Monday, March 25, 2013

Treefort Sunday Re-Cap: Dan Deacon Brings the Main Stage to its Knees

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Dan Deacon at the Main Stage, closing night.
  • John Webster
  • Dan Deacon at the Main Stage, closing night.

After three days of late nights and early mornings, the fourth day of Treefort began with multiple cups of coffee. In the early afternoon Denver, Colo. band Bad Weather California helped wake things up with their easy, catchy riffs and high school garage rock sound.

"This song's about following a girl to a barbecue. Check it out," said singer-guitarist Chris Adolf before launching into a poppy guitar-heavy track.

But it wasn't until the sun went down that things kicked into high gear. During Baltimore, Md. electronic artist Dan Deacon's abnormally long setup, Chicago, Ill.'s Ssssnake performed a set of catchy rap songs while stripping down to his skivvies. At one point, Ssssnake (Noah Tabakin) pulled two members of the audience onstage for dance moves.

Once Deacon finally took the stage, he beckoned the audience to raise their left hands to the sky, point out a star, drop to one knee and then celebrate any dissenters still standing in the crowd. All this while relating a story from J.R.R. Tolkien before launching into his first song.

While Deacon's distorted vocals echoed over the crowd, drummers at two different kits hammered out a beat that sent the audience into a frenzy. Later, Deacon had the crowd form a large circle at its center, picked out two listeners—one of them dapper-looking filmmaker Zach Voss—and deemed them participants in a dance contest. After a brief spell, they were to pass the baton to someone else.

Deacon told the audience he'd end with one more long song—which devolved into what one member of the audience called the world's friendliest mosh pit.

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