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Thursday, 18 July, 2013 1:18 PM

Was last Friday's Common Ground Fest A Tale of Two Music Spectrums?

Were Twenty One Pilots the real main stage highlight?

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MGMT was the headliner on Friday, July 12 at the Common Ground Music Fest in Lansing, Mich.

 

by Pete Bublitz
petblitz@yahoo.com

 

 

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LANSING, Mich. -- MGMT was the marquee name for Friday’s main stage lineup of the then-ongoing Common Ground Music Festival, but if the vibe spoke for the overall output on all stages that evening, the delivery award belonged to Twenty One Pilots and Foxy Shazam; at least according to the audience members.

Granted, MGMT was dynamic in the mixture of its light shows, barricade huggers bonked by surprise beach balls, and (not sure if intentional) fireworks left of the stage. The combination of these things as a medium for the music to flow into, however, made it an unfortunate background ambience.

With the musicians shrouded in darkness (as profound as their silhouettes were against the backdrop) and limited in audience acknowledgement, the outdoor setting became a loft party with couples aiming to elevate the volume of intimacy so as to balance out the lack of excitement and energy. At one point, it seemed like the highlight of such output was security blocking off a lone kid keeled over his own vomit. “It sucks,” said one attendee of the band’s performance at the peak of their stage time. “Twenty One Pilots rocked though.”

Amid the stragglers still around after the show, there was consent that the extra attractions dwarfed the set. “Their light show was awesome, it got you thinking,” commented Shane Torrie, after seconding Twenty One Pilots as the highlight, as would an impressed-with-viewing-location Beth Clawson on both sentiments. “Today was party music,” she said, compared to the Monday performers who were more oldies-based.

So if Twenty One Pilots were the musical highlight of the main stage, who was the biggest triumph elsewhere on the fairgrounds? Vying for this distinction were the current deacons to the Church of Rock and Roll, Foxy Shazam. The six-member ensemble led by Eric Sean Nally neared contortionist levels with their “bungee” headbangs, knee drops, and keyboard-pounding with a foot throughout beloved hits like “I Like It” and “Holy Touch.” The crowd interaction was just as outgoing, with the band members being pelted with cigarettes and lighters upon request

Loud, fast and fun to the very end (of their set, of course), Foxy Shazam succeeded at accelerating the kind of frenzy that usually leads to call and responses of “come on, Come On, COME OOOONNN,” and many more miscellaneous objects making it to the stage. Nally summed it up best: “You can have my life, but you can never take… my truck.”

Related Stories: PHOTOS: Tuesday @ 14th Annual Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, MI; 2013 Common Ground Music Festival Schedule (Lansing, MI)

 

 

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Foxy Shazam performed at 8:30 p.m. on the GM Pavilion stage.

 

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They are a soul band with a punk rock attitude and a symphonic attention to detail.

 

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Guitarist Loren Daniel Turner

 

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Alex Nauth on horn and backing vocals

 

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Foxy Shazam is a name that once represented a pair of cool sneakers has become synonymous with charisma, bravado, rock and roll.

 

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