[ATTENDED: July 28, 2014] Band of Horses
When I saw that Beck and Band of Horses were headlining the Sunday night of the XPoNential Music Festival this year, I immediately got tickets. Sarah and I are huge fans of both bands, so it was a no brainer. The harder part was trying to decide if we wanted to go to the rest of the festival. Ultimately we decided we did not. Sure there were a lot of bands who would have been great to see, but neither one of us wanted to spend the whole hot day in the sun paying a crazy fortune for food and drinks… and you can only ask grandma to do so much babysitting, right? So, even though the price was right ($45 for a three day pass, holy cow), we opted to stay only for the headliners.
And, yes I did toy with the idea of heading in earlier to see Man Man again, but XPN thoughtfully broadcast the shows on the radio, so it was like I was there (they did not broadcast the shows from inside the Bank Center). The opening act for our night was The Districts, a local Philly band who are getting major reviews. But we arrived after they finished, so I have nothing to say about them.
We’d never been to SBC before. It is like a bigger version of the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel–a big open-aired theater with nice lawn seating. The major major gripe was the parking–$30. THIRTY? Really, what is this Manhattan? True, I’d rather pay thirty dollars than park on the streets of Camden, but come on. Of course, when we got inside and saw that a beer was $14 (for a “premium” brew), we decided that it was either park the car or have a beer. So that made us feel better. And, on the way, out, the exiting was much better than PNC (and many other venues), so okay, but still. Continue Reading »