Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Hopscotch 2013 Night 3: San Fermin, Low

Photos by Kevin Norris
After leaving the space rock sounds of Spiritualized in City Plaza (see photos with Justin's write-up HERE), I made my way to Fletcher Opera Theater for one of the sets I was most looking forward to at Hopscotch 2013, Brooklyn group San Fermin.

Things got off to a rocky start though as their set was delayed while songwriter and keyboardist Ellis Ludwig-Leone was forced to reboot his Macbook Pro, which was supplying the sounds for his keyboard, delaying the set quite a bit. The band chatted with crowd about spirit animals, good local coffee spots and the origin of the group's name during the delay.

Once all systems were a go, the crowd was treated to a fantastic set chamber pop fronted by vocalists Allen Tate and Rae Cassidy. Tate's rumbling, Matt Berninger-esque baritone was a fantastic counterpart to Cassidy's sweet, shimmering voice were front and center supported by the Ludwig-Leone's excellent compositions brought to life by an additional five players backing them, guitar, drums, violin, saxophone and trumpet.

The band played songs from their forthcoming self-titled album and I unfortunately missed the catchy first single from the album "Sonsick" when I ducked out to grab a few photos of Scout Niblett (see photos with Justin's write-up HERE). I did make it back for the end of their set which was great. Check out photos below.

Later in the evening after catching a stunning bit of Lonnie Holley's set at the Longview Center (see photos with Justin's write-up HERE), I made my way back to Fletcher to catch the last few songs of Low's set. The low-key trio sounded great in the theater. It was the perfect room for Hopscotch to book them in and their lush, mellow songs thrived there.

After that I closed out the evening with the legendary John Cale (see photos with Justin's write-up HERE) and then my Hopsctoch 2013 was over. It was another year full of fantastic music, unexpected moments and really sore feet. We'll be back this time next year for even more music (we hope).

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