Best Coast took the stage to Toto's "Africa" (as the crowd, most of whom younger than the song itself, cheered frenetically and clapped along), though the momentum was briefly interrupted by sound problems.
From the Greek, "phenomena" means, "to show, shine, appear, to be manifest (or manifest itself)" -- an occurrence that is a given, a force of nature that becomes the object of a person's attention.
Amidst a carnival backdrop and a vast, black-clad bromance, Riot Fest 2013 battered, broke and scarred the Chicago faithful and the wanderers alike, just as desired.
Despite early morning rain, day two of LouFest proved to be a beautiful day to see live music in Forest Park.
Rain splattered St. Louis Sunday morning. The sight recalled last year, when LouFest was temporarily halted prior to Son Volt's set as a colossal storm pounded Central Field into a muddy pulp.
"I want to ride my life like a rocket from hell -- aim it for that far wall of the universe and break on through to a place with no story or name." - Bob Reuter
The walk up to the LouFest's gates -- austere and reminiscent of the devices used to bottle up manic thoroughbreds before the race -- was dotted with satellite festival-goers with salt and pepper manes and swollen coolers.
Seattle, thank you. You were sunlight and summer for three straight days, saving your typically relentless rain for the personalized autograph of a goodbye drizzle -- a little reassurance found with just a closer look.