Mosaic / Music / Reviews / May 2, 2012

Lincoln Fest: Some acts shine, some just don’t fit

Lincoln Fest occupied the T. Fleming Fieldhouse due to inclement weather that never came, but that did not stop performers or attendees from enjoying 11 hours of live music.

Knox musicians and nationally recognized performers offered sets ranging from folk rock to power pop to electronic, ending in a headlining performance by revered electronic artist (and constant Union Board teaser) Dan Deacon. Here’s a look back at several other acts of note throughout the Saturday evening performances.

Poets and Peasants

Knox’s own nine-piece band delivered a pleasant performance to what appeared to be the second largest crowd of the night (behind Dan Deacon). Although they were clearly having fun performing, they shared the problem of many other acts of the sound being swallowed by the structure of the Fieldhouse. At the end of the 40-minute set, the crowd was left clamoring for an encore that, although well deserved, never came due to time constraints.

A Few Good Men

Although the crowd had significantly thinned out after Poets and Peasants, this didn’t seem to deter sophomore Alex Burik and his band. They powered through their 20-minute-set with high energy and passion, with Burik getting lost in his music from time to time. It led to an enjoyable, albeit brief, show.


A Wilco-influenced folk rock band from Chicago, Filligar, who also drew a small crowd, brought a lively show to those who were around to witness it. Playing from a catalog that included covers of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” and Nirvana’s “Bloom,” the band seemed determined to put on a memorable performance for the few in attendance. In the end, those who were there walked away thoroughly impressed and took note of the band that will hopefully rise to greater popularity soon.

DJ Kice

DJ Kice simply felt out of place at Lincoln Fest. He was not a bad DJ by any means, but in a genre that demands the crowd to dance, when the people do not, the performance is always going to suffer. The crowd was significantly larger than Filligar and continued to grow throughout the set. However, no matter how many times Kice looped “Put your m*****f***** hands up!” most of the audience refused to comply.


The hip-hop group from Seattle came in full of high energy and played to an audience that was ready and willing to reciprocate it. With attendees from as far away as Madison, Wis., the Knowmads created a set filled with lyrical improvisation and songs about weed and bongs that really seemed to resonate with the crowd. The hour-long set was comparable to a standard hip-hop show, however, it felt like so much more compared to previous performances due to a noticeably larger crowd.

Dan Deacon

Nothing was conventional about Dan Deacon’s performance, whether it was turning on the lights to the Fieldhouse because it was not dark enough, playing in the front of the crowd rather than on the actual stage, relying on audience participation in the form of dance competitions or running around the Fieldhouse and going through a human tunnel, yet that is precisely why what felt like half the campus walked away thoroughly impressed. It was a fitting conclusion to Lincoln Fest that nobody seemed to want to end.

John Bird

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