Published: October 1, 2013
Photos by: Zack Teator (ztphotos.com)
Story by: Lydia Smith
On September 27th and 28th, the Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA hosted the second City Bisco. Both fans and artists were welcomed by warm, beautiful skies both days with chilly yet refreshing nights. The Mann Center was an absolute perfect place to host this event which could, in many opinions, have been seen as a mini festival. It exceeded "show" status due to the numerous food trucks, beer stands, and multiple performances on both stages.
On Friday, Big Boi of OutKast fame entertained the crowd with hits like "I Like The Way You Move" and "Kryptonite." After the sun set and the moon popped up, The Disco Biscuits came out solid with their relentless 47 minute "Basis For A Day" opener! The towering and open stage was a perfect harbor for their lasers and lights to occupy. Around 9:30 Method Man & Redman were on stage to keep the party rolling with musical blend of old and new music plus talk of How High part 2 (don't hold your breath). The Disco Biscuits returned for their second set of the night that concluded with Reactor > Floes > Reactor.
Saturday was nothing short of wonderful. It was another gorgeous day for bouncing back and forth between the main stage and the Skyline Tent, which sure held up to its name. The view of Philadelphia was pleasant day and night. Short sets but no doubt packed with energy were Space Jesus, The Pimps of Joytime, and Lee Foss in the tent. Emancipator’s performance on the Main Stage included a remix of "Ready or Not" by the Fugees which was an awesome throwback to hear.
The Disco Biscuits first set of the night was accompanied by loads of cell phone screens throughout the crowd attempting to capture the experience. The song "Caterpillar" was unleashed twice during their set. Simon Posford of Shpongle appeared on stage beautiful as always and enchanted us with favorites like "Dorset of Perception" and "DMT." To leave us all wanting more and indebted to The Biscuits they ended the night with "Disco Inferno" and "Get Lucky" covers.
Throughout the whole show of The Disco Biscuits, their lasers pierced through the open balcony portion of The Mann which created a whole other display of unique lights. No matter where you were positioned, a great view was in your field of vision thanks to the inclined seating. The final necessity for a concert before this season is over was almost certainly fulfilled by this amazing weekend for those who attended.