In their own ways, both Devendra Banhart and Bloc Party are perfect festival acts. One jam-y and warm, the other snappy and rollicking.
As Sasquatch moved into day two, the partying got a little harder and the gazes got a little more glazed. But on Saturday afternoon, there was a nice mix.
Devendra Banhart, in his now-almost-trademark snap-brim hat, played an expansive set of his neo-folky sounds. The crowd, warmed by the afternoon sun, gathered around the Bigfoot stage and swayed with him, a lovely interlude.
Shortly after, Bloc Party took the main stage.
Between songs, lead singer Kele Orekeke told the crowd that he considers the band’s 2005 set at Sasquatch! its worst, and that he was happy to have the chance to redeem the performance. And they did.To a packed amphitheater, most of it bouncing in time to the infectious drumlines, they tore through songs like “Positive Tension,” “Team A,” and “Banquet.”
Towards the end, Orekeke, began to croon Rihanna’s “We Fell in Love,” before breaking into a new song called “Ratchet.” The crowd was into it, to say the least.