Thursday, October 2, 2008
Modern Sky 2008
In my opinion, this music fest is one of the best things BJ has to offer. 3 days of local indie bands and djs in the sun and smoggy air. Except that this year 2 of the 3 stages got moved indoors. Oh well.
Aside from the problem that i waited in line for 2 hrs to get in on day 1, it was good to see such a big, hip, and fun crowd. I think it was about... 4% expats.
It's crazy to think that you can get into a well-set up festival with decent soundsystems, a swinging camera video system, and tons of bands for less than $10. So you might think they'd claw back some profits at the bar. But with some bartenders pouring massive unmeasured highballs (redbull vodka, gin and tonic, etc) for $1.40 a hit, i don't know how they managed. But it makes for a fun festival.
Except that was just this one little problem.
The bands were pretty lacklustre.
Last year Modern Sky was one of the funnest music fests i'd ever been to. But this year, even the bands i really like didn't get me going. Once in a while i could say, "hey that song wasn't so bad!" but not much more.
Bands which don't impress, kinda impact things like... music festivals. Don't ask me how, but i know it's true.
Also, this year the festival didn't bring in any international acts. Too bad, since the ones they were looking at were Lou Reid and good ol' anguished but sweet Connor O'berst.
At least the dj stage wasn't half as monotonous as it was last year, but by day 3, i wasn't willing to stick it out late to see the electropunk djs i actually wanted to see.
Well, at the very least it was a nice place to hang out for a few afternoons and evenings. On day 1 i hung out w/ C, my new friend who i met in the art district. On day 2 i hung out with H. And on day three i hung out with... both of them, which was ... happily unweird.