Saturday at Firefly had the lineup with the biggest names in a row: powerhouses Bob Dylan, Kesha, The Weeknd and Chance the Rapper provided a solid set of music for the entire evening. While Dylan's set may not have appealed to the audience targeted by the latter three, he offered a pleasant alternative for the more mature crowd. In addition to the later evening big-name sets, the day also featured some great shows by artists in the small font of Firefly's lineup. See our picks for the five best moments below, and check out our rundowns on Thursday and Friday. For more Firefly coverage, click here.
1. Bob Dylan comes out of retirement
A veteran with over 50 years experience in the industry, Bob Dylan has certainly left his mark. On Saturday night, the legend took the stage during a beautiful sunset, without any adieu, simply walking out with his band and going straight into playing. At first, Dylan was hard to understand, but his voice quickly warmed up into the familiar growl so beloved by his fans. In a contrast to a weekend filled with visually impressive shows, Dylan's was just a man (and a band) and his music, reminding us of what live shows of the past generations were really like.
2. The Treehouse stage sees its first rapper
Typically, the Treehouse stage sees DJ sets, up-and-coming bands, and occasionally some EDM. On Saturday night, that all changed, when Chance the Rapper's little brother Taylor Bennett took to the stage rather unexpectedly. A crowd soon poured in to see the show, which had been rescheduled from earlier in the day. Phones came out, they were waved, and Bennett proved he is more than just Chance the Rapper's baby brother.
3. Francis and the Lights, well, climbs the lights
If you've been to one of the other festivals so far in June, you may have noticed Francis and the Lights is doing nearly all of them. However, his set at Firefly proved the best yet, as he took the stage entirely alone this time, giving him free run of the big stage. In further Francis fashion, he ditched the jacket he's accustomed to wearing and ran about the field shirtless, before climbing one of the lighting rigs side-stage to get a better look out on the crowd. Later that night, Francis appeared on the scene at Firefly again, joining Chance the Rapper during his show.
4. Kesha has a wild on-stage party
With Kesha, you never know what to expect, and her Firefly set was no exception. Under lights spelling out "F*** The World," setting a "FTW" theme that would be carried out even across the star's behind, Kesha brought her all. The set was complete with streamers, glitter, confetti, and a string of hits like "Tik Tok" and "We R Who We R." Kesha also threw a shout-out to Bob Dylan, saying that "I met my hero today" in reference to him. Despite finding her way into the lineup at Firefly, Kesha reminded everyone that she hadn't put out any new music lately, though "that's not my choice" she reminded everyone. Due to a drawn-out legal battle, Kesha has been unable to put out any new music. Either way, it didn't stop her from having a great time on stage Saturday night.
5. Capital Cities keep everyone "Safe and Sound"
A few years back, Capital Cities were one of the bands to keep making the rounds at festivals. Now, they are appearing less and less, so their set at Firefly was a treat. The band has had a minor lineup change, as their former trumpet player Spencer Ludwig has taken off on his own since the release of his hit track "Diggy" — he has been replaced with Will Artpope. Nevertheless, Capital Cities distinctive sound lives on, as all of Firefly took to their feet dancing during "Safe and Sound."