Grynch performing at REVERBfest. Photo by Brian J Barr.
Those words came to me via email from Shane Tutmarc, who performed at REVERBfest last night. I couldn't agree more. The fact that it's, umm, 7 p.m. and I'm just getting around to blogging this is proof of how much fun that goddamn festival was! Recovery is a bitch.
Beer! Bands! Ballard! It was a little chilly last night, sure, but that didn't keep the crowds away. The Sunset was packed, the Tractor was packed, Miro Tea was packed, and according to Aja, folks were standing on the tables at the Lock & Keel, it was that packed. First off, every act I saw was fantastic. Even Mike Dumovich's minor meltdown at Miro Tea was awesome in its own right. Fleet Foxes were sublime as always, Triumph of Lethargy's raucous banging was the perfect evening kick-off, and Grynch and D. Black coming together for a song at the Sunset...amazing.
As I told REVERBfest booker Kwab Copeland and Sunset owner Max Genereaux later in the night, the energy in Ballard was like a mini SXSW. Disparate sounds and drunks bleeding out onto the streets from the multiple venues. Everyone having a great time and smiling, hipsters slouched in clusters on the sidewalks between shows, some party boys having a bit too much fun, stumbling, yelling. In short, exactly what a festival should be. So, a big thank you to all the bands for performing so awesomely. But more importantly, thanks to all you wonderful local music fans for coming out. Wouldn't have been a success without you!