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The first of my two nights behind the lens of this year’s Decibel Festival had me posted up at the Showbox for a sold out evening with Gilligan Moss, Manatee Commune, Taylor McFerrin and Bonobo. Though I didn’t get a chance to shoot Gilligan, the duo had the early crowd in a dancing frenzy as the floor began to fill in. Manatee Commune followed, and frankly stole the show for me. The 21 year old from Bellingham, WA brought a full band worth of stage presence into his solo set, managing to switch between drums, guitar, violin and his mixer as each song progressed – a nice variation from the many DJ sets that Decibel Fest offers. Taylor McFerrin… what a cool dude. With a selection of soothing rhythms and the footwork to match them, Taylor had me and the rest of the crowd slowly swaying in a bit of a fantasy land, which he graciously conjured for us. This was my first time listening to his tunes, but most definitely will not be the last (I highly recommend during office hours). Though Bonobo didn’t pull out all the stops (instruments/vocalists) for this show, his seasoned sound was heard through the speakers loud and clear. The majority of the tracks were from his most recognized LP, The North Borders, but there were also a few remixes tossed in for good measure. Along with the rest of the sets, Bonobo brought a mesmerizing visual compilation that kept the lifted crowd in a constant trance. Big thanks to the Showbox and to Decibel Fest for having me out – looking forward to seeing what’s in store for next year!

@trulybogus

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