Live review: Snow Ball Music Festival, Day 2By Colin St. John and Evan Semon | March 6th, 2011 | No Comments »
The median age here is low, very low. Thus, the party atmosphere is palpable amongst the rambunctious crowd. The streets of Boulder and Fort Collins must be suffering a sense of loss this weekend. Although it must be said that the average concertgoer at Snow Ball might not be disappointing a professor on Monday morning, but Mom and Dad before class at Creek.
All the same, the show Saturday night was just as electronically focused as Friday’s — if not more so. The exception would have to be Local Natives, one of the few indie bands on the bill that cruised through a set with a sniper’s focus on the mellow. The positive vibes reached a head when the L.A. group wrapped things up with “Sun Hands.” The song concentrates on propositions of such warm things and even after the band admitted it was the “coldest show” they’d ever played, the subject didn’t seem irony as much as an optimistic forecast.
Later, Lotus satiated the will of the jam band crowd with synth-heavy trance booms. As the pot smoke blew eastward, Savoy invaded the tent with its low, low bass, rolling rhythms and OutKast (and Dire Straits) samples. The Boulder-cum-Brooklyn band’s success might just rest in its pulsating laser show, a true feat.
Bassnectar concluded the proceedings above the slick and dangerous ice floor below. As piercing frames of neon that could’ve passed for an early ‘90s school photo flowed, Lorin Ashton subtly faded and balanced the speaker system with warbling gusto. Two guys ran quickly past while Ashton’s beats bumped and the security guard giving chase face-planted into the pavement. The crowd went wild but none of it seemed malicious. No, many of the bystanders–bruised elbows and all–were just empathizing.
Colin St. John is a Denver writer and a new contributor to Reverb.
Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb.