Kid Cudi rolls like Kanye at Rites of Spring

Despite the nasty weather that fell on Music City over the weekend, thousands came out for the annual Rites of Spring celebration at Vanderbilt. As usual, the line-up didn’t disappoint. However, the first three bands were cancelled as storms rolled through Friday afternoon forcing Sara Bareilles, Public Enemy and The National to go on during much later time slots and to play shorter sets. Saturday’s temperatures dropped in the 30′s, but that didn’t stop folks from bundling up to catch headliners Matt & Kim, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero’s and Kid Cudi.

Lines to get into the festival took some folks up to two hours and the set up between sets seemed to take forever. If it had been nice outside, this may have gone more unnoticed. Matt & Kim had the crowd energized as she stood on their hands doing her “booty dance.” Edward Sharpe received some negative crowd response when taking his time sound checking. However, they put on an awesome show, which featured Ketch of Old Crow Medicine Show on fiddle. Kid Cudi was the one that caused quite the fuss though. He (or his handlers) made all of the artists leave backstage for his entrance onto the grounds. The rules; no one can be within 30 yards of Cudi and no one can look him in the eye. I was shocked at his pompous requests, especially from someone who apparently moved to New York City in 2004 with only a demo tape and $500 cash to follow his dreams. Unfortunately, his show didn’t follow the high standards that he tried to set. He rambled too much and crammed in his best songs (Day ‘N’ Night, Pursuit of Happiness) within the last few minutes of having to get off stage. This was obviously no fault of the festival organizers, but a true let down for fans like myself. I am also told he got paid 6 digits for his set, which included him and a DJ.

No doubt Rites of Spring will always be a great party with top-notch artists, but maybe next year we can move the date so it doesn’t rain again…

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