Decibel Festival 2011: Db in the Park @ Volunteer Park 10/1

Photos by Victoria Holt

What better way to spend your Saturday afternoon than hanging out in beautiful Volunteer Park and listening to crazy beats, people watching (SUCH good people watching) and having a picnic? Doesn’t get much better than that in my books. I arrived a bit late (I blame it on Star Slinger and Moby), regrettably missing all of KEXP favorite Ill Cosby, arriving in time for Portland beatmaker Natasha Kmeto. Her set was another unexpected gem, incorporating her live R&B vocals into her beats that included world tinges like bongos and tambourines. Her DJ persona is chill, asking the crowd every once in a while “How are you feeling?” It felt great, the sunlight fighting through clouds, people dancing in all types of creative forms (including this one man who, as a form of dance, sprinted around).

Natasha Kmeto

The music continued without break, featuring the more hip-hop oriented Danny Corn next. Also from Portland, his set included a unique prelude on warding off the rain that ultimately worked. His set built for twenty+ minutes into frenzy. Salva‘s set was more atmospheric, featuring more dub-step influence and half-time bass. Comma included more sustained bass that sounded incredible for being outside (kudos Decibel and BassDrop, who put this event on for FREE!). People really started to show up during Comma’s set, including a surprising amount of young children. EProm concluded the Db in the Park event with a set of dodgy robot techno — at times, it sounded like oil looks, upheld sludge. This event kicked ass and was a great way to spend a day in the park.

Danny Corn




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