Day 2 of North Coast Music Festival (NCMF) started off on a soggy note due to weather conditions.
After being hit with heavy rain the previous night, the start time was pushed back to 3 p.m. from the original 1 p.m. North Coast’s official statement relayed the team “has assessed site conditions and are working to make the park safe and secure.”
The acts which were scheduled between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., including Mother Nature, NDPNDNT and Sunde had their shows cancelled.
At around 8:30 p.m., the NCMF team ordered an evacuation for the second day in a row, postponing further shows due to a threat of severe weather. Approximately two hours later, NCMF tweeted the festival would not reopen its gates Saturday to due to time constraints. To make up for back-to-back evacuations, all Friday and Saturday Single Day ticket holders will be allowed entry Sunday by showing original tickets.
Despite the weather threats looming overhead, Coasties enjoyed the day’s scheduled performances from artists such as Cashmere Cat, Robert Delong, RL Grime and the Strumbellas.
Chicago hip-hop artist Ric Wilson opened the Coast stage ready to put on an exciting show.
Ric was decked out in a bright yellow collared shirt and matching pants to perfectly complement his energy, Ric put on a lively show. As a result of the smaller crowd, Ric was able to bond with those in attendance, cracking jokes and greeting those who shouted, “Hey Ric!”
The artist performed his signature jazzy rap songs including “Hang Loose,” “Soul Bounce,” “Whippin” and “Banba.” Feeding off the crowd’s energy, Ric told the crowd to form a soul train line, saying if he was pleased with the outcome, he would come onto the field. Two by two, the audience grooved down the line to Ric’s music, and Ric jumped off stage and danced with the crowd
Taking over the North stage at 3:45 p.m. was New York band, Tauk. The band, comprised of members Charles Dolan, Issac Sinclair, Matthew Jalbert and Alric Carter, rocked out and showed its audience a good time.
Tauk is an all-instrumental band whose sound blends a variety of genres, from hip-hop to rock and jazz. The group performed songs including “Friction,” “Mindshift” and “Convoy,” as well as its new single, “CMF 900,” to which the crowd danced and swayed.
Electronic artist Robert Delong took on the Attendee stage with an infectious energy and indulged festival-goers in his unique sound. Using remotes from the Wii vidoe game system — which he lifted to the mic and pressed the buttons — keyboards and drums, Delong sang songs including his newly-released single, “Revolutionary” and “Long Way Down” from his 2015 album “In the Cards.”
Delong Delong’s energy was reflected in the crowd, who jumped up and down dancing and singing. Midway through songs, Delong filmed himself and the crowd singing using his GoPro.
For his final number, the artist played his most popular song to date, “Favorite Color Is Blue,” during which he jumped into the crowd and greeted screaming fans by the barricades. Delong ended his set announcing his upcoming EP is expected to be released in October.
A sizeable crowd waited in anticipation for what was to be the last set to perform at the Attendee stage. Michigan-based funk group Vulfpeck enthralled its audience with its killer instrumental and vocal skills.
Vulfpeck consists of four members — bassist Joe Dart, keyboardist Woody Gross and guitarists Theo Katzman and Jack Stratton. For over an hour, the band showcased their raw talent, and for each solo, festival-goers raved. Music and rhythm evidently coursed through each member’s veins, and the shouts and head-bobbing from the audience fueled the band.
Throughout the course of their show, Vulfpeck invited singer Antwaun Stanley and drummer Louis Cole on-stage to perform alongside the band. The group sang songs including “Animal Spirits,” “Dean Town,” “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” and “Running Away.”
As Cashmere Cat took to the stage, his melodic beats cut the anxiety of concert-goers who were worried about an emergency evacuation. Cashmere Cat kicked off his set with fan favorites “Wedding Bells” and “Pearls,” both from his 2014 EP, “Wedding Bells.”
Between hard-hitting beats and electronic ballads such as “Quit” featuring Ariana Grande, Cashmere Cat, otherwise known as Magnus August Høiberg, put on a cohesive set of his original songs, as well as bangers from other world-renowned producers. Dressed in all black, Cashmere Cat was in his element on-stage, as his blonde hair swung around as he performed.