The first in our series of LarkFEST wrap-ups:
Yes, you really can tell a lot about a band by the covers that they select to perform.
Especially at a free outdoor festival, where the bands know that the crowd isn’t made up of strictly their fans. Or even of music fans, for that matter.
Rather, a large percentage of LarkFEST-goers were simply there to people-watch. Or get drunk.
So how do you get them to pay attention to your band? Play something familiar.
Here are a few of the cover tunes that we heard at LarkFEST on Saturday:
SIRSY: The Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down”
KAISER CARTEL: Lucinda Williams’ “Something About What Happens When We Talk”
KAISER CARTEL: John Mellencamp’s “Worn Out Nervous Condition”
ELI “PAPERBOY” REED & THE TRUE LOVES: Sam Cooke’s “Twistin’ the Night Away”
THE JIM KELLER BAND: Elvis Presley’s “Mystery Train”
CHRIS BARRON & THE TIME BANDITS: “Happy Birthday”
(Photos by Sebastien Barre.)