Friday night was a good night for MusicfestNW—a crazy good and busy line-up, and some time to relax for me in order to save strength for Saturday. I went down to see Dan Deacon's set first. He set up his variety of toys and loops and synths right on the brick of the Pioneer Courthouse and took full advantage of the space. He had the crowd create a dance contest, spreading out and getting silly, and everyone loved it. Animal Collective were the main event, one of the biggest names for the headlining shows this year. I was largely unimpressed from a photographer's standpoint of their set-up and stage presence. The four equally talented members were all spread as far away from each other as possible on stage, and there were too many stands and Moogs in the way of everything to make the photos all that interesting... but I tried! I didn't stay for the whole set, although it did have its moments of familiar joy.
I also caught a little bit of Wild Ones at the Star Theater ("We're Wild Ones, we're soo cute!") before heading out to the Aladdin Theater for a good old fashioned cry with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. His stage presence (alone, solo acoustic) was mesmerizing. He joked and told stories about his songs, and it felt very connected and real the whole time.
Photos after the jump!