Sunday, July 15, 2012

After Rain, Ghostland Observatory Gets MASSV Steamy

Posted By on Sun, Jul 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Ghostland Observatorys Aaron Behrens pauses.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Ghostland Observatory's Aaron Behrens pauses during Saturday's MASSV performance in Sun Valley.

The second day of MASSV struggled to make the weather work, as the sky sent down sheets of rain onto the Sun Valey music festival and temporarily delayed the schedule.

Saturday began with two Boise bands, Shades and Atomic Mama, both wielding their characteristic blend of analog and digital interests. While Shades takes the chillwave route, Atomic Mama pumps its synth boards into an upbeat bass-heavy jam.

Though the weather for the locals was fine, both shows suffered low attendance, as MASSV festival-goers either slept off hangovers or waited until the main event, Ghostland Observatory, took the stage.

The crowd contracted further as the Southern California reggae act Winstrong took the stage, despite a big brassy sound. As that hour-long set finished, black clouds began to roll into Sun Valley.

Boise band Finn Riggins took the stage just as the skies opened up. Rain poured down on the festival, filling the main stage's canopy with water. The music was put on hold as officials ripped a hole in the tarpaulin roof to funnel standing water to the ground and away from the expensive electronic equipment.

Festival-goers tried to avoid the rain.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • MASSV festival-goers try to avoid the rain that interrupted Saturday's performances.

For more than an hour, things remained quiet. But as the rain abated, a huge mass of attendees made their way back inside the gates and out from under awnings. A mobile, solar-powered DJ booth resembling a UFO took the opportunity to launch a miniature dance party while the main stage was sorted out.

And figure it out they did. Though Finn Riggins and Alabama's BoomBox were shelved, the organizers nudged the crowd toward Ketchum's Main Street once more. There, Blackalicious MC Gift of Gab turned an empty street into a sea of people.

The Ghostland laser light show lit up the whole valley.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • The Ghostland laser light show lights up the whole valley.

But it was Austin, Texas, duo Ghostland Observatory for whom the crowd quickly rushed back to the main stage, finally cleared of its water issues. There, Thomas Ross Turner, draped in the Lone Star flag as a shroud, dropped the band's electro blend of funk and rock while singer Aaron Behrens caterwauled about the stage.

"Ladies and gentlemen, this thing is going to happen rain or shine," said Behrens.

The crowd then rushed back to Main Street to catch Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali for a party that lasted well past midnight.

Just after Ghostland finished, at the beginning of both days, and from numerous participating bands, acknowledgements were given for Zach and C.J. Peterson, the couple whose vision made the event possible. The two died in a car accident last spring.

Gift of Gab gets eloquent on the crowd.

Strangely, goats werent the oddest sight during the MASSV festival.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Strangely, goats weren't the oddest sight during the MASSV festival.

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