Fortress Fest Day 1 in the books: Is it possible that was better than last year?

The French-Canadian Funklordz, Chromeo
The French-Canadian Funklordz, Chromeo Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Fortress Fest is back for Year 2 in the Cultural District, and Day 1 is in the books.

We came, we saw, and they killed it.

Is it possible Day 1 2018 was better than Day 1 2017? Mark Twain warned us against asking such questions, saying "comparison is the death of joy." Wise words, but he's dead.

No one looking at lineups on a festival schedule could have predicted that this group would rock more socks off than the hip-hop Hallelujah Chorus that Run The Jewels and Flying Lotus conducted a year ago.

But I, your faithful correspondent, submit to you, Chromeo's Saturday all-chrome-everything set, which included possibly the best electro-funk track ever recorded:

Dave 1 of Chromeo looks good in green. Matthew Martinez Fort Worth Star-Telegram

And before that, De La Soul. You'd think after 30 years of real hip-hop, they'd have lost a step. Not so.

Without a doubt, De La had the most fun of anyone onstage or off Saturday. And we'll forgive Plug 2 for referring to the Cultural District crowd as "Dallas where y'all at." Honestly at this point that's something we're used to.

For anyone who went to see De La in 2015 at that beer-music fest when the weather failed us all, their set Saturday was more than redemption. For us. Not them. They've always been pretty perfect.

Plug 1, Plug 2, Plug 3. Matthew Martinez Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Fortress Festival once again lit up Fort Worth's Cultural District on the first of two days of music, art and food. Performances from Saturday headliners Chromeo, as well as Waxahatchee and De La Soul, were crowd favorites.

UPDATE 7:45 p.m.

The RZA, an original Wu-Tang Clan member, is in the middle of his Fort Worth debut, and for a few thousands here in the Cultural District, it's about time.

Put your W's up, y'all

Fort Worth with its W's up at Fortress Festival during RZA's set at the CG Northern Stage Matthew Martinez Fort Worth Star-Telegram

He had to honor fellow Wu-Tang member Ol' Dirty Bastard, of course. Sorry for the language, that was the man's rap name. He passed away in 2004.

Here's another crowd-sourced view of the Wu-flavored shindig, which also featured Stone Mecca and the Beatitudes.

The RZA covering some ODB @fortressfest. #wutang #odb #rza #fortressfest

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Earlier updates

Got a little bit of #BREAKING Fortress Fest #NEWS. Waxahatchee just proved me right about giving Fort Worth fans the best set of the festival. Absolutely amazing, throwback-style indie rock. You should have been there.

Before ripping into the below track at the Wildcatter stage, lead singer Katie Crutchfield proclaimed Texas to be the band's favorite state in the contiguous 48. Because of course it is.

Remember last year when the weather was less than festival optimal? Definitely not the case today. If you've got tickets and you're not here, you're doing it wrong.

Rapsody is one of the most talented emcees in the land today.If you're don't know, now you know.

Dallas' Cure for Paranoia wondered aloud before tearing this track, "y'all hear about all that stuff with Kanye?"

@cureforparanoia #FortWorth

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Topical swag.

Stay tuned tomorrow for another sweet day of tuneage.