given the option to either receive tickets to sell before hand, or a check the night of the fest. I know shawn was writing checks saturday night, and i know we're not the only band who got paid.

i did get the feeling that some bands just gave away their tickets and thought they were getting paid too?

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Paego said...

we got paid as well

1:50 PM  
Anonymous The Story Changes said...

Everyone I know either got paid or got their free tickets in advance in trade for payment.

Hats off to the DMF crew for putting together another fun year and keeping the chaos organized.

Being all the way over at Canal Street, I didn't get the chance to see as many bands as I would have liked, but I really enjoyed what I saw of Andrew and the Pretty Punchers and Human Reunion.

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

buy a flash for your camera plz

9:56 PM  

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