Festival Photos: Soundtown Music Festival (Somerset, WI)

Flaming Lips (Oklahoma City, OK), DeVotchKa (Denver, CO), Delta Spirit (Long Beach, CA)
August 19th and 20th, 2011
Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wisconsin

Collection of Galleries: Flickr

Picture  if you will: a concert area that would fit 40,000 people, and only 4-5,000 actually show up. For the first year of the Soundtown Music Festival, that is exactly what happened.

As a volunteer of Rock The Cause, I have gotten to do some pretty cool stuff. Going to Soundtown and shooting freely for two days with over 30 local and national bands was an absolute thrill. Coupled with camping from Friday til Sunday with so many fun people around, it was one of the best weekends I can remember.

One act that I wanted to see on the bill was Delta Spirit. There were three stages at the venue and they were situated on the main stage. Matthew Vasquez and the band blew away the slowly growing crowd. One of their closing songs was a classic Folk song “John Henry” that can be found on the EP “The Waits Room”. It was loud, dirty, heavy and impossible not to groove to.

Wayne Coyne came out to the Rock The Cause booth a few hours before his show and did a meet and greet that totally exceeded anyone’s expectations. We walked over from the main stage area and into a mass of growing people, then proceeded to spend over an hour with his fans. He doodled on shirts, chatted with individuals at length, and posed for photos. Two members from DeVotchKa also came over to talk with people and find out more about the nonprofits at the event.

Jeanie Schroder and Shawn King of DeVotchKa with an advocate from Free Arts Minnesota.

I had heard a few songs I thought by The Flaming Lips like “Do You Realize??” and “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song”, but never really thought too much about seeing them live, I had no idea I was missing one of the craziest, most entertaining concert experiences of my life! Wayne Coyne came out to give a short speech about what was about to happen in the show (Space Eggs, bright lights, loud noises) and this was after the band did one final sound check themselves!

Check out the photos below, and also my Flickr collection from the weekend. The camping, bands, venue and the people made this one hell of a truly memorable weekend.

The Flaming Lips


Ghostland Observatory

The Flaming Lips

Delta Spirit
The Flaming Lips with “Is David Bowie Dying??”

Sims and Lazerbeak of Doomtree

The New Pornographers

Solid Gold

Cory Chisel

Phantom Tails


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