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Sawyer Point Park was at full capacity on June 3rd for the final day of Bunbury Music Festival. People of all different musical demographics filled the park as sets from artists like Remo Drive, Sir Sly, Manchester Orchestra, Post Malone, and Jack White took place to close out a historic weekend for the festival in Cincinnati.
Minnesota based punk group Remo Drive, who consists of brothers Erik and Stephen Paulson, with an accompanying drummer and guitarist, opened the day on the main stage with their uncompromising energy for a 30 minute set. They played a handful of their debut album titled Greatest Hits, as well as their EP Pop Music. They showed off a side of goofiness as well, calling themselves the Dave Matthews Band on multiple occasions. Before they played their final song, lead vocalist Erik Paulson started jokingly playing the opening chords to Disturbed’s Down With the Sickness before transitioning into crowd favorite Yer Killin’ Me.
Sir Sly took the River stage later in the afternoon, which is located in an amphitheater-shaped structure facing the massive Ohio River. Their performance made sitting in the scorching hot sun more tolerable. After the first couple songs, lead singer Landon Jacobs proclaimed to the crowd, “we want to be the biggest band in the world!” They were ambitious and noticeably grateful to be taking the stage at Bunbury.
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The largest crowd of the day without a doubt belonged to Texas rapper Post Malone. Booking him and Jack White in the same day certainly has lots to do with why Bunbury sold out this year. Post came out opening with Too Young, one of his first singles ever. Following the ludicrous opening, Post took the mic and introduced himself, and told the crowd that he went 10-0 in beer pong before his performance. So as you could imagine, he was a little drunk. Many people who I interacted with at Bunbury that day were there purely for Malone, which shows the immense hold he has on this generation of music lovers (especially when Jack White plays the same day).
The final set of the day was done by rock legend Jack White. Jack took the stage at 9:45 and played until 11pm, giving fans a taste of all the different Jack White eras, including The White Stripes. The tone was set immediately as he opened with Over and Over and Over, one of the electrifying songs off his new album, Boarding House Reach. Jack did not have a pre dated setlist for the crowd. Instead, he would go around to the band as they jammed during one song and tell them what the next song would be. It showcased his ability to feel out the energy of the crowd and give the fans a little bit of everything they wanted to hear. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever watched.
Bunbury was undoubtedly a success this year, drawing many new fans of the festival, as well as keeping the veterans. They hope to find similar success next June.
Junior at Ball State University studying photojournalism. Lover of music, travel, and photography.