The Locals @ LouFest 2011

Jon Hardy and the Public @ LouFest 2011

LouFest’s goal in promoting local bands is admirable, giving them the same amount of stage time as national non-headlining acts. While I initially scratched my head a little at the picks, I have to admit that in the end they all contributed something unique to the festival vibe.

Jon Hardy & the Public started the festival with a bang, launching in with lively guitars and a pair of saxophonists in the mix. With Jon Hardy himself always flashing a huge smile and his rambunctious energy, it was hard to not smile along. Troubadour Dali played it more laid-back, stirring up their blend of psychedelic rock and serving as a good bridge into the subsequent Sleepy Sun set. Despite being in the bright sun on the Orange Stage, they definitely conjured up a darker vibe to the early crowds.

Old Lights ushered in Day 2, and of the four local bands chosen, I probably had the highest expectations for the semi-supergroup. Some technical difficulties early on slowed the momentum, but by the end I dug their retro pop/rock (and Kit Harmon’s vocals) to pick up their older releaseEvery Night Begins the Same. Jumbling Towers seemed prime to be my new favorite band, between the bassist sporting a Clyde Drexler / Houston Rockets jersey and them somehow being named ESPN’s True Hoop blog house band. Yet even with their quirky mix of anxious pop, I wasn’t quite clicking with their music at the time but still left wanting to check out some albums before making a final decision.

Jon Hardy and the Public @ LouFest 2011
Jon Hardy and the Public @ LouFest 2011

Jon Hardy & the Public | Full photo set here

Troubador Dali @ LouFest 2011

Troubador Dali @ LouFest 2011

Troubadour Dali | Full photo set here

Old Lights @ LouFest 2011
Old Lights @ LouFest 2011

Old Lights | Full photo set here

Jumbling Towers @ LouFest 2011
Jumbling Towers @ LouFest 2011

Jumbling Towers | Full photo set here

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