In November, Blood Orange played a 40-minute set in the Poconos Mountains at Boiler Room Weekender, the music festival infamously shut down early by disgruntled police officers who abused and mistreated black attendees of the concert.
Months later, those who missed out on the exquisite performances that took place at the Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, PA can indulge in Blood Orange’s entire, haunting set. Dev Hynes, the musician behind the band, began the show with a cello performance of “Evil N****r” by Julius Eastman, and concluded with an impromptu rendition of Nina Simone’s “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.”
Hynes took to Facebook following the show to express his experience with local security at the festival:
“Thanks to those that came, even if the local police were less than thrilled, while entering the Ghetto Gothik room people were heavily body searched (the only room where this was the case) they looked through every page of my notebook with a flashlight (lmao) while my white friends walked through with ease… i left early, feeling sad about my own performance for personal reasons, varying life choices some related some not, and my place in the live performance world… police then shut the whole thing down I heard, the next morning. I don’t know full details, i do know a young black girl was arrested and bail was set at an extremely high rate, i know that other officers were using excessive force on people… the trees looked nice though.”