Pensacola, Florida
Tuesday August 14th 2018


Staff Picks

by Hana Frenette

Florence and the Machine

Florence’s voice is soulful and airy-light at the same time. The stomps, claps, and jingle bells often included in the song arrangements give the music a tribal tangibility.
The band’s music videos often make use of dark imagery contrasted by Florence’s ever-gauzy and flowing ensembles, making for an enigmatic show that’s hard to stop watching.

Florence’s style and theatrics have gained her almost as much note as her music, and she has become somewhat of a fashion icon as of late. She was recently on the cover of “British Vogue” and was asked to sing at an underwater-themed Chanel fashion premiere from inside a giant shell.

And if national recognition of her music, magazine covers and fashion parties aren’t quite enough, Florence recently befriended one of music’s reigning power couples: Beyonce and Jay-Z. Florence took the couple to dinner and told the Sunday Times, “I made Jay-Z laugh a few times and he high-fived me, and Beyonce didn’t look bored. All in all, I’d say it was a success.” The girl is on a roll.

7-8 p.m., Sunday, WindCreek Stage


Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam has long outlasted the plaid shirts and dirty hair that loomed around them in their ‘90s heyday of fame. They’ve battled with Kurt Cobain, boycotted Ticketmaster, and spent much of their time deflecting their own fame rather than basking in it. The band has released nine albums, with lead singer Eddie Vedder releasing a solo album in 2008 that served as the soundtrack for the film, “Into the Wild.”

The band has stayed busy. In between touring and recording, they’ve become increasingly involved with politics and have spent a great deal of time combating the effects of people on the environment. Pearl Jam strongly encourages voter registration and involvement in elections. They have also played several shows and festivals only to donate the money to charities, such as Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, and the Jazz Foundation of America.

Gone is much of the angst from their hits of the ‘90s like “Daughter” and “Alive.” Here to stay is the fiery anger and passion that leads the band to denounce presidential figures while performing, and fight for pro-choice rights on stage. This band cares about the world and the direction it’s headed. Thankfully, they’re not just whining about it.

9:30-11:45 p.m., Friday, DeLuna Stage


Joan Jett

Joan Jett has been hailed as the queen of rock ‘n’ roll. Her glam-rock style, fierce attitude and punk-rock roots helped to define her image right from the start. Early on in her career, Jett and whatever band she happened to be in, toured the world opening up for acts like the Police, Queen, Aerosmith, and Cheap Trick. Her version of “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” has become somewhat of an anthem and has been featured in dozens of movies and video games.

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