Hey, look. It’s The Shindig. Photo courtesy of Cassandra Mullinix. For more of her photos, visit https://www.facebook.com/bucketofrock.
Baltimore, Hon! Yes. We love that this just-right-sized festival is nestled away within the city limits of Baltimore, and The Shindig certainly provided a sense of place. Between freak shows, bird and babe stages, hot rods, and crab pretzels, 24/7 Entertainment did a fantastic job of sprucing up Carroll Park with a little bit of old school rock and roll on Saturday. Here’s what we walked away with:
1. Being a teenage rock star just means that you have more energy than everybody else. Bad Seed Rising did not disappoint and they took every opportunity to engage their audience like every good rock star should. It was pretty awesome to see a group of teenagers so dedicated to rocking out.
2. How can a J Roddy Walston and The Business performance possibly be any more fun? Add Mr. Boh and the O’s Bird. That’s how. If the crowd wasn’t already having a really good time during the up-and-coming hometown heroes set, the surprise stage crash by Mr. Boh and the O’s Bird surely got them smiling from ear to ear. Let’s go O’s!
3. Marylanders love their Clutch. In fact there were many people who wanted Clutch to headline over Jane’s Addiction. Would you agree? Clutch had a beautiful sunset show and a sea of familiar fans in front of them, which seemed perfect to us.
4. Jane says. Returning rock veterans Jane’s Addiction took the late-night stage, which seemed to be a better conduit for all of Perry Farrell’s charm and Dave Navarro’s bodily perfection anyway. Another Jane’s Addiction highlight was the addition of Angelo Moore from Fishbone on sax during “Idiots Rule.”
5. You will never say the word “Wow” more times than when watching a Gogol Bordello set. We expected the Gogol Bordello crew to get the crowd all riled up, but it’s something you can’t fully appreciate until you witness it live. There’s an alternate world created between the raw gypsy punk-rock energy of Eugene and the crew on stage and the entranced crowd that allows for amazingly unexpected opportunities. It was a beautiful moment when Eugene hopped off stage and balanced on top of the barricade gate with his acoustic guitar slung across his back while leading a chorus chant, looking at the many arms extended from the crowd. You had to be there.