Bartees Strange, Horsegirl and Faye Webster kick off sweltering Day 2 of Pitchfork

Faye Webster performs at the Blue Saga at Pitchfork music festival at Union Park, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.

Faye Webster performs at the Blue Saga at Pitchfork music festival at Union Park, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Hip-hop heavyweight Jay Electronica was dropped from the bill without explanation, so scheduled in his slot was producer RP Boo, adding another local Chicago act to this year’s lineup. 

Day Two of Pitchfork Music Festival came with unrelenting sunshine and high temperatures, as some festival-goers laid out blankets in the shade and others opted to stand in the sun while watching the day’s first performances at Union Park.

Scorching sets from Bartees Strange and local act Horsegirl made the afternoon feel even hotter, with both groups performing their own high-energy interpretations of indie rock.

Just as it had Friday, Pitchfork about an hour before the gates opened pushed a mobile notification reminding fans of COVID-19 protocols, including recommendation for masks — which were present on attendees, but far from ubiquitous.

The festival also announced via its app that hip-hop heavyweight Jay Electronica had been dropped from the bill, without explanation. Scheduled to perform in his time slot was producer RP Boo, adding another local Chicago act to this year’s lineup.

Here’s a look at some of Saturday’s top acts:

Faye Webster, Blue Stage, 5:15 p.m.

Backed by a four-piece band featuring what might have been the only pedal steel heard this weekend, Faye Webster gently rocked the sizable crowd gathered at the Blue Stage to see her Saturday.

The Atlanta-based singer-songwriter and guitarist eased into her evening set with mid-tempo selections from this summer’s “I Know I’m Funny haha” — a breezy, alternative-indie folk album infused with elements of rock and country.

Songs like the album’s title track encapsulated Webster’s ability as a lyricist and singer to balance themes of affection coupled with vulnerability, while cheekily cooing lines like, “I think your sisters are so pretty, got drunk and they forgot they met me.” On Saturday she dedicated the song to “all the sh—y men out there.”

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Faye Webster performs at the Blue Saga at Pitchfork music festival at Union Park, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.

As Webster’s tight, laid-back set moved along steadily, rock artist Ty Segall was ripping into his set on the Red Stage at full volume, sometimes drowning out Webster’s slightly subdued vocals.

“Right Side of my Neck,” arguably Webster’s most upbeat track, was a crowd-pleaser, with fans swaying and singing along to every word. The same was true when she and her band covered a song from the Nintendo Switch game, “Animal Crossing: New Horizons.”

One of the biggest responses from the crowd came during her final song “Kingston,” one of her most well-known singles, off 2019’s “Atlanta Millionaires Club.” As she does in the recording, Webster uttered the lines, “The day that I met you I started dreaming,” acapella, followed by her band kicking in. Live, the drop hit even harder, as fans cheered — moved by the subtle dynamics that make Webster’s sound so catchy.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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