LILITH DC ~ Merriweather Post Pavilion ~ Part 1 ~ August 3, 2010 #Lilith #LF10DC
by Lilith 2010 Washington DC SM Ambassador (& native Washingtonian artist) Amy Clarke @amyclarke @scorpfaery @gaiagrove ~
Arriving early at the last official stop of Lilith Fair 2010 with my good friend Paul, we were greeted by a pair of dancing monarch butterflies leading the way into Merriweather Post Pavilion. Strong memories stirred from earlier concerts and festivals here in my home state of Maryland, including the original talent-packed Lilith Fair festival dates in the late nineties, & entrancing concerts by Tori Amos, Alanis Morissette, & more. We entered near the main box office, & enjoyed more colorful butterflies, dragonflies, and sunshine in the wooded pond areas while listening to other artists soundcheck in the distance. The crowd began to line up under the trees and once the gates were open, attendees streamed into the village stage area.
The Ourstage talent competition winner, Corrin Campbell & The Election of Baltimore, MD, opened the day with a bang, featuring high-energy electric guitar-driven rock, and I caught up with her briefly after their set on the way backstage. The rest of the afternoon artists alternated in quick succession, one after the other, on the two performance stages in the village. Nigerian-German soul singer/songwriter Nneka (@nnekaworld) radiated unconditional love, accentuated by tight grooves & breathtaking beatboxing from her band. Definitely check her out on Lollapalooza this year as well! Both festival co-founder & headliner Sarah McLachlan (@sarahmclachlan) & fellow Canadian Melissa McClelland made a surprise appearance on vocal harmonies in Australian artist Butterfly Boucher’s (@butterflyb) entertaining set, as the crowd continued to swell and grow. Melissa then emerged from backstage, & we had a lovely little chat about the roadrunner pin she had found at a thrift shop, laughing about the overwhelming steamy Maryland afternoon – realizing that it was probably either humidity or a downpour, and we opted for the former. The thunderstorms continued to hold off, and Beth Orton (@beth_orton) took the ABC stage reflecting both on sun & rain to an adoring crowd, who laughed along and cheered as she interrupted another song halfway through to correct her own verse. “I am not on autopilot at all!”
I spent some time in the i4cCampaign tent as well, connecting with founder Casey Verbeck , & with Better World Books (@bwbabbey & @bwbeddie) & Annie on the i4c Video Cam, where I recorded a brief video about what I foresee in a better future (as their signature pledge campaign had already reached maximum capacity). Large-voiced Lissie (@lissiemusic) (whom I believe I once shared a showcase with in Brooklyn) then delivered a powerhouse set, performing barefoot and wailing with passion as the cicadas joined in choral symphony in the trees. By now the eco-village was swarming with activity, Missy Higgins was about to perform, and I picked up my friend Paul from the REVERB photo booth where he had been helping with pledges to the environment, and we headed towards the Lilith press conference, making our way deeper into the Columbia woods.
Part 2 ~ Lilith Press Conference w/Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, Courtyard Hounds, local charity WEAVE DC & more ~ Coming Next