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Welcome to post two of three of the Ultimate Concert Experience, Festival Fever.

This weekend I enjoyed a super chilled out festival in Oceanside, California. The stages we set right on the water, leaving a magical backdrop to a great night of shows. Not to shabby for a $15 ticket. The beer was semi cheap, and food trucks exquisite. Add in some really good bands and my Saturday  was made.

There were two stages set up, not to far from each other. It was a nice walk instead of a brisk hike back and forth to the bands, like some bigger festivals. The atmospheric waves crashed on the beach as I sipped my beer, waiting on the next band to hit the stage, with an excited sold out crowd.

One of the greatest acts of the night were up and comers, Smallpools. After only releasing there EP with indie hits like “Dreaming” and “Mason Jar”, they took the stage and wowed the crowd. They also played songs from the upcoming album and it sounds like it’s chalk full of more hits. Check out a clip from “American Love” another song that will be on the new album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSrdg8ta1i4&feature=youtu.be

Another big band of the night, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. had an explosive set. It seems a lot of indie dance songs are difficult to sing live, due to all the production, but these guys were incredible. The band was tight and harmonies were spot on.

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Cage The Elephant, the headlining band of the night, put all others to shame. After just finishing a tour opening for Muse, there level of talent was crazy. The lead singer wiggled all over the stage, reminiscent of Iggy Pop, enticing fans with his intense vocals. Fans responded by crowd-surfing and moshing. They fucking rocked. The band was super tight and for 45 minutes, they owned it and the crowd loved them!

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It was a great show to close out festival season. Check out my next post about the complete concert experience where we’ll see if checking out your favorite music on a cruise ship is worth it. “I’m on a boat!!”

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