The Summer Soulstice Festival @ North Avenue
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Emanating from usual suspects like The Love Monkeys to less likely sources like Northern Room, covers abounded. Even headliners Local H performed a punked-out version of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” to both fan delight and confusion. And when songs weren’t being covered they were pantomimed—imitative air-guitar demonstrations filled the time between sets.
The festival grew this year. New expansions included three stages and a DJ and dance area hosted by Decibel/Deep Bar. The schedule included 10 music acts, including Jayk and The Saltshakers.
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Meanwhile, Northern Room brought their usual brand of friendly, ambient melancholy, breaking character briefly for a rendition of A-Ha’s “Take on Me” to the delight of the teen girl dance circles.
the real draw was ’90s grunge alumni Local H. Support a new album, 12 Angry
While the festival rewarded the large turnout with a number of crowd-pleasers, it would have been have been nice to see more stylistic variety and originality in the bookings.