The Buzz 103.1's 15th Annual Buzz Bake Sale
with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Chevelle,
the Dirty Heads, Anberlin, and more
at Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Better than: Anything we could've expected.
So I'm a bit ashamed to admit this, but this reviewer has never been to the Buzz Bake Sale. You'd think it would've been a natural progression to go from yearly Warped Tours as a teen to partying with an older, more age-appropriate crowd, but the Bake Sale has always landed on the week of Art Basel Miami Beach. This time around, we traded in partying with art collectors for a daylong rock party -- and it was surprisingly worth it.
We got there a little after 2:30 p.m., just in time to catch sets from Paper Tongues, Against Me!, and Anberlin. We got to see Justin Bieber look-alikes mixing in with middle-aged goth alts and punk kids with spiked-up Mohawks and having fun -- it was what we picture heaven must look like.
See below for our video diary of performances from some of the real standouts of the day, as well as some of the more popular songs from Mighty Mighty Bosstones' incredible set.Anberlin started its set with a bang -- and some crowd surfers on killer whales.
Pepper caused the entire crowd to go wild and start impromptu full-blown mosh pits on the outer rims of the crowd -- including one right behind us -- when it performed "Give It Up."
The Dirty Heads did their own version of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" then brought Rome (from Sublime with Rome) on stage for a surprise performance.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones were the real standout performers of the evening, bringing us back to the '90s and playing all of our favorites. Frontman Dicky Barrett wanted us to be "talking about this performance for the next 15 years," and we think we will. The whole crowd was dancing, hugging strangers, and wearing bumper stickers that read "Don't Be a Dick" -- punny nods at the vocalist, no doubt.
Barrett was witty and engaging with us, and the band really gave it their all. He attempted to stage-dive (like he did in the movie Clueless) and landed right in front of us. Afterward, he joked that he was "too old to be doing that kind of thing," but we appreciated the effort, and after we witnessed each member having his own instrument solo at one point or another, it made us wonder why third-wave ska hasn't made a full-on comeback yet.
Personal bias: I am an enormous Mighty Mighty Bosstones fan. I saw Clueless because I heard they were in it, and my love of fashion was born because of them.Thanks, guys.
The crowd: An older, more alternative version of the Warped Tour, with 20-, 30-, and 40-somethings.
Overheard in the crowd: A 60-something alt goth biker chick grandma asked me: "You don't mosh, do you? 'Cause I'm down with watching it, but I just can't do it anymore."
Random Detail #1: I got a massive kick to the head during Pepper's performance on the side stage. So massive, in fact, that I'm now mildly concussed. It was worth it.
Random Detail #2: A dude proposed to his girlfriend on stage before the Bosstones got on in front of everyone. She said yes.
Random Detail #3: I scored Dicky Barrett's sunglasses when he threw them out into the crowd. I was sitting that close.