In continuation of our Moogfest 2016 coverage, we’ll pick up where we left off at Day 3 of 4.
// DAY 3
Julianna Barwick @ First Presbyterian Church : One of our few excursions outside of Motorco Park, we got to experience Julianna Barwicks’s ethereal, shimmery vocals inside a church, which was totes appropros. Layered & looped angelic vocal tracks filled the packed church, which made for a religious experience, as well as the most recent service we’ve attended since Christmas. That counts, right?
Julia Holter @ First Presbyterian Church : In the same venue, Julia Holter took the stage on a huge grand piano where she similarly filled the expanses with skillful piano. This made for a nice contrast with the untz-ing we’d grown accustomed to the previous nights. Her classical training reminds us of perennial favorite Joanna Newsom, while her vocals recall Patti Smith & Circuit Des Yeux with their projection & emphasis.
Empress Of @ Motorco Park : Lorely Rodriguez’s Me defined 2015 for us. We SO sprung on her. Hence why we waited in the pouring rain to see her set. Then she went & dropped Aaliyah’s One In A Million, Beyoncé‘s Formation, & Florence + The Machine’s You’ve Got The Love, & the late Prince to introduce her already perfect songs, & we knew we were destined soulmates with this binch. Did we also mention that there was a double rainbow & she wore a custom iridescent bomber jacket by Swedish designer Lina Michal while she was simultaneously stealing hearts? Yas kwayne!
Checkout her latest release, Woman Is A Word:
D∆WN @ Motorco Park : We were not at all prepared for what Dawn Richard delivered. I mean we certainly expected a performance to write home about, but shame on us for doubting how lit this parking lot stage was about to be. Not only did her looks kill, her backup dancers all white ensembles slay, but the dance moves, the coverage of every possible music genre in existence (even a cover of The Rolling Stones’ Wild Horses), & the overall energy of her performance could not be topped. P. Diddy’s teachings on Making The Band proved to be star quality. We have plenty of videos but for the sake of yr bandwidth, here’s a little taste:
Laurel Halo @ The Pinhook: We had to do something with all the energy from D∆WN‘s hype set, so we went over to the closest underground dance club we knew to catch Laurel Halo. Stripped down techno from this formally trained musician with amazing Fifth Element-esque braids among smoke machines & beautiful projections was just the cure.
c/o Alex Kacha
DJ Harvey @ The Armory : A legendary 3 hour sweaty cosmic dance session to end the last night of Moogfest? Obvi. Harvey Bassett has been flexin’ since the 80’s & has made his mark on the Ibiza club scene, so seeing this set felt like transcending all space & time. A mix of classics, disco, fresh house, & whatever else he had in his crates, he gave the people what they wanted with a vibrant, lively set we will never forget! Fun fact: He started out as a drummer for punk bands like Ersatz. We wish he was our dad.
// DAY 4
Our last day in beautiful (& might we add clean as fuq) Durham, so we naturally spent it at the swankiest spot, The Durham Hotel for their Disco Brunch w/ Hieroglyphic Being. Jamal Moss, another pillar of the Chicago house scene, was the perfect soundtrack for our tropical punch bowls & weekend reflection. *Apparently everyone was having too much fun to take videos of this, so here’s a pretty photo of the venue.
On our way out, we visited the Modular Marketplace which can be best described as an interactive electronic instrument bazaar & the IDEO Musical Playground, a large-scale interactive installation with floating spheres that create music as they bounce into one another.
We ran into familiar faces, like our friend Anjali of DIASPOURA, made some lifelong friends like our new life coach & fellow blogger Anthony of Tastes Like Caramel, took a ride with award-winning cab rider who serenaded us with Spice Girls bangers, & re-bonded with each other after being apart for so long with our love of female musicians & dancing until they turn the lights on!
All in all, we had a blast, & want to thank Moogfest & the ladies of Magnum PR so much for letting us play! Follow us on Instagram for more videos/photos if you still need your fix. Until next year! x