It took me a week’s time to fully digest the happenings downtown at Tulsa’s 2008 Diversafest. Simply put, the two day music festival was comprised of shows with smoke machines, cigarette smoke, illegal smoke and the smoking smell of the countless bodies. Even more simply put, D-Fest was a big smelly party of sorts that will not be soon forgotten. Armed with a Nintendo-Game-Boy fanny pack filled to the brim with my phone, my wallet, and a pack of lemon flavored candy cigarettes, I was more than ready to efficiently tackle anything D-Fest had to offer.
I arrived at the unnecessarily huge Hadaly Stage half-expecting to witness the most horrifying event of my life. This was due to the fact that the band name Phantom Planet made me think the stage would be replaced by a new world crawling with spooks and specters. Lucky for me that was definitely not the case, and the completely human members of Phantom Planet played a solid set.
What do a man with a pony tail, an elaborate laser light show, and rambunctious electronic dance music have in common? Well, after seeing Ghostland Observatory, the answer obviously becomes absolutely everything. Aaron Behrens danced and sang gleefully on stage while Thomas Turner laid down the killer beats. Ghostland definitely made sure that Tulsa was not going to be a sad sad city.
Apples in Stereo
There is not too much to say about these very talented pop perfectionists that has not already been said. They put on a terrific show and brought my evening to a close on a terrific note. That was of course until a strange man attempted to bum a cigarette from me, and all I had in my possession were cigarettes of the candied variety. Let me just say he was not very enthused after he lit and inhaled pure candy.
12:00 a.m. – 8:59 p.m. [Scenes missing.]
Although Stillwater-natives Colourmusic now play as a four piece, that did not stop them from exploding the Tulsa stage with their whimsical ballads detailing circular shapes and gasoline. Joined by several other Colourmusic enthusiasts onstage, their rowdy set reinforced the question flashing on the JumboTron, “Have you ever gone crazy?”
Nuzzled deeply in the furthest corner of the 1974 bar was The Non, whose large sound resonated noisily off the bar’s walls and found shelter in my already speaker blown ears. A great set combined with an intimate venue setting made for a fantastic show.
Zappa Plays Zappa
The only thing that really stood out during Zappa Plays Zappa’s show was that I was sitting down, and someone spilled a beer on my shorts. I stood up and made a face similar to this one.
Mr. Lindsey is always a treat, and his lovely lo-fi melodies were a welcomed slow down in regards to the frenzied atmosphere of D-Fest.
As the midnight oils burned out, I thought that I had missed my opportunity to see The Roots. Lucky for me, however, The Roots is a popular band, and therefore the band had no intention to begin their set on time. Roughly an hour after they were scheduled to hip hop, The Roots excitedly began their set. However, by that time, my brain had completely checked out of my body and was waiting impatiently for me back at the Crowne Plaza hotel. After listening to few songs, I hurriedly began my departure to meet my brain in order make peace with it and to regain several hours of lost sleep. However, that would prove to be impossible due to the fact I was staying in a hotel filled with hundreds of musicians. Nonetheless, the warm new memories and experiences that D-Fest created more than made up for any lost sleep.