ID10T Fest bring comics, comedy and music together for a unique experience at Shoreline

ID10T, Garfunkel & Oates, Garfunkel and Oates, Riki Lindhome, Kate Micucci

Photos: Chloe Catajan and Gary Chancer

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The first attempt by ID10T Fest to combine comics, comedy and music proved to be a success as fans of all ages and medias came together at Shoreline Amphitheatre for Comic Con-style entertainer panels and comic book showcase, stand-up comedy, and music, even if it did primarily lean toward EDM.

ID10T Fest was split between the main stage that showcased the headliners, a comedy tent became the Mad Decent EDM base in the evening, an intimate comedy club tent, with the outdoor areas hosting comics and comedians. You could find everything from Star Wars and Ghostbusters to Powers Rangers and Magic the Gathering.  There was even some Burning Man-inspired art on hand.

On the second of the two-day festival, ID10T creator and self-proclaimed comic book nerd Chris Hardwick, better known as for his hosting TV companion shows like Talking Dead, hosted Portlandia stars and musicians Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in a Q&A session that included questions about their relationship on the show and their favorite Sub Pop bands.

Indie rock bands Sweet Crude and Mothers got things going mid-afternoon at the main stage, and while their sets were relatively short at 30 minutes each, their slower melodies eased concert goers into the day. Those bands don’t play slow rock; it just seemed like it when compared with the EDM acts to follow.

Multi-instrumentalist Robert Delong sang while blending percussion, production and looping his tracks live on stage. He played many fan favorites like “Global Concepts,” which incorporated pop melodies with EDM-influenced beats on top of snare-hitting percussion. Crystal Castles continued the electronic rock, while Diplo highlighted popular trap, dubstep and heavy bass music throughout the night. 4B and Party Favor got the rave crowd dancing into the early evening. Troyboi continued the trend but with some slower, hip-hop-infused trap beats.

There was a slightly different vibe back at the main stage for TV on the Radio, which hadn’t made a Bay Area appearance in a while. The band played a reletively short set with songs like “Wolf Like Me” and “Lazerray.”

Girl Talk and EDM heavy-hitters Zeds Dead closed out the night. Girl Talk blended hip-hop and rock layered on top of fast, syncopated rhythms. Zeds Dead drew the loudest reaction from the music crowd. Its fast, bass-laden set included tracks from its latest album, Northern Nights, and previous hits like “Hadouken,” which began with sporadic vocals and culminated into poppy synth chords and dubstep breaks.

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