A virtual one-woman band, tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus (joined by a bass and two saxophones) performed feats of looped vocal acrobatics, primal drumming and rock-and-roll electric ukulele at This Tent on Friday afternoon.
The indie darling claimed to never have performed so early in the day, but she rallied and gave the audience a nuanced performance that shifted smoothly between animalistic yowls and gentle whispers.
Soul queen Sharon Jones held court at the What Stage on Friday afternoon.
Photographing Jones and her superlative band, The Dap-Kings, is no easy feat, as holding the camera still is nigh on impossible when one's hips feel the pull of their funky grooves.
A former corrections officer at Riker's Island, Jones can quiet a crowd of thousands with a single arch of her eyebrow.
L.A. soul-pop outfit Fitz and the Tantrums, led by singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs, brought incredible energy to a hot mid-afternoon set at That Tent. Truth be told, this photographer wasn't sure if the heat she felt during their set came from the sun or the pair's on-stage chemistry.
Despite their varied styles and personae, every performer I saw displayed unabashed joy at playing the festival on The Farm.