On April 22, the Full Bloom Festival featured 14 musical ensembles near 11th Street and North College Avenue. Throughout the day, bands performed in the garage and backyard of Pinthouse, a home owned by several IU students.
‘Pinthouse’ housemate and IU senior Trinity Travis says local band THiN LiNES member Josh Chaney floated the idea of hosting a music festival after Travis and his housemates staged house shows. . She said the housemates didn’t expect that many people to want to be involved.
In the front yard, works of art including pottery, paintings and jewelry were laid out on tables to be exchanged for other works of art. A painting read ‘make love not war’ in magazine letters while in the background two people kissed, surrounded by sunflowers.
In the driveway, one scene was dark, with flashing strobe lights and people crammed inside the garage, while the other was sunny, with people sitting in the yard sitting and standing under a gray pergola and fairy lights in the backyard.
Too Many Cooks, a psychedelic blues punk funk band, performed Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Dani California” as the sun set on the audience.
Guitarist Ed Lockwood introduced the band before they performed Pink Floyd’s “Time.” After announcing “It keeps getting funky. It only progresses. Even more funky,” the band started playing “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix. The band also performed original songs.
As Too Many Cooks performed outside, people jumped up and shouted to relax inside the garage. The band performed “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure before serenading the crowd with “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton.
Lounge also performed classics such as “Kilby Girl” by The Backseat Lovers, the Scooby Doo theme song and “Sex on Fire” by Kings Of Leon.
Following the 3:30-6 p.m. intermission for the Women’s Little 500 race, LYSERGiC performed “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as the audience spread out under the pergola.
“We’re really going to stick with the man with this one,” said LYSERGiC vocalist and guitarist Keegan Bane before kicking off Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.”
LYSERGiC also played songs from Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.
LYSERGiC guitarist Johnny Bortka said he’s always loved festivals and was thrilled to play at this one, especially because of its independence from any institution. He said Bloomington was his favorite place to perform.
Inside the garage, The Matriarch performed songs by Joan Jett, The Clash and The Romantics while drummer Mal Babcock smiled at his bandmates.
The matriarch also performed her original song “Best Wishes.” His cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” created the first mosh pit of the night. After an encore, vocalist Al Erftenbeck joined her bandmates for one last song.
Indifferent Society performed popular songs in the garden, including Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven”, Frankie Valli’s “Beggin'”, Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out” and Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun”.
THiN LiNES performed several times in a full garden. Band member Josh Chaney asked the public to help him write a song. The crowd gave them two genres, jazz and funk, and two subjects, flowers and aliens. THiN LiNES ended the evening with a remix of Charlie Brown’s theme song.