Hats off to Sweat Records for another amazing Sweatstock cum Record Store Day celebration. While early rain threatened to drown the festivities (and maybe electrocute a performer or two), the skies eventually cleared and the free all-day jamboree went deep into the night, with 36 acts (bands, DJs, comedians, poets) on four stages rocking out for the love of vinyl and its shiny cousin.
Unlike Sweatstock 2010, which boasted L.A.’s No Age as headliner, this year’s all-local roster proved that the Miami river is running deep and wide. I didn’t see every act but Beings, Little Beard, and Panic Bomber stood out with killer sets, and the DJs spinning inside Sweat kept the energy going all day.
It really was an inspiring display of talent considering that several solid local acts (e.g., Rachel Goodrich, ANR, Jacuzzi Boys) did not perform for one reason or another. It’s a damn good thing when a city has too much worthy music to fit into a 12-hour, multi-stage festival, and I have no doubt some of next year’s performers were bobbing their heads in the crowd on Saturday. With Miami’s music scene in the family way and Sweatstock 2012 already set for April 21, the only question is whether Sweat should make it a two-day event.