Dyno Jamz Horn Section
Horn Section

The first day of started early at 12:30 an indoor set by .  An up-and-coming funky act from here in , they recently won the EMP Sound Off Competition, an under 21 battle of the bands approaching its 8th year.  Supported by the grandeur of the EMP Sky Church’s enormous rig, ripped through a solid hour long set filled some new material and a few spoken word moments as well.

Turtle Toes of Dyno Jamz
Turtle Toes of Dyno JamzNatalie Portman's Shaved Head

After Dyno Jamz we hit up ’s Shaved Head, who also happen to be past winners of the EMP Sound Off Competition.  Though the crowd had an average age of about 16 and there were more braces in sight than my 5th grade class picture, played an energetic show with a stage presence well beyond what one might expect at first glance.  The songs were all fun indie-electronica tracks with quirky lyrics, and never showed a moment of taking themselves too seriously.  Definitely a highlight of the weekend and a show worth checking out if you get the opportunity.

We made stops at Massey Ferguson and , both of whom were fun enough but not very memorable.  A big personal highlight of 2008, the Old 97’s, and a band I had high expectations for this year, failed to up to my memory of last year’s show.  I have a feeling this was a result of moving the band to the main stage during an evening slot, where the band just didn’t feel right.  Last year’s sunny daytime set on a medium-sized stage was the right venue for the band, and fit their much better.

in Dearland, however, played an amazing show.  Though we arrived a little late after a few detours and had a mediocre view from the side of the stage, the band a beautiful set and was a great way to wind down the evening before heading home.

Elvis Perkins in Dearland
in Dearland

All photos Kane Jamison.