Saturday was perfect weather for the festival to continue. Portland funk band Sly Chi grooved out in the Dispatch Magazine tent, and was later joined by Wells, Maine-based rapper Spose, who brought people to their feet with some local hip hop talent in the mix.
What’s great about a festival is the diversity – if hip hop and funk aren’t your cup of tea, you can explore the other stages that offered an array of jam bands, indie rock, and electronic beats – all gearing up for the headliners of the evening, Chromeo and My Morning Jacket.
Chromeo was a draw for many, and bumping their electrofunk beats and smooth moves, they kept the crowd jumping. This two-man band really knew how to rock it by keeping the energy high and really playing to the crowd.
The headliners of the festival, My Morning Jacket, took to the stage later than expected, which kept fans waiting in anticipation for their arrival. As a large stuffed bear was placed in the drummers seat, the band walked out and announced the drummer had an allergic reaction to some shellfish earlier in the day and wasn’t well enough to perform. While there might be some disappointment at this point, especially since some bands might not even play, for My Morning Jacket the show went on by playing a one-of-a-kind, all-acoustic show. It was something that they announced they had never done before.
KahBang was an overall great experience – it’s really grown over the last few years into a great melting pot of art, music and film. It combines local talent and world class acts into a week long celebration of culture, hopefully to be celebrated for years to come only getting bigger and better with time.