Photos by: Rhombi Survivor Photo Safaris & Taylor Prater
Suburbia, day two - it was muy caliente, muy dusty, and muy musical, starting right off with our first set checking out The Unlikely Candidates.
We'rewolves with the good ol' fashion rock with a modern, soulful twist. Plus, I truly appreciate anyone who can run energetically around stage in an all-black ensemble in Texas heat - these guys definitely got the crowd going to start out the day.
We caught up with Larry g(EE) after quite a walk and saw that he and his full band were up to their lively selves as usual. Larry g(EE) sets are never short of fun and classic, soulful jams appreciated by all generations, and what truly made this set great was hearing the reactions of crowd goers around me who hadn't heard his stuff before, many making notes in their phones to check out more of his work after the evening was over.
Over at the main stage later in the day, Smallpools entertained us all with the spirited, happy tunes we have come to know and love and some fantastic covers of 90s songs, to boot. The talent we hear from these guys over the radio waves directly translates to their talent on stage - you're only going to get better quality each time.
Rapper Sol delighted audiences with some honest rhymes about topics like love, work and weed - instant attention-grabbers. And we could feel, er, smell, the love going on at the set and hear it from the screams of young girls melting for his smooth charms.
Radio breakouts Blue October drew in a huge crowd trying to get the best spot possible to witness their truly quirky set. The band had an interesting way of connecting with the audience by zoning out and into what could have been a transcendental environment only accessed by giving in to their catchy, honest tunes.
J Cole brought probably the most entertaining set of the day and certainly the most straightforwardness ("I'm just gonna be real with y'all, I had some Hennessy earlier.") But it was totally fine because it brought us even more happiness to witness his spitfire lyrics on top of a fully orchestrated rock and synth band behind him. A few tumbles around stage and great choreography from his backup dancers only increased the likeability.
Twin sister duo Tegan and Sara reminded us of their impressive vocal and instrumental talents that have lasted through many years. It's hard to find a more relatable and likeable group of people around, easily witnessed by the reaction they got any time one of them spoke a word. Tracks dealing with universal issues like problems with relationships, or lack thereof, were a definitive way to immediately connect to the heart, and the girls stayed in those hearts each time a key was pressed or a lyric belted.
Tegan & Sara posing with a fan in the media area at Suburbia Music Festival.
Wrapping up the night was Mr. David Guetta bringing his high energy French brand of EDM to the mainstage as the final nights headliner. Although we did not catch all of his live performance we did manage to grab a couple of solid shots including a true blast of purple EDM greatness!
More Suburbia Music Festival Coverage:
Suburbia Music Festival Day 1 First Look