This year’s 2017 Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago’s cozy Union Park welcomed legendary musical performances from veterans and music newbies.
Sunday’s lineup gave us a healthy mix of indie rock, neo soul, hip-hop and experimental electronica. The day began with Kilo Kish, a well sought out collaborator for not only her whispering ethereal vocals, but also her well defined artistic perspective. Local Chicago indie band, NE-HI, devoured their set. This four piece band’s sound is tight and crazy fun live.
Isaiah Rashad boldly took on his set, creating a tactful chemistry with his fans as he flitted across stage to crowd favorites (as well as his own).
Another local artist, Joey Purp, had his crowd turned all the way up. In true Chicago fashion, Purp brought out the Savemoney crew. Kami, Towkio, and Vic Mensa, all took turns performing collaborative songs before the end of the set where everyone got on stage to dance under bursts of confetti and shoot water balloons into the crowd.
Though The Avalanches had to sadly cancel their set due to an unforeseen illness, Jamila Woods’ set moved to the stage they were set to perform on – the headlining stage. This gave her a greater chance to catch a larger audience, especially being the only artist also performing at that time. She took on this pressure beautifully. Dressed in all blue and washed over in the golden late afternoon sun, her voice melted the hearts of all those who were listening. Nicolas Jaar cast a spell on the crowd with his experimental music. Audience members were in a trance while he performed his niche music. Lastly, Solange recreated a whole new world for the immense amount of people gathered to see her. Fans got to Pitchfork at the start in order to stake out the best spot to witness her magic. With simple yet beautiful set design, Solange took to the stage along with her musicians and dancers. Each move made by her and those on stage was choreographed from beginning to end. Each song melted into one another, and fans cried out in joy every time the next beat became recognizable.
In all, Pitchfork 2017 was an incredible success. The rain stayed out and the temperatures remained relatively low. Performers gave it their all, and attendees celebrated the music joyously.