Posted in To Do | music | pictures on July 31, 2009

view from the APW ferry - July 31, 2009 around 4pm (Emily Meyer)
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during Fleet Foxes @ APW - July 31, 2009 around 4pm (Trey Many)
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All Points West is underway. The rain has held off so far, but looks like a big storm is on its way. Fleet Foxes are playing on the main stage as I type this with The National up next. An early afternoon highlight was Seasick Steve (who also played a set at Mercury Lounge the other night).

The All Points West festival is dominated by young bands. But one of the best early sets came from Seasick Steve, a sixtysomething journeyman bluesman with a big gray beard.

Steve, who has received a lot of media attention in the United Kingdom over the last few years, appeared solo, accompanying his gruff vocals with simple but propulsive guitar riffs, and stomping out a beat with his left foot. He did sing one tender ballad, directed to a young, female volunteer from the audience, who sat beside him. But mostly this was raw, almost primitive blues in the tradition of Hound Dog Taylor and John Lee Hooker, and the crowd ate it up.

"Boy, there's enough of us here to fill a bar. So we're gonna make it a bar," he said.

He played a few different low-budget guitars. One was made out of a cigar box. Another had only three strings. [NJ.com]

Hearless Bastards, Shearwater, Eugene Mirman and Telepathe have all already played as well. Seasick Steve has another show coming up at Southpaw. Videos from Mercury Lounge below...

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Comments (18)

The ferry was soooo much better this year

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2009 4:36 PM

Those people are about to get ravaged by that storm by the time Vampire Weekend comes out. Crappy line-up, crappy weather. The God must not be happy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2009 4:39 PM

NOTE! If you have an apw ticket you don't need to pay for the light rail.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2009 4:41 PM

I hope Seasick Steve didn't have to take the ferry!

Posted by get it? | July 31, 2009 4:45 PM

I'm pretty sure that I'm just going to stay in the city and drink tonight. There's no way I'm going to stand outside to see a concert in THIS weather: http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=07305&hourly=1&yday=211&weekday=Friday

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2009 4:50 PM

Seasick Steve was so good at Mecury the other night. I cannot imagine how that would translate to a big outdoor place like this. Actually i look forward to the inevitable over exaggerated reviews forthcoming. UNREAL. AMAZING. BEST SHOW EVER.

Please understand the people at APW are not any kind of music fan whose critique you should give any weight to.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2009 4:53 PM

Too bad about the weather. Not that I would go to the lame APW. But I would have gone either to Polvo/Obits or to AC/DC...

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2009 4:57 PM

Is obits still happening?

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2009 5:08 PM

Beatiful rain in the ferry. LOL

Posted by Emilio | July 31, 2009 5:09 PM

how was shearwater? Did they play any new songs?

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2009 5:11 PM

"Please understand the people at APW are not any kind of music fan whose critique you should give any weight to. "

Yes, you must only listen to the sage advice of Anon 4:53. The thoughts of anyone who would dare go to APW is guaranteed to be worthless.

What a fucking asshole!

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2009 5:17 PM

"I hope Seasick Steve didn't have to take the ferry!"

ziiiiing

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2009 5:18 PM

Gotta see this dude Seasick Steve.

This guy probably didn't have to suffer and pays his dues the way Crystal Castles or Girl Talk did, but he still deserves the same hype. God knows most indie acts really endure some really hard times for decades before getting their due credit why not him?

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2009 5:21 PM

the sound is phenomenal!

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2009 5:42 PM

How was the national? Setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2009 5:46 PM

Why does it rain every Friday? Could it be postponed till Saturday?

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2009 5:59 PM

monsoon season is so uncool.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2009 6:54 PM

FYI - They will honor any Friday tickets on Saturday or Sunday because of the rain.

http://www.apwfestival.com/news-story/?article_id=39

Posted by Matt | July 31, 2009 6:56 PM

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