Animal Collective creates a blissful soundscape among the Big Sur redwoods.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
"I wish the fog would come lower, because that would be awesome!" said one member of the Animal Collective before the band began its encore at Henry Miller Library Wednesday evening.
The outdoors venue, just off of Highway 1 in Big Sur, packed in 300 concert-goers—with others waiting outside for non-existent extra tickets—to see the highly anticipated experimental/electronic group.
"The vibe here is exciting," said Vanessa Vanya of San Fransisco. "Everyone is stoked, and I feel like I walked into Woodstock."
Fans of the music traveled down the coast from as far away as Portland to see the mid-week set, which sold out in minutes when tickets went on sale months ago.
Many fans the Weekly photographer spoke to had never seen a show at Henry Miller Library before, but agreed that the location helped set the mood for the show.
"The fog definitely adds to the aura," says Stuart Kringel of Stockton. "It's pretty mystic."
"It's a wonderful gift to offer to the people who come here, " says Magnus Toren, the library's executive director.