The Sweetlife Festival returns to Merriweather Post Pavilion tomorrow. Twenty-two performers will play in the festival's 12-odd hours, but the day also promises yoga, wanton recycling, communal tables and quite possibly some kind of R.J. Cooper/Rogue 24 funnel cake.
Getting there: Parking at Merriweather is free, if you're driving; gates open at 12 p.m. But car-less urban dwellers can still hitch rides on Rock & Bus, which departs for Merriweather from Dupont Circle and Arlington several times on Saturday; round-trip tickets are $55.
On hand to feed you: Toki Underground tweeted that durian cotton candy would be on its menu, while Rogue 24 posted a prep list on Facebook that may have included three gallons of funnel-cake batter just to mess with our heads. But Toki and Rogue 24 will serve VIP ticketholders only (Those tickets have all been snapped up.) For the rest of us, Luke's Lobster will serve up lobstah rolls for all bearing mom's credit card, while Everlasting Life Cafe will be doing their vegan thing. Of course, a few Sweetgreen salads check that box, too. But as with previous years, expect food trucks to satisfy your mid-day hunger pangs.
On with the show: The festival has released set times, so you should plan on hitting the food trucks before seeing Solange at 1:45; and then hightailing it to the Treehouse Stage for the Ms Mr show. Start the evening hours with Holy Ghost! at 7:05 and then dance your way back to the mainstage for Passion Pit at 7:20.
To get you hyped, we've rounded up new videos from festival performers, plus one oldie, in case you, like many Sweetlife-goers tomorrow, were 7 when the Yeah Yeah Yeahs hit the scene.
First up, the best: Phoenix's "Entertainment," off the new record, "Bankrupt!" This awesome/weird Asian epic looks at first to be someone's homemade attempt at setting a Japanese flick to the music of Phoenix, but no. It's the official video, and it's fully embracing every Asian-movie trope, from samurai movies to Yakuza flicks, in one four-minute bender.
From Passion Pit, "Carried Away": A perturbing video, mostly for its Zooey Deschanel lookalike wearing Zooey Deschanel-esque vintage housedresses and doing Zooey Deschanel-esque things. Sorry, boys, we already saw "500 Days of Summer."
Holy Ghost!'s "Wait & See": A reminder that the catchy dance bands won't just be on the main stage. This New York electro duo is about as good as it gets if you're looking to dance, and they'll be a pitch-perfect lead in to Passion Pit's set.
Foxygen's "San Francisco": Flower-print polyester shirts, bell bottoms and four-track recorders aren't just for show with this band, who deliver full-on '60s swagger-jacking with a straight face.
And finally, we offer this little throwback to early aughts, the thrilling, arguably best era of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, when seeing them live was not unlike being a competitor on "Fear Factor." We hope Karen O and co. are half as menacing during their midday Sweetlife set as they were in "Date With the Night."