Johnson Shines Through Rain At All Points West
The phenomenal weather seen Saturday at the inaugural All Points West Festival didn't carry over to the third and final day of the fest, as dark storm clouds rolled in and cast a dreary shadow over NeThe phenomenal weather seen Saturday at the inaugural All Points West Festival didn't carry over to the third and final day of the fest, as dark storm clouds rolled in and cast a dreary shadow over New Jersey's Liberty State Park.
But the weather proved little deterrent to festival-goers, who endured the on-and-off rain showers to catch the day's more jam-friendly lineup, headlined by Jack Johnson.
Johnson, who the night before played the Virgin Mobile Festival in Baltimore, saw only a mild drizzle during his set, which offered a mix of material from February's "Sleep Through the Static" ("Hope," "Same Girl," the piano-led "Go On") and evergreens from his 2001 debut, "Brushfire Fairytales" (the bongo-backed "Bubble Toes," "Flake").
Two of the day's earlier performers, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio and singer/songwriter Matt Costa, joined Johnson onstage for "Mudfootball" and "Fall Line," respectively, the latter of whom lent both guitar and vocals.
Earlier in the evening, Anastasio and his band Classic TAB jammed through Phish's "Sand," "Gotta Jibboo" and "Sand" in between new songs like "Alaska" and solo band favorites like "Cayman Review" and "Mr. Completely." Anastasio, who played a packed warm-up club show in Brooklyn on Thursday, dedicated "Drifting" to his grandfather, who arrived from Italy at nearby Ellis Island in 1910.
Heavy rain stayed at bay for both Cat Power and Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals. The former went heavy on material from her recent covers album, "Jukebox," including "Silver Stallion," "Lord Help the Poor and Needy" and "Rambling (Wo)man," but also dusted off early gems like "Nude As the News." After her set wrapped up, she showed appreciation to her fans by handing out flowers.
Harper and his band establish a laidback vibe leading up to Johnson's set with mellow cuts like "Don't Take that Attitude to Your Grave," "Fight Outta You" and "Diamonds on the Inside."
The day also offered notable sets from Johnson's Brushfire labelmates Neil Halstead and Rogue Wave. The rain was at its heaviest during the latter's set, which was highlighted by "Publish My Love," "Chicago X 12" and "Lake Michigan" (featuring three band members on drums).
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela and New York rockers Earl Greyhound rounded out the final day's performances.
All Points West was produced by Goldenvoice, producers of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts festival in California, with AEG Live. The previous two days featured headlining gigs from Radiohead, as well as performances from Underworld, Kings Of Leon, the Roots and Animal Collective.