Pitchfork Saturday 7-16-11 Union Park, Chicago

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Pitchfork Saturday  7-16-11 Union Park, Chicago

There is nothing better on a hot summer’s day as to spend it in a park, especially surrounded by live music, and thousands of like-minded people. Having just covered a familiar summer festival, Pitchfork was mostly new territory, new venue and new artists. Pitchfork is an annual 3 day event and I was only able to attend Saturday, but it was a great line-up.

Fleet Foxes were the headliners and the only band I knew and did not see live. I choose to watch the simulcast in my air-conditioned hotel room.  Pitchfork had 3 stages and two stages were simulcast via Pitchfork.com.

My personal attraction and wow factor came with Woods and then No Age, both bands came from different musical perspectives, but each drew huge crowds. Woods impressed me with their diversity. One song featured a member playing drums who then switched with a guitar player, who then played bass. Probably the cool factor was the use of the old school (elementary school) blue and white stock headphones.  The keyboardist (for lack of an instrumental description) used one of the ear pieces as a microphone, adding a very spacey feel.

Next surprise was No Age, a duo who looked to be in the vein of Black Keys, but quickly showed their own brand of alternative rock. With an almost flamboyant guitarist with mid length hair, one could at times see Angus Young.  As proof of their electricity, the photo pit was emptied after only two of the three song allotment due to a frenzied crowd.

The remainder of the festival I attended and enjoyed sets by Gang Gang Dance, G-Slide , Cold Cave, Julianna Barwick,  and DJ Shadow.

I read there were over 17,000 people by night’s end.

Pitchfork will return in 2012 with new artists and maybe a few established ones, regardless I will follow Pitchfork.com throughout the year and return for Pitchfork 2012.

Festival Line-up

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