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The sun shone bright Saturday at this year’s Virgin FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavilion, and while the grounds were a bit muddier than last year, at least the Dance Forest wasn’t as dusty. It was the first nice afternoon in weeks—-as well as the day before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and the start of Ethiopian New Year, as we learned from Patti Smith—-so this year’s lineup, heavier on the synth and electronica acts than years past, provided an upbeat soundtrack to a beautiful day.

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Cut Copy


Patti Smith

Cee Lo

TV on the Radio

The Black Keys


Additional photos from Virgin FreeFest sets and people can be found here.