The Pot of Gold Festival drew crowds to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a diverse music line up including Rap, Hip-Hop, Alt-metal, punk, and this year, a little Irish folk music on March 17 and 18. There were two stages in an open-air environment that kept the non-stop music going.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages were freely flowing to ward off the unseasonably high temps during the day. There was also an air-conditioned shelter with ‘Vendor Village’ to escape the heat and explore.
There were a couple of problems with the entertainers booked. Desiigner had difficulties with his fight into Phoenix on time. He missed his original stage time earlier in the afternoon. Action Bronson canceled his appearance on short notice. “Panda” rapper, Desiigner, gave a rousing performance in the Action Bronson timeslot giving the crowd his 150% performance. For the rest of the weekend, everything was copacetic.
Here are some of the highlights of the music festival. G-Eazy headlined the first day and his set was laced with all the glitz expected of a rapper who has enjoyed huge success. There was pyro, confetti, video images and his brand of rap. This guy looks like he stepped out of GQ magazine. Best of all, he appeared to be having the time of his life and the fans were encouraged to do the same.
Sublime with Rome is a reggae band with surf rock influences. This is not the original Sublime band. Lead singer, Rome Ramirez, has established his own sound and appeals to an entirely new generation of fans. The fans were out in tow, dancing, singing and crowd surfing while celebrating St. Patty’s Day.
Rae Sremmurd, hip-hop duo or EarDrummers spelled backward, is a platinum selling band consisting of two brothers. Their energy, vibe, and stage presence was unparalleled. 311 gave the crowds their rap and alternative rock. This veteran band delivered the goods for the fans. Earlier, Matisyahu and his band captivated the fans with their reggae groove. This was a low-key set.
On Saturday, sets were more rock oriented. Headliners, Flogging Molly provided a high-energy show. Flogging Molly has melded punk and Irish musical traditions to achieve a rollicking sound. They were engaging and funny with perfect vocals. Their set was filled with Celtic punk goodness.
Death Cab for Cutie’s set was an example of rocking, buttery smooth vocals from Ben Gibbard. The Death Cab experience was definitely much livelier than their recordings. The set was too short.
NOFX and Less Than Jake provided Indie Punk rock bands exploded on stage and rocked non-stop until the sets were finished. Both bands rocked to classic punk staples. They celebrated all that is fun in life and they were a true hoot to watch.
Fitz and the Tantrums was another band that has infectious energy with a very tight, well-rehearsed live show. They have an innate ability to engage the audience. Too bad the press was not allowed.
The Pot of Gold Festival was over too soon, but we are reminded that next year, the producers will present another fabulous lineup.
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