|photo by Ben Thacker|
This Friday and Saturday marked the second annual edition of the So Raw Festival
, which, along with its attendant warm-up one-offs, just scored a New Times
nod for Best Concert Series
. We adore a homegrown labor of love, and especially one that keeps the free-with-low-admission booze a-flowin'.
Saturday night's turnout was not as robust as that of Friday, or of last year's Saturday-evening, but part of that can be blamed on the weather. Surprise, surprise, there were more clouds, and it turns out the festival's Design District venue, "the Stage," is basically a gated concrete lot, under a billboard support next to the 195 overpass. (There might be an actual gallery or something in the building inside, but for the fest, that was off-limits, with bathroom facilities provided by port-a-potties
and a couple vacant lots nearby).
Still, those who stayed home in fear of rain missed out on some seriously left-field rock and roll, and, well, tons of Select vodka and Naragansett beer
(and Vitamin Water). The first droplets didn't fall from the sky until after midnight, anyways.
The flat-out weirdest act of the evening was probably Lake Worth's Love Handles
, a trio who maybe kinda sorta not really sound like the Fall, if the Fall had very rudimentary equipment and brains fried from the South Florida sun. (Think lots of repetition, and songs that start one way but end in completely another.) They certainly rep Lake Worth hard, as they mentioned their Palm Beach county hometown a couple times, despite the fact that some of the Biscayne Corridor diehard kids in the crowd seemed to have little idea of where that actually is.
Photographer Ben Thacker captured it all in pictures; click here
to view the whole slideshow.
Oh, and if you missed the festival, the So Raw store
is still open through July.