Our 10 best moments from Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 – Chicago Tribune
Thatâs a wrap of the 2017 edition of Pitchfork Music Festival. Surprise guests, glorious fashion, stellar performances from every genre and generation of music, unexpected dance parties and unexpected tearsâPitchfork once again put together a memorable weekend. Here are ten standouts moments from a weekend full of them.
Cherry Glazerr singer Clementine Creevy made quite the entrance as she graced the stage on all fours to the tune of âToxicâ by Britney Spears. Creevy completed her cat-like arrival by hissing and flicking her tongue to the crowdâs cheers. Her grand entrance broke the ice for those new to Creevyâs stage persona, it also made it less shocking when she told the crowd to jokingly âshut the f*** up!â
LCD Soundsystemâs Too Much Love
The legendary groupâs return to Chicago was exhilarating from start to finish. Though some of the most fun came from in between songs. Frontman James Murphyâs antics were on full display as he repeatedly introduced his band members in the crowd and ad-libbed spontaneous quips into classic songs. The most laughs came from Murphy and fellow member Nancy Whang taking a good amount of time to make sure the crowd was feeling okayânot âhow are you doing tonight?â more of âare you sure youâre okay?â Either one was still met with cheers from the enamored crowd.
Mitskiâs moment of emotion
Tears and emotions are to be expected when seeing artists with songs as personal and heart-wrenching as Mitskiâs. But not often do those emotions come from the artist themselves. In between songs Mitski stopped more than once to address the crowd and thank them for their support and allowing her to live her dream. Mitskiâs transparent lyricism makes her music easily relatable but her moment of candidness on Saturday left no dry eyes.
Parliament wonât give up the funk
The funk-master George Clintonâs set at Pitchfork was a non-stop dance party from start to finish. With rhythms as infectious as Parliamentâs, it was hard to be angry when the group decided to leave on their own terms. Stage hands and fest crew were visibly bothered by the longer-than-expected runtime but the audience was too busy grooving to take notice.
Speaking of emotional performances, A Tribe Called Questâs return to the stage was a bittersweet one. As noted by Q-Tip himself, Saturdayâs performance would be their first festival performance since the passing of fellow MC Phife Dawg. In the middle of the stage was a singular mic that marked Phifeâs presence throughout the night. It wasnât easy to hold back tears when the group, made up of Q-Tip, Jarobi, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and guest MC Consequence, would take a moment to remember their friend. The shining moment came when Muhammad played an acapella version of Phifeâs career-defining verse on âButterâ from the groupâs second album.
We the People
It might be cheating to mention the same group twice, but A Tribe Called Questâs comeback show was full of memorable moments from beginning to end. For their last song, the group spit through the lead single, âWe the Peopleâ off their latest album. Q-Tip often referred back to Ali Shaheed Muhammad to run the track back multiple times, along with Q-Tipâs guided protest chant of the trackâs title, until those three words became a unifying mantra.
Joey Purpâs hometown special
Fewer crews run as tight as Chicagoâs Savemoney. Since Chance the Rapper flew onto the scene a few years ago, he and his fellow Windy City rappers have become worldwide stars and their shows will undoubtedly bring surprises. Joey Purp was the center of attention on Sunday afternoon but he made sure to give some of his famous friends some love. In what become a whoâs-who of Chicagoâs rap scene, producers Peter Cottontale and Knox Fortune provided Joey with beats throughout the set. Then out came Towkio to spit a few bars and Vic Mensa followed with a heartfelt introduction by Purp. There was chatter throughout the crowd for the rest of the set that Chance might be on deck, however he didn’t make an appearance.
Jamila Woods goes for the green
Following unfortunate circumstances that prohibited The Avalanches from fulfilling their set time, Jamila Woods was upgraded from the Blue stage to the Green on Sunday. Despite such a last-minute change, Woods fit her new stage like a glove, putting on a phenomenal performance that proves why sheâs one of Chicago best musicians. Her lovely brand of soulful melodies was exactly what the crowd needed to get for when Solange would grace the same stage later that night.
Nicolas Jaar flash mob
Those who have frequented Pitchfork in the past might have noticed a man dressed in a pink t-shirts and shorts leading a crew of spontaneous dancers. Last year this mysterious pink man choreographed his own on-the-spot flash mob for Todd Terje, and this year Nicolas Jaar got the same treatment on Sunday evening. Who this pink man is or where he came from is unknown but it looks like as long Pitchfork sticks around so will he and his legion of dancers.
Solange (With a little help from her friends)
Although Solange wouldnât perform until Sunday night, her presence was felt all weekend due to the festivalâs collaboration with her art collective Saint Heron. Art installations, open mics and spoken word performances were just a few of the attractions that brought themes of social justice, positivity and diversity throughout the weekend. This culminated when Solange graced the stage with art direction that looked as if taken directly from her music videos. Along with delicate and beautiful dance routines choreographed by Solange herself, and monochromatic uniforms for her band that lent themselves to the festivalâs Wear Orange campaign, Solange made sure this would be a weekend to remember.