SASQUATCH – Day 1; a night of surprises
The day started off late, opening with Allen Stone on the Sasquatch Stage. A bad timeslot for such an amazing artist…however he will be on that very same stage in September opening up for the Dave Matthews Band. I have no doubt in my mind he will kill it!
As the wind picked up, Macklemore, an unexpected guest walked onto the side platform to watch his friend perform. He and Ryan Lewis were seen by very few eyes, but those who knew saw them dance, quietly doing the robot in the corner.
Today also marked the beginning of a new era for Sasquatch; adding a new stage that hosted only local hip-hop groups. Three groups played per day. The first performer was Scribes. Although he now lives in L.A. he resided in the Seattle area when the booking was made. We talked at length afterwards about his move and how he didn’t want people to think he abandoned his “home.” Rather, he left to sort through some personal business as well as connect with a few game changers putting together a strong team he can bring back to Seattle.
Macklemore sent out a few tweets asking Sasquatch patrons what they were doing at around 945pm that night, telling everyone how nice the weather was, and leading everyone who follows his twitter on the idea he might just perform somewhere that night. But where? He wasn’t scheduled! Allen Stone and the Maine stage acts came and went…still nothing. He was written-up as a no show by fans.
Some of our good friends closed the hip-hop stage for the night. The Physics showed up to shut it down. Malice and Mario Sweet were singing backup, Sam was on keys, and guest MC’s came and went. This was the first time I’ve seen the entire group together since their Seattle show in February of last year.
As the sun set behind the Sasquatch stage, Girl Talk sent up fireworks. Most of the people in the venue headed to the Main stage to dance.
The time was 1005pm. Girl Talk thanked the crowd and stepped off the stage. The intermission music came up as normal. People started to leave; others moved closer to the stage to see Pretty Lights. A few sang along to the intermission music, which just happen to be Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us.”
As the crew quickly setup for the closing act, the stage lights slowly pointed out to the crowd. Within a minute the video monitors turned on revlealing Macklemore’s music video for Can’t Hold Us. “That can’t be right…there was never a music video for that song,” thought some hardcore fans.
That is when it hit them. The spotlights turned on, and standing on a raised stage in the middle of the crowd was Macklemore X Ryan Lewis. People slowly caught on, while fans screamed and made their way to his stage.
What an amazing start to a long weekend of music.