Day One done, feet sore, arms burnt, a fresh crowd mixed with some from the day before lined up to get into the venue once again. Some fans had come from as far away as Minnesota just to see headliner Robert Plant, while others came from Montana, their flag wrapped around their shoulders like a blanket. The crowd was still a good mix of family and 20 something’s, ready for a good time.
Opening alone on stage Sycamore at 1:00 pm was Washington based soul singer Allen Stone. With long golden locks and a smile, Stone got the early crowd going, taking time to put his guitar down and swing his hips, encouraging the audience to do the same.
On the Oaks was Minnesota based band Trampled by Turtles, a folksy group, with every instrument on stage, including banjo, violin, guitars, cello and keyboard. They got the crowd stomping and clapping, some even moving out into the open field to dance.
On Willow was Colorado band Track Suit Wedding with their soulful rock. On Sycamore, the Minnesota band assembled by the late Prince played to adoring fans. Skeptical of how many fans were actually in the audience, the band joked asking if they were true fans, to which the crowd responded by raising their hands and screaming to show their support.
The day continued, with native Californian Margaret Glaspy playing on Willow, with a small setup of drums, bass and her on guitar. Relaxed in a denim jumpsuit, she thanked the crowd for coming, her cool, collected voice singing over them.
Moving back to the main stage, next was Wisconsin based band Violent Femmes. They joked that their song, “Blister in the Sun”, could be interpreted in many different ways, but today that it should be taken literally. The crowd cheered in response and danced and sang along as the band got into it.
Heading over to Sycamore again, next on was LA-based band The Bangles, who played their hits like, “Manic Monday” and closed out with “Walk like an Egyptian. An all-female band, they were happy to welcome back one of their original members Abby Travis on bass.
On Willow, rock band Dorothy, led by singer Dorothy Martin got a late start, with Dorothy jokingly addressing the crowd asking if anyone had seen a tambourine and to return it because they weren’t going to be leaving without it. Lighting a cigarette, the band rocked as Dorothy with her signature deep and sultry voice sang.
Attendees took time to walk between sets, taking in the NASA dome with information on future space travel and took time to stop by the Bai tent to grab some free drinks – much needed in the hot afternoon.
Alanis Morissette played next on the Oaks stage, thanking the crowd for their continued support during her 25-year music career. The crowds pushed towards the front, making it feel as if she was headlining that day.
After played Gary Clark Jr, with fans marking him as the next big thing in Jazz. He brought the house down with his blues-rock, soul mixed songs. Capital Cities brought the energy up on stage Sycamore, getting the audience to clap and dance as they played some of their hits like, “Safe and Sound”.
Festival-goers began to shift towards the Oaks, waiting in anticipation for Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters to come on. Once they did, the crowd couldn’t contain themselves, screaming and cheering as a smiling Plant took the mic, his signature voice traveling across the field. With the ease and nonchalance, only a rock legend could possess, Plant and the band played, taking time for long guitar solos moving seamlessly into other songs, taking breaks to address the crowd and introduce the fully British based band. Ending his set five minutes early, the crowd demanded an encore, which he obliged to give, playing a medley of Led Zeppelin hits.
The crowds dispersed to Sycamore to catch San Francisco based band Third Eye Blind and to stage Willow to see R&B, Soul singer Aaron Neville. Third Eye blind played their hits like, “Jumper”, with the audience screaming out the lyrics louder than lead vocalist Stephan Douglas Jenkins. Their set ran over by a couple minutes, forcing Sunday’s headliner Kings of Leon to start a bit later than expected.
Moving to the Oaks for the final time that weekend, the crowd pushed for the front, as the two screens showed looped animations of anatomical hearts beating. The lights came up and the band walked on stage, starting their set with “Waster a Moment”.
Filled with mostly relaxed sets and hits from all bands, Arroyo Seco Weekend was a weekend filled with nostalgia, happy attendees, and very little controversy. The biggest complaints for some was the walking distance from the shuttle drop off to the actual venue. If anything, it was a weekend for attendees to take a moment and live in a world where only great music and food exists, even when the outside world continues to head in a downward spiral.
PHOTOS: DAY TWO