Nor’easter Festival 2011 Recap

We are back in Boston after a weekend that had its fair share of rain and sun and plenty of great music in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. We made some new friends and caught up with some old ones while rocking out for two days at Waterfront Park.

The festival kicked off on Saturday with the Boston based folk group Kingsley Flood. They played through an “annoying mist” and featured material off of their forthcoming EP including M&T fave “I Don’t Wanna Go Home.” River City Extension took the stage next and also ran through some new tunes off of their upcoming disc Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Your Anger. The rest of the day was all uncharted territory as it was our first time seeing Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, Mariachi El Bronx and G-Love.

On Sunday the sun came out and the jams kept coming. The day kicked off with an energetic set from Maine bluegrass heroes The Toughcats who finished with a cover of the Kiss classic “Shout It Out Loud.” The day continued with New Hampshire natives Tan Vampires who played songs from their debut release, which is currently stuck on repeat in my iTunes, For Physical Fitness. Lead singer Jake Mehrmann battled through a cold and led the band in a tight set that included some of my favorite tracks like “I Can Hear Them in the Dark” and “Digital Rot.”

Apollo Run was up next and I believe that Caroline described their sound best as “A centaur with Jeff Buckley’s head and Muse’s body.” Enough said. Day 2 finished with Aunt Martha and lead singer Tim Noyes showing off his falsetto chops followed by Okkervil River who brought the festival to a close as the sun was going down.

Throughout the weekend we were able to speak with nearly every band that performed so make sure to check back for interviews with Kingsley Flood, River City Extension, Joe Fletcher, The Toughcats, Tan Vampires, Apollo Run and Aunt Martha. For now check out our photos from the weekend on our Facebook page and take a listen to The Toughcats killer cover of “Bette Davis Eyes.”

Posted on by Eric in Nor'easter Festival 2011

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