Festival Photos + Recap: X Fest 2015 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre (Chula Vista, CA)

X Fest 2015
Moon Hooch (Brooklyn, NY), Robert DeLong (Echo Park, CA), The Cult (Lhasa, Tibet), YelaWolf (Gadsden, AL), and Modest Mouse (Issaquah, WA)
June 7th, 2015
Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA

Believe The Hype! When it comes to this show anyhow.  On June 7th the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista was host to one of the most anticipated shows of this summer, X Fest presented by San Diego’s own 91X FM. Not one but 14 amazing bands share the stage so to speak.

On the main stage, Hip Hop original legends Public Enemy made a rare and spectacular appearance.  Indie giants Modest Mouse headlined the night and the big names didn’t stop there.  British post-punk rockers The Cult performed  their classics to adoring fans.  Yelawolf, new Hip Hop southern-royal delivered a powerful and vibrant performance with his unique fusion of hip hop, country, and classic rock.  Los Angeles street punk masters Pennywise delivered a powerful set of their own classics and gifted the crowd with an amazing cover of Nirvana’s “Territorial Pissings.”  Death from above 1979, Atlas Genius, Palma Violets, and Cold War Kids kept fans in motion and off their feet.

These names alone, I am sure need no further introductions, and easily explained the full house.  What surprised me the most though was unlike other festivals I attended in previous years, the crowd didn’t hold out for the headliner but participated throughout the entire event.

I arrived at a packed venue at 1 pm. The main stage was closed as newer bands were getting ready to rock the side stage and I had a difficult time making it to the photo pit.  Shady Francos, Meg Myers, Robert DeLong who seemed capable to prove  that one man just might do it all after all, and The Orwells played to a captivated audience who did not miss a single beat.

What caught my attention even more was the band who played in between their sets, on the staircase off to the side of the stage, not in prime real estate one would think and yet everyone in the crowd seemed drawn by the sound of this powerhouse trio. Moon Hooch (Wenzl McGowen, Mike Wilbur and james Muschier) a jazz fusion band originally from New York  who definitely left a mark here in California with their powerful combination of lively percussions and smooth saxophones.

With two albums released and one in the making you are sure to hear a lot more of this band in the near future as I am sure they have more than earned a spot on the main stage!  Make sure you keep up with their upcoming releases and tours, you won’t regret it.

Thoughts?