New York City’s Catalpa Festival took place on scenic Randall’s Island. There was an eclectic mix of artists including some oldies but goodies. The festival was not packed by any means (comparing it to Governor’s Ball), which made it more enjoyable to dance and jump from act to act. It was filled with other attractions as well including Jeep’s obstacle course, silent disco, and a little white chapel you could (unofficially) get married in.
Saturday’s notable performances were Zola Jesus, TV on the Radio, and The Black Keys. Although it was pouring rain, that didn’t stop the festival goers to continue watching the festivities. The Black Keys performed all of their hits including several songs from their first album. The crowd was going strong throughout their entire performance and it was fun to see them perform with the NYC skyline as the backdrop.
Sunday was a bigger day for the music acts and also had the beautiful weather as well. The Big Pink started off the day with their electro beats and echoey vocals. Cold War Kids wooed the crowd with their new tunes as well as the favorite hits off their first record. Matt and Kim officially received the title as the most energetic duo. They began their set with their rendition of “Zombie Nation.” They incorporated comedic transitions (Kim talking about her kangle exercises) and other covers within their performance as well. Snoop Dogg (or should I say Snoop Lion?) was a personal highlight because he played his tracks that had featured Dr. Dre, as well as, most of the songs off of the Doggystyle album.