In one hour, I will be embarking on an interstate road trip to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, to attend the Pygmalion* Music Festival. To be honest, I’m not quite sure I even know what the Pygmalion Music Festival is inregards to what, where, why, or how long it’s been going on. From what I understand it’s a SXSW-style, four day music festival, with dozens upon dozens of bands playing at a variety of locations at any given time.
It should be acknowledged that my attendance at said Pygmalion Music Festival 2008 is almost entirely born out of eagerness and lack of proper information**. Several months ago I saw that a band I enjoy (i.e. Black Mountain) was playing in Champaign, Illinois, on Friday, September 19, 2008. I contacted a good friend of mine who lives in Champaign, and she informed me of the Pygmalion Music Festival 2008. We quickly purchased festival passes (running around $50), only to find out that several of the desired bands at Pygmalion Music Festival 2008 (e.g. Black Mountain, Monotonix) were also playing the Hideout Block Party the same weekend.
Nevertheless, I’ve decided to push forward, boats against the current, and embark on a Thursday thru Sunday morning vacation to the great plains of Central Illinois. Shortly I’ll be hightailing it down 57 in my 1998 Chevy Malibu, car full of junk due to my current homelessness, though surprisingly I was able to jam my bike (front wheel off) into the back seat. With my sights set on drunken bike riding, good dope, good fun, and possibly some awesome musical shows, I’ll do my damnedest to report back to ye old faithful readers of Running Downhill (hi Ted, hi Benny!). I’ve never really covered any sort of event before, and I can’t possibly end this without considering that my coverage will be about as far from real journalism as possible. As I always say, “whiskey first, writing much later, if ever.”
Plans for the weekend are sketchy at best, but tonight on the plate I’m planning on seeing Evangelicals, Monotonix, Dan Deacon, and whoever is playing before/in between/afterwards. We’ll see how this goes.
Over and out.
*I know that Pygmalion is some sort of Greek tragedy or character, but my lack of ‘real college degree’ (sorry DPU) has left me ignorant on the whole thing, though my first Wikipedia search tells me of a George Bernard Shaw play adaptation. What fun! The Pygmalion website gives no information on its history or why its called that, so lets just pretend it’s because of the seminal Slowdive LP, “Pygmalion”.
**This information, which was tragically withheld from me, was the lineup for the Hideout Block Party that would be taking place the same weekend in Chicago. Naturally, I would much rather stick around town for said Block Party, it being in town and all, but truth be told, the lineup for Pygmalion is significantly better than what good old Wabansia Ave. has to offer this weekend.