Summer Set Festival – Day 2
Day 2 of the first annual Summer Set Festival started out with clouds and light rain. Thankfully the rain finally subsided around 6pm, just in time for legendary New York rapper Nas to play the main stage. Backed by one dj, Nas proved that hip-hop can sound incredible live. His set focused strongly on his new album Life is Good, while mixing in tracks from his classic debut Illmatic, and his other albums. It was incredible seeing him live.
After Nas, Brooklyn duo Matt & Kim took the main stage by storm with a too-much-fun set of ultra pop goodness. Drummer Kim Schifino had a huge smile pasted on her face the entire set, pleading to the crowd to rock out with her and Matt. They played loose and full of energy, explaining that this was their first show this year, with a full fall tour starting in October including a date in Minneapolis. Matt & Kim’s set included balloons, confetti, booty shaking, and at one point, Kim rocking out on top of the crowd. If that doesn’t sound fun to you, there is something wrong.
Chicago prog-rockers, Umphrey’s McGee played a heavy set contrasting the electronic and dance mish-mash of the rest of the festival’s lineup. Full review of Umphrey’s McGee here.