The Wild Goose Festival: The Music

I didn’t catch a ton of the music last weekend at the Wild Goose Festival, but I made sure to hear Jennifer Knapp, whom I’d known in her previous life as a “Christian” singer-songwriter.  She is now out as a lesbian, and her career is more about mainstream music.  She said from the stage that she no longer writes songs about faith, but she definitely talks about it — at least at a Christian festival.  She even recorded an “It Gets Better” video from the stage, with the help of the crowd (it doesn’t seem that her version of the video is yet online).

Jenifer Knapp at the Wild Goose Festival (photo by Courtney Perry)

I missed Over the Rhine, much to my disappointment, because I was hosting a Patheos Happy Hour at our RV.  I heard Derek Webb and David Wilcox from a distance.

Reverend Vince Anderson at the Wild Goose Festival (photo by Courtney Perry)

I fell in love with Reverend Vince Anderson‘s amazing ability to stir a crowd into a frenzy at one moment and have people in tears the next. As I wrote on Monday, he brought a power to the final(?) edition of the Church Basement Roadshow that we’d never seen.

David Bazan at the Wild Goose Festival (photo by Courtney Perry)

But my one will-not-miss performance was by David Bazan, whom I captured on the video below.  Bazan may have been the best theologian at the Wild Goose Festival.

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David Bazan Covers Radiohead

Um, yes, this is possibly too good to be true:

David Bazan covers Radiohead for Hit It Or Quit It from WBEZ on Vimeo.

David Bazan in Concert

David Bazan

Although David Bazan was all the buzz last summer when I was at Cornerstone, I paid the buzz no heed since I’d never heard of him and had only vaguely heard of his former band, Pedro the Lion.  However, enough people mentioned to me the power of his latest album, commonly referred to as his “break-up with God album,” that I purchased it.  In the Chicago Reader, Jessica Hopper wrote,

Bazan’s Curse Your Branches, due September 1 [2009] on Barsuk, is a visceral accounting of what happened after that. It’s a harrowing breakup record—except he’s dumping God, Jesus, and the evangelical life. It’s his first full-length solo album and also his most autobiographical effort: its drunken narratives, spasms of spiritual dissonance, and family tensions are all scenes from the recent past.

Bazan and his current band are powerful in concert, as witnessed by Chris Scharen and me (and a couple hundred others, including not a few Porchians) last night at the Turf Club in St. Paul.

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