While the Art and Design portion of the Sled Island Festival actually opened last night with a poster art show at CIRCA Showroom, tonight marks the highly anticipated kick-off to the much-salivated-over music portion of this year's incarnation of the festival. Could we be any more excited? We could not.
We were determined to partake of more of the offerings than we did last year (and are still kicking ourselves for missing Boredoms), and I think that we are getting a pretty good representation of the embarrassment of musical riches on offer.
We will be taking the train downtown shortly for what promises to be a stellar evening - Kris Ellestad, Woodpigeon, and Grizzly Bear. I admit to not knowing much about Kris Ellestad, but I have been a fan of Woodpigeon's sweet and sweeping sound for some time and was delighted with their performance at Sled Island last year. And of course, you simply do not want to miss Grizzly Bear. The buzz around their appearance at Sled Island (just prior to opening for Radiohead at a number of North American dates) is pretty palpable.
Regrettably, my home cloning kit has not yet arrived in the mail, so tonight we will be missing, Clinton St John (from the Cape May), the Mae Shi, and Seven Story Redhead.
I almost plotzed trying to decide which show to attend on Thursday. I mean how do you decide between Jonathan Richman, Okkervil River, and Chad VanGaalen? Not to mention the Consonant C, Carolyn Mark, Elliot Brood, Sudden Infant Dance Syndrome, the Paperbacks, and Yo La Tengo? Someone is going to end up in tears before the night is out.
In the end, the Jonanthan Richman show appeared to be sold out anyway, and although we have enjoyed seeing our homeboy Chad in concert many times, the thought of seeing him perform at the Planetarium, where his wonderfully bizarre art will be projected onto the ceiling during the show, was just too promising to pass up. Sorry, Okkervil River.
On Friday, we are taking a no doubt much needed break from concert-going, even though the mainstage show starts that day with the likes of Yo La Tengo, Broken Social Scene, Elliot Brood, Tegan and Sara, and Deerhunter. Instead we will be saving our musical mojo for Saturday, and doing a round of the art shows instead.
That should prepare us for a very full day on Saturday, a full day boasting such an unbelievable lineup as Jonathan Richman, Of Montreal, the Gutter Twins, Jose Gonzalez, Drive By Truckers, Wire, and Mogwai. I know! How is this even possible?
If you know me at all, you know I will be taking copious notes. In my head, anyway. Please check back here for daily reviews, if you are interested, and if you don't mind a little excessive gushing. But you really should be here in person, you know.
I did warn you.