DeLuna Fest Day One Recap
Friday was a firecracker! The day started off with a bang. Kosmonot got the day bumping at the entrance gate with some groovy tunes, and locals Pioneers! O' Pioneers got the local crowd revved up on the Wind Creek Stage. Crowds sprinted to be in the front row at the DeLuna Stage for Fishbone, who went through a series of their hits and brought a ton of energy and groovy ska and punk to the sand. The Honey Island Swamp band continued the groove with their particular brand of New Orleans Blues-Funk. City and Colour made fans swoon as the afternoon wore on, and got people in the perfect mood for the rock n roll sounds of The Gaslight Anthem. The crowd was THRILLED when Eddie Vedder joined the boys in The Gaslight Anthem on stage for "State of Love and Trust" (omg omg), and the overall performance was simply perfect. Every member of the band themselves smiled the whole way through at the beautiful setting.
Meanwhile, on the Go Pensacola Stage, Deadly Fists of King Fu brought their Pensacola punk sound and brand of humor, quipping before one song "this is dedicated to all the people who like songs." Guitarist Jason Hurt introduced another: "the entire narrative of this song takes place in Alan Moore's beard." Next on the Go Pensacola Stage was UK garage indie favorites Band of Skulls, whose set was nothing short of epic. That performance surely won over scores of new fans. They were followed by Trampled By Turtles, who were soundchecking during Ben Folds Five's set. At one point, Ben Folds remarked "Is that Guided By Voices?" The response came "No, there's too many banjos." Ben Folds: "Guided by Banjos?" TBTs set rocked. The Ben Folds Five reunion was life changing, running through hit after hit across their career, including "Erase Me" from their latest output, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind.
The return of Guided By Voices was heralded by many fans, who loved to see the band back together on the DeLuna Stage.
Butts were shakin' and smiles were plentiful all afternoon at the Heritage Stage where the Hot 8 Brass Band and Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk closed out the stage for the evening. Dwight Yoakam brought the first hint of country to the Wind Creek Stage, encouraging fans to sing along, and altering lyrics to make them special to Pensacola.
At 9:30, Pearl Jam took the DeLuna Stage, beginning, appropriately with "Oceans" before tearing into Corduroy and a never ending stop of fan favorites, introducing "Parachute" as a song for "anyone who's lost someone in the past year", and coming back for two encores before closing out for the night.
But the party continued. DJ AC Slater kicked off the EDM selection of DeLuna Fest, getting fans screaming, drawing out the neon, and starting the dance party. 12th Planet's unique brand of dubstep kept the heat up, and by the time the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff took the stage, the crowd was packed in to the Wind Creek stage area, and grooving as one.
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Honey Island Swamp Band
City and Colour
The Gaslight Anthem w/Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam
Band of Skulls
Ben Folds Five
The crowd at DeLuna Fest
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
DJ Jazzy Jeff