The first day of the 2011 Pitchfork Festival was an easy breezy day, not to mention the only day I felt like toting a camera around for. Guided By Voices is touring the nation this year with its “classic lineup” and playing most of their hey-day catalog from 1992-1996. Neko Case came out with a tambourine to sing on the first song to the crowd’s delight. Bob Pollard swung his microphone, did his rockstar hops and high kicks, and we all sang along to “Tractor Rape Chain” and “Gold Star for Robot Boy” with glee and vigor. The only thing missing was “A Salty Salute” and 4 increasingly drunk encores. Go see this show if you get a chance, it had a funky beat and I could bug out to it.
Right after GBV I headed to the Red Stage to catch Neko Case’s set. It was heavy on my favorite album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. Her banjo and bass players respectively looked like they had been picked up at a truck stop in 1985 and not showered or shaved since. Back-up singer Kelly Hogan was also matching Neko note for note throughout the entire show as she always amazingly does. Crowd favorites were “Maybe Sparrow”, “Star Witness” (yes!!), and “This Tornado Loves You”. I had goosebumps when she sang “Fox Confessor”. Wow.