Billed as "New York City's Music Festival," this past weekend's inaugural Catalpa Festival reflected the Big Apple's diversity. The two-day billing represented a wild variety of genres: garage rockers the Black Keys, emerging rap star A$AP Rocky, indie rockers TV on the Radio, jam rockers Umphrey's McGee, house music lifer Felix Da Housecat and even a dedicated High Times-sponsored reggae stage (which had no carved-in-stone set times, much to our dismay and the artists' delight). Taking place on Randall's Island, a somewhat difficult-to-access patch of earth protruding from between Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens, the fest certainly had its share of lows and, with Snoop headlining, highs. Despite some killer performances, the biggest disappointment was the less-than-sold-out turnout — possibly due to the $100-per-day ticket prices, torrential downpours, the legendary apathy of NYC audiences, the ultra-diversity of the lineup, or just a glut of area festivals. Still, for those who made the trek, there were some amazing moments. KORY GROW
Billed as “New York City’s Music Festival,” this past weekend’s inaugural Catalpa Festival reflected the Big Apple’s diversity. SPIN braved the torrential downpours to bring you this report.
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