Published Jul 17, 2015Beats Antique opened their Pemberton set with blasts of melodica — sexy as all get out — and a matching brass section beat to accompany the circus-like theme. Double percussion setups provided ample swell under grimy synths and wobbly dub, pulling the crowd in and introducing Pemberton to the entire spectacle. Can you really go wrong with an electric banjo?
With instrument changes after every song, the Oakland-originating act effortlessly drew a substantial crowd to the Bass Camp tent, Sidecar Tommy absolutely at home blowing through drum fills. A shout out to Les Claypool of Primus kicked off the brilliant, psychedelic "Beelzebub." Once or twice David Satori fell off time, and it was hugely disappointing to hear just how much of the set was pre-recorded, but the crowd seemed to be placated by impeccably timed smoke machines. Pulling out the trumpet definitely saved some face, so it was a fun set, even though it was hard to tell how much was actual live performance.