Alberta Cross - the first band on the main Boardwalk stage Sunday afternoon - didn't generate much of a reaction with the small, early crowd, but they were one of the best bands of the festival and could make bigger noise on their own in the future.
The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based quintet with a lead singer and bassist from England make Southern-based, blues-rock that would have fit right in at the original Woodstock.
Lead singer Petter Ericson Stakee sounded a little like Shannon Hoon, the late lead singer of Blind Melon.
Lead and slide guitarist Sam Kearny played with a Neil Young influence, but Alberta Cross had enough interesting wrinkles not to be pure revivalists.
The band - one of the hardest musical acts of the festival - finished strongly with the organ-drenched "Rise from the Shadows" and one of their most rocking numbers, "ATX," and the crowd seemed to appreciate them more the longer they played. Their debut CD came out last year. Fans of Kings of Leon should check it out.