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Street Scene Photos, Including Flavor Flav’s Bling and Various Shoes!

Above: Public Enemy's Flavor Flav still workin' it after all these years. Street Scene, 2009.

Another Street Scene comes to a close and though temps were blistering, the crowds seemed unfazed. I, for one, am exhausted. I worked those photo pits as best as I could, people, but let me tell you, it was HOT! Like, H to the O to the T, hot. And 20 competitive, stinky photographers jostling for a shot in a crowded photo pit all the while bumping up against muscle-bound Street Scene security is no chill day at a music fest.

I loved Public Enemy, and it's a good thing because they were a half hour late! Check out our pics of Flavor Flav. You can see close-ups of his jewelry and the inside of his tilted baseball cap, which still had the stickers marking his hat size and price tags. Nice!

For more photos, check out those taken by Kelly Davis from City Beat. She was everywhere (how'd she do it?) and got really good stuff.

Culture Lust writer Andy Trimlett did interviews with Girl Talk and Silversun Pickups so look forward to those posts coming this week. Besides Public Enemy, I thoroughly enjoyed Busta Rhymes (best crowd, too) and Thievery Corporation. I missed lots of bands because I could only go on Saturday. What did you all think? Who did you like best? I heard Conor Oberst was horrible and Sharon Jones was terrific.

What about Street Scene in general - did everything run smoothly for you? Long lines? Well organized? Chaos? Let us know what you thought of Street Scene, 2009!

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John Gamboa | August 31, 2009 at 3 p.m. ― 7 years, 6 months ago

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John Gamboa | August 31, 2009 at 3:07 p.m. ― 7 years, 6 months ago

I made it to the Friday shows. I managed to see one of my favorite bands, Calexico, while the majority of San Diegans were at the Black Eyed Peas. It's something about their rock/country/mariachi infusion that makes me think of San Diego's dual-city dynamic with Tijuana.

Cake, a childhood favorite of mine, was nice to see live. They managed to play more than just one song from their first album, "Motorcade of Generosity." The very random Flickr-like photos on the LED board on stage were thankfully removed at request of lead singer John McCrea. It was distracting.

Modest Mouse didn't look like they really wanted to play much. Matt & Kim, whom I've seen several times at UCSD's Che Cafe, continued with sort of the same set list they've been doing since their last album. They even played "The Final Countdown" in exactly the same ironic context as I had seen three times previously. That was kind of a letdown.

Band of Horses lacked the energy I expected from them, but it was made up by Mastodon, a band I've never seen, nor listened to before. Their style of metal was a nice departure from the rest of the festival's acts and allowed me to discover a new band for future iPod use.

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aarynb | August 31, 2009 at 4:53 p.m. ― 7 years, 6 months ago

I had a photo pass and battled it out at The Crocodiles and well, that was enough jostling for me. Who knew professional photogs had such sharp elbows to go with their fierce game faces?

Anyway, I decided to skip the shots and go for the show. I gotta be honest: I wasn't loving all the angsty indie-rock. At least I think it was angsty. It's so hard to tell when you can't hear the lyrics over guitar noise. Maybe I'm just old and uncool. Or maybe I just have taste.

I was diggin' Ra Ra Riot---fantastically bizarre visuals to go with music that---along with all the young 'uns in the crowd wearing neon Raybans and Flashdance shirts---took me right back to 1980-anything. And let me just say this: The only thing better than a man in a one-legged unitard is TWO men in one-legged untiards.

Sharon Jones killed it. She took of her strappy silver kitten heels and got down with some traditional African dance. You would never guess she's in her mid-fifties the way she was moving her bod. Her drummer stood up and helped her put her shoes back on so she could close with "100 Days, 100 Nights." The Dap Kings were solid, if not a bit serious, and at one point, one of the Thievery Corp boys (the guitarist?) joined her on stage.

Of course, Thievery Corporation stole the show (yes, even from Public Enemy). There wasn't one bit of my clothing that wasn't drenched in dance sweat. Mostly my own, but prolly some of the guys' next to me, too. Pretty gross but tolerable under the circumstances. The best part of their show was the uber-sexy Brazilian singer writhing in her gold bustier, daaaaangerously close to spillage, if you know what I mean. It was fantastic.

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rachel | August 31, 2009 at 9:39 p.m. ― 7 years, 6 months ago

For me, this year's Scene was reminiscent of the past - you could move around the event pretty easily, there were no HUGE acts with equally huge crowds, all in all a more mellow vibe. When I saw they were checking IDs each time you went into the beer gardens (what about wristbands?) I thought that the lines would be crazy by the end of the night, but that never happened (maybe because there just weren't that many people there?). Loved Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - they played a second set in the VIP lounge that kicked ass. And I want to be Sharon Jones when I grow up.

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