Langerado Music Festival Day One, featuring the Flaming Lips and Ben Harper
Bad backs, great glass, and the tragedy of the big, bad bunny suit.
Langerado Music Festival Day One, featuring the Flaming Lips and Ben HarperCity: Sunshine, FL
Venue: Markham Park
I am in the parking lot of the Langerado Music Festival with my younger brother, and my back is killing me. The festival hasn't even begun and I'm already complaining like a senior citizen waiting by his mailbox for a social security check. Why? Because a few weeks back my brother was evicted from his apartment which in turn placed me on a half-inflated air mattress in his girlfriend's dormitory closet. I wanted to treat my brother to his first concert festival as a 20th birthday gift. I figured Langerado would be perfect for both of us -- he's an avid guitar player fond of some of the jam bands on the bill, and I'm an indie enthusiast. Right now though, I'm more concerned with treating a sore sciatica than seeing the bands. For the first time in all my years I have to ask myself: am I getting too old for this shit? The fourth annual Langerado is small compared to other U.S. festivals, with just a few dozen acts on the bill and only 12,000 tickets sold each day. There's a nice balance of genres, and plenty of vices to keep a smile permanently plastered on everyone's face. Of course, unmarked police cars do roam the parking lot, causing the pharmaceutical merchants to be more reticent than usual.