Aftermath: Buzzfest at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Photos by Meredith Baker
Aranda's "Punishment" was an early highlight.
Fans of all ages - teens who came for Anberlin and Framing Hanley, Baby Boomers who came to jam out to the Toadies, diehard Korn fans - started packing in the pavilion as early as noon. The well-organized festival made it possible for fans to watch a brief, but satisfying, 30-minute set of one band on the side stage, pass through the mist station to cool off, then head over to watch the next band perform on the main stage.
Anberlin's set was hardly a "Feel Good Drag" for these fans.
Many of the high-school and college kids were there for Framing Hanley, and worked up quite a sweat bouncing through the entire set. Personally, I had never much cared for a cover of a song over the original, but the band's rocked-out "Lollipop" at Buzzfest changed my mind. As the day progressed, the crowd became thicker with shirtless men and girls in bikinis. Everyone was too lost in the buzz of the beer and energetic music to notice all the sweat that was being shared. The energy really picked up and surged through the many brave crowd-surfers during Anberlin's set. "Feel Good Drag" riled the crowd into a frenzy and was just as good live, if not better, than the Florida band's radio hit.
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