Posted Jun 11th, 2015 (9:25 am) by James Hughes
Governors Ball Music Festival 2015: Day 3
Image by Bethany Rees/DOLA Photography
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The third and final day of this year’s Governors Ball music festival featured a star studded lineup that gave every fan of the weekend a reason to show up. Headlining the night’s festivities were The Black Keys and Lana Del Ray.

Our day started with Maryland rapper Logic. The young master of ceremonies had fun with his audience and showed natural appreciation for his fans. Logic dug deep into his catalog performing both Young Santana Mixtape throwbacks as well as new music from his first studio album, Under Pressure.

Flying under the radar was Mayer Hawthorne, a disco funk band blended with a splash of Michael McDonald and a pinch of Prince. The bubbly funk frenzy that ensued brought a positive vibe to the Gotham stage, which had been the site of more electronic acts over the previous two days. Mayer Hawthorne snuck their way into my top spot for best out-of-nowhere act; if I had an award to give.

The Australian act Tame Impala graced the main stage with oddly morphed vocals and jam inspired guitar riffs for the Governors Ball crowd. As ambassadors for the budding Australian music movement, Tame Impala stayed tight and provided a delicious set for the audience to consume.

Another crowd favorite of the day was veteran spoof-master Weird Al Yankovic. Rocking a fat suit for his famous Michael Jackson parody "I'm Fat," and bringing out a plethora of classic hits, Weird Al stole the show while also putting on an entertaining show. After Weird Al, Colorado natives Big Gigantic used their usual tactics of high energy remixes and horn solos to bring their crowd to life. Joining them on stage for their collaborative track “Night Is Young,” Cherub brought the hype to the afternoon show. After the party that was the Big Gigantic set, Hot Chip's large scale live band brought depth of sound and variety to Governors Ball attendees.

The Governors Ball finale headliners The Black Keys and Lana Del Ray split the crowd almost evenly. The arrangement made for an evenly split fan base and a couple of shows with not an oppressively crowded venue. The Black Keys ran their set until the festivals final moments. What the crowd lacked in aggressive packing tendencies they made up for in true fan ship. Appreciating the professionalism of The Black Keys displayed, the crowd did not expect any extra curricular activities. Watch out for my review of the fifth annual Governors Ball Music Festival.

Photography by Bethany Rees/DOLA Photography

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