Blame It On The Rain.
On Saturday, the rain that 35 Denton attendees had been threatened with for the past two days finally arrived. And it never really let up at any point throughout the night.
Nevertheless, spirits seemed to remain fairly high — even over at the outdoor stages, where the crowd donned ponchos, umbrellas and even a trash bag or two and braved the weather undeterred, soaking in sets by Best Coast and Bun B, who were obviously grateful for the crowd's persistence.
Though he was only one of four different acts we heard ask for some weed from the stage during their sets, Bun B's request was the only one that was immediately obliged.
He was also the only performer we saw who partook in a toke mid-set, looking extra rebellious lighting up a joint while appearing on the 30-foot jumbotron located next to his stage.
The only effect the rain seemed to have, if any, was that people seemed more content to camp out at one venue all night than they had during the previous two nights. Of course, this could just be based on their earlier-in-the-week experiences, too, with crowds finally grasping the fact that venue-jumping mostly just translated to long line wait times.
And, really, who wants to stand in line in the rain anyway?
Once inside, there were plenty of treats to take in.
Local punk duo Leg Sweeper, who appear on the main stage this afternoon, kept things rowdy all night at Andy's, crowd-surfing during Bad Sports' solid set and remaining unruly for Natural Child and headliners Bare Wires. Both of those acts, in pure punk fashion, arrived at Andy's just before they were slated to play. Meanwhile, the crowd watching up-and-coming indie rocker Oberhofer were having Den-Tons of fun over at The Labb, who finally added a much-needed stage to their venue. And Danny Brown, we hear, killed at Hailey's, with some folks we spoke to proclaiming him the best rapper at the entire festival, making sure they added the line, “Yes, even better than Bun B.”
But even with all that other stuff going on, the hot ticket seemed to be the local acts RTB2, Neeks, and Air Review over at Dan's Silverleaf, which remained at capacity for the bulk of the night. RTB2 were particularly in rare form, whipping out a 14-minute version of “When Hammer Hits Stone” that had people screaming more and more with each passing minute.
As with the last few nights, after-parties raged on long after the bars and venues had closed — yes, even in spite of the fact that daylight savings was screwing everybody out of an hour of sleep.
Hopefully that trend will also continue tonight, even though the University of North Texas' spring break isn't until next week, oddly enough.
Far as we can tell the weather is supposed to be beautiful today. Knock on some wood y'all.