We sent music staffer, writer and entrepreneur Andy Tabeling (pictured above) to Kingston Downs, Georgia for Counterpoint! Here’s some of his favorite sets from that weekend.
Janelle Monáe appeared on stage to introduce Deep Cotton, who are known mostly for their collaborations with her. Although Monae’s house band and Deep Cotton share members, they quickly established and separated themselves as unique and energetic performers. Their opening track “We’re Far Enough from Heaven Now We Can Freak Out” doesn’t sound extremely out of place among the rest of the Wondaland Arts Society’s output, yet there was a more pointed rock energy to the band’s set. Their set was heavy on covers as well, highlighted by a faithful yet highly enjoyable cover of the Stones’ “Satisfaction”.
I often approach live hip-hop with a large degree of skepticism, but luckily Schoolboy Q’s Friday evening performance engaged me consistently and was an absolute blast for Q’s hardcore fans. Riding in on a bicycle and backed by a TDE DJ (I must admit I got very tired of airhorn samples and “Top Dawg Entertainment” voiceover bits), Q treated his audience to a set that heavily favored his most recent release Oxymoron. Much of what made this performance so entertaining is that Schoolboy Q has a distinct personality and was eager to interact with fans. Q bantered with the crowd throughout his set, explaining origins of songs, inviting his large number of eager followers to rap along with him and generally feeding off the everyone’s energy. It was actually supposed to be Schoolboy Q’s off day during the festival, but he wanted to come and give the crowd his best. The set highlight was closer “Man of the Year” (the song everyone knew he would close with), which sent the large crowd into a frenzy of joyful shouts and groovy dancing.