Los Días de la Crescent
Los Días de la Crescent
by Oren Simchy-Gross
Usually Civic Space Park is where a few college students come to simply sit and study in the grass, or where people play a casual game of football. This past Saturday, however, the entire area was covered by swarms of people from all over the downtown Phoenix community who came to see Los Dias de la Crescent, an all-day free concert featuring 17 different bands.
Los Dias de la Crescent, which started at 1:30 PM and ended at 2 AM, was by no means boring and it was the perfect event to go to if you were bored that day.
I was coming and going so the bands that I did see perform were ¡Caray!, Black Carl, and Dry River Yacht Club. Black Carl was definitely my favorite, right next to Dry River Yacht Club. I still wish I could’ve seen Playboy Manbaby, despite the band name being hilarious.
Each group bringing something original to the stage, the concert featured a great mix of rock, pop, blues, jazz, Afro-Cuban, Latin, and even gypsy rock, a genre I pleasantly discovered for the first time Saturday.
At around four in the afternoon, the band, ¡Caray!, played to a smooth latin rhythm while people mingled, drank beer and enjoyed the sun as it was shining as bright as ever. The words being sung were in Spanish but the upbeat grooves played on the congas and guitar were still festive. While a few women were dancing near the stage, hundreds of people were enjoying the music and drinking beer, proving that besides the music, alcohol, like at most concerts, seems to be a necessity.
The great thing about some of these bands is that because they are local, there is more of a chance for one to spot something in the music that’s totally new to him or her. For example, when I heard Dry River Yacht Club play, I was instantly drawn in. Including vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, accordion, trombone, violin, and bassoon, their songs were incredibly dynamic and catchy and it was unlike anything I have heard before.
It felt as if jazz, latin, rock, and blues were all mixed together and the music was a product of this, allowing the me to hear all the different layers of instrumentals put together like a puzzle.
The energy was huge on stage as the drummer, having a fierce mohawk and an eerie grin, provided the roaring backbeat for rest of the band to follow. Although the drummer and his similarly aggressive drumming sort of reminded me of heavy metal, he did a fantastic job of complimenting the other musicians with grooves and fills that were gritty and heavy, but funky as well.
In fact, every member contributed something special to form a highly original performance as a whole. The singer, for instance, had an amazingly powerful voice. After one song, she even admitted that she had felt like she was in a trance while singing and the last few minutes were a blur because of how intensively she was singing.
I loved Black Carl because the singer, like the one of Dry River Yacht Club, had a remarkable ability to amplify her voice in such a way that captivated the crowd’s full attention and made them want to smile and even headbang.
I will admit there is definitely something refreshing about hearing a female lead singer once in a while, especially in the realm of rock and blues. It makes a statement, in a sense, that female singer can perform equally, if not better than male singers, especially considering the wider vocal range.
All around, this concert was a huge success because it brought some of downtown Phoenix’s best local music right into one area. All walks of life came, including families were able to do something new and fun and the concert was held right on ASU turf.
Best of all, it was free.