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July 2010 Potential Show Run Down

July 2010 Potential Show Run Down

(If there is ANYTHING that I have missed, please point it out.)

Thursday, July 1st, 2010:

  • ($unknown) Gent Treadly @ The Frying Pan
  • ($5-$7) Biz Markie (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Reggie Watts @ Le Poisson Rouge

Friday, July 2nd, 2010:

  • Nothing??  Hmmm…….

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010:

  • (Free) ISTANBULIVE II: The Sounds & Colors of Turkey featuring Kenan Dogulu, mor ve otesi, Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions, Burhan Ocal Tulug Tirpan, Sukriye Tutkun, & DJ Salih Saka @ Summerstage
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem

Sunday, July4th, 2010:

  • Nothing??  Hmmm…….

Monday, July 5th, 2010:

  • ($8-$15 + 1 drink min.) Jim Campilongo Electric Trio (w/ Stephan Crump and Tony Mason) @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010:

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($55) B-52’s @ The Highline Ballroom
  • ($15) Wilco’s Nels Cline @ (Le) Poisson Rouge for two sets with his band The Nels Cline Singers.

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

  • (Free) The Farewell Drifters @ Madison Square Park
  • ($10) Dumpstaphunk @ The Brooklyn Bowl (Funk Live)
  • ($25) Bonobo Dj Set w/ BreakScience @ Rocks Off Cruise (The Temptress)
  • ($17) Garage A Trois & Dead Kenny G’s @ The Bowery Ballroom
  • ($12) Chico Mann @ Mercury Lounge

Thursday, July 8th, 2010:

  • ($5-$7) ?uestlove (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Assembly of Dust (Feat. Jason Crosby) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($17) Garage A Trois & Dead Kenny G’s @ Maxwell’s, NJ
  • ($45-$65) Steve Earle & Allison Moorer @ City Winery

Friday, July 9th, 2010:

  • (Free) Ozomatli / Fidel Nadal / Toy Selectah @ Prospect Park
  • (Free) Apollo Run @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($8) Assembly of Dust (Feat. The Statesmen: Jonah Smith, Josh Dion, Scott Metzger & Ben Rubin) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($18) – Soul Rebels Brass Band @ Sullivan Hall (Funk Live)
  • ($25-$40) James Hunter & Jesse Dee @ City Winery
  • ($   ) Henry Butler @ Terra Blues
  • SOLD OUT!! ($40) God Street Wine @ Gramercy Theater
  • ($100) Rusted Root for the Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation of America “Love.Give.Life.” Event @ Broad Street Ballroom

Saturday, July 10th, 2010:

  • SOLD OUT!!! ($40) God Street Wine @ Gramercy Theater
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($30-$100+) The Doobie Brothers & Chicago @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Sunday, July 11th. 2010:

Monday, July 12th, 2010:

  • (Free) Femi Kuti @ Damrosch Park (Funk Live)
  • ($8-$15 + 1 drink min.) Jim Campilongo Electric Trio (w/ Stephan Crump and Tony Mason) @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($35-$45) Blind Boys of Alabama @ Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater
    • “Spirit in the Dark” Featuring Yo La Tengo, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket, Lambchop, Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Horns, and Exene Cervenka

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010:

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($7) Afro Funky Party w/ Zongo Junction, Top Shotta & DJ Offbeat @ Cameo Gallery Funk Live
  • (?) The London Souls @ Cameo Gallery
  • ($20) KT Tunstall @ Hiro Ballroom
  • ($75) Sting @ The Metropolitan Opera House

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010:

  • (FREE) NY Philharmonic in Central Park
  • (FREE) Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens @ Stuy Town Oval
  • (FREE) Funky Fritters @ Waterside Plaza Music Fest (Funk Live)
  • ($35-$45) Blind Boys of Alabama @ Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater
    • “The Unbroken Circle” Featuring Ralph Stanley, Yonder Mountain String Band, Sara Watkins, Ray Benson and Jason Roberts of Asleep at the Wheel, and Allison Moorer
  • ($70) Jack Johnson: To The Sea Tour 2010 (w/ G. Love & Special Sauce) @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($75) Sting @ The Metropolitan Opera House

Thursday, July 15th, 2010:

  • (FREE) Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ BID Music Outdoor Concert Series
  • ($5) Langhorn Slim @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($5-$7) ?uestlove (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Animal Liberation Orchestra @ Santos House Party
  • ($20) Orchard Lounge @ Club Love
  • ($25) Beats Antique @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($25-$30) Eric Krasno & Chapter 2 @ Rocks Off Cruise (Funk Live)
  • ($25-$30) Turbine @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • The Brew maybe? Jambase confirms but not on Rocks Off schedule
  • ($45-$65) Steve Earle & Allison Moorer @ City Winery
  • ($52.50 – $60) Natalie Merchant @ Town Hall

Friday, July 16th, 2010:

  • ($20-$25) Pre-party Cruise to Dave Matthews Band Show @ Citi Field on Rocks Off Cruises
  • ($10) NYC SHAKEDOWN: ATNARKO w/ Brooklyn Sound Lab & Nutritious @ The Bell House (Prior Review)
  • ($5) Greensky Bluegrass @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20) Hollis Brown @ Rocks off Cruise
  • ($35-$45) Blind Boys of Alabama @ Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater
    • “Blind Boys of Alabama Family Revival” Featuring Aaron Neville, Joan Osborne, Dan Zanes, New Orleans’ Own Hot 8 Brass Band, Charlie Musselwhite, and John Hammond
  • ($40) God Street Wine @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
  • ($54) Weezer @ East River State Park
  • ($52.50 – $60) Natalie Merchant @ Town Hall
  • ($90) Dave Matthews Band @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Saturday, July 17th, 2010:

  • An Evening FREE Dead Kenny G’s in Virginia
  • Siren Music Festival (Noon-9pm @ Coney Island)
  • (Free) Konono No. 1 @ Prospect Park Bandshell
  • (Free) Raphael Saadiq @ Summerstage
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • (Free) Dr. Dog & Eli “Paperboy” Reed & the True Loves @ The Beach at Governors Island
  • ($13-$15) The London Souls @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($25) Toubab Krewe @ Rocks Off Cruise (The Jewel)
  • ($40) God Street Wine @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
  • ($50) Hot Tuna & Steve Earle @ Theater at Westbury

Sunday, July 18th, 2010:

  • ($30-$100+) Carlos Santana & Steve Winwood @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • (FREE) Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ Roosevelt Island

Monday, July 19th, 2010:

  • ($8-$15 + 1 drink min.) Jim Campilongo Electric Trio (w/ Stephan Crump and Tony Mason) @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010:

  • (FREE) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($56-$36) Loudon Wainwright III @ Prospect Park Bandshell
  • ($47.50) Sublime with Rome, Matisyahu, and the Dirty Heads @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Wednesday, July 21th, 2010:

  • (Free) Easy Star Allstars @ Stuyvesant Town Oval
  • (Free) Burning Spear @ Rockefeller Park
  • ($30-$100+) John Mayer @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Thursday, July 22th, 2010:

  • Floyd Music Festival, Virginia
  • ($7) Gent Treadly @ Uncle Mike’s
  • (Free) Antibalas @ Castle Clinton
  • ($5-$7) ?uestlove (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25-$30) Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & Russell Batiste @ Rocks Off Cruise (The Half Moon) (Funk Live)
  • ($30-$100+) John Mayer @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • ($45-$60) Widespread Panic @ Radio City Music Hall
    • ($12) Jerry Joseph @ Sullivan Hall (Post Widespread Show)

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

  • Floyd Music Festival, Virginia
  • ($10) Reckoning @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($20) Davell Crawford @ Joe’s Pub (NolaPianoFunk)
  • ($65-$85) Dickey Betts & Great Southern @ The Concert Hall

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

  • Floyd Music Festival, Virginia
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($47-$100+) Rush @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Sunday, July 25th, 2010:

  • Floyd Music Festival, Virginia
  • ($10) Reckoning: Playing the Music of Phish, The Dead, Allman Bros

Monday, July 26th, 2010:

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010:

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($17) Arrested Development @ B.B. Kings
  • ($5) Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($35) The Black Keys @ Central Park’s Summerstage
  • ($42.50) The Flaming Lips @ Terminal 5
  • ($75 – 200+) Sting @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (w/ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010:

Thursday, July 29th, 2010:

  • GATHERING OF THE VIBES MUSIC FESTIVAL
  • ($5-$7) ?uestlove (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($13-$15) The Lemonheads @ The Knitting Factory
  • ($10) Trouble & Bass @ Santos Party House
  • ($30) Larry Coryell Power Trio w/ Victor Bailey & Lenny White @ The Iridum Jazz Club
  • SOLD OUT ($40) Furthur @ Nokia Theater Times Square
  • ($45-$65) Steve Earle & Allison Moorer @ City Winery

Friday, July 30th, 2010:

  • GATHERING OF THE VIBES MUSIC FESTIVAL
  • ($10) Ghost Stepper @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($30) Larry Coryell Power Trio w/ Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts @ The Iridum Jazz Club
  • ($36.50) Primus / Gogol Bordello & The Dead Kenny G’s @ Williamsburg Waterfront
  • ($20-$50) Jamie McLean & The Jamie Mclean Band @ The Blue Note

Saturday, July 31st, 2010:

  • GATHERING OF THE VIBES MUSIC FESTIVAL
  • (Free) Los Amigos Invisibles @ Central Park Summerstage
  • (Free) Ponderosa Stomp presents The Detroit Breakdown! @ Hearst Plaza / Damrosch Park
  • New York Funk Exchange @ Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($30) Larry Coryell Power Trio w/ Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts @ The Iridum Jazz Club

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~ FREE TICKET GIVE AWAY~

Who loves free tickets?  Highline Ballroom has been generous enough to offer our readers free tickets to Friday’s show:

Al Di Meola ~ World Sinfonia

Al Di Meola

Al Di Meola

There is one pair of tickets for the @ 8PM show with doors opening @ 6PM

There are two pairs of tickets for the @ 10:30PM with doors opening at 10PM

Click here to enter on the Facebook Contest Page

or Twitter the following:

RT this to be in a drawing to WIN 2 Free tickets to see AL DI MEOLA at NYC’s @HLBallroom TOMORROW! #dimeolatix #tinyragerblog

Biography:

No matter acoustic or electric, the 70s or today … classical, latin, rock, metal, or jazz … Al brings a level of virtuosity to whatever he chooses to play, assuring the highest quality of any project of which he’s involved. In addition to starting his career in keyboardist Chick Corea’s RETURN TO FOREVER, Al has produced 25 solo records (four gold, including “Land of the Midnight Sun” and “Elegant Gypsy”), and has collaborated with hundreds of diverse and talented artists including: Return to Forever bandmates Stanley Clarke and Lenny White, John McLaughlin and Paco De Lucia (“A Friday Night in SanFrancisco”), Phil Collins, Larry Coryell, Jan Hammer, Herbie Hancock, Anthony Jackson, Tony Levin, Milton Naciemento, Jimmy Page, Jaco Pastorius, Les Paul, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Carlos Santana, Wayne Shorter, Steve Vai, Stevie Wonder, Tony Williams, Steve Winwood, Frank Zappa, and so many more.

After spending most of the 1990s concentrating almost exclusively on ACOUSTIC music (“The Rites of Strings” with Jean-Luc Ponty and Stanley Clarke, three records with his own World Sinfonia Band, “The Guitar Trio” reunion with John McLaughlin and Paco De Lucia, and “Di Meola Plays Piazzolla,” Al, as the 21st Century turned, was getting the urge to reconnect with his ELECTRIC ROOTS. On 2002’s “FLESH ON FLESH,” he effectively integrated his acoustic, contemporary, and fusion styles, and re-established himself as a composer on what some call his most sophisticated record to date. At the same time, he was also more frequently playing his 1959 Les Paul, to overwhelmingly appreciative audiences. Then, like a bolt out of the blue, Paul Reed Smith (PRS) sent Al one of their company’s prototype 513 model guitars … Since that day in 2004, the hand-made, tiger-striped, laquered Axe has become Al’s electric weapon of choice. For the past three years, he’s been tearing it up, and reminding the music world why he is, and will always be, GUITAR ROYALTY.

Al Di Meola’s homepage
Al Di Meola – World Sinfonia MySpace

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~ FREE TICKET GIVE AWAY~

Who loves free tickets?  Highline Ballroom has been generous enough to offer our readers free tickets to Thursday’s show:

Roy Hargrove Big Band + Roy Hargrove RH Factor

Roy Hargrove

Roy Hargrove

There is one pair of tickets for the @ 8PM show with doors opening @ 6PM

There are two pairs of tickets for the @ 10:30PM with doors opening at 10PM

Click here to enter on the Facebook Contest Page

Biography:

Roy Hargrove is a hard bop-oriented musician (and acclaimed “Young Lion”) who became one of America’s premier trumpeters during the late 1980s and beyond. A fine, straight-ahead player who spent his childhood years in Texas, Hargrove met trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis in 1987, when the latter musician visited Hargrove’s high school in Dallas. Impressed with the student’s sound, Marsalis allowed Hargrove to sit in with his band and helped him secure additional work with major players, including Bobby Watson, Ricky Ford, Carl Allen, and the group Superblue. Hargrove attended Berklee for one (1988-1989) before decamping to New York City, where his studio career took flight. In 1990, the young Hargrove (he was only 20 at the time) released his first of five recordings for Novus. He often toured with his own group, which for several years including Antonio Hart. In addition to Novus, Hargrove also recorded for Verve and served as a sideman with quite a few notable figures, including Sonny Rollins, James Clay, Frank Morgan, and Jackie McLean, and the ensemble Jazz Futures. His Verve album roster includes 1995’s Family and Parker’s Mood. Habana (a Grammy-winning album of Afro-Cuban music) and Moment to Moment followed at the end of the decade. Hargrove also went on to contribute to well-received R&B albums by Erykah Badu and D’Angelo, but he also remained indebted to hard bop with such albums as 2008’s Earfood. A year later, Hargrove returned with his 19-member big band on Emergence. ~Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

Roy Hargrove MySpace

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Day I Review: Mountain Jam VI @ Hunter Mountain, NY (06.04.10)

Motto for the weekend:

Rage, Recover, Rinse, & Repeat.

 

I woke up around 11am, not necessarily wanting to get out of bed but knowing I had a day of music to fully ingest.  Right off the bat, I wake up, shower, and try to gather the troops.  The worst possible gathering movement ever.  Recovery was still in progress.  So, I sat on the porch, letting the sun hit my face.  I could hear Zach Deputy on the stage and I knew that it was time to start the day.  Eventually, the two and four legged animals from the house were moving towards Zach‘s cheery voice.

Zach Deputy @ Mountain Jam

Zach Deputy @ Mountain Jam

Zach Deputy

THE ONE MAN BAND OF AWESOME!!!  What can I say about him that I haven’t already said 100 times over in previous reviews.  Sadly I had arrived towards the end of his set but not before seeing Zach bring us the sun.  Plain and simple.  Utilizing his feet, hands, breath, hair, whatever…he manipulates all the gadgets on stage, all the instruments, the whole time piecing together a musical puzzle with the end result in making us smile so wide…literally calling out the sun.  And it worked as he played SunshineZach‘s beaming smile beamed down on us as bright as the sun did at that moment.

Banana Mafia @ Mountain Jam

Banana Mafia @ Mountain Jam

What a wonderful way to start the day.  This was good wake up music.  Not a lot of fan fare, not too loud.  Just one guy, his voice, and his imagination.  Slightly soothing for those recovering and just upbeat enough for those wanting to get the dance party started.  It was real cool to watch/listen Zach from far away.  It totally didn’t sound like one person was making all that fun time sound.  I laid on the blanket, gathering my mind.

Set : Butter You Up, Most People Never Heard Real Music, Lincoln Continental, Coconut, Chicken Pot Pie, Tubesteak, Little Bit of You, Freedom Out There, Make It Right, Jump Into The Water, Into the Morning Into The Night, Sunshine, Real

Download: Zach Deputy @ Mountain Jam (06.05.10)

The Karma Wash @ Mountain Jam

The Karma Wash @ Mountain Jam

I stepped closer for a few pictures and as I turned around to head back up the mountain to relax with the Karma Wash, I spot my Banana Mafia friend.  He just totally cracks me up and makes me smile.  I love his energy and his ability to rage full face at any minute.  We share similar taste in socks too.  🙂

During Zach Deputy, friends from all over had gathered at the Karma Wash for our good mornings, daily karma scrubbing, hugs and getting our daily plans straight.  Seeing how well rested and clean we were, a few friends took off to our house to utilize the showers.  And then it was time for the London Souls, a New York City based band, to rock our socks off.

The London Souls @ Mountain Jam

The London Souls @ Mountain Jam

The London Souls

Tash – Guitar, Vocals
Kiyoshi – Bass, Vocals
Chris – Drums, Vocals

Festival Friends!

Festival Friends!

It was SO HOT!  I was in a bikini and running shorts and I was still super hot.  I started The London Souls set dancing alone.  It didn’t take long for my buddies to hear the music and start appearing from various sides of the mountain.  I love my festival friends because the hugs and dancing once again commenced.

Rocking their shades and their poofy, out of control hair, the London Souls changed my opinion of them right on the spot.  I have always had my reservations about them since being introduced to them during Soulive‘s Bowlive run at Brooklyn Bowl.  They wail but I always  felt like they were screaming at me with their instruments when they played and for me that isn’t how I like to enjoy my music.  But now, I have figured out why it was overwhelming me.  By pulling away from the front of the stage and being able to watch them from a distance, the sound was raging but still softer and magnificent.  I was able to distinguish the sounds from all three players. They really killed it.  They truly are rock-and-roll ragers.

They also caught my ear with a song that rang: “Are you going to let your man push you around. You better stand up.”  Uplifting lyrics.  I love lyrics that empower women.

“Our songs are usually inspired by any kind of conflict,” says Kiyoshi.  “While they all mean something different, lots of our songs are about girls!”

The London Souls View from Karma Wash

The London Souls View from Karma Wash

The London Souls screamed like Van Halen and WAILED! I got locked into to Tash’s insane vocals and shredding of his guitar.  The stand out of the band, in my opinion.  Clearly, I do enjoy being FAR away from this band and listening rather then up front being raged at.  Probably one of the first times ever that this scenario has arisen.

The last song revolved around there being a “text-in” vote for a cover song that they were to perform at Mountain Jam.  The choice was AC/DC’s It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll)!  Seriously, every time I walk away from their sets, I am more and more impressed with their Jimi Hendrix style antics and full bodied rage.  Kickass LS!

The Drive By Truckers @ Mountain Jam

The Drive By Truckers @ Mountain Jam

Drive By Truckers

Patterson Hood ~ Lyrics, vocals, guitar
Mike Cooley ~ Guitar, vocals, bass
Shonna Tucker ~Bass, vocals, guitar
Brad Morgan ~ drums
John Neff ~ Pedal steel guitar
Jay Gonzalez ~Keys

Patterson Hood @ Mountain Jam

Patterson Hood @ Mountain Jam

Even though the Drive By Truckers are considered ragers by many people, in my opinion, they were a much more mellow change in music after The London Souls.  They started off with a song all about a good night of drinking called The Fourth Night Of My Drinking.  I figured they would just rage my face off with a song like that but the Drive By Truckers are hit or miss with me.  They border on a rocky country vibe and that is hard for me to love.  But the main reason is that the lead singer, Patterson Hood, has wretched voice.   I mean, I know his father is famous and all but that doesn’t mean it runs in the family all the time.  Sometimes Hood truly CAN NOT sing.

The Drive-By-Truckers @ Mountain Jam

The Drive By Truckers @ Mountain Jam

Drive By Truckers @ Mountain Jam

John Neff @ Mountain Jam

I have sobered up considerably in the past few years and I am finding that bands I used to think sounded great really don’t sound all that hot.  I was listening to the recording from Levon Helm’s Birthday set and it sounds horrible when Hood sings his part. Now, from a rager’s stand point he is awesome I suppose.  He can down a 5th of whiskey and still rage it on stage, though, not always in key, pitch or tone.  I rage, but no longer like him so alas, I guess that just standing and remembering the lyrics used to count for something to me.  Absolutely not good enough anymore.

FestivalFamily.com interviews The Karma Wash

FestivalFamily.com interviews The Karma Wash

The 5th song, Santa Fe, totally caught my ear.  It was here that Patterson Hood wished for Simone Felice to get better as he had recently fallen ill.  It was a pretty rad song but the vocals are still a little shot.  The band is ok if Hood just doesn’t sing.  It was also here that I took shots of a darling little family enjoying the Karma Wash.  As well, I noticed photographer Michael Patrick shooting & interviewing the Karma Wash.  It turned out he was covering Mountain Jam for FestivalFamily.com.  The Karma Wash is LEGIT!!!

Festivals = Fun for all ages

Festivals = Fun for all ages

David Hood, Patterson Hood’s bass-playing father, came out and joined the Truckers for Respect Yourself and I enjoyed David immensely.  However, during Mercy’s Bucket and I decided I had had enough.  There was no comparison to the raging between Patterson Hood and Tash from the London Souls.  The London Souls brought us a face melting rage and Drive By Truckers brought the vibe down for me rather unexpectedly.  But, in less then 30 minutes, we would be dropped a funk bomb by Lettuce who was about to rage on the West Stage at 3:30pm! OMG it was about to be SO ON!!

Set List: The Fourth Night Of My Drinking, Three Dimes Down, The Living Bubba, Carl Perkins Cadillac, Santa Fe, Birthday Boy, Sink Hole, Uncle Frank, Respect Yourself *,  Mercy Buckets, Get Downtown, (It’s Gonna Be) I Told You So, Lookout Mountain, Zip City,Let There Be Rock

Download: Drive By Truckers Live @ Mountain Jam (06.06.10)

Lettuce rages @ Mountain Jam

Lettuce @ Mountain Jam

LETTUCE

Erik “E.D.” Coomes ~ Bass
Adam Deitch ~ Drums
Neal Evans ~ Organ, clavinet
Sam Kininger ~ Alto sax
Eric Krasno ~ Guitar
Nigel Hall ~ Vocals, keys
Ryan Zoidis ~ Tenor sax

Guests:

Derek Trucks ~ Guitar
Susan Tedeschi ~ Vocals
Kofi Burbridge ~ Flute
Oteil Burbridge~ Bass

Eric Krasno @ Mountain Jam

Eric Krasno @ Mountain Jam

I was right up front on the gate ready to dance my tiny ragin’ ass off to Lettuce!! They are a die-hard favorite group of mine and it was time to FEEL the FUNK.  Lettuce flew right into Blast Off, with Krasno teasing his guitar before Deitch counted off into the FUNKY FUNK!!!

Jesus Coomes @ Mountain Jam

Jesus Coomes @ Mountain Jam

This was the first time I had ever seen Jesus Coomes (bass).  I had heard so much about him and was thrilled to finally be able to hear him wail live.  On his Yamaha 6-String (I think), Jesus truly does just bring it home.  He feels the music and , man, you can see it.  Having researched him heavily before seeing him, Coomes has dipped his talented fingers into all genres of music and has an ear for the bass and production that has allowed him to thrive in the music industry.

Adam Deitch @ Mountain Jam

Adam Deitch @ Mountain Jam

The second song was a personal favorite and the crowd went wild as Sam Huff’s Flying Ragin’ Machine raged the horns up to the highest points of the mountain where people could be seen dancing their asses off.  I encourage you all to just go buy Lettuce‘s Rage cd right now.  And I will let Jesus tell you why:

We named the CD Rage! because it’s a state of mind.  I don’t mean getting messed up, I mean opening up your whole soul to God and feeling the spirit move. ~ Jesus Coomes. (Amen Jesus, Amen!)

Lettuce @ Mountain Jam

Lettuce @ Mountain Jam

Neal Evans @ Mountain Jam

Neal Evans @ Mountain Jam

Kofi Burbridge joined in on The Last SuppitAdam Deitch stood out on drums as he smashed the rage out of his kit. Krasno then introduced the group on stage.  Neal Evans raged the MOOG synth bass and tappin his feet to bring in the familiar tune, Kings of the Burgs.   A few minutes in and the horns join!  Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis blasted their way in and out of the song as Kofi fluttered his flute into the mix.

Derek Trucks @ Susan Tedeschi join Lettuce @ Mountain Jam

Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi & Nigel Hall join Lettuce @ Mountain Jam

Half way through the song the crowd screams as I see Derek Trucks plugging in.  Krasno shouted, “We got a couple more people we got to bring up here, man.  There’s just some heavy shit going on around here.”  Oteil Burbridge and Nigel Hall joined the stage to complete a full round power house of talent and rage.  “Mountain Jam, Where ya at?” scream Nigel and they fly into Move On Up…(like Susan Tedeschi told you to).  Now, it goes from good to GREAT!

Oteil Burbridge, Derek Trucks and Eric Krasno @ Mountain Jam

Oteil Burbridge, Derek Trucks and Eric Krasno @ Mountain Jam

With Nigel Hall on vocals and Susan Tedeschi backing him on the chorus, Move On Up closed the funkified set.  Oteil Burbridge took a solo and scatted on the bass.  Deitch backing on the drums was perfection.  Kofi fluttered behind his brother, Oteil.  Finally, Derek raged a solo before Nigel sang the last verse adding his signature scream.  FULL FREAKING FUNKING RAGE! I had been fully melted into a puddle of happy.

Ragers @ Mountain Jam

Ragers @ Mountain Jam

Download: Lettuce (Afternoon set) @ Mountain Jam (06.06.10)

Yonder Mountain String Band @ Moutain Jam

Yonder Mountain String Band @ MJ ~ Photo by Doug Potoksky

Yonder Mountain String Band

Adam Aijala ~ Guitar, vocals
Ben Kaufmann ~ Bass, vocals
Jeff Austin ~ Mandolin, vocals
Dave Johnston ~ Banjo, vocals

“Every festival always needs a banjo!” shouts Jeff Austin (I think) and again, the sound over the mountain shifted into an entirely different vibe, an entirely different musical world.  It is always nice to hear Jeff Austin play his banjo.  He is just amazing even though he sometimes overpowers and over solos.  But still, one of the best in my opinion.

Warren Haynes and Jeff Austin @ Mountain Jam

Warren Haynes and Jeff Austin @ MJ ~ Photo by Doug Potoksky

The rain came during YMSB but we didn’t move.  They continued to play and we continued to dance.  It was almost fitting, to be dancing in the rain, with our shoes off, dancing like hillbillies on a mountain.  I love that I could rage with a funk band less than one hour earlier and now was LOVING the Bluegrass vibe.  There are so many people who just can’t understand it.  Like Fusion, they just don’t get it, they can’t wrap their heads around the sound, around the simple yet complicated way the notes are put together.  During the last song, Death Trip, Warren Haynes came out and assisted YMSB in playing one hell of a closing for their set.

Set List: If You’re Ever In Oklahoma, Don’t You Lean On Me, Rain Still Falls, How Bout You?, Steep Grade Sharp Curves, Casualty, Fingerprint>, Boatman, Idaho, Irondale, Blue Collar Blues, Snow On The Pines>, Death Trip

Download: Yonder Mountain String Band @ Mountain Jam (06.05.10)

THE MAZE, or THE STAR a.k.a

“THE SHAPE SHIFTING GRAFFITI COLLECTIVE”

Art Installation @ Mountain Jam

Art Installation @ Mountain Jam

 

Art Installation @ Mountain Jam

Art Installation @ Mountain Jam

During Dave Mason‘s set, my buddy and I decided to check out the lovely art installations at the top of the mountain.  Mountain Jam invited John (?) and Cappy Franti (Michael Franti’s son) from San Fransisco, as well as other artists, to create interactive works of art.

Art Installation @ Mountain Jam

Art Installation @ Mountain Jam

The installations began at the start of the festival and the creativity flowed throughout the three days. The end result being three pieces of interactive art work that created seating, beauty and imagination.  The collective artists inserted their visions through a spray paint medium (I think) onto the structures.  They were really gorgeous to look at.

Passed out Wook!! @ Mountain Jam

Passed out Wook!! @ Mountain Jam

Wookies were sprawled out all over the wooden structures.  Passed out or just relaxing watching the intense scene of people down the mountain.  Parents and their children were utilizing the space to save their children’s eardrums as the parents sat there without their own ear-protectors on.  I always wear earplugs, especially while up front at festivals. But just look at the scene from where Murray and I sat and listened to Dave Mason and make new friends.  GORGEOUS!

View from Art Installation @ Mountain Jam

View from Art Installation @ Mountain Jam

Dave Mason

The only thing I knew about Dave Mason was that he is an old member of Traffic. As soon as I was told that, the song Feelin’ Alright popped in my head.  It was the only one I could recall and at some point in the set, he played it.  Woot!  I didn’t really pay attention to Dave because I was raging all over the art installations with Murray, making new friends (Hi Carsten!) and getting lost inside the art maze.  We had WAAAAY to much fun in there posing for pictures, enjoying the colors and shapes. Simple pleasures, but our minds sets were prepared for exactly what we were doing.  From time to time, I would hear some intense raging coming from the stage.  As we left the Maze, I entered an entire dancing mountain.

Everyone had recovered and the evening’s party had commenced.  We hung out with our new friends for the rest of the set and knew that next time, I would sit and really pay attention to Dave Mason.  He was amazing from what I heard and I wish I had heard more.  And then front the top of the mountain, I heard Susan’s voice and flew past Murry to the front of the stage so fast that she hadn’t even hit the chorus of the song by the time I got to the center front. My second favorite group of the day was about to bring it.

The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band @ Mountain Jam

The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band @ Mountain Jam

The Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band

Derek Trucks – Guitar
Susan Tedeschi – Guitar & Vocals
Oteil Burbridge – Bass
Kofi Burbridge – Keys & Flute
Tyler Greenwell – Drums
Duane Trucks – Drums
Mike Mattison – Backing Vocals & Acoustic guitar
Nigel Hall – Backing Vocals & Keys

Guests:

Warren Haynes ~ Guitar

Susan Tedeschi @ Mountain Jam

Susan Tedeschi @ Mountain Jam

I had been waiting for this moment ALL YEAR!!!  I wasn’t able to go to Wanne Music Festival and they had yet to come to New York City.  This was a BIG deal to me.  Susan Tedeschi is my #1 favorite southern soul singer.  A singer who has touched my life in ways that no one would ever understand.  Then you have Derek Trucks, just the greatest guitarist on the planet. He too lifts my soul up when it’s on the ground.  In my Top 3 List for favorite living guitarists hands down.  Tyler Greenwell and Duane Trucks are out of this world.  The Burbridge Brothers, well, they just wail.  And, well, download the set or go see them!  If I was loaded like Donald Trump, I would pay to have this band play for me once a day.  Probably every morning, to wake me up with a soulful smile!

The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band @ Mountain Jam

The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band @ Mountain Jam

 

Derek Trucks @ Mountain Jam

Derek Trucks @ Mountain Jam

Love Has Something To Say started their set with Susan bringing me her soulful voice immediately. That voice. It hits your guts.  I feel a change in my mind and body WHENEVER her voice hits me.  I am not a fan, I am a freak. LOL!!   It’s so weird how she does that to me.  Then Mike Mattison sang out a chorus as well and I was thrown back to college when I first heard that scratchy voice. Finally, Nigel Hall rang out a bit and the group gathered back into a collective after a Derek solo.

Susan Tedeschi @ Mountain Jam

Susan Tedeschi @ Mountain Jam

I thought that song would be the song that started off the energy curve that would continue to rise with each song but Midnight in Harlem slowed the vibe down considerably.  Nothing wrong with that.  They had the mountain swaying in unison.  Even with it being a calm song, Derek made his guitar softly rage into his solo…making my face tighten, my eyes close and my head thrown back feeling like my body would melt into the earth as I swayed.

Oteil, Susan & Derek @ Mountain Jam

Oteil, Susan & Derek @ Mountain Jam

Otiel Burbridge @ Mountain Jam

Otiel Burbridge @ Mountain Jam

Susan’s voice was yet again showcased through  Love Was All In My Mind but it was her guitar playing that made me scream here. Not as good as her husband but one HELL OF A RAGER!!  It made me wonder if they sit together and just jam out in their living room while their kids run around playing.  How wonderful.  There was deliciously cute banter between Susan and Oteil.  There is friendship and love within those glances.  Such energy. I LOVE LOVE LOVE watching Oteil Burbridge play his bass.  The smile on that man is intoxicating. It’s honest and pure, just like his playing.  I’ve Got A Feeling was the same thing with excellent Susan vocals and I let me feelings take me over, dancing around in front with my fellow strangers, singing with their “Oh Yeahs!”

Husband and Wife (Hottest couple ever) @ Mountain Jam

Husband and Wife (Hottest couple ever) @ Mountain Jam

Derek Trucks @ Mountain Jam

Derek Trucks @ Mountain Jam

Derek played through Nobody’s Free, with not one, but two broken stings, waving away the stage tech to complete the song.  The mountain erupted in an applause after this song that kind of shook my core.  I was so happy I was not alone in ADORING this group.  Susan introduced the band after a few more songs, describing everyone with a little snippet of love before they went into Don’t Drift Away.  Derek pulled out a solo here that ripped out my heart.  And for the first time that weekend I was brought to tears.  Uncontrollable streams of happiness down my cheeks.  I held it in as best as I could but I sit here looking at my notes with dots of smeared ink and I smile.  I was surrounded by strangers who were all there for the same reason as I was.  And here was this magnificent guitarist doing something he does every single day, bringing people to the edge of emotion.  That thought alone made me shine.

 

Kofi Burbridge @ Mountain Jam

Kofi Burbridge @ Mountain Jam

It was a slow, soulful start with Standing on the Edge of Love with the end of the song consisting of Derek’s raging guitar bringing the mountain UP! UP! UP.  Oteil RIPPED the bass up during Serve It Up and then Susan’s adorable speaking voice asked us how we were and thanked Warren Haynes for having them at the Festival.  Next up, Blind Crippled and Crazy was a familiar tune that got people singing around me. Mike giving us his sexy, smooth falsetto and Kofi Burbridge soloing on the organ with a vibe that made you want to get DOWN.

Warren Haynes with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band @ Mountain Jam

Warren Haynes with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band @ Mountain Jam

Few more songs and then WE GOT A VISITOR!!!  Warren Haynes joined the stage during Comin’ Home.  Check out this GREAT video of the rage that occurred in front of my face.  MY GOD!!! YES!!! YES!!! YES!!!!!

Set List –> Intro, Love Has Something Else To Say, Midnight In Harlem, Love Was All In My Mind, I’ve Got a Feeling, Nobody’s Free, Band Intros, Don’t Drift Away, Standing On The Edge Of Love, Look Around, Serve It Up, I’d Rather Be Blind, Crippled And Crazy, All My Love,  Comin’ Home, Space Captain

The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band @ Mountain Jam

The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band @ Mountain Jam

After the The Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band set, I received a call from Nigel Hall, a dear friend of mine since Jam Cruise, who I hadn’t seen in a minute.  We caught up about his tour with Derek and Susan while we walked around, finally unloading his bags from their tour bus.  After a minute, Nigel boarded the bus and popped his head out telling me to come on in.  That glorious man brought me on the tour bus and sitting there were Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks.

I was momentarily speechless as Nigel introduced me.  Completely frozen as I bypassed Derek completely to shake Susan’s hand.  All I could utter was “Your music saved me last year.  You are a hero of mine.”  But before I could get it all out, my voice cracked at “hero” and my eyes watered up as I was completely overwhelmed in the moment.  It took all my might just to hold it together.  She noticed my emotion, smiled and gave me a hug, calling me a “sweet dear.”  I didn’t take pictures, I didn’t do anything.  I just silently lost my mind trying not to let me emotions over take me.  You have to remember that we are in Day II now of the festie which means little sleep and lots of raging has already takin place. I was in little control of my emotions but held it together.

So we sat, Derek, Susan, Nigel and I, chilling for about 20 minutes talking about the set, their tour, my NY stomping grounds, and much more.  At one point Derek turns to Susan and says, “You and Karen should exchange numbers.  We are always on the Upper East Side.”  Honestly, I don’t think I can describe in words my reaction to this statement.  First, I thought, what the HELL would she want with my number!  Then I thought, who cares, I love her and she can have anything of mine she wants.

It was at that moment that I realized that as much as I ADORE/LOVE/WORSHIP Derek Trucks and consider him one of the greatest guitar players in the world, it was Susan who truly was my passion on that bus.  It was her cover of Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right that truly grounded me and kept me sane in one of the worst times of my life.  It’s why I broke down meeting her, all those feelings flooding back…knowing if all that evil hadn’t happened to me, I never would have made it on that bus to meet her.  And I healed, just a little bit more… my heart opened up a little bit wider.  And then finally we said our goodbyes.  *** NIGEL!  THANK YOU SO MUCH for knowing how important that was to me and for making it happen.  THANK YOU!!! ***

The Villa Vosilla

The Villa Vosilla

The Lettuce crew was staying off site and so we took a little ride through the mountain and raged at the Villa Vosilla for a bit.  Ate some dinner and relaxed in these ridiculous rooms that had me thinking I was in Alice in Wonderland.  Yeah!  Fully raged.  We didn’t get back to the Festival until 11pm, just in time for the beginning of the second Gov’t Mule set.   But missing the first Mule set was 110% worth it.  The laughter on the ride back from the hotel alone made up for missing the music.

Rage room! @ Villa Vosilla

Rage room! @ Villa Vosilla

When we stopped at a check point, the police officers heckled us a bit.  Our driver explained we needed to get to the festival and that this was a band.  Finally, the officer asked the name of the band.  Oh man. This was so good.  Neal Evans leans over and says, “Lettuce.”  The officer stared blankly for a minute and repeats “Lettuce” as if he must have misunderstood.  “Lettuce. Did you say Lettuce?”  “Yes,” says practically the whole van.  Inside my head, I was laughing my ever loving mind off.  The officer clearly thought we were herbs and finally let us pass.  If he only knew the talent that was in that van…

Gov't Mule (& Green light guy) @ Mountain Jam

Gov't Mule (& Green light guy) @ Mountain Jam

Gov’t Mule

Warren Haynes – Guitar & Vocals
Matt Abts – Drums
Danny Louis – Keyboards, Background Vocals and Other Goodies
Jorgen Carlsson – Bass

Another passed out Wookie! Makes me giggle!

Another passed out Wookie! Makes me giggle!

I got back to the festival in time to rage the second set with my friends.  However, I spent most of the first bit looking for them.  Everyone’s phones were dying and my friends were up front amongst the  masses.  It didn’t take long before they found ME wondering around.  I was pretty much in full face melting stance at this point and not taking notes.  Just thrashing around the mountain dancing with my friends.  All my favorite all stars joined the stage for this set and I was finally able to see Warren play with some favorites: The Shady Horns (Sam Kininger on Alto, Ryan Zoidis on Tenor Sax), Eric Krasno, and Jackie Green.  I am not going to break it all down, you can download the set.  But I will tell you that the encore of their set was a cover of Pearl Jam’s BLACK and it was awesome!!!

Set I: Railroad Boy >, Temporary Saint >, Gameface, Woodstock, Broke Down on the Brazos, Gordon James, Sad & Deep As You *, Kind Of Bird #, Blind Man in the Dark

Set II:  The Joker ^, Frozen Fear >, D’yer Mak’er > Frozen Fear >, Rockin’ In The Free World >, Machine Gun > Rockin’ In The Free World >
Drums,  Forevermore, The Spider & The Fly %$, Ventilator Blues !$, Monkey Man !, crowd, encore intro, Black, Train Kept A Rollin’

Download: Gov’t Mule @ Mountain Jam (06.05.10)

Krasno & Nigel Hall @ Mountain Jam

Krasno & Nigel Hall @ Mountain Jam

LETTUCE (late night set)

Erik “E.D.” Coomes ~ Bass
Adam Deitch ~ Drums
Neal Evans ~ Organ, clavinet
Sam Kininger ~ Alto sax
Eric Krasno ~ Guitar
Nigel Hall ~ Vocals, keys
Ryan Zoidis ~ Tenor sax

Adam Deitch @ Mountain Jam

Adam Deitch @ Mountain Jam

Lettuce brought the funk for the last time at 1m inside at the Colonel’s Stage while Dark Star Orchestra raged the Mainstage outside on the Mountain.  I never once left the front of the Colonel’s stage. I couldn’t as I was glued to their sound. I was glued to their energy.  I had absolutely no desire to see Dark Star even though I dig ’em.

The Shady Horns (Sam Kininger & Ryan Zoidis) @ Mountain Jam

The Shady Horns (Sam Kininger & Ryan Zoidis) @ Mountain Jam

Tonight we danced. We danced so hard.  I was barely wearing anything, just a bikini and shorts, and I was dripping in FUNK!  The good kind even though it was pretty hot! 🙂   Somewhere in the middle of the music, my buddy threw a head of Lettuce up on stage screaming, “We love You!”  And it was true. My friends and I, a group of people who’s musical opinions I greatly value, are smitten with the Royal Family. Didn’t you know?  😉

Warren Haynes and Eric Krasno @ Mountain Jam

Warren Haynes and Eric Krasno @ Mountain Jam

I could give you another run down on the Late night Lettuce rage but it would just be more of the same up from there.  Gushing over how much we danced, raged, melted, and smiled.   How amazing each player is and how TIGHT they all sound together.  The group is just TIGHT.  The Shady Horns play so impeccably in sync.  But I won’t.  I will stop right there and only say that Warren Haynes joined in towards the end of the set.  Song #15 as the recording places it but as I do not listen to the recordings or read the reviews for shows until I write my own articles, I don’t know if it’s correct.  And since I didn’t take note…

Download: Lettuce (Late night) @ Mountain Jam (06.05.10)

After the set, we walked up the mountain to the VIP tents and hung out for a few more hours with friends.  Winding down, playing guitars and with lights.  The sun started to come up and we knew it was time for bed.  It’s the WORST trying to fall sleep as the sun is coming up.  If you can get to bed before you see it, you are golden. Otherwise, it throws things completely off. My girl and I walked home in the misty rain and I hoped it would stop by afternoon when I awoke.  I wanted more then anything to make The Bridge the next morning at 12pm but it was never going to happen.  I finally fell asleep at 6am.  When my body hit the bed, it was probably the most comfortable bed in the world at that moment. I know yall feel me.  This festival was rockin’ our worlds.  However, I had to keep it together because I had one more day of insanity…are you having fun with me so far??

Stay Tuned for Day III Review: Mountain Jam VI @ Hunter Mountain, NY (06.06.10)

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Some Cat From Japan & East Coast Jam Cruise Reunion

@ Brooklyn Bowl (06.03.10)

I had originally intended to attend the Trombone Shorty & Michael Franti show at Governor’s Island with the NYC Funk Live Krewe but two things drew me to The Brooklyn Bowl this night:

  1. The event was playing host to a Jam Cruise East Coast Reunion Party
  2. Some Cat From Japan was opening for Galactic and I loves me some Will Bernard (and the rest of the members)

When I arrive, the venue is scarce as it always is around 8pm.  Ron Johnson spots me from stage: “Karen, can you take some pictures for me please?”  Damn right Ron, my pleasure!  To my left, my buddy is setting up his taping equipment.  Always a positive thing.

Some Cat From Japan @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Some Cat From Japan @ The Brooklyn Bowl

So, who loves Jimi Hendrix?  Better yet, WHO DOESN’T love them some Jimi Hendrix?  Some Cat From Japan is a power house lineup that explores the music of Hendrix through their own interpretations.  Boy, I tell ya! For a group that doesn’t rehearse and mixes up its lineup, they are better then real good.  I will let you go check out the backgrounds of these guys…go now. Here they are:

Will Bernard (Guitar)

Ron Johnson (Bass)

Scott Metzger (Guitar)

Jason Crosby (B3 Keyboard player and violinist )

Eric Bolivar (Drummer)

Jason Crosby and Will Bernard @ Brookly Bowl

Jason Crosby and Will Bernard @ Brooklyn Bowl

The show was slated to start at 8pm and it totally did.  Numerous friends were “late” as a result and were not happy.  These shows never start on time.  But with Galactic coming on at 9:15 and Quest Love dj’ing the 11:30 late night set, things were sticking to schedule.  Galactic did, after all, have two more nights to rage.

I am not a fan of cover bands.  Period.  In this case, there are cover bands and then there is Some Cat From Japan.  Man, we were specifically there to see THEM.  To see a band comprised of exquisite musicians who have the talent, technique, and personal love for the music, developed from childhood, that allows for them to deliver a  show complimenting Jimi’s music through a completely interpretive approach.  The approach…to just play and rage it.   They just get up there and have a damn good time playing  the music from one of their own inspirations.  It’s a beautiful thing to watch.

Some Cat From Japan @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Some Cat From Japan @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Tonight, Jason Crosby would be playing keys in place of Nigel Hall who was busy touring with The Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band.  Jason would also be bringing us the element of a violin to the mix.  So lovely.

Set List: Freak Out ~ Who Knows ~ Manic Depression ~ Freedom ~ Little Wing ~ Crosstown Traffic ~ Spanish Castle ~ Freak Out

Eric Bolivar @ Brooklyn Bowl

Eric Bolivar @ Brooklyn Bowl

Probably the only warm up they had attempted all day, they raged on stage for awhile.  Just getting their flow.  Honestly, they could have done this all night and I would have been cool with it.  But then it was right into Who Knows! with the strum of Will’s strings announcing the familiar melody. YES!!  Just a hard rock song that made you want to head bang or something.  I have no idea, I just wanted to smile.  I knew that much.  Bernard got his first rage in right away while Bolivar slammed out the beat and Johnson‘s bass reminded us of the melody. Crosby‘s keys and Metzger‘s accompaniment twinkled behind the other instruments.  It was Who Knows but it was their own song.  Ragers.

Jason Crosby @ Brooklyn Bowl

Jason Crosby @ Brooklyn Bowl

During Manic Depression, Eric Bolivar took a SICK drum solo…one of the only notes I wrote down about the show.  I got my first taste of Jason on violin as he gave us a GORGEOUS rendition/breakdown where the keys solo might have been.  I wondered if there was a violinist out there who might have put out a Jimi cover cd.  Answer after looking…nope.  Hmmmm….someone needs to get on that.  I am thinking Lili Haydn.  Mmmm, mmmm, good!

Will Bernard @ Brooklyn Bowl

Will Bernard @ Brooklyn Bowl

Bernard took his liberties straying away from the formula of every song.  Seriously, boys and their toy RAGING.  As I write this, all I want to do is write each of the artists and ask them what their first Hendrix memory was.  Shoot, for many artists, hearing a Hendrix tune WAS the reason they played, regardless of instrument…just that they wanted to make MUSIC!  Hendrix had the influence and power to move every man on that stage.  That is pretty intense.  I wondered if these musicians realized that there were fans in their audience who would be covering their songs in the future with as much passion as they were tonight for Jimi.  It was a great rage on stage that night for sure.

Scott Metzger @ Brooklyn Bowl

Scott Metzger @ Brooklyn Bowl

Crosstown Traffic meant time to move around.  I ran into Annabelle, aka Julie McCoy, as she shouted, “HEY! NICE SHIRT!!  I had, of course, worn my Jam Cruise paraphernalia.  On stage, everyone’s fingers flying a mile a minute with the whine of the guitars screaming through the lanes. It sounded ridiculous as I was summonsed to the Jam Cruise table to gather my Street Team gear for Mountain Jam.  Woohoo!  I got my “Ask Me About Jam Cruise” shirt. You know how happy that makes me?  And during Mountain Jam, you know how many people asked me about Jam Cruise when I wore it the last day? ZERO!  LOL…they couldn’t get past “Ask Me” is my guess…love it!

Some Cat From Japan @ Brooklyn Bowl

Some Cat From Japan @ Brooklyn Bowl

Little Wing slowed down the rage into a sexy sway of the hips.  Crosby turned to the violin again, so very pretty!  The rest of the stage filled in a beautiful backdrop.  There were fun pulls of strings.  This might have been the point when Will bent down and fiddled with all of his equipment and knobs but I could be wrong.  I do wish  could have gotten to the review sooner, as getting to it a few weeks later, behind other shows in my mind, has clouded my memory.  But the beauty of my life is that I shall see them again soooooooooo soon 🙂  And the recording will come out even sooner!

Annabelle and Ron Johnson @ Brooklyn Bowl

Annabelle and Ron Johnson @ Brooklyn Bowl

Spanish Castle was supposed to close out their set but having too much fun up there, the time had flown by and they had run out.  I literally felt like they were up there for 5 minutes but we had been given a good 45 minutes of solid FUN!  And guess what friends…I surround myself with musically knowledgeable people who’s opinions I greatly respect.  The following day was Mountain Jam and even with an entire weekend of utterly amazing music, there was speculation that the Some Cat From Japan set was one of the best all weekend.  I can’t say that, but I can certainly understand where those statements came from.  This show was incredible and I can’t wait to finally hear it again.

After the show, I lingered for the usual goodbyes.  Ron Johnson came into the audience and thanked me for taking pictures for him.  What a sweetheart!  Some artists really do appreciate the fans.  And I hope they forever know how much I appreciate them.

And now…It was time for Galactic

Corey Henry, Cyril Neville and Ben Ellman of Galactic! (06.03.10)

Corey Henry, Cyril Neville and Ben Ellman of Galactic @ Brooklyn Bowl! (06.03.10)

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Rage Mobile

Rage Mobile

As the eve before Mountain Jam arrived, I couldn’t sleep, no one could.    My phone was blowing up with text messages finalizing last minute plans, causing last minute mini-drama bombs that kept us on our toes.  It was like the day before Christmas, as it is before every festival.  It might as well be Christmas, right?  You know you are going to meet up with long lost phamily that is normally scattered across the nation and when you arrive you are given lots of goodies and presents 🙂  AM I RIGHT?  Oh, our world is so full of life and love.

Approaching Hunter Mountain

Approaching Hunter Mountain

Get ur tickets

Get ur tickets

The four of us piled into my buddy’s rage mobile and we took off down Highway 87.  Two and a half hours later we were taking Exit 20 and making our way through the windy roads to the top of Hunter Mountain, the site of Mountain Jam for the last six years.  The scenic drives through these mountains, or any mountains, are one of the perks of heading to any festival.  Once you exit the bustling city, it only takes about 20 minutes before you start hitting lush rolling green hills on either side.  My mind always gets thrown back to the Blue Ridge Mountains and it makes me miss Virgina, my home state, that much more.

The Weekend Rage Haven

The Weekend Rage Haven

I don’t do well with rain and this festival was notorious for it’s thunderstorms and drastic change of weather. After much debate and consideration, I decided to shack up with my buddy in his house for the weekend.   It was a lovely cottage type house with three bedrooms and a shower, which numerous friends used over the course of the weekend.  It’s always good to have a friend with a house! (MUCH LOVE FOR MURRAY! THANK YOU MY DEAR FRIEND!)

Welcome Center

Welcome Center (& my housemates)

Waiting to see the music and get into camping....

Waiting to see the music and get into camping....

With all my friends setting up their tent cities in Camping, I was free to roam the grounds.  As I walked up the hill, a lovely old deadhead stopped just to tell me I looked lovely.  I was wearing my favorite skirt I had bought at my first festival (All Good) over 11 years ago.  A wonderful skirt my mother has repaired numerous times over to allow it to continue to live.  It is the little moments like these that I never have to write down.  The little moments of joy that find their way to your ears and eyes because people are just KIND in these settings.  Hippies are the greatest people in the world.

Hunter Mountain (East Side)

Climbing up Hunter Mountain (East Side)

This venue was GORGEOUS.  I had never been to a venue with such a gorgeous backdrop.  The scene I was staring at behind the stage was magnificent.  Beautifully lush green mountains with white clouds floating above.  It truly was a sight to behold. Wait until you see the pictures of the sunset.

Look at the view behind stage!  WHAT?

Look at the view behind stage! WHAT?

Kofi Burbridge & TR

Kofi Burbridge & TR

My music karma followed me to Hunter Mountain.  The commute went smooth, the house was so close, the weather for the weekend was, for the most part, sunny and dry.  As well, within the first two hours of arriving, I had spotted and caught up with just about everyone I was hoping to see that weekend.  One of the first people I ran into was Kofi Burbridge.  He is always one to be found mingling among the crowd, getting into trouble.  Then came a string of friendly faces who just made the hug chain continue for a few hours.  This was going to be a GREAT weekend.

Elmwood in Colonel’s Hall

Elmwood in Colonel’s Hall

As I explored the grounds, the first drop of music I could hear was from the Colonel’s Hall, one of four stages set up at the venue.  I stepped in for a few seconds to hear Elmwood and was right back out.  There were three other stages: The East stage (Main stage), The West stage (side stage) and The Awareness Village stage.  The shows I wanted to see were going to be mainly on the East and West stages.

The Karma Wash @ Mountain Jam

The Karma Wash @ Mountain Jam

My home base for the festival was the Karma Wash.  From now on, if they are part of any  festival I am at, you can always find me there.  A wonderful group of people who have more fun then I can describe.  They have created a wonderful wonderland of playfulness for both adults and children.  Everyone always need a good Karma scrubbing and they provide the services!  Join their Facebook fanpage to see where you can get your Karma Washed next!

The Avett Brothers @ Mountain Jam (Main Stage)

The Avett Brothers @ Mountain Jam (Main Stage)

The Avett Brothers

Scott Avett – Vocals, Banjo, Kick Drum, Drums
Seth Avett – Vocals, Guitar, High-Hat, Keys, Drums
Bob Crawford – Vocals, Bass
Joe Kwon – Cello

I made my way to view the East stage where I could hear the folk/rock sound of The Avett Brothers tearing it up.  Ah, the banjo always makes me smile.  Their vibe was upbeat and feisty.  Scott Avett’s singing flowed over the mountain from the stage and was so lovely with his brother harmonizing.  When family members sing together there is a blend and a cohesiveness in the sound that is intangible to others.  I wish I could tell you who else is on stage with the Avett Brothers in the above picture but alas.  They rang out bluegrass into rock up the mountain until a piano was brought out for a few numbers which slowed down the vibe considerably.

As the piano accompanied, Scott sang I and Love and You, the title track off their newest cd.   A simple song with a powerful statement.   The only songs I recalled from quickly listening to their cd a few days prior.  It caught my ear when I heard the lyrics Brooklyn, Brooklyn, take me in and Three words that became hard to say, I and Love and You. This group is tangible and by that I mean that I felt something when they sang. They touched me.  I am not a fan of lyrics but coming from folk/bluegrass type music, I adore it.  They were solid in their delivery and emotional amongst their dancing jigs.  I loved them as they had help me toss my shoes off, hike my skirt up and dance in the dirt. Dancing with nature.

Download: The Avett Brothers @ Mountain Jam VI (06.04.10)

The Avett Brothers @ The Main Stage

The Avett Brothers @ The Main Stage

Now, Mountain Jam is the brain child of Warren Haynes, of The Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule.  This meant that we would be blessed with two full nights of 2 sets of Gov’t Mule.  It meant that Warren Haynes would be sitting in with whatever group he felt drawn to join.  Get your party pants on…because once Mule started, there was no turning back.

Here's that sunset :) SO lovely!

Here's that sunset 🙂 SO lovely!

The rad ladies room

The rad ladies room

There was a 45 minute break before we were raging with Gov’t Mule!!! I completely shacked up by the Karma Wash for this set!  I had no intention of trying to fight the thousands of people cramming up to the stage.   Took off for what I heard was NICE bathroom in the ski lodge. ALWAYS a plus to have something other then a porta-potty.  I about died as I walked passed the men’s room that looked like just a bunch of high school stalls.  And then walking into the ladies room that had a lavish dressing room area, numerous sinks, mirrors, and couches.  LOL!!  Typical…

Gov’t Mule

Warren Haynes – Guitar & Vocals
Matt Abts – Drums
Danny Louis – Keyboards, Background Vocals
Jorgen Carlsson – Bass

Now THIS was how one should watch Gov’t Mule.  This was their festival, their time to shine.  They know just as well as we do that it is their set that first night that sets the mood for the rest of the weekend.  The energy and pure freaking rage of the first set was enough to cause a landslide…pun totally intended!

As World Gone Wild played, I totally realized that I was away from the city and I threw my head back to look at the stars.  In that moment, a shooting star crossed overhead and I totally had a moment with myself.  I shit you not.  I thanked the powers that be for making my life worth living.  And when the sun finally set, Hunter Mountain literally looked like it was on fire from the lights and the energy that was kicking off the weekend.  Look at the picture below.  Fire on the Mountain!

Gov't Mule @ Main Stage

Gov't Mule @ Main Stage

Thorzine Shuffle closed out the set.  Warren screamed “Till the damage is done!”over the mountain and everyone sang along.  I could hear the harmonica on stage as if it were right beside me.  The sound from the stage up that mountain was tremendous.  Warren’s solos were superb and he teased Eleanor Rigby.  I looked to see my friend dancing her heart out.  A fellow blogger, I actually had written in my notes to just link to her description of this set.  A COMPLETE MULEHEAD!!  She was so happy and at that moment I loved me some Warren just as much as she did.

Gov't Mule @ Main Stage

Gov't Mule @ Main Stage

For the second set of Mule we decided we needed to be closer.  The highlight of the set for me was when Les Claypool joined Warren on Greasy Granny’s Gopher Gravy. Such a combination of styles: Warren’s southern drawl against Claypool’s slapstick bass.  They TOTALLY jammed it out for a while.  Unfortunately, this would be the only guest appearance I would SEE.  I took a trip to the parking lot with a friend which caused me to miss seeing Kofi Burbridge sit in on Raven Black Night, Grace Potter sit in on Gold Dust Woman and Ray Lamontague join the stage but THANK GOD I was able to hear it all!!  Kofi’s flute reached my ears and I immediately lost focus on my parking lot mission.  Those conversations would have to wait.   I had to get back.

I about died when I thought I had missed the end of the last set but the encore followed.  Inside Outside Woman Blues was SOOO damn sexy!  I loved Warren’s guitar on this one the best.  Any Open Window and Steppin’ Lightly, where Jorgen Carlsson stood out on bass, closed it OUT!!! WHAT  WAY TO START YOUR FESTIVAL!!!!

Set 1: Intro, Stay With Me, New World Blues, World Gone Wild, Time To Confess, The Shape I’m In, Monkey Hill >, Monday Mourning Meltdown, Where Did You Sleep Last Night, Thorazine Shuffle

Set 2: One Of These Days >, Fearless, The Wind Cries Mary, Greasy Granny’s Gopher Gravy (Part 1 & 2) > (w/ Les Claypool), Drums, Wishing Well, Raven Black Night > (w/ Kofi Burbridge), Gold Dust Woman (w/ Grace Potter)

Encores: Inside Outside Woman Blues, Any Open Window >, Steppin’ Lightly

Download: Gov’t Mule @ Mountain Jam VI (06.04.10)

The New Mastersounds

Eddie Roberts – Guitar
Simon Allen – Drums
Pete Shand – Bass
Joe Tatton – Organ and Piano

New Mastersounds @ Colonel Hall

New Mastersounds @ Colonel Hall

After Mule, we geared up for the 1am late night sets.   Les Claypool (Main Stage) and The New Mastersounds (Colonel’s Hall) were performing at the same time.  This would be my first mental headache of the festival.  I adore Claypool, as he feeds into my tiny dark side.  However, I had tickets to see Claypool at the Brooklyn Bowl the following Tuesday in Manhattan so I decided to rage it with The New Mastersounds first.  Apparently, I was not alone. The venue was PACKED but we got our front row spots on lock down no matter where we roll.

The New Mastersounds @ Colonel Stage

The New Mastersounds @ Colonel Stage

Throughout the day, my friends and I had told everyone that The New Mastersounds were the band to watch that night.  Most definitely, one of the freshest acts to come out of England in the last few years.  They truly have skyrocketed up in public opinion and I had been looking forward to seeing them all year.    A friend spit out some interesting info the other day about NMS: “they’ll be the first to tell you they didn’t even think about “jamming” their tunes until they started touring the U.S. and learned that there were people that actually enjoyed that approach.”  So, having only heard their studio album, I was blown away by their live performance.

Kofi Burbridge joins The New Mastersounds

Kofi Burbridge joins The New Mastersounds

Eddie Roberts threw out so much energy from that stage that I felt involved. He got so into his vibe that it was flat out tangible.  Man, being so used to small club type settings or even large venues, on any given night, I felt closer to these bands at certain times on that Mountain amongst 15,000+ people then I ever did in NYC venues.  And The New Mastersounds has us sweating bullets on that dance floor.  A large portion of my friends said that they danced their hardest that first night at New Mastersounds.  I know in that first set, I lost a few pounds myself.  The heat was unbearable and I was dancing up front with my favorite people.  SO HARD!!!  Kofi Burbridge joined the stage during Fast Man and stayed for quite some time, adding his spectacular talent and sound to an already rocking performance.

Set I: Intro, Zambezi, Miracles, Dusty Groove, Thermal Bad, MRG, Fast Man -> Kofi Jam ->, Get On The Good Foot -> You Got It All, Six Underground, The Minx, 33 (A Good Year To Die), Carrot Juice, Make Me Proud!, One Note Brown ->, One Note Brown, Stage Banter, San Frantico, Idris, Nervous ->, Jam ->, Nervous

Download: The New Masterdounds @ Mountain Jam VI (06.04.10)

Les Claypool @ Mountain Jam

Les Claypool @ Mountain Jam

Les Claypool

Les Claypool – Basses
Mike Dillon – Percussion & Vibes
Sam Bass – Cello
Paulo Baldi – Drums

Les Claypool @ Mountain Jam (Main Stage)

Les Claypool @ Mountain Jam (Main Stage)

About half way through their set, I was dying of heat exhaustion and decided to take a walk outside and catch some Les Claypool.  As I walked up the side of the mountain I decided if I was going to watch some Les, I wanted to be in the front row. A friend had been in charge of designing the paramedic route to the stage so the set up was a little different then previous years I was told.  This new route allowed for me to walk right up the middle to the front and allowing me to access the stage very easily.  And by god, it took me sometime but I got to the dead center, front row just as Les was teasing Led Zepplin’s Kashmir.  We are in the second song of the second set at this point.  Times FLIES!  And then I couldn’t move!  Not because of the people, but because Les Claypool delivered a RIGHTEOUS set and a funky David Makalaster I sandwiched a kickass version of Southbound PachydermThe New Mastersounds had lost me.

The Utterly Amazing! Les Claypool

The Utterly Amazing! Les Claypool

If only you could have seen what my eyes saw...

If only you could have seen what my eyes saw...

My favorite part of Claypool’s performance was when he left the stage for the drummer rage.  Upon his return, he had put on his monkey mask and transformed into one of his many personas of strange.  Freaking Creepster.  I love him.  This was just FUN!!  The strobe lighting allowed for him to walk out stunted, as we only saw every other step.  In the frame of mind I was in, I could have easily freaked out.  He looked completely out of control to me.  It was creepy and wonderful at the same time.

Set I: Up On The Roof, Rumble Of The Diesel, Toys Go Winding Down tease->Amanitas, Buzzards Of Green Hill**, Red State Girl, Hendershot, Precipitation->Mr. Krinkle tease->Precipitation>, Drums->, Drums & Whamola Jam

Set II: Booneville Stomp, Cosmic Highway->Goodbye Blue Sky tease->Cosmic Highway->Kashmir tease->Cosmic Highway, David Makalaster I, Southbound Pachyderm, David Makalaster I, D’s Diner

Download: Les Claypool @ Mountain Jam (06.04.10)

During D’s Diner, I took off back towards The New Mastersounds hoping to catch the last few songs with my friends.  I didn’t even bother making my way to the front.  Remember how my friends said they might have danced their hardest to this set?  Well, as I entered Colonel Hall, everyone who I had lot track of, still wanted to see, or was looking for, was right there  in the back.  My friend “M” must have been introduced around 5 times but within a few minutes more glorious friend circles collided and the krewe grew exponentially right on the spot.  GOD, I LOVE THIS COMMUNITY!  My friends were flying all over the place.  Literally, arms flying, spinning in circles, twirling each other, dipping each other….we might have been dancing with the music but we were more dancing with each other at that moment.  This continued for the remaining songs.  And I found myself another few pounds lighter.

The music ended and we walked 20 feet outside to the picnic tables and I SANK into the chair that would remain my best friend for another 2-3 hours.  We literally raged there for the remaining time with new friends and old.  I sat back watching my friends click with each other.  The weather was gorgeous, the vibe was chill.  To me, these might be the greatest moments…when friends from different walks of life finally cross paths and everyone just chills and talks about the great music they saw…all connected through the music, the vibe, the atmosphere.  And it’s especially great when you get to say thank you to the band as they walk to their tour bus to go make more people in another location happy.  The New Mastersounds had blown their spot up at Mountain Jam.  Totally rocked the Mountain to a close.  And when they walked out, the cheer was probably heard in Camping.  They were so appreciated. I hope they knew that deep down in their souls!

We walked home as the sun came up and my head hit the pillow before 6am.  It was difficult to sleep with everything running through my head. What a night and with beautiful weather to boot.  I looked forward to doing it all again tomorrow.

Day II Review: Mountain Jam VI @ Hunter Mountain, NY (06.05.10)

Thorzine Shuffle closed out the set.  Warren screamed “Till the damage is done….”over the mountain and everyone sang along.  I could hear the harmonica on stage as if it were right beside me.  The sound from the stage up that mountain was tremendous.  Warren’s solos were superb and he teased Eleanor Rigby.  I looked to see my friend dancing her heart out.  She was so happy and at that moment I loved me some Warren just as much as my friend did.

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7 Walkers @ The Brooklyn Bowl

7 Walkers @ The Brooklyn Bowl

The Grateful Dead and New Orleans.  Two epic names.  Names that will go down in history as forever changing the way we see and hear music.    One a group and one a location; both giants in the world of music.  Tonight at The Brooklyn Bowl, The 7 Walkers, a Papa Mali project extended from both, would bring us the greatest combination of NOLA Funk and The Grateful Dead.  An epic night of music.

Being praised as being one of the finest post-Jerry/Dead projects, this band is truly amazing. The line-up is simple yet dripping in super heavy talent and experience, consisting of:

Papa Mali – Guitar

Bill Kreutzmann – Drums

George Porter, Jr. – Bass

Matthew Hubbard – Keys

What?!?! SERIOUSLY!?!?!  I mean, how wonderful is that four-man band right there?  Now, I don’t even know Matthew Hubbard but the energy the other three bring to the stage alone, before even touching their instruments, it’s something you can’t handle.  Seriously, seeing giants like that walk out on to the stage, a mere 5 feet in front of you…your chest swells and your fingers start to tingle.  I imagine I am taking in…how do I say it?  It’s like they have brought the past with them.  All that energy from their past gigs, their past experiences…their connections to Jerry.  It was all centered right there on an intimate stage in Brooklyn aimed directly at us.  And with George Porter, Jr. on bass instead of Reed Mathis…FIRE!  How paralyzingly wonderful.  IMAGINE!!!  Bill Kreutzmann has played at every single Grateful Dead show ever.  Jerry’s BOY!  I mean come ON!!  Talent and experience at its BEST!!!  I know I say it all the time, but I WAS SOOO EXCITED!

Stage set to RAGE!

Stage set to RAGE!

When I first arrived at the venue it was no where close to being full.  In fact, we all commented on that fact as we found it shocking.  Once again, most people don’t recognize INSANELY GREAT music when it’s right in their back yard.

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

As I came around the bend from the bar, the dance floor was bare.  That is, except for the entire front of the stage which was littered end to end by members of Funk Live to the left, Jam Cruiser pals to the right, my taper and deadhead buddies smack in the middle  and other friends scattered about.  I can’t forget to mention how almost every single person was wearing a Dead shirt or NOLA pride shirt.  I LOOOVE the sight of my front row homies.  I truly do.  A line of faces all lighting up with smiles and I feel like I am with family.  It was a hug fest for about 5 minutes.  Always a great way to start off one’s night 🙂

(Tonight was also special because I finally got to meet up with fellow contributing writer, Brett B.!!  Big hugs homie!  I love what you have to say about music and your tats are hot!)

Bill is all smiles durin' a lil prep work...

Bill is all smiles durin' a lil prep work...

I have been to the Brooklyn Bowl a LOT.  But on this night, after a while, maybe it was just me or perhaps it was the pure energy of the room, but the venue seemed brighter, the atmosphere seemed looser and the general vibe seemed lighter then most nights at The Bowl.  It is hard not to feel comfortable and at ease in a room full of deadheads and hippies, especially ones colored so bright! I could feel it and my smile grew.

They came out, George’s back to the audience, Kreutzmann with a huge smile on his face getting situated.  And then immediately flew into a jamming rage.  First song on the set list read: SPACE, how appropriate! And SPACE they gave us, putting us all into the heady lock down that would define the night.

Bill Kreutzmann @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Bill Kreutzmann @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Right into the memory of Jerry, we were delivered DEALPapa Mali releases a soulful growl as he leads the lyrics:  “Don’t let the deal go down.”  With his guitar resting on his portly belly, Papa delivers us the first guitar rage of the night and mouths drop.  To be honest, I wondered if I had ever seen him before. I’d listened to him a million times but I was seeing him play for the first time right there.  He was as good as I hoped he’d be.

The next song tugged on heart strings.  Men had their eyes closed and they were swaying.  Something about the Grateful Dead makes men romantic it seems, am I alone in thinking this?   In this case, they were thinking of their man crush, Pigpen, as Papa continued singing with Mr. Charlie.  At the end of the song, Kreutzmann raged up on his legs and down on the drums.  A little too hard cause the speakers to his left came crashing down on him, grazing his leg.  See, the power flies right off these bastards.  That power leaving the stage and slamming right into us, or in this case, the speakers.  You can’t make this stuff up.

George Porter, Jr. @ The Brooklyn Bowl

George Porter, Jr. @ The Brooklyn Bowl

We had a little taste of The Dead.  Now it was time for some NOLA flavor as Porter was tapped to sing Hey Pocky Way.  I am beginning to think this is the most covered song ever.  But the fact that it’s over played means everyone knows it and the crowd goes wild.  And on this night, the best part about this song was the audience.  Three songs in and the place was wild.  WILD!!  Oh, how I loved hearing Porter‘s voice.  I immediately started day dreaming of the boat and what the possibilities might be.  During his rage, Porter was off his chair and back down, his legs kicking him all over the place, he was IN IT!!  And then it got silent as Kreutzmann picked up his drums and started striking the skins fast as lighting.

The 7 Walkers @ The Brroklyn Bowl

The 7 Walkers @ The Brroklyn Bowl

Death Don’t Have No Mercy, a Grateful Dead tune, was next.  Matthew Hubbard stopped playing the keys and picked up the trombone that had been resting on the stage to his left. Such a slow song, such a soulful song, such a Jerry song.  Papa gave us a killer solo that reminisced of the swagger Jerry distilled through his guitar, all the while you could hear undertones of Papa trademark bayou style.  It was sultry, sexy, soulful.  People were dancing all over the venue, utilizing the open space to benefit their moods and environments.  It was perfect for so many reasons.

7 Walkers @ The Brooklyn Bowl

7 Walkers @ The Brooklyn Bowl (w/ excellent background artwork)

And then it was theme song time.  Matthew Hubbard gave us an amazing Organ Intro. He was REALLY good.  I am a sucker for keys but man, he was GOOD.  Not sure what I thought about all his “touch-down” moves he banged out after every solo but kick ass solos non-the-less.  Rage!  After a few minute of solid keys, 7 Walkers, new lyrics by Robert Hunter, was blasted out of the belly ‘de Papa.  As I stare at him, he started to morph into one of the characters from Where the Wild Things Are and I brought myself down to reality.  The music was trippy to say the least.  Matt had now jumped to the harmonica, jack of all trades this guy.  Papa Mali absolutely brought it with this song.  At one point, I feel like they teased Shining Star.

“7 Walkers walking in the sky / 7 Walkers watching from on high / 7 Walkers offer their protection / 7 Walkers lookin’ down from heaven”

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

The place was on FIRE and it wasn’t close to set break.  Everyone was having a grand ‘ol time at this point. The front row was littered with Dead Heads who longed for tour or just to be close to Kreutzmann.  Then you had the folks there who were ragin’ cause Papa Mali and Porter are the NOLA FUNK BOMBS!  Papa sang most of Lay My Burden Down and keys harmonized. Then the music stops for a bit.  Porter strummin’ on the strings, keys filling in the background.  Papa Mali says, “It’s nice to be back in Brooklyn.  I know I can get a nice slice.”  And right into The Dead’s Sugaree. Porter sang this while Matt raged the keys and Papa harmonized.  There was a big group hug between a bunch of the heads to my left at that moment up front of stage.  It made me so happy, so very happy. Others followed suit.  The venue was at its brightest that moment.  The love was palpable.  The joy was visual.  Exactly what this music represents, exactly what it was meant to evoke.

Wharf Rat closed out the set.  A slow, soulful song.  It was out of control with Papa‘s drawing voice.  And they captured that quintessential Dead sound so well, probably without even trying.  We were so VERY VERY pleased.

Artwork behind Bill

Artwork behind Bill

The 7 Walkers did not waste anytime kicking off the second set.  Kreutzmann took a raging drum solo and into Bertha, a Grateful Dead favorite, everyone was bouncing on their toes, kicking their heels, flipping their skirts. It was a hoedown of as we all sang together.  Hubbard was able to show us some of his fabulous key work.  Scaling up and down the board and striking the keys with ferocity.  Totally on point and captivating me.  Then Kreutzmann gave us the real thing. The real solo, HIS time to rage.  My buddy took a GREAT HD video of it leading into Lovelight.

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa and Porter play off each other for a few measures before Papa pulls out to jam on his own line.   Kreutzmann tapped the cymbals.  And so Bottle Up And Go begins and starts to melts our faces.  It was time for the trippy guitar space of Papa‘s mind to play with the audience for a while.  Everyone got lost.  No words. Just SPACE as Porter holds the bass line allowing our own minds to take over and find it’s own adventure.

Bill & George @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Bill & George @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

I Know Your Rider, another crowd pleasure, brought everyone’s head from swaying down to forward facing again and singing with the band.  Happy shiny people.  Another great keys rage from Hubbard and the dance party continued all over the venue.  Papa slide his guitar all across the stage and in our face.  This was a raging jam to be sure.  As I stood back and watched these masters ripe our faces off, I wondered about the other groups I love watching jam so much and how they don’t HOLD A CANDLE to the greatness that was taking place on stage.

George Porter, Jr. @ The Brooklyn Bowl

George Porter, Jr. @ The Brooklyn Bowl

I went on an adventure during Early In The Morning & Hey Baby Now so I don’t recall much.  It’s always nice to have something to look forward to in the recordings 🙂  I was not paying attention at this point, pen down, dancing all over the front row.  Bliss.  I was among my favorite friends, among my favorite songs and favorite musicians in my favorite venue.  How do YOU all feel when you are in that situation?? 🙂 Think about it and hold on to the good feeling you get!!

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

The New Orleans Crawl, I believe a new song written for the 7 Walkers by Robert Hunter, gave us a taste of NOLA again but more on the Bayou side then the funk….Professor Longhair-esque.  And finally, Goin Down The Road Feelin Bad closed out the set.  They had so much fun with this song.  You could tell they didn’t want to put down their instruments.  If they did, they were sure fooling us.  High energy, dancing in the STREETS!! As they left the stage, some hard core people were litterally crawling on it to get set lists and picks and whatnot but noone moved a muscle.  All screaming, the show would not be over.  The audience refused to let that happen.

Bill Kreutzmann @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Bill Kreutzmann @ The Brooklyn Bowl

In a lovely tribute to the premature death of Gary Coleman earlier that morning, The 7 Walkers came out and played the Different Strokes Theme amongst Junko Partner.   It was fitting and we all remembered our funny little friend as we danced around in the best of spirits.

Everyone was SO SUPER HIGH after the show.  Bouncing all over the place, I said goodbye to all my favorite people.  By far, this was the best turn out of MY musical krewe, forget the rest of NYC who missed an amazing musical opportunity.  The turn out from tonight had allowed all my various groups and friendship circles to collide and it was AWESOME!!!  To be able to turn around and look in any direction to see the WIDEST grins on my friends faces.  Music brings people together and that night, The 7 Walkers had aided in bringing us all much closer.

It was a magical night in the Brooklyn Bowl, that is for sure.  I PRAY that 7 Walkers comes around again.  And if they do, I suggest you pick up your ticket right away because the word from this performance has already spread like wild fire and they will be sure to sell out second time around!

Check out The 7 Walkers summer tour schedule.

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