CHBP ’12: Around the Fest Day One

While the weather seemed to cast a pall across the day, when the festivities finally began at Capitol Hill Block Party 2012 the skies cleared and thankfully the rain held off; I’m especially thankful that my gear stayed dry. Running back and forth amidst the crowd it seemed like everyone was having a great, laid back, time… which is almost never the case at outdoor fests like this. Don’t get me wrong, up at the front of the mainstage the fans were crazy, especially when Thee Oh Sees went on. A full-on mosh pit seemed to appear out of nothing and remained until the last note wafted back to the far reaches of the crowd.

The highlight for me, which I’m sure my lovely co-owner Julia would back me up with if she’d been able to go, was Father John Misty. With a sort of last-minute cancellation by another band, he was able to snag the very first mainstage slot of the festival at 4pm yesterday. We’re not so sure that was the best decision, the fans were few at that point despite the huge stage and his dynamic presence. Perhaps a smaller stage but a bigger crowd would have done better for him? Either way, I’m glad I was able to make it and catch his swarthy hips and charming smile.

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