First I would like to say I was planning on hitting up all three stages and snagging a few shots of every performer. Second, let me say that it was SO hot, sets started late, and there were a ton of people so my plan was a no go.
Even though my plan fell flat, I still had an amazing time hanging out at the Walser stage at the 2011 Basilica Block Party. A number of my posts have contained The 4ontheFloor and to be totally transparent, they are friends of mine. That does not change the fact that this is; as someone said today; the summer of The 4ontheFloor. They are playing everywhere and for a lot of pretty big events, it has been very exciting. They were the first band of the night to take the Walser stage and played a rockin, loud set. It was a stompin, energy builder to get people moving in a non-traditional opening band kind of way.
The following act was Citizen Cope and he played a solo set that made you question how he was positioned between two rocking bands (Drive-By Truckers were the third band). He was soulful, but not really my cup of tea. I’ll give him a chance later when I am in the proper mood to consume his music.
Drive-By Truckers (DBT) have been the bane of my existence for the past couple months (yes, I listen to the radio still). Their newish single “Used to Be A Cop” has been in heavy rotation and reached it’s overplayed rating long ago. So, I was a little tepid going into their set. As they came out on stage, someone was plucking Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and I knew they were ready to roll. A quick side-note on that: leading up to the Basilica Block Party this year, a protest to the whole concert surfaced and got some attention as a number of people began boycotting the popular fundraising concert with claims that the Catholic Church shunned all gays and were producing anti-gay DVDs. Many of the artists at the two day concerts made a statement pertaining to equal rights. DBT rocked the enthusiastic and dance-happy crowd as the sun set on the front steps of the beautiful Basilica Church. Check out the photo gallery links at the top of the article, and photos and videos down below.