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Bloc Party and Santigold at Cosmo: A rainy play-by-play

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After a rain delay, Bloc Party took the stage at Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool on August 11, 2012.
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Chris Bitonti
After a rain delay, Bloc Party played Boulevard Pool at Cosmopolitan on August 11, 2012.

After a rain delay, Bloc Party played Boulevard Pool at Cosmopolitan on August 11, 2012.

Bloc Party played Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool on August 11, 2012.

Bloc Party played Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool on August 11, 2012.

9:20 p.m.: Seemingly endless line of fans waiting out a weather delay are allowed onto the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool Deck for the Santigold and Bloc Party show Saturday night. Santigold’s new start time is set for 9:45 p.m., but my highly acute sense of rain delays from years of little league baseball tells me to expect her much later.

10:10 p.m.: Announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, due to weather conditions Santigold will not be performing tonight. Stay tuned for Bloc Party.”

10:12 p.m.: Announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, Bloc Party is still scheduled to perform.” The crowd slightly thins after these announcements.

11:18 p.m.: After a brief false start and what sounded like the speakers blowing out during their intro, Bloc Party takes the stage. It takes BP about two songs to re-energize the fatigued crowd. Once engaged, the audience dances away their weather frustrations in as high of spirits as I’ve seen at a Boulevard Pool show.

12:08 a.m.: Bloc Party wraps their set having performed a mixture of favorites such as “Hunting for Witches,” “Ares,” “Flux” and “Helicopter,” as well as some new just-as-danceable rock songs off their soon-to-be-released record Four. Bloc Party lead singer Kele celebrates having survived their performance “without getting electrocuted.”

12:10 a.m.: Announcement: “Stick around for Santigold!” Teaching a lesson to those who left early trying to beat the inevitable parking garage traffic jam.

12:40 a.m.: With just enough time to fuel up at the hotdog stand, Santigold reignites the dance party. She invites fans on stage to join her during “Creator” and successfully keeps the party going some three hours after we were expecting to hear her.

Sometime early Sunday morning: The inevitable parking garage traffic jam.

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