Stephen Taylor

Saturday at featured exactly the kind of schedule diversity that the festival has become known for in recent years. Major acts throughout the daytime sets included , , , and . It has been apparent in recent years that has begun making real efforts to schedule similar acts consecutively on the same stage to reduce foot traffic by festivalgoers. This certainly helps when you are working to save your legs for the kind of late night sets scheduled for Saturday. See below for Saturday highlights.

After only being vaguely familiar with this San Francisco duo, their early Saturday set in That Tent was a pleasant surprise. They are described as “folk-rock” but their set was heavily weighted with newer material that is certainly closer to rock than folk. Singer/guitarist, Adam Stephens, sports a gravelly, Cobain-like snarl (Nirvana’s “Aneurysm” was covered) and drummer, Tyson Vogel, was a commanding presence of the drum-kit.

This hville based artist’s recent Merge Records release, Impossible Truth, is one of my favorite records of the year, so I was excited to see him as a late addition to . Tyler writes striking guitar based compositions that manage to transcend era or genre. His most recent band includes members of other popular hville outfits JEFF the Brotherhood (drums) and Natural Child (pedal steel), who beautifully enrich Tyler’s songs. This 50 minute set, which might have been the best music I saw all weekend, was played in the New Music On Tap Lounge, which is a small Miller Lite themed enclave in the vendor area of Centeroo. After a few songs, the small contingent of patrons, who might have just shown up for the beanbags, slowly picked their heads up in awe, which is how I envision many Tyler’s fans are made.

Rock N Soul Superjam

As previously reported, LMB had expectations of greatness for Saturday night’s historic lineup. This group did not disappoint. Things were led off by a precise rendition of Hendrix’s Woodstock performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” by Police Academy star Michael Winslow (“Man of 10,000 Sound Effects”). From there, the group moved through well-rehearsed renditions of songs by The Meters, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, The Band, Rolling Stones, Prince, and Sly and the Family Stone, officially making this unit “The Greatest Wedding Band of All Time”. An early highlight was Mayfield’s, “Move on Up,” which featured alternating verses by and and ended with a signature James guitar solo and screaming freak out.

The night’s biggest surprise came when R Kelly made an appearance, following his set on Which Stage, to play two Sam Cooke songs, including a soulful performance of “A Change is Gonna Come.”

In the end, each of the night’s guests, including , returned to the stage for a rendition of Sly and the Family Stone’s “I Want To Take You Higher,” which was a picture-perfect close to this historic collaboration of great artists.

A Change is Gonna Come w/ R Kelly

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