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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

TBD Fest Day 3: Lights out for the night, not for the future

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Tears for Fears closed out TBD Fest in West Sacramento Sept, 20 2015. Emily Peterson | staff photographer | [email protected]
Tears for Fears closed out TBD Fest in West Sacramento Sept, 20 2015. Emily Peterson | staff photographer | emilypetersonexpress@gmail.com
Tears for Fears closed out TBD Fest in West Sacramento Sept, 20 2015. Emily Peterson | staff photographer | [email protected]

Even on Day 3 of TBD Festival, energy remained extremely high. Many of the live art pieces got their final touches, and the combination of scents coming from the Demolicious Derby were mouth-watering.

TBD is known for supporting a variety of musical styles and promoting both current major artists as well as new, aspiring ones.

One of those new artists was K Flay, the alternative hip-hop artist born as Kristine Flaherty, known for crossing multiple genres in her music. But the biggest draws this year were a couple classic rock bands that Sacramento may not have a chance to see otherwise, Dinosaur Jr. and Tears for Fears, both drew huge crowds of all different ages.

Tears for Fears had most of the audience singing along as they played many of its hits including, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Mad World” and “Shout.” However, one of the unexpected highlights of the night was when they covered Radiohead’s “Creep”.

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His brother, David Macklovich, is half of the final act, Chromeo. Together with Patrick Gemayel, the duo played an hour-long set of completely funky dance hits. The duo headlined Launch Festival (TBD’s original name) several years ago, so they knew exactly what to do to get the crowd involved. Ironically, three generators went out at the end of their set, which almost seemed intentional as they closed with, “Don’t Turn On the Lights.” This didn’t deter the crowd at all, as the crowd lifted up their phones for lighting and continued to dance and sing along.

Jason Malmberg, a graphic designer who has been a part of rebranding TBD since its evolution from Launch Festival, summed up the event perfectly.

“TBD has a scale and a flavor of being locally-made,” he states. “It’s a celebratory and positive crowd, and I can tell you that all of us attending from Sacramento feel like it’s ours in a way that I don’t know happens when Lollapalooza comes to town. We take ownership and pride in TBD here.”

With another successful year under its belt, TBD promises to be a constantly growing and changing community. We can expect bigger acts, bigger art and more of what makes Sacramento great in the upcoming years.

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