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C2SV Photos: Iggy & The Stooges St James Park

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Iggy & The Stooges
C2SV Music Festival
St. James Park
September 28, 2013
Review and Photos by Jeff Longo
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Punk icons Iggy & The Stooges are widely considered the main conduit for what later become punk rock and were the perfect choice to headline the C2SV Music Festival + Technology conference main event at James Park in San Jose, California. Front man Iggy Pop may look like you Dad’s old leather belt and yet shows no signs of old age as he thrashed and gyrated through a rowdy hour and half set.

Opener Raw Power set the tone as Guitarist James Williamson effortlessly ripped through the early 70’s catalog including Fun House, Gimme Danger, Search and Destroy, No Fun, The Passenger, Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell. Guest bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen) crushed every note sounding way heavier live than on previous recordings, along with drummer Tony Dammit filling out the back-line. At one point Watt was humping his bass cabinet while tuning/de-tuning his bass, very punk rock.

Iggy frequently jumped into the crowd while his roadie pulled on the mic line like a leash to keep him close to the stage, I couldn’t help but laugh especially poignant during “I Want to be Your Dog.” With over 70+ acts performing over 4 days at 12 local venues this was the main event of the C2SV Music Festival + Technology conference with over 5,000 in attendance.

About C2SV:

C2SV is San Jose’s first music + technology and hosted over 70+ acts performing over 4 days at 12 local venues along with a technology conference celebrating the convergence of technology and creativity as only Silicon Valley can. Silicon Valley Business Journal is reporting that C2SV will return to San Jose next year after the tech-music festival’s inaugural run drew about 5,000 attendees. “I think we won over the skeptics,” said event organizer Dan Pulcrano, who is also executive editor and CEO at the Metro Silicon Valley weekly newspaper. “Like any first-time event, we didn’t get as many sponsors and attendees as we wanted, but we’ll have an easier time next year.” Pulcrano is trying to build a brand for Silicon Valley to rival SXSW, the Austin festival that originated as a music event and now draws throngs of tech executives looking to schmooze and booze.

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