WCBN takes on Audiotree

   Last week, WCBN was at the Audiotree Music Festival in Kalamazoo, MI! The two-day festival was held at Arcadia Creek Festival Place in the midst of an intense heat wave (temperatures hitting 94°). Thanks to the Audiotree team, all the artists and fans stayed well-hydrated under the blistering heat. People were shooting water guns at the crowd, passing out water bottles and handing out fans.

Despite the heat, the festival provided a great experience for crowds of diverse musical tastes. The lineup featured a variety of talented up-and-coming and big name electronic, hip-hop, and indie rock artists that filled the vicinity with good energy. Transitions between all the sets were smooth, and every band had fantastic sound engineering. In addition, in case you couldn't make it, all the performances were live-streamed for all the fans back home. All around, Audiotree put up a great festival and we look forward to Audiotree Music Festival 2018!

 

While we were there, we had the chance to meet with some of our favorite artists who get some great airplay on WCBN. We are excited to have some exclusive interviews and content for you, our beloved listener! Check out our homepage for WCBN's coverage of #ATMF17. (More interviews to come)

 

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Recap of Friday from WCBN's Aarthi:

Audiotree music festival was one of the most surreal, unique, and sweltering music events I’ve ever been to.  Our Friday began with SALES, whose soft, guitar-based pop enchanted the audience.  “Getting it On”, a fan favorite, was met with cheers and a swaying crowd.  After the set, we met with SALES (Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih) to talk about their music and inspiration.

From there, I photographed Smino, whose commanding stage presence and futuristic funk rap excited the crowd.  Smino truly gave a stellar performance, and his crisp, boldly accessorized look against the Audiotree stage made for some pretty great visuals.  Noname, one of my favorite artists of the day, also gave a captivating performance.  Her songs “Bye Bye Baby” and “Diddy Bop” are full of sadness and emotion, and contrasted by her positive and playful rap.  She is smiling and laughing in between verses, clearly enjoying herself, and the audience feels it too.  The crowd was taken away by her, and so was I.  

Next up was the iconic Lizzo.  With her colorful, skin-tight bodysuit and her striking dancer duo, she gave quite a show.  Her newest release “Truth Hurts” was the highlight of the set.  The final show was SuperDuperKyle.  At this point, the heat and excitement of the day had gotten to me, so I was unable to photograph him firsthand.  However, listening to his music backstage was still breathtaking.  He covered his favorite song “Pursuit of Happiness” beautifully— the Audiotree audience agreed and held up their phone flashlights and swayed to his voice.  

Audiotree Music Festival was an experience I’ll never forget.  The heat, the sounds, and the stage stunned me and created a distinctly captivating show that will be difficult to recreate.