Day 3 at Pitchfork Music Fest was one for the books!
In typical fashion I arrived right before the opening act came on.
I wasn’t sure if Sunday’s lineup could live up to Saturday, but a few acts had caught my eye and I was excited for those. I arrived at the photo pit for Kilo Kish. I went through and checked out all of the artists prior to arriving at the park and wasn’t sure what to expect from her live performance. I was blown away. She was energetic, raw, full of emotion, and giving an excellent performance. Throughout the set she destroyed a magazine, briefcase, and swung her jacket around. It was highly emotional and everyone was digging it. I heard she does a similar performance at most of her shows so get out there and check her out!
Colin Stetson was probably the most unique showing at Pitchfork this year. You might have heard him from previous works with bands such as Arcade Fire or Bon Iver. The notes/beats/rhythms he can make through his saxophone are haunting. I had never heard anything like it. The layered sounds produced in his entirety of songs was magical. I have since listened to his albums when trying to focus and write or while editing photos and it seems to perfectly balance the rhythmic beats but still engaging aspects that help drive my focus. SETLIST
Skipping down in the day was Ride. They had a bit of a delay getting started due to some complication with Mark Gardener’s pedal board. The band has had much history with its original formation coming in 1988. The band went their separate ways in 1996 and to much delight of Pitchfork attendees reunited in 2014. Since then they have released a new album full of alt-rock shoegazing nostalgia. Once things were fixed the band came out and started knocking out their set. With killer guitar licks and heavy driven bass lines, the crowd danced around and enjoyed the set. Thankfully due to a cancellation of another band, Ride was able to play their complete set even though they got a 30 minute late start. SETLIST
More on that cancellation — The Avalanches were set to play the main stage but due to an illness they had to cancel.
“We are absolutely devastated to announce that due to a severe illness in Spank Rock Official‘s family we are unable to perform our set at Pitchfork Music Festival today. All the band’s thoughts, prayers and love are with Naeem and his family at this time. To Pitchfork Music Festival and everyone who was looking forward to seeing us play today, we thank you for you for your understanding.”
I was looking forward to seeing them as they are a group that just returned to touring a year ago after being on hiatus for 11 years. Maybe I will get another chance in the future.
Again I am finishing off my review with some of the hip hop artists that drew some amazing crowds at Pitchfork. Isaiah Rashad kicked things off in that genre earlier on the Red stage. His lyrical prowess was awe inspiring.
He grabbed the attention of the crowd running showing love to the entire crowd moving around the stage continually. Joey Purp drew the biggest crowd of the day to the small Blue stage. Everyone was thinking there was a possibility for Chance the Rapper to show up since they have collaborated previously on some songs. It was hot, and he was wearing a hoodie with the hood up – I can only imagine how hot he must have been.
It was a blast photographing him as he puts on an excellent show with similar fashion of other rappers bouncing back and forth from one side of the stage to the next. Although he didn’t have Chance appear, Joey had appearances by both Vic Mensa and Towkio. Showing tons of Chicago rapper love, the crowd soaked up every second of it.
Jamila Woods closed the night off for me. She was moved to the main stage due to The Avalanches cancellation. She has more of an R’n’B sound to her songs. She is an amazing vocalist and drew a huge crowd. I am not sure if the audience would have been as big if she was still on the Blue stage, so it was a treat for all. She had a full backing band including three backup singers. The full band accompanied with her magical voice created a buttery harmony that is difficult to describe. Jamila is another Chicago based artist. It was great to see so many over the course of the 3 days.
This was my first festival I was reviewing and photographing at. It was difficult not knowing what to expect coming in. Over the last year of hitting shows with my camera I have made friends doing the same… and lucky for me they were at Pitchfork too. It gave me an instant connection and they introduced me to so many other photographers that I was able to spend time with and share stories and tell jokes with. it was a blessing. Without those few people I would have been lost and probably missed a few sets that i wouldn’t have gone to see. Sorry to those fans in the front rows that we stood in front of for the first three songs. Thanks to Pitchfork Music Fest for allowing FOTF Magazine into the pit and getting to experience all of these different artists and capture those moments forever.