Riot Fest 2022 is underway, and we've got photos and a recap of day one: Friday, September 16. We already posted pics and review of My Chemical Romance's headlining set and post-hardcore supergroup L.S. Dunes' live debut, and here are some other highlights:
One of the best sets I saw all day was Jeff Rosenstock and his Death Rosenstock band on the Radicals side stage around 4 PM. They had a late start due to some technical difficulties -- during which time they led the crowd in a singalong of Weezer's "Say It Ain't So" and bits of some other '90s songs using just the sound coming from their un-mic'd amps and drums -- but once they finally got going and launched into "NO TIME" off 2020's NO DREAM, everybody in the crowd ran towards the stage and starting bouncing around and yelling every word, and it was instantly one of the most energetic crowds I was in at the whole fest so far. Jeff just knows how to get a crowd going, and he and his band always inspire a fun and safe environment. (Jeff told the audience that if they see anyone groping anyone or starting shit this weekend, get them out of the crowd.) They did a good mix of songs from all four of Jeff's proper solo albums, but it really seemed like the NO DREAM stuff got people the most excited and that was a very inspiring thing to see. A lot of the bigger bands at Riot Fest leaned on the nostalgia aspect, but Jeff reminded you that he's writing some of the best music of his career right now, and that his new stuff is getting some of the best reactions. Also a treat: Jeremy Hunter aka JER aka Skatune Network joined for "Nausea."