Night 1 at SnowBall went off as expected and then some. The artists brought everything they had…some even did it in the coldest temperatures they’d probably ever experienced (reminder — Big Boi is from Atlanta). The night was filled with a menagerie of music from the Aussie electro pop duo Bag Raiders who lit up the early night and Mimosa who brought a crowd that was ready to rage. British DJ Rusko whomped it up and had a spectacle of a light show.
Two performances really stood out, however–Outkast’s Big Boi, brought the house down and seemed to be loving every minute of it. He repped Atlanta hard the whole time but couldn’t have shown more love to the CO crowd that ate it up like it was the sweetest candy they’d ever tasted. Playing old school tracks from Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik to ATLiens, Big Boi appeared to be having the time of his life and humbly thanked the audience for loving him like they did.
Representing an entirely different genre, the one of whiskey loving, cocaine snorting, bar fighting blues rock madness was Deer Tick. They smoked, drank, and played the hell out of their instruments as the temperature dropped below 0. Frontman John McCauley was in perfect form using his raspy heartached voice to strike raw emotion into the hearts of the crowd. And when ‘Baltimore Blues #1′ hit all anyone could do was look at each other and say ‘damn they’re great.’
All in all it was a great start to a festival that is clearly making its mark on the music scene…and doing it in the most frigid of temperatures which makes things just that much more interesting. Snow…CO…music…strangers, friends and family. It’s SnowBall people. And if you’re not here now you should be next year. Here is a video of some of the first night’s highlights: