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Kongos at Lost Lake Festival. Photo by Nikole Tower

Lost Lake Festival Day Two

Written by Nikole Tower Category: Music Issue: October 2017
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The second day of Lost Lake Festival began a little slow like the day before, but it quickly picked up as more big name artists like Kongos, The Roots and The Killers. Three different local artists were showcased and I explored more of the park including The Lost Playground after dark and Found: The Lost Lake Marketplace.

After winning a competition to be the up and coming local band to play Lost Lake, The Ricky Fitts were one of the first acts to kick off the day. They faced some bright sun, but it’s nothing Arizona residents can’t handle and it surely did not slow them down.

Frenship and dinosaurs. Photo by Nikole Tower

Frenship was the first “new” band for me to see on Saturday. There was easy band chemistry and they talked to the crowd every now and then. Strange enough, the most memorable part of this set wasn’t the performance, but two audience members who dressed in T-Rex costumes and started running around.

Taylor Bennett was supposed to play an hour long set at the Echo Stage, but really the first 20 minutes was given to a DJ he works with to get the crowd excited. The DJ had a decent set, playing popular club songs that the crowd reacted to with a lot of enthusiasm. Bennett ran onto stage to the loud cheers from the crowd. His raps were quick and as bold as his bright orange shirt.

Lost Lake Festival. Photo by Nikole Tower

I spent so much time yesterday exploring my surroundings, I forgot to pay attention to what was in front of me sometimes. I returned to the marketplace, an area in the park I only briefly browsed yesterday. I recognized at least a few vendors from First Fridays on Roosevelt Row. There were a variety of shops from clothes and accessories to art and skateboards. Many of the knick knacks were Arizona-themed which out-of-towners (and myself) enjoyed.

Muna. Photo by Nikole Tower

Muna, who recently toured with Harry Styles, joined the Camelback Stage late afternoon. The sound of their music gradually attracted more people and it quickly became the first large crowd I saw that day. They did a cover of “Edge of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks which was a personal highlight of their set. It’s feel good, dancing music that drew in listeners young and old, male and female.

Kongos. Photo by Nikole Tower

Kongos’ performance was my favorite moment of the day. They could have easily been saved for later in the night as another headliner. They are such an entertaining band to watch, especially the accordion which isn’t an instrument you come across often. The screen behind them was a mixture of live video of them on stage and a lyric video. The crowd was transfixed. There was barely room to walk as you maneuver your way through the standing crowd and those toward the back sitting on blankets.

Lost Lake Festival. Photo by Nikole Tower

Once the sun had set, I decided to head back to The Lost Playground. Every game was highlighted with neon lights, giving it a fun arcade/bowling alley aura. There still weren’t many people hanging out in this area. Adults were able to act like kids again when everything seemed so big because we were so small - trying to keep an awkward stance while playing giant-sized Twister, throwing a bean bag overhead in Cornball, reaching above your head to put the chip down a column in Four in a Row. I could hear Lil Yachty playing faintly in the background and eventually made my way over there before The Roots came on.

Lost Lake Festival. Photo by Nikole Tower

A pyro show takes place on the “lake” every hour once the sun goes completely down. It’s five minutes of fire spewing from metal lotuses resting on the water. The one I saw was following the rhythm of rock music. I briefly saw fire on Friday, but I was always watching a show while it happened (and how many times will I get to see Pixies in my life).

The Roots. Photo by Nikole Tower

Everyone at the festival seemed to show up for The Roots and for good reason. I’ve never seen this band before, and honestly I only know them from Jimmy Fallon, but everyone I talked to said they were a must see and they weren’t lying. The full band, complete with a jazzy brass instruments, generated a sound that I’m sure was heard even on the other side of the park. They weren’t too interactive with the audience, but that didn’t detract from their performance at all.

Lil Jon’s DJ set was the most off the wall performance I had seen at Lost Lake. It’s most likely because I’d been watching bands and I haven’t seen too many of the rap artists. The crowd adopted a club atmosphere as they shouted and danced. The smoke was lit up by the lights above the crowd while Lil Jon remained cast in shadows for the most part. The strobe lights were too intense for my liking, so I headed over to the Piestewa Stage to catch some of Dreamcar before The Killers stepped on stage.

Lost Lake Festival. Photo by Nikole Tower

Before the night could come to an end, The Killers joined the list of talented acts to perform that day. They began with the single, “The Man,” from their latest album as the symbol for male rested as a centerpiece on the stage. Confetti shot out at the audience before their first song even ended, hinting that this show was going to be anything but a bad time. “You feel the spirit tonight or what,” leadsinger Brandon Flowers shouted before diving into his fourth song. It was a fair mixture of new songs and old; however, the old hits were definitely preferred by the crowd as everyone’s phones shot up when “Somebody Told Me” started playing.

The last day of Lost Lake Festival will take place on Sunday with performances from Futuristic, Highly Suspect, Odesza, Major Lazer and more.