Day one of LouFest 2014 brought 17,000 fans — a single-day record for the festival — to Central Field in Forest Park. The day started off with light rain but the sun came out before too long, giving concertgoers ideal festival weather. Music Times checked out sets from San Fermin, Falls, The Jane Shermans, Washed Out, Those Darlins, and Future Islands before taking break to eat free Chipotle and closing the night off with Cake and Arctic Monkeys.
Arctic Monkeys closed out the first day of LouFest with a 90-minute, 20-song set that spanned most of their catalog. They opened with "Do I Wanna Know" and finished with a three-song encore of "One For The Road," "I Wanna Be Yours," and "R U Mine?"
Cake's set Saturday night included old favorites such as "Sheep Go To Heaven, Goats Go To Hell," "Never There," and "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" as well as songs off 2011's Showroom of Compassion such as "Sick of You." While onstage, frontman John McCrea thanked "the 75 of you who still support music" by purchasing it legally and later told them, "You can do anything you want...if it's within the laws of physics."
Future Islands' set was a sweat-filled rock fest with frontman Samuel T. Herring commanding the stage as he beat his chest, grumbled into the microphone, swiveled his hips and played favorites such as "Season (Waiting On You) while the crowd went nuts.
Those Darlins got The Shade Stage moving as they tore through tracks off their recent album Blur The Line including "In The Wildnerness," "Oh God," and "That Man." They also pulled out covers from Bob Dylan ("Man In Me") and The Crystals ("Then He Kissed Me.")
Washed Out delivered a set mixed with high intensity rock outs and chillwave lullabies set against the cool afternoon breeze. Everyone cheered as the band pulled out the Portlandia theme song "Feel It All Around."
Hailing from Sydney, Australia's, Falls took over The Shade Stage in the early afternoon.
THE JANE SHERMANS
Nashville rockers the Jane Shermans played a high-intensity set beginning with their cover of "I Want Candy." They moved through their original tracks, soon to be released on an upcoming album, including their single "Shotgun."
The Brooklyn chamber-pop group began their set as the sun finally started peaking through the clouds after a rainy morning. Charlene Kaye and Allen Tate traded vocals with bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone commanding the keys and occasionally hitting his drum. They played new tracks off their upcoming sophomore album as well as hits from their debut effort including "SonStruck." They ended the set with an infectious cover of the Strokes' "Heart in a Cage."