MOUNTAIN VIEW (LIVE 105/CBSSF) – Not even the threat of rain over the weekend did not dampen the spirits of the thousands of Live 105 fans who came out to see the station’s hugely popular, yearly music festival at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.
PICTURES: Live 105’s BFD 2011
The BFD Local Stage kicked off with our Local Band Contest winner, The Trims! ‘Them Rude Boyz’ followed with the second set of the day, with Young Digerati taking the stage third as the lawn filled up with local music fans out to support our Bay Area bands. Repping the South Bay, The Relay Company took the stage next to keep the momentum going on the local band lawn. And following in Green Day rocker Billie Joe Armstrong’s footsteps, son Joey Armstong hit the local band stage with his band Emily’s Army. The band’s efforts are raising funds to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Beta State followed with a great performance along with free copies of their album “Stars” to much cheering. The crowd kept up the energy as Finish Ticket and then K. Flay threw down awesome sets on stage. With more free music and T-shirts being thrown to the crowd, East Bay natives Forrest Day commanded the local band stage and tons of LIVE 105 local music fans despite competing with Bad Religion on the Festival Stage in the same time slot. That says a lot about the love our fans have for local music and Bay Area bands that rock! I Am Empire closed out the Local Band Stage on a high note with a packed crowd before listeners swarmed the Main Stage.
LIVE 105’s own Dan B (pictured above and on the air weekends + on Subsonic Saturday nights) kicked off the day with a set in the BFD Subsonic Tent, spinning records as fans flooded into the festival at 11am. Next up, KidHack kept the midday party going as the sun held off the impending rain clouds and the crowd got their dance on. Miles the DJ (catch him on the air on LIVE 105 weekends + Radio Soundcheck) held it down with a set that featured remixes of station favorites like MGMT and Kings of Leon. Next up on the stage was LIVE 105 veteran Party Ben, followed by a live set by The Tenderlions that kept the dancefloor pulsating. Also DJing in the tent today were Jeffrey Paradise, Saint John, and Innerpartysystem (who also tore it up at the Official BFD Preparty, for two back-to-back nights of party madness)! The Subsonic Tent was a nonstop stream of energy as Harvard Bass, The Limousines, RAC, and Blaqk Audio threw down stellar performances to the stage. Finally, closing out the Tent for BFD 2011, Wolfgang Gartner kept the party going well into the night with a crazy big crowd, while Linkin Park was on the Main Stage.
The BFD Bud Light Festival Stage is going off! Dallas got the party started, introducing our first band of the day Awolnation to the cheering, pumped up crowd! Next, Live 105’s Afternoon On-Air personality, ‘No Name’ introduced Young the Giant, Middle Class Rut, who rocked their set with some fan favorites. Biffy Clyro took the stage next, after first stopping by the broadcast booth to check in with Live 105’s Megan Holiday and Menace on the air. Also rocking the Festival stage was Foster the People bringing their pumped up kicks, Manchester Orchestra, Airborne Toxic Event, Neon Trees and stage headliners Bad Religion!
But before headlining the Festival Stage, punk rockers Bad Religion stopped by the LIVE 105 Broadcast Booth to chill out and talk about BFD and what they’re up to next! They threw down an epic set (featuring an awesome rendition of “21st Century (Digital Boy)” to close out the stage, wrapping up with a kick ass version of “Sorrow.” Take a listen to the interview!
Kicking things off on the Main Stage was Kentucky alternative band, Cage The Elephant. Next up was ‘The Strokes’ but when it was time for Snoop Dogg‘s performance at BFD 2011, it was nothing less than you’d expect from, uh, the ‘Doggfather’ himself. As soon as Live 105’s Morning hosts, ‘Kevin and Bean’ walked out onto the stage to introduce Snoop, the crowd was on their feet and going wild. With a stage setup that included two drummers, a live DJ, a keyboardist, a handful of hot, hot women in hot, hot outfits dancing their a$$es off, and a support crew of emcees to boot, Snoop took the Main Stage with a full entourage and delivered one hell of a show!
From “Gin and Juice” to “Nuthin But A G Thang” to “Sensual Seduction,” Snoop brought out old school favorites and newer hits for the crowd in his hour-long set. He also busted out some classic hiphop covers (House of Pain’s “Jump Around”), saluting 2Pac (“Gangsta Party”) and paying tribute to homie Nate Dogg, who recently passed away. Highlights included a full lapdance onstage, more than a fair share of smoke drifting across the crowd (and from Snoop’s onstage supply), and of course, closing out his set with “Who Am I (What’s My Name).”
Headlining the main stage at BFD 2011 was Linkin Park! With a set that lasted over an hour, the band delivered LP favorites and new hits (fresh off the Transformers 3 soundtrack)! Before heading to the stage, the band kicked it backstage with a few lucky LIVE 105 listeners who got to attend a backstage press conference featuring Q & A with Linkin Park! Check out the photos and leave us a comment with your thoughts on the BFD 2011 Main Stage at live105.com!
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