Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Decemberists at Folk Fest

The Decemberists delivered a stunning set Saturday afternoon at the Philly Folk Fest. The band's young fans were on their feet from the opening chords of concept album, The Hazards of Love. They danced and sang along from the moment Colin Meloy stepped forward to deliver the opening lines from the band's concept album:
Shara Worden, the lead singer for My Brightest Diamond, electrified the crowd when she stepped forward to sing the part of the Queen:
The Decemberists have wowed crowds this summer at Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival.
I have rarely seen a band create such a direct emotional bond with an audience.
Alela Diane opened the afternoon concert with an expressive voice that reminded me of Beth Orton, with some of the same rich tones. Even at her quietest, she can connect with the last row of even the largest audience.


Anonymous LiberalGeek said...

The Decemberists are a source of political lore also. In May 2008, Barack Obama appeared in Portland to a sea of more than 70,000. The Hillary camp cast the great turnout as a bunch of people that came out to see the Decemberists (who opened for Obama).

They are good, but they aren't that good. :)

10:55 AM, August 17, 2009  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

I get your point; Obama had already been drawing huge crowds for more than a year. But as far as I'm concerned, they are that good.

By the way, here's one of several photos from the White House:

11:02 AM, August 17, 2009  

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