I couldn’t define Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements more accurately that they have on their website. “Some might say that Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements hopes to reinvent the traditions of Vaudeville for a 21st century audience – a live mash up of art forms and entertainment under one umbrella. Our ultimate goal is to create a distinct environment that allows a wide audience to be entertained with the most creative ideas and performers regardless of genre.” This weekend they overtook Chicago’s Eckhart Park, where people of all ages were transfixed on the big tents, jugglers, carnival games, over stuffed-stuffed animals, and rides. Renegade Craft Fair had tents set up, a farmers market and so much live music.
Minnesota natives, Dark Dark Dark performed saturday night in the Criss/Cross tent. Playing to a very intimate crowd under a circus tent, I mean it was spectacular. Most fans made home on the grass, some lingering at the back by the 312 Goose Island beer or artists merch tables. One thing is for certain, everyone under that tent was mesmerized by Nona Marie Invie’s voice and lyrics. The band played songs from their acclaimed album, Wild Go. They also played a few newer songs, but didn’t give any word on when a new album would be coming out. A short set of about 40 mins they did play favorites, “Bright, Bright, Bright”, “Celebrate” and ended with the uplifting, and whimsical, “Daydreaming”.