Cincinnati natives the Seedy Seeds opened up the festival. Good job, festival geniuses! You could not have picked a more perfect act to kick off the three-day festival! The Seedy Seeds are this awesome up-beat folky band. The group is pretty drum-heavy and they mix in a lot of outside recordings into their songs. The banjo seems to be a staple and the acoustic guitar a visiting friend who doesn't make it into every song. They played in Cincinnati's School of Creative and Performing Arts theatre so everyone was sitting in seats. I saw a few folks in the back dancing, which was great! The Seedy Seeds are normally a band that folks get up and dance to.
I then walked up 12th Street through midway, a little outdoor section of food and vendors. Free doughnuts were given out by Busken Bakery (a Cincinnati chain bakery). That was sweet (literally). I then turned up Main Street and went to Mr. Pitifuls to see Pokey Lafarge & the South City Three, a bluegrass group from St. Lous, MO. Now I had seen them perform in my college town about two years ago, so I knew it was going to be good. A lot of their songs involved the audience, which was a lot of fun. My favorite going "Well I'm so happy you got me singing la la la."
After those two, it was a bunch of bands I didn't really know too well. So I ended up stumbling into some new favorites. I walked into MOTR as The Color Pharmacy, a band from Minneapolis, was playing. They seemed to have just the sound I like ... an upbeat but sort of indie style of rock. They sang a song about wishing they knew you when they were five. I suppose they were envious of the simpler days of childhood. And hey, I can't really blame them. It was a pleasant surprise to randomly find a band I like. And it's always good to support the out-of-town acts. One, I can't see them all the time. And two, it's probably not as easy for them to get a crowd as say it is for a group like the Seedy Seeds.
I ended the night at the Know Theatre. The venue was on the way back to the car so I thought "hey, I might as well stop in and see if I like what I hear." Well, not only did I like what I heard but what I saw was my favorite act of the evening. The group in the photo here to the left is Merely the Mocs, a Cincinnati indie folk group. Indie folk is perhaps one of my new favorite sounds. They have a violinist and it just provided a really beautiful touch. Overall, the group has catchy songs with some pretty deep lyrics. So it made for the most pleasant surprise!