Contributors: Fiza Javid, Paula Lima, and Cheyenne McIntyre.
The first day of Mamby may have been hot, but it didn’t stop the fans from enjoying their favorite music and the beach. Everyone came together to see all the variety of bands that performed throughout the day; everything between rock, rap, and house music. Not only did we meet some new JBTV fans, but we reconnected with some old fans who were excited to know that JBTV was still producing the best alternative music television out there.
Leon, one of JBTV’s alum, created a huge crowd in front of the Park Stage. They played some of their most popular songs including “Treasure,” “Liar,” and “Think About You,” while the whole crowd sung along in unison. Leon had such a great stage presence and she made sure to interact with the crowd, doing a lot more than just singing to them.
Taking the Park Stage a bit later was Grizzly Bear, who also drew quite a crowd! We met a couple former JBTV fans by the stage while they played “Sleeping Ute,” which the audience loved. Another JBTV Alum that took our breath away was Bianca Shaw! You couldn’t take your eyes off of her performance on the Community Stage. You could see her personality through her performance! JBTV would also like to show some love to AJR and Spoon who both put their heart out on that stage and gave the audience what they wanted – a good time. Mamby is a to-go place for all music lovers and JBTV was excited to be able to take part in the festival for the weekend!
Mamby day two was a show stopper, with the festival kick off by JBTV Alum ShowYouSuck, who DJed the event the entire day. While the highlight of day one was a special appearance by Chance the Rapper, day two celebrated how diverse music in Chicago can really be.
With crowd moving performances by Charlie Hanson, Ric Wilson, Kweku Collins, Jamilla Woods, Oh Wonder, JBTV Alum St. Lucia, Moon Boots, Cold War Kids, and Russ, there was plenty to explore while eating bao, and enjoying tropical drinks.
The weather was breezy and the crowd was high – spirited, raging through a water fight that hit the beach mid – day. The Monaco Silent DJ booth proved to be a favorite, as it silently kept festival goers moving with a grooving to classic disco tracks and some 90s hip hop thrown in. It was hard to let the day come to an end, and the 2018 Mamby Festival definitely made its mark on festival history.