Firefly Music Festival, June 19-22, Dover, Delaware
Sunday, June 22
After grabbing breakfast at a local diner full of firefly-ers, I embarked on day two.
I hit The Market, sort of a vendor village. I copped a few cuffs and bought some baubles. I then dipped in The Arcade to suck up some air conditioning and peep the vintage games. I consulted my trusty program and scurried to see Misterwives.
Lead singer, Mandy Lee confessed, “This is the first legitimate festival for us.” Misterwives covered Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.” Wispy vocals and a spirited tambourine engaged the crowd with “Imagination Infatuation.” A band member had the audience smile for a photo at the end of the performance.
I squeezed in a little Weezer. People flooded the stage area to get a view of the band. When Weezer launched into chart-topping “Beverly Hills” so many festivalgoers sang so loudly that it sounded like a well-rehearsed choir.
Englishman Jake Bugg’s acoustic sound and simple vocals provided an escape from the madness that is Firefly. He has taken his folk talents to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, American Idol, and author Stephen King likened him to a young Bob Dylan. Jake and his guitar are hitting stages in Spain, France and Hungary this summer.
The Laid-back Legion, my nickname for the Ziggy Marley fans, gathered at The Backyard stage early. The air was laced with the distinct smells of several smokeable products. Marley kicked off his set with “Love is My Religion” and performed songs from his current release “Fly Rasta.” He has some of the hardest working background singers. They danced barefoot and still sounded great.
There were several more acts on tap (Childish Gambino, Jack Johnson, etc.), but I had to get home. From headbangers to headbands, Firefly will always be my first.
Check out my first day at Firefly.