Summer is most concert-goers favorite season.There are festivals all over the country that feature some of the best music out there. There’s Bonnaroo, Coachella, Warped Tour, Pitchfork, Riot Fest, Lollapalooza, the list goes on and on. Don’t get me wrong… I would kill to go to those festivals but they are too expensive, they overwhelm me, and give me the worst anxiety. What if two bands I want to see are playing on different stages at the same time? How would I choose?! What if one set goes a bit too long and then I can’t get to the next stage to see the next band on time? And come on, paying $100+ to maybe stand a mile away from your favorite band while dealing with obnoxious drunks? Not my cup of tea.
I love festivals in Minneapolis. Yeah, Soundset was pushing it a little bit for me but almost every weekend in the summer, there is some random festival going on in some random parking lot and if you’re not there, you’re missing out.
Yesterday was P.O.S’s (local rapper who happens to be a member of Doomtree) festival called “The Fucking Best Show Ever”. It was part music festival, part skateboarding competition, but all around good time. There was everything from rap music to experimental to punk to Big Freedia (who may as well be her own genre). Everyone had a beer in hand, everyone had a smile on their face, and everyone was family as how many shows go up here in the Twin Cities. How fitting that it was sponsored by La Familia Skateshop, a local skateboard shop in Northeast Minneapolis.
There were all types of people at this show. You had the skateboarders clutching their boards in their hands and waving them in the air while the music was playing. There were the hip hop fans who were spitting lines and beat boxing towards the back of the parking lot. There was a spattering of people just from the neighborhood with their dogs sitting along the makeshift fences. There were people there just wanting to enjoy the outdoors with a cold beer in their hands. There was everyone.
Everyone clapped for every band. Everyone danced to every band. The way a festival should be. It didn’t matter if you liked metal music, rap, hip hop, punk or experimental music.
Here are a couple of highlights from the day:
- Marijuana Deathsquads, yes, that’s their actual name, completely killed it. They are a 6-piece experimental band from here in the cities. They look more like 6 geeks that decided to make music. It was 4 people with their heads buried in their computers and then 2 drummers on opposite sides of the stage. You couldn’t understand a word the singer was saying due to the effect he had going on with his microphone but I think that was the point.
- Ho99o9 (pronounced Horror) was nothing short of interesting. They came out with one member in a torn up wedding dress and the other kind of looking like some sort of fly. By the end of the show, both men were doing back flips and climbing on the amps. There was no shortage of energy in the crowd during their set. The crowd was going crazy. They were moshing on the concrete which is never a good idea, but looked fun!
- Big Freedia. That is all. There is nothing more you can say. There was so much twerking on stage, off stage, twerking everywhere! It was definitely nothing short of entertaining.
- P.O.S. was amazing as always. It’s so cool to see him do a small festival like this even though he is a member of Doomtree, one of the most famous rap collectives to come out of Minneapolis, the midwest… hell, the country.
It’s days like yesterday that make me super excited for yet another summer in Minneapolis. So stock up on sunscreen, save up some beer money, and make it out to one of the random parking lot festivals. I promise that you will have a great time and meet some of the most interesting people the city has to offer.
Venue: A Parking Lot In Northeast Minneapolis
Sausage Fest Meter- 12 out of 10
Crowd Surfers- 0
Broken Bones- None
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- Nobody cared if you were too drunk
Found in the Pit- 1 shoe; 1 pair of broken glasses