Art Gallery of Ontario Patti Smith knows how to commune with the dead. She…
- Posted on Aug 6th 2011 12:02PM by Theo Spielberg
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The festival is surrounded by teepees for "Glamping" which stands (ridiculously) for glamorous camping; people can rent them out and spend time between and after sets in Native American splendor. Further out, the Shinnecock reservation has ample space where festivalgoers can set up tents and do some actual, real camping.
Smith was lithe and energetic, just as fierce as ever. The beginning of her set was heavy on dedications, with President Obama and Jerry Garcia both getting shout-outs. The land and spirits also received honorable mentions from the singer before she launched into a spectacular rendition of 'Ghost Dance.' Behind her on stage stood a beat up taxi, resting conspicuously.
The singer performed with the passion of youth, casually braiding her hair during 'Because the Night,' reciting Ginsberg's 'Howl' in between songs and shredding guitar with awesome intensity.
Smith summed up the general feeling of the crowd in a few carefully chosen words: "Festivals are always wonderful, even when they suck." Though Escape to New York is just finding its feet, a good time was indeed had by all. With the right management, this festival could grow to be a formidable force in the summer circuit.
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