DeLuna Fest Day Three Recap
The final day of the 3rd edition of our festival left thousands panting for more. The runaway highlight, and most-talked about performance of the day was undoubtedly Florence and The Machine, whose sunset set on the Wind Creek stage filled every available corner of the space and enchanted all listeners. She beckoned like a siren of legend, and DeLuna Fest fans heeded her call. The lot had been full all day however, Earlier, Bob Mould tore through his classic album Copper Blue, and regaled the audience with highlights of his time with both Husker Du and Sugar. Superchunk thrilled everyone with one of the most energetic sets of the day in the peak of the heat, reminding everyone why they are one of the seminal bands of the last decades of the 20th centruy. Redd Kross brought the bodies out early and ready to mosh, with co-founder and bassist Steven McDonald manning the low end for his second set of the fest after his performance the previous day with Off! Astronautilis christened the Wind Creek stage for Sunday, bringing brains to the beach, singing about scientific principles, and dropping some knowledge on the gathered fans.
Meanwhile, The DeLuna Stage was rockin all day. Fans created chaise lounges out of sand, laid down their towels, and enjoyed the best of both the beach and the music. Locals DLP returned to the stage to kick off the day's festivities and starting the day off with a family friendly set. Reggae-roots rocker Mishka built a groove and set the tone for a relaxing day on the beach, as his tunes set the perfect vibe. Southern rock revivalists Blackberry Smoke got the fans up off of the sand and shaking their butts with their fun, classic sound. The return of the Wallflowers attracted superfans and curiosity seekers to the stage. The Foo Fighters keyboardist Rami Jaffee returned to the main stage to accompany Jacob Dylan's crew on keys, and despite the seige of dragonflies, the band did not disappoint playing a range of their most recognziable tunes including "One Headlight" and "6th Avenue Heartache." Fitz and the Tantrums kept everyone dancing with their sexy, fun, soul music. Noelle Skaggs stole the show with her outstanding vocals and audience engagement, and she and lead singer Michael Fitzgerald made a great team for the perfect bit of afternoon fun. Then there was the Zac Brown Band, who came out charging to an unexpected rap-track intro, launching into a blistering two-hour set, and throwing in unexpected covers from Nirvana and Rage Against The Machine that made the night all the more special.
The Heritage Stage, The Go Pensacola Stage, and The Dock Stage had no shortage of crowd pleasers either. The Legendary JC's set the right tone for a Sunday with their rootsy soul in the sand to kick off the third day of Jazz, Soul, Funk, and Blues that dominated the Heritage Stage all weekend. Charmaine Neville left the crowd chanting for "more cowbell, please" and Bonerama defied words with their brassy performance. The Rebirth Brass Band celebrated their appearance on HBO's Treme (which also aired last night) with a perfect set of New Orleans jazz. The Dock treated folks to the rock n roll of Jon Pardi, race fans to the Sylvania 300, and more. EDM fans got their fix with the DJs who spun all day at the entrance gate and at the super unique Red Bull MTX stage, which featured DJs throughout the weekend. The stage itself is a transformer truck, ready to rival Bumblebee for an instant party anywhere it's parked, complete with lights, a state of the art sound system, and DJ booth. Go Pensacola had the most eclectic lineup of the day. The Villains with their dramatic performance kicked off the parking lot jams early, followed by the reunion of local favorites Two Thirty Eight which had Pensacola natives howling. Everyone was thrilled they were back together for DeLuna Fest. Ben Sollee left jaws literally ajar when he took the stage with his cello to provide one of the most engaging and unique performances of the day, and paved the way for the Corin Tucker Band to get all the Riot grrrrls and guys going. The Wood Brothers closed out the stage, and gave a perfect intro for fans to head over to hear Zac Brown Band.
Thank you to all the fans who came out to this year's DeLuna Fest. We had an amazing time with the incredible lineup, and hope you did too. A special thank you goes out to all of our sponsors (please be sure to support them! A complete list is at www.delunafest.com under "partner") without whom we could not have staged this year's festival. We hope to see you all next year.
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Florence and the Machine
Noelle Skaggs of Fitz and the Tantrums
Fitz of Fitz and the Tantrums
Jakob Dylan of the Wallflowers
Photos (c) Josh Rhinehart
The Corin Tucker Band