We've had a few days to absorb all the sights and sounds from the 4th annual Bunbury Music Festival. There were some logistical snafus at the beginning of the weekend that could've overshadowed what turned out to be a great event. But looking back, the lines to get in died down, the ATMs were wired and loaded with cash, and the beer stayed as cold as it could on the steamy banks of the Ohio River. (And we forgive you for only showcasing a small sample of Cincinnati's world class beer scene.) With that, here were some of the things we loved and are looking forward to for next year!
Fashion- Summer concerts and festivals offer a great glimpse into the upcoming trends for the warm months. That said, invest heavily in fanny packs. Who needs to spend hundreds on purses or backpacks when you can haul all your shit in that knapsack with a belt that you found in the attic? Combined with the high-waisted shorts on on the ladies, the the short shirts on the guys, and wispy mustaches everywhere, the 1980s remain the gift that keeps on giving.
The lineup- the weekend featured an eclectic group of artists that had a certain appeal for everyone. Bunbury featured a good mix of local acts, some on the verge of stardom, and others, like Walk the Moon, already enjoying it. The headliners were bucket-list-worthy. And many others, like Shakey Graves, twenty one pilots and Bleachers are destined for greatness: a loyal following, combined with good music and the "It" factor.
The Cincy lovefest- All the artists were so gracious for the opportunity to perform in Cincinnati. Some, like Old Crow Medicine Show, are veterans of the city and love coming back. Others, such as Bleachers, were new to the city and vowed to be back soon. The same could be said for many of the fans coming from out of town as well. All the bands played to great crowds who really supported the music and fed off the energy.
The covers- whatever it is about festivals that brings out the karaoke machine, don't ever change! Among the highlights was Bleachers covering Fleetwood Mac's classic "Go Your Own Way." Indie country sensation Kasey Musgraves crossed over to play a fun version of the TLC anthem "Scrubs." Old Crow covered "Cincinnati, Ohio," much to the delight of the crowd. Snoop Dogg ended the weekend by showing his chops on a smattering of legendary rap anthems, including 50 Cent's "P.I.M.P," Notorious BIG's "Hypnotize" and "Jump Around" by House of Pain. And who doesn't love Snoop leading a singalong of "I Love Rock and Roll." Snoop and Joan Jett make quite the team, let me tell ya...
In conclusion, music festival fans, be sure to keep an eye out for these artists who are extensively touring the country. If there is a gig near you, do yourself a favor and see Lindsey Stirling. She is an incredibly talented violinist. Her combination of playing and dancing along with the pulsing bass emanating behind her is an experience you really need to see. Twenty one pilots are touring and playing their number 1 album Blurryface. The duo puts on an incredible show full of energy and on-stage antics. And a whole lot of body paint.