My Morning Jacket, Marina and the Diamonds, RYHE, Father John Misty, Dan Mangan & more @ Field Trip 6/7/2015

Sunday afternoon at Field Trip the sun was still beaming down on concertgoers who were out early. If they did, they were treated to either the punk sounds of Professor H & The Bandits or the atmospheric stylings of Absolutely Free, whom I had never seen play in broad daylight without projections. On the big stage, they proved that they didn’t need any gimmicks to impress people with cuts from their self-titled album. 

Sunday’s sets tended to overlap a bit more but I caught a little of Keita Jumas rapping before he handed his mic over to Brendan Philip. It was important that we didn’t miss Lee Fields & The Expressions because of his amazing showmanship, sparkling red suit and smooth as velvet tunes. The dude knew how to work the crowd of varying ages and the photographers. It often felt like he was singing directly at you. 

Over at the small stage UK’s Temples showed off their psych rock and curly locks but many couldn’t resist being at the larger stage for Father John Misty. J Tilman was electric on stage, tossing the mic stand in the air and often making music love to the photographers and crowd. He even threw flowers at some point and gyrated on the stage. Next on the big stage was Dan Mangan & Blacksmith who joked around about how horrible it must be to follow FJM. The unfortunate part was that he lived up to this joke and it confirmed my former observations that he might not be used to being in a band. I felt like Hayden who shared a modest turnout on the smaller stage was more deserving of the larger audience during that time (though I do blame him for making it rain with his song “Rainy Saturday”).

Anything that was not delightful was forgotten about once Marina & the Diamonds hit the stage with her pop jams and giant cherries. It’s hard not to like her as a performer even if her music isn’t to your taste.

I ran over to see RYHE before finishing my night (sort of) with My Morning Jacket. Jim James led the festival to an epic conclusion as he conquered the stage in a colourful cape. The Americana band debuted new cuts from The Waterfall and fan favourites “Victory Dance”. He chose the perfect song,”One Big Holiday” to end the weekend on. Field Trip really does feel like a holiday. There’s something for the entire family: food, activities (hula hooping, mess making, bouncing castles, photo booths), comedy and of course music. I am so glad to see that it is growing and I can’t wait for where they’ll head next year!

Bonus: I did go to the Field Trip after party featuring the Pixies and it was awesome.