The 4Knots Music Festival: A Long, Salty Day With The Drums, Archers Of Loaf, Kid Congo Powers, Black Lips, And Jonathan Toubin
The crowd had behaved well enough up to this point, incongruous venue notwithstanding, but as soon as the Black Lips showed their faces, the anarchic spirit that follows them took hold. Disdainful of VIP areas, or maybe just excited, the crowd rushed at the flimsy barriers, engaging in a shoving match with security as guitarist Cole Alexander egged them on to "tear down that barrier!" By song two, "Family Tree," security had given up and let the barriers swing open, turning the photo pit into a mosh pit and inadvertently fencing in two small areas on each side where the the less adventurous photographers could retreat. Pissed off, security continued to try to impose order, eventually erecting a new barrier that trapped the craziest people in front and roughing up/tossing out anyone who seemed especially wild. The diminutive Alexander jumped in to try to help the people getting hit but was shoved back onto the stage, at which point everyone started chanting "fuck that shit! Fuck that shit!" Beer sprayed, toilet paper flew, and couples made out amid the chaos. Miraculously, the naughty Southern boys finished their set (granted, an abbreviated one), giving a shout out to DJ Jonathan Toubin and letting us know "rock and roll is still alive!" As if there was any doubt.