Pemberton – Day 2

Much less busy today since we could just get up and head down to Pemberton after a leisurely morning spent swimming in the lake and cooking breakfast. 

The first act up was Sam Roberts and he rocked his music pretty hard. There were a lot more people at the festival today. Probably because the highway isn’t as clogged as yesterday and people aren’t working today. We’d heard rumors that the sea to sky highway was backed up past Whistler yesterday afternoon.

My Morning Jacket took the stage after Sam Roberts. We didn’t know what to expect but we’d all heard good things about their live show. I went up to the front section to hang out with the drunken rowdies so I could get a good view. It had started to rain a little bit which chased loads of people away from the main stage. So My Morning Jacket look like a bunch of hippies who do these jammy kinda songs. At one point the singer, a bearded longhair dude, was wearing a cape and holding a large bunch of cedar leaves. 

Next was Buck 65 at the side stage. This is a one-man hip hop show that’s tinged with country flavors. Dude really knows how to work a crowd and is great live.

Tragically Hip back at the mainstage. Gord Downie was a bit of an animal today. Lots of screaming and growling and tossing stuff (like pieces of microphone stands) into the audience. I thourougly enjoyed it! Amanda and Josh don’t like the Tragically Hip so they retreated to the beer gardens since they had cleared out for the Hip. Amanda and Josh are the first Canadians I know that don’t like the hip. I question whether they are really Canadian or whether they are foreign agents in our midst. 

Caught a bit of the Black Mountain show at the side stage. Neat band and I enjoyed their show. The last song was all slow and acoustic so we ditched them to get a place for the Flaming Lips.

The Flaming Lips are the whole reason I came to Pemberton. I’ve seen them twice this summer already and twice before that which makes this my fifth Lips show. 

I’ll write more later, we’re in a coffee shop in Pemberton and we’ve got to head out to the festival now.

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