Bop Skizzum started the day with their brand of funk, bringing the energy to the early set.
|Andy Rok, Julie Almeria, & Elijah Samuels - Bop Skizzum|
|Chris Harris of Bop Skizzum|
|Andy, Julie, & SF1 - Bop Skizzum|
|Andy Rok with the people.|
|SF1 - Bop Skizzum|
Next we stepped over to see a bit of Kitten:
|Kitteners Bryan De Leon, Zach Bilson & Chloe Chaidez|
|Waylon Rector & Lucas Frank - Kitten|
Having fallen in love with the song "Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It", we made our way back in to see Stars.
|Christopher McCarron and Torquil Campbell - Stars.|
|Pat McGee & Amy Millan - Stars|
|This guy was having fun.|
|Birkenstock dude in the green cap on the left. Super chill.|
Riot fest. Today was honestly the best show To date. I've never felt like that on stage before. Denver my heart is forever yours thank you
— David schmitt (@davidlovesit) September 23, 2013
|David Schmitt & the Breathe Carolinas.|
|DJ Lord on the wheels of steel.|
|Flav, D, Lord, Griff.|
|Chuck D & S1W Pop Diezel|
|Flav & Chuck. OGs.|
|Keith Morris - FLAG|
After watching the rain pour down for a bit, we heard a recorded voice come over the speakers, telling everyone that the festival grounds were closing due to inclement weather and to return to their cars. At one point people were just honking their horns just to make noise. My youngest loved it. It was like a little bit of group anarchy.
It rained so much and for so long that I wondered aloud if they might cancel the rest of the shows.
|Rain, rain, go away.|
We watched some of Bad Religion who were pretty good. Greg Graffin asked for a bratwurst from the stage, and someone delivered.
After a few songs we walked over to see Matt & Kim who were the biggest surprise of the weekend for me. Lots of energy, really fun, and it almost didn't seem like there were only two people onstage!
Matt let people know that Kim was going to come out to the crowd and dance on their hands - he had people hold her feet and she did a little shimmy shake. I was very impressed.
I want to say that after Matt & Kim we went back to the RV while Rancid played. I remember being in the RV listening to Rancid, but I can't remember why we didn't stay out. Maybe to save energy again, nobody was that hot to see AWOLNATION or DeVotchKa. We were pretty tired, and Blink was going to play from 11pm-12am, so what was going to be a late night anyway just got later.
We made our way back out in the rain to get good spots for Blink.
The kids wanted to go more towards the front. I was having flashbacks from Woodstock '94 and the mud fight that happened during Green Day's set, so I passed and stayed toward the back.
I had seen Blink in 2001, and while I wasn't expecting them to be as high-energy as they were back then, they still brought it.
|This is Mark.|
|This is Tom.|
|This is Travis.|
|The Mark, Tom, & Travis Show.|
Blink ended just after midnight and I met up with my kids and we walked back to the RV. I say walked, but it was more like skating, there was so much mud. We scraped our shoes off on the back bumper of the RV and left our mud-soaked shoes on the steps up and sat for a bit while we watched the parking lot traffic. I sent them to bed and sat and watched it rain, and watched the cars hardly move at all.
After about 45 minutes and no other RVs were moving, I decided to try to drive forward to get in line to get out of the parking lot. I skidded and slipped that 29" beast around, getting stuck, rocking it back & forth, twisting the wheel, using every trick I knew to get traction & get out of there. I eventually did get up to the line…where I sat for another half hour or so. Once we started moving, I didn't really get stuck again and we were on the road by around 1:30am, as I recall.
The drive home was epic, and I don't use that word often. I said "Wow." out loud about 3 or 4 times just because I couldn't believe the sheer amount of rain that kept coming down. It was like Florida rain, not Colorado rain. All the way home, too, not just in spots. It was constantly pouring down.
Long story short, we got home, I unloaded some of the RV, sent an e-mail to the RV place telling them that I might be a little late returning it the next day, and finally got in bed around 4:30 am.
My thanks to B&B RV for being so cool about taking one of their RVs to a 2-day punk rock show in the middle of farm country. I'm not getting paid, they were just awesome to rent from. Might do it again someday just to go camping. Might do it next year for Riot Fest, if they have it out in farm country again. If they do, I'll save up to stay another night if it rains like it did. I'd much rather have just waited until the sun came out the next day.
Another shout out to whoever runs the @RiotFest twitter account. Awesome all weekend, keeping us up to date during the evacuation and generally just being hilarious.
All in all, it was worth it, ten times over. I got to see the Replacements have fun on stage, I had a great, memorable time with my kids, and saw/heard a shit-ton of great music.
Thanks, Riot Fest.