DeLuna Fest Day Two Recap
The second day of our annual festival filled our beautiful beaches with more incredible songs, happy revelers, and fun. The hot day kicked off with early sets from the incredible jazz chanteuse Kitt Lough and her band, local cuties The Real Hooks, the badass rock of Hip Kitty, and Battle of the Band winners LF Knighton. Casual funk welcomed festival goers with an incredible mix at the entrance gate, while Bad Penny got the dancers on the sand going from the Red Bull MTX stage. Between the jazz, pop, punk, rock, and dance music there was something for everyone to be stoked about.
As the afternoon wore on festival goers found creative ways to cool down, from the free water at the Vapur stations to stripping down to swimsuits, catching some cool at the Mistworks misters near the Go Pensacola Stage, or relying on a nice cool drink. They kept on moving though, as locals Paloma, then Austin favorites The Canvas Waiting and Saints of Valory rocked back to back sets on the Go Pensacola and Wind Creek stages. The Heritage stage was the place to be to get your fill of jazz and funk, as the Brass-o-Holics brought the horns to the stage, then Washboard Chaz and his Tin Men kept the beat going, followed by Antoine Knight and the blues of Anders Osborne.
Saturday continued and sports fans were thrilled with the opportunities to check in on their favorite teams' score at the many televisions located throughout the festival grounds in the NBC Sports Lounge, the Landshark Bar, Crabs We Got 'Em, and The Dock. Lights Resolve, Maggie Rose, Mick Swagger, and The Silos kept the festival jamming on and on, and fans howling for more.
Mike Doughty and Jimmy Cliff showed just what "classic" means with two of the greatest sets of the day, full of hits and tunes from across their career spectrum. Keith Morris from OFF! shared some history on the SoCal hardcore scene that he started when he co-founded Black Flag, continued to evolve with the Circle Jerks, and is still making history with Off! which also features Dimitri Coats of Burning Brides. Their set lit a fire on the Go Pensacola Stage that continued to burn with Bad Brains, who left the stage scorched with epic punk history by the end of the set.
The WInd Creek stage area was jammed to the gills by the time the queen of rock n roll, Joan Jett took the stage with The Black Hearts, blistering through a set of classic tunes that had the whole crowd singing along. Joan looks better than ever, and we're thrilled that she chose to share her birthday with DeLuna Fest. Meanwhile, across the sand, The Joy Formidable frontwoman Ritzy Bryan demonstrated what the new generation of rock n roll sirens looks and sounds like. They left the stage in a display of rock exuberance, leaving drummer Matt Thomas's set in disarray, kicked all over the stage and leaving the crowd buzzing for more.
Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers carried fans past sunset into early twilight on the Heritage Stage as did Band of Horses who left some fans literally crying for more.
The beach filled and filled and filled until the 9:15 arrival time of Foo Fighters, who kicked their set off with White Limo before launching into a string of sing-a-long hits. Despite a couple of technical difficulties, the Foos put on a rockin' 2 hour show that covered every one of their albums, and then surprised the crowd by inviting Bob Mould on stage (don't miss his set on Sunday at DeLuna Fest playing the entirety of COPPER BLUE!) to play. A few minutes later, Dave lead the crowd in serenading Joan Jett with "Happy Birthday", after which she obliged the crowd with a song - playing "Bad Reputation" with the Foos. Ultimate concert experience is one way to describe it.
On the other side of the fest, Paper Diamond put on a noteworthy set of beats and jams which set the stage for Diplo to close out the night with his second DeLuna Fest mega dance party that had people rockin through the end of Day 2.
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All photos in this post (c) Josh Rhinehart
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Band of Horses
The Canvas Waiting
The Real Hooks