Minnesota has caught onto Iowa’s seemingly bi-polar weather the last couple of days at Sonshine. Yesterday more chilly and wet with pouring rain, today, a few clouds but mostly sunshine and a heap of humidity! Though I felt a little warmer than I’d care for, it sure did make the last day of Sonshine a great one.
Today was filled with many bands not well known, and they gave us some great performances. Finding Favour, Bright Light Parade, Fades Away, and LightSwitch did a fantastic job. Bands more well known such as Silverline and Matt Maher also were quite good!
But the first Pulse artist to hit the stage was Disciple, and they sure got the crowd awake and rocking! With your favorite Disciple hits on Pulse (Dear X, Invisible), they were an energetic band feeding an enthusiastic crowd. Not to mention the crowd was recorded and will be put in a music video! Not sure what song yet, but be on the lookout, you might just see me in there!!
After another well done set by City Harmonic and a rousing talk from Nick Hall, Francesca Battistelli was the next Pulse Artist to hit the stage, and she gave a very enjoyable performance. I have never seen her live, but my respect for her, which was high already might I add, went up even more. She truly is a genuine artist and puts on a great show!
During this whole week of Sonshine, bands competed to try and win a spot to be on the main stage and play a 10-15 minute set on the last day of the Festival. The band to win this was The Lost Colors. First, congratulations to them, I hope as they go on that they keep doing well, they put on a very good performance, but what boldly stuck out to me was that the lead singer truly sounded like Paramore! It was impressive.
Next up were The Almost, and with former Underoath member Aaron Gillespie leading this band you know it was going to be highly energetic and a very epic time of music and rocking out. Though the heat was starting to get to the crowd and seemingly even the band, they played through and did a very good job.
Second to last was Anberlin, and I must say the crowd really ate up all that the band gave to them. I was truly impressed by how much the crowd participated and how well the band did considering how hot it was getting. Great endurance, and great show!
To wrap up Sonshine 2011, there are few more experienced and more capable of finishing a show with a bang than the Newsboys. And that they did. Pulse favorites and even some older 101.7 songs. I’ve always enjoyed the swag of Michael Tait, and he and the Newsboys band really do bring a great show, at least every time I’ve seen them. What a great way to end an awesome few days.
It’s been an awesome week here at Sonshine Festival 2011, I hope you all have enjoyed reading the daily blog posts, have checked out the photos, and plan to join me next year!