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STEVE FEELIN IT!!

STEVE FEELIN IT!!

Steve Kimock Residency: Night III @ Sullivan Hall

Steve Kimock – Guitar
Andy Hess – Bass
Pete Sears – Keys
John Molo – Drums

For the last three weeks, Steve Kimock held residency at New York City’s Sullivan Hall on the Lower East Side. The beauty of a residency is the opportunity to experience your favorite musician/group in various musical positions. Each week, Kimock was supported by a different line-up of musicians bringing us a dense Dead/New Orleans vibe his first week,  creating vibrant jams with a younger generation of musicians the second week and finally destroying the audience with a fusion laden performance the third week.  The guests were as follows:

Night I:

Henry Butler (Acclaimed NOLA Keyboardist)
Andy Hess (Govt Mule, Black Crowes, John Scofield)
John Morgan Kimock (Crazy Engine)

Night II:

Marco Benevento
Marc Friedman (The Slip)
Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Breakscience)

Night III:

John Molo (Bruce Hornsby, Phil & Friends)
Pete Sears (Hot Tuna)
Andy Hess (Govt Mule, Black Crowes, John Scofield)
w/ opening act Moonalice

Wednesday night’s performance capped off what was truly a magnificent run of music.  The heavy fusion style was deeply evident throughout the night’s performance as Steve Kimock delivered the audience what I am boldly going to have to put into my “Top 10 Favorite Steve Kimock Shows” list.  I can hear the gasps now but to be fair, I have only seen him maybe 35 times!! BUT STILL…how many can say that they have seen Steve Kimock sing, let alone sing a Beatles song?

I’ve been seeing Kimock in various iterations (Zero/TheOtherOnes/KVHW/SKB) since 1997. I have NEVER witnessed him singing… Mind = blown.. ~ Evan S.

The rock solid rhythm duo in John Molo (Bruce Hornsby, Phil & Friends) and the phenomenal Andy Hess (Govt Mule, Black Crowes, John Scofield) with the gorgeous ivory talent of  Pete Sears (Hot Tuna)  provided a support for Kimock that allowed him to showcase his talents effortlessly, to an extent that a fire RARELY seen in our wonderful Mr. Steve Kimock burst through over the progression of the night.  Steve Kimock truly shined about as bright as I have ever seen him shine!

Kimock Residency!

Kimock Residency!

John Molo!

John Molo!

When I arrived at the intimate Sullivan Hall, Kimock and friends had just began a Kimock original, It’s Up To You. The placed was packed!  I was drawn to the stage immediately as Andy Hess’s bass lines wrapped themselves around my heart, pulling me closer.  Nang Chalk Pipe, an Ernest Ranglin cover followed.  Jamaican guitarist and composer Ernest Ranglin is someone I had never heard of until Kimock began covering this song.  There is a guitar style found in nearly all ska music called “scratching” that some people might suggest was created by Ranglin.

If Eric Clapton is God, then Steve Kimock is the holy ghost ~ Josh  W.

Kimock’s slow, calculated intro into the Jimmy Cliff tune Many Rivers To Cross was an audience favorite. Sadly, there was a large group of people talking in this small space and for the first time at a show in a while, I heard a large portion of the audience “shhhhh” the other portion.  I LOVED that! Personally, I want a shirt that reads “Shut The Fuck Up While The Band Is Playing” on the front and back.  Kimock utilized his Hawaiian lap steel to create the draw that defines the song.  It was sullen and romantic at the same time. Couples swayed and smiles abounded on the audiences faces.

The jam into Baby Baby, a cover of Ronnie Shannon’s Baby, I Love You which was a hit for Aretha Franklin in the late 60s (thank you for this clarification, Mike), was wicked with Steve lifting off his seat and on to his feet with a smile creeping out from the sides of his generally stagnant lips.

Andy Hess’s bass line locked it down. Andy Hess’s bass line ALWAYS locks it down.  For those of you not familiar with Andy Hess, I suggest seeing him immediately.  He is an artist in our community who is criminally slept on, providing a solid foundation in every project he plays participant and is rarely given credit when credit is due.  The ability of an artist to hold back is just as important in certain musical scenarios as raging through with your instruments. Musicians need to remember that and sometimes they do not.  When musicians play with artists like Steve Kimock or John Scofield, they must remember to allow these guitarist to shine and not overpower them for any reason.  It’s a skill you learn over time playing with different artists.  Andy Hess can back any musician, allowing them to shine and still be dripping with sweat holding down his spot on stage with a fury. SOLID!

First Set: You’re the One, Nang Chalk Pipe, Many Rivers To Cross, Baby Baby

Andy Hess & John Molo

Andy Hess & John Molo

John Molo!

John Molo!

The second set was KILLER! A personal favorite, Tangled Hangers, had Steve dropping the fusion-y solos and John Molo’s rocking the audience out.  However, it was when the first note of Tongue In Groove hit that made me so happy as it is my favorite Steve Kimock tune.  As I inhaled the gorgeous beginning of this song, I looked around at the room which was filled almost solely with older men.  The masculine beauty of this song was not lost on a single man 0r women in there.  It’s the ultimate love song.  Half way through, Pete Sears destroyed a solo that elevated the jam immensely.  So tight!  I am going to let the video speak for itself.

Steve Kimock

Steve Kimock

Golden Road‘s upbeat, dancing vibe brought out some hoots from the audience before people fell into their own dancing worlds. Peter Sears, yet again, showing his stellar ability on the keyboard without over shadowing Kimock. Another seasoned musician who knows how to withhold until given the window to let loose. John Molo holding down the rhythm with Andy Hess was such a pairing, the two melded seamlessly together.  At times, I kept thinking they should be recording this for a live cd release.

I believe that many people’s disconnect with Steve Kimock possibly come from his lack of stage presence.  I feel you on that.  Tthere are times where he literally disappears off the stage for me but he never falters in his sound.  The new generation of music lovers enjoy a hype show, that rager performance, the necessity of dancing and lights, the Chris Loftlin banging his head, Skerik raging in our faces. But with Kimock, well, he just sits on his stool with his glasses propped at the end of his nose dressed in all black, making it look effortless (almost boring as I know some feel).  What you fail to see with this opinion is that he is pulling things off that other guitarists only dream of doing. So, when I watched as Steve Kimock walked to the microphone, busted out a killer smile and began singing Slow Down, which I believe is a Beatles tune, my jaw fell to the ground.  YES, Steve Kimock sang. I couldn’t understand a word he said and that didn’t matter.

Last night’s show was the only time I’ve ever seen him say anything to the audience besides band introductions, and certainly the first time I’ve seen him sing (out of maybe…20 shows?). Even during interviews, he’s incredibly reticent, giving either two word answers, or near-nonsensical ramblings, punctuated by nervous laughter. ~ Josh W.

Second Set: Tangled Hangers, Tongue in Groove, Golden Road, Slow Down

This third and final performance of Steve Kimock’s residency had a distinct flow of comfortableness as a result of the musical experience that radiated off his musical support for the evening. Andy Hess, John Molo and Pete sears showed us how to do things right, putting Kimock on his well-deserved pedestal as they all shined along with him.  And for someone who lacks stage presence during most of his performances, it was a wonderful treat to see Steve Kimock so spirited.

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Steve Kimock Residency: Night I @ Sullivan Hall (03.23.11)

Steve Kimock (Photo by TinyRager)

Steve Kimock (Photo by TinyRager)

Guitarist extraordinaire, Steve Kimock (Zero, Crazy Engine), kicked off a three night residency at Sullivan Hall last night in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  The crowd was thin as not many New Yorkers braved the lightening hail and sleet storm that came through unexpectedly.  Those who did were delivered an intimate, magical musical treat.

Line Up:

Steve Kimock – Guitar
Andy Hess – Bass
Henry Butler – Keys
John Morgan Kimock – Drums

Special Guests:
Donna Jean Godchaux – Vocals
Marc Muller – Guitar
Chris Burger – Vocals

Kimock Residency (Photo by K. Dugan)

Kimock Residency (Photo by K. Dugan)

Joining Steve Kimock on Sullivan Hall’s stage last night was the acclaimed New Orleans pianist Henry Butler, bassist Andy Hess (Govt Mule, Black Crowes, John Scofield) and Steve’s son, John Morgan Kimock (Crazy Engine), on drums.  There were a few surprise guests as well.  After only one song into the first set, the foursome welcomed Donna Jean Godchaux (The Grateful Dead) and guitarist Marc Muller, from Dead On: Recreating The Grateful Dead Note For Note, graced the stage for the remainder of the set.

Kimock Residency (Photo by K. Dugan)

Kimock Residency (Photo by K. Dugan)

JMK (Photo by K. Dugan)

JMK (Photo by K. Dugan)

Now just for perspective on my love for Steve Kimock, I just need to throw a little info out there.  When I am I am asked to think of a musician that closely resembles or embodies Jerry Garcia or his spirit, my mind almost always shoots to Steve Kimock.  There really is no other name that ever seems to push Kimock’s out of my mind as a front runner. He is a musician I look to as a teacher.  He is a musician who is constantly willing to connect with his fans, willing to nourish new talent when he discovers it and constantly pushing the envelope of where he can take you with his guitar.


Click HERE for video of their rehearsal of “Crazy Fingers”

Butler and Kimock (Photo by K. Dugan)

Butler and Kimock (Photo by K. Dugan)

There was a stimulating sense of connection within the venue last night.  The lack of audience members did not create an empty feel as the music filled the space magnificently.  The first set was a straight up Grateful Dead infused vibe!  “Nana’s Chalk Pipe” started it off with Henry Butler’s New Orleans infused key play over the trippy Kimock guitar.  It was amazing, such a unique combination of sounds hitting such a small stage.  “Watch The River Flow,” an improved song with Donna Jean joining the stage for lyrics, followed.  “Crazy Fingers” brought the headiness up, up, up.  The group would break into free for all jams that flowed for minutes at a time, “Scarlett Begonias” showcasing each artist’s talents.  Kimock, seated on a stool, would close his eyes and melt into the jam from time to time.  It was moments like these where you could feel the air of Garcia around you. Marc Muller couldn’t have been more on point and it took a while for her vocals to warm up but once they did, Donna Jean’s voice and pure connection to Jerry helped stimulate the energy surrounding us.  They ended the set with a killer “Franklin’s Tower,” where Henry Butler made it clear to us that he felt the music, felt the spirit of Jerry within him.  I have never heard Henry Butler sound quite like he did last night.

The second set was supremely funkier. Andy Hess’s bass lines found their way to the forefront of the songs and Chris Burger (Alphabet Soup) joined the stage for a free style rap session that lasted over 15 minutes with deep exquisite solos brought out by each musician.  Ironically rapping of “rain” on such a gloomy night, he reminded us of the “yin and the yangs” of life which brought a completely different vibe from the first set.  Afterward, we welcomed the weather that was in store for us when we exited the venue. The remainder of the set delivered us a stage full of talented musicians jamming away at their leisure with a melodic under tone that helped lead them through to the end of the set.

Chris Burger (Photo by K. Dugan)

Chris Burger (Photo by K. Dugan)

Set I

Nana’s Chalk Pipe
Watchin’ the River Flow*
Crazy Fingers
Scarlet Begonias^
Eyes of the World
Franklins Tower

*Donna Jean Godchaux remains onstage for set 1
^Marc Muller from Dead On remains on stage for set I

Set II

Thing One
All Together Now *
Something You Got
It’s Up to You

*with vocals by CB (Chris Burger of Band of Brotherz/Alphabet Soup)

Next Wednesday, March 30, 2011, Steve Kimock will be back on stage welcoming Drummer Adam Deitch, Marco Benevento and Marc Friedman (The Slip).

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March Music Calendar

March 2011 Potential Show Run Down

Calendar updated daily!

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

  • (Free) The Jamie McLean Band @ 315 Bowery
    • John Varvatos Presents: JMB’s 2011 EP Release Party! Free Show! Open Bar!
  • ($10) Red Baraat @ Barbes
  • ($15) Bowlive 2: Soulive w/ Corey Glover & Bernie Worrell @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($33-$95) Tibet House Benefit Concert @ Carnegie Hall
    • Feat: Philip Glass, Tenzin Choegyal, The Flaming Lips, Angelique Kidjo, Taj Mahal, James McCartney, The Roots, Patti Smith, Jesse Smith and Michael Campbell, Michael Stipe
  • ($40-$80) Mahler’s Fourth Symphony @ Avery Fisher Hall

Friday, March 4th, 2011

  • ($7-$10) Official Conspirator After-Show feat. The Manhattan Project @ The Delancey
  • ($15) Bowlive 2: Soulive w/ Robert Randolph & Corey Glover @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25) Rebelution and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad @ Irving Plaza
  • ($25) Conspirator @ Gramercy Theatre (Mis Ter Bugsley)
  • ($30) Larry Coryell Power Trio with Victor Bailey & Lenny White @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40-$80) Mahler’s Fourth Symphony @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($40-$45) Dr. John and the Lower 911, Marco Benevento, High and Mighty Brass Band @ Sullivan Hall

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem (late night)
  • ($15) Bowlive 2: Soulive w/ Robert Randolph @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($30) Larry Coryell Power Trio with Victor Bailey & Lenny White @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40) 5th Annual Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball: featuring Dr. John & The Lower 911 , Soul Rebels Brass Band and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($40-$80) Mahler’s Fourth Symphony @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($41-$331) Bon Jovi @ Madison Square Garden

Sunday, March 6tht, 2011

  • ($30) Larry Coryell Power Trio with Victor Bailey & Lenny White @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($30) Fred Hersch & Joshua Redman Duo @ Jazz Standard

Monday, March 7th, 2011

  • ($5) London Souls Residency @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Friday, March 11th, 2011

  • (FREE) Tall Tall Trees @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($15) Bowlive 2: Soulive w/ Karl Denson, Van Hunt @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Budos Band @ The Bell House
  • ($18) Tab Benoit & Kung Fu @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($22) Los Amigos Invisibles @ HighLine Ballroom
  • ($25) Devon Allman’s Honeytribe @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30-$40) Al Dimeola World Sinofina @ The Blue Note
  • ($30-$43) Dropkick Murpheys @ Roseland Ballroom
  • ($35) Pete Yorn with very special guest Ben Kweller @ Terminal 5
  • ($46-$54) Piano Power: Brad Mehldau & Friends w/ Joshua Redman @ Zankle Hall
  • ($59) FURTHUR: Phil Lesh & Bob Weir @ Best Buy Theater
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem (late night)
  • ($15) Bowlive 2: Soulive w/ Matisyahu
  • ($59) FURTHUR: Phil Lesh and Bob Weir @ Best Buy Theater
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater
    • ($10) A Post Furthur and Allman Brothers Band Show w/ Reckoning @ Sullivan Hall
    • ($25) Post Allmans in New York Midnight Concert Series w/ The Yonrico Scott Band featuring Oteil and Kofi Burbridge @ Iridium Jazz Club

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

  • ($7) Afro Funky Party w/ Zongo Junction, Top Shotta & DJ Offbeat @ Cameo Gallery
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($30-$40) Al Dimeola World Sinofina @ The Blue Note (2 shows)
  • ($30-$42) Intimate Solo Acoustic Citizen Cope @ City Winery

Monday, March 14th, 2011

  • ($5) London Souls Residency @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Steve Martin performing with The Steep Canyon Rangers: An Evening of Bluegrass & Banjo @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($30-$42) Intimate Solo Acoustic Citizen Cope @ City Winery
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall (late night)
  • ($5) That 1 Guy @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($30-$42) Intimate Solo Acoustic Citizen Cope @ City Winery
  • ($35) Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($59) FURTHUR: Phil Lesh and Bob Weir @ Best Buy Theater
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

  • ($10) Gent Treadly @ The Sugar Bar
  • ($30-$42) Intimate Solo Acoustic Citizen Cope @ City Winery (2 shows)
  • ($35) Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($40) New York Dolls @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($80-$180) Elton John @ Madison Square Garden

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

  • (Free) The Farewell Drifters @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($5) Dead Kenny G’s @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Chris Morrisey Quartet w/ Mark Guiliana @ The Jazz Gallery
  • ($18-$22) JJ Grey(MOFRO) solo acoustic with Shannon McNally @ City Winery
  • ($35) Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($40) New York Dolls @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($50-$93) Celtic Women @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater

Friday, March 18th, 2011

  • (Free) Nutritious @ The Cove
  • ($5) The Heavy Pets (GOLDYS BIRTHDAY PARTY) @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($5) Buzz Universe & Afro Skull @ The Bowery Poetry Club
  • ($30) Duduka Da Fonseca Quintet featuring Anat Cohen @ Jazz Standard
  • ($35) FUNK SUMMIT: Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Bernie Worrell (P-Funk), Fred Wesley (James Brown, P-Funk) @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater
    • ($12) A Post Allman Brothers Band Show featuring Some Cat From Japan: The Music Of Jimi Hendrix featuring Scott Metzger / Will Bernard / Ron Johnson / Eric Bolivar @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($60-$275) Janet Jackson – Number Ones, Up Close and Personal World Tour @ Radio City Music Hall

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

  • (Free) Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem (late night)
  • ($10) Anders Osborne w/ Leroy Justice @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($30-$40) Pat Martino Organ Quartet @ Birdland
  • ($35) FUNK SUMMIT: Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Bernie Worrell (P-Funk), Fred Wesley (James Brown, P-Funk) @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40) Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater
  • ($60-$275) Janet Jackson – Number Ones, Up Close and Personal World Tour @ Radio City Music Hall

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

  • ($20) Murder By Death @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($60-$200) Diana Ross – Greatest Hits Tour @ St. George Theater, S.I.
  • ($75-$125) Benefit for Cornell Dupree w/ Cornell Dupree, Joe Cocker and Dr. John @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • ($80-$180) Elton John @ Madison Square Garden

Monday, March 21st, 2011

  • ($5) London Souls Residency @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($10-$17) 101.9 Wrxp 3rd Anniversary Show Feat. Guster @ Irving Plaza
  • ($25) Mingus Dynasty @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Rick Derringer @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($50) Keyshia Cole @ B.B. Kings
  • ($60-$275) Janet Jackson – Number Ones, Up Close and Personal World Tour @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall (late night)
  • ($15-$20) Mike Gordon @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($18-$22) Noah and The Whale @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($25-$40) Paula Cole – DIVINALE: A Month of Wine, Women and Song @ City Winery
  • ($40) Charlie Haden Quartet West Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Release of Sophisticated Ladies @ Birdland NYC
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

  • ($10/$12) Heyoka, The Malah, Octopus Nebulae, Tucci @ Public Assembly (Mis Ter Bugsley)
  • ($15) Surprise Me Mr. Davis @ The Bell House
  • ($15-$20) Mike Gordon @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20-$25) Steve Kimock 2011 NYC Residency w/ special guests Henry Butler , Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule, Black Crowes, John Scofield) and John Morgan Kimock @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($30) Jeff Lorber Fusion @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40) Charlie Haden Quartet West Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Release of Sophisticated Ladies @ Birdland NYC

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

  • ($10) The Macpodz and Sister Sparrow And The Dirty Birds @ Studio at Webster Hall
  • ($25) James Blood Ulmer with The Memphis Blood Blues Band featuring Vernon Reid @ Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Jeff Lorber Fusion @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40) Charlie Haden Quartet West Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Release of Sophisticated Ladies @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40-$52) Cold War Kids @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($40-$80) Hungarian Echoes IV: Bartók’s First Piano Concerto @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater

Friday, March 25th, 2011

  • ($??) Mahavishnu Project plays Jeff Beck (Wired, Blow By Blow, There & Back) @ Iridium Jazz Club
    • DVD Release Event for “Jeff Beck: Live at Iridium” [free DVD giveaways]
  • ($12) A Post Furthur & Allman Brothers Band Show featuring Some Cat From Japan: The Music Of Jimi Hendrix featuring Nigel Hall , Scott Metzger , Will Bernard , Ron Johnson , Eric Bolivar @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($18-$20) The Wood Brothers with Carsie Blanton @ City Winery (2 shows)
  • ($20) Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($25) James Blood Ulmer with The Memphis Blood Blues Band featuring Vernon Reid @ Jazz Standard
  • ($25) Post Allmans in New York Midnight Concert Series Col. Bruce Hampton and Pharoah Gummitt Featuring Duane Trucks @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30) Steve Smith, Jon Herington and Col. Bruce Hampton @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($32.50) Victor Wooten and Stanley Clarke @ BB Kings
  • ($40) Charlie Haden Quartet West Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Release of Sophisticated Ladies @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40-$47) Queens of the Stone Age @ Terminal 5
  • ($40-$80) Hungarian Echoes IV: Bartók’s First Piano Concerto @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($50-$60) Don McLean with Special Guest Dar Williams @ Town Hall
  • ($50-$84) Furthur @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem (late night)
  • ($10) A Post Furthur and Allman Brothers Show with Reflections @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($15-$20) Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($25) James Blood Ulmer with The Memphis Blood Blues Band featuring Vernon Reid @ Jazz Standard
  • ($35) Hubert Sumlin Band @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40) Charlie Haden Quartet West Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Release of Sophisticated Ladies @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40-$80) Hungarian Echoes IV: Bartók’s First Piano Concerto @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($45-$65) Afro-Cuban All Stars @ The Concert Hall
  • ($50-$84) Furthur @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater
  • ($100-$175) Rod Stewart / Stevie Nicks – Heart and Soul Tour @ Madison Square Garden

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

  • ($8-$10) Dangermuffin @ The Rock Shop
  • ($25) Hubert Sumlin Band @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($25) James Blood Ulmer with The Memphis Blood Blues Band featuring Vernon Reid @ Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir @ BB Kings
  • ($50-$84) Furthur @ Radio City Music Hall

Monday, March 28th, 2011

  • ($5) London Souls Residency @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($25) New Sounds Live: So Percussion and Bobby Previte with John Medeski, Zeena Parkins, DJ Olive & Jen Shyu @ Merkin Concert Hall
  • ($35) Hubert Sumlin Band @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40-$47) LCD Soundsystem @ Terminal 5
  • ($50-$117) Jeff Beck and Rock N Roll Party w/ Imelda May & Her Band @ Radio City Music Hall

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall (late night)
  • ($5) BoomBox @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($12-$65) Medeski Martin & Dunn, John Zorn & MASADA Marathon @ David H. Koch Theater
    • Featuring: Marc Ribot, Uri Caine, Dave Douglas, John Medeski, Secret Chiefs 3, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron, Cyro Baptista, Kenny Wollesen, Jamie Saft, Erik Friedlander, Mark Feldman, Sylvie Courvoisier, Trevor Dunn, and many others
  • ($20) Billy Martin w/ Dj Oliver and Ikue @ The Stone
  • ($30-$40) Kevin Eubanks Trio @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40-$47) LCD Soundsystem @ Terminal 5
  • ($55-$65) Billy Bragg – At Home In The City W/ Special guest Ben Sollee @ City Winery

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

  • ($20) Steve Kimock 2011 NYC Residency with special guests Marco Benevento , Marc Friedman (The Slip) , Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Breakscience) @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($25) Reggie Watts @Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($30-$40) Kevin Eubanks Trio @ Birdland NYC
  • ($35-$60) Aaron Neville @ BB Kings Blues Club
  • ($40-$47) LCD Soundsystem @ Terminal 5
  • ($55-$65) Billy Bragg – At Home In The City W/ Special guest Ben Sollee @ City Winery

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

  • ($20) Mimosa @ Irving Plaza (Mis Ter Bugsley)
  • ($27.50) Tim Reynolds @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30-$40) Kevin Eubanks Trio @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40-$47) LCD Soundsystem @ Terminal 5
  • ($55-$65) Billy Bragg – At Home In The City W/ Special guest Ben Sollee @ City Winery

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Robben Ford, Toss Panos, Andy Hess & John Scofield @ The Blue Note (12.01.10)

Happy Birthday To Ali Greenberg!!  Ali made my night by picking a wonderful choice performance for her birthday celebration, choosing an intimate John Scofield and friends performance at the Blue Note in the East Village, NYC for a lovely Wednesday night of music.

On stage tonight was:

Robben Ford – Guitar & Vocals
Toss Panos – Drums
John Scofield – Guitar
Andy Hess – Bass

Robben Ford, Toss Panos, Andy Hess & John Scofield - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

Robben Ford, Toss Panos, Andy Hess & John Scofield - The Blue Note, NYC (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

Video and pictures, other then professionals, were prohibited and as our crew arrived early, we were sitting pretty much directly on the stage and I was unable to get away with much.  Thank goodness for Dino Perrucci of Dino Perrucci Photography being present to capture a few moment on camera for us! The pictures throughout the article are his. THANKS DINO!!

I was excited to see tonight’s performance not so much for John Scofield this time but for Andy Hesss and specifically Robben FordRobben Ford is a five-time Grammy nominee and has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Claus Ogerman, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman and many others.

Robben Ford - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

Robben Ford - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

After the first song (unknown title), John Scofield introduced the members of his posse on stage.  There was a joke made then went into Traveling Riverside Blues, a Robert Johnson original made famous by Led Zepplin.  A JAMMING Good Morning Little School Girl was next, a song covered so many times that it has been acknowledged by the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.

The joking continued throughout the night into the next song.  Robben Ford suggested that John had created this blues style song during their two day rehearsals in L.A. and he believed it didn’t have a name.

Yes! We practiced!Robben snickered.

Scofield responds, “Yeah, you have to rehearse the blues.  And actually, the song does have a name and it’s called Slow Blues in F Sharp. ”

It’s in the second fret,”  jokes Scofield to Robben, the audience half gasping, half laughing. “Just kidding! He knows what he is doing!

Robben Ford & John Scofield - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

Robben Ford & John Scofield - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

Andy Hess, ex-bass player for Gov’t Mule, ripped his spot the entire set.  Being that I was positioned directly under Scofield, hoping not to get sweat dripped on me as the place was scorching hot, Andy was blocked most of the set but his strings stood out in each song. My ears kept being drawn to his style of playing.  I found their song choices for the evening fun and feisty as opposed to some stiff jazz performance. The boys had fun in that short window of music.

John Scofield - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

John Scofield - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

Sadly, the set only last a little over an hour, one hour and seven minutes to be exact.  Having to pay $35 to be seated at The Blue Note plus having a $5 minimum at your seat (which really means another $10 plus tip as nothing costs $5.00), brought the bill up and I expected more music for that price, especially since the following set didn’t begin until 10:30pm.  I felt a bit slighted, not going to lie.  AND you have to pay again to view the second set.  Alas…it was annoying but it was worth it regardless.  A nice birthday celebration with friends over a show is never something to complain about 🙂

The crew on stage debated over the next song.  Lovin’ Cup was “on thier list” so they choose that one. John Scofield talked about how he and Robben were fourteen years old together back in 1966 and loved this song.

Aside from the short length of the performance, it was a nice quick bite of music for a Wednesday night.  Can’t go wrong with that 🙂  Everyone should check out Robben Ford when you get a chance.  The guy wails.

Set list: Unknown First song, Traveling Riverside Blues, Good Morning Little School Girl, Slow Blues in F-Sharp, Lovin’ Cup

John Scofield - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

John Scofield - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

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The Rhythm Devils @ B.B. Kings (09.01.10)

Scene outside B.B Kings...

Scene outside B.B Kings...

There have been very few post-Jerry/Dead projects that I have enjoyed.  As stated in previous articles, I lost almost all interest in pursuing The Dead after Jerry died.  It took many a year before I started seeing Furthur for the first time this year and sadly, Bobby practically ruined the first set by passing out on his feet while on stage.

Feel free to read all about that craziness: Furthur @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (07.28.10).

Scene inside B.B Kings, entrance line

Scene inside B.B Kings, entrance line

There will forever be post-Jerry projects but nothing will quite match The Grateful Dead and the power through music that they projected while Jerry was alive.  But at the end of the day, we LOVE those songs, we LOVE the lyrics, and we LOVE the notes. At the end of the day, it sometimes doesn’t matter who is singing them.  And so, I have begun checking out the Post-Jerry projects that have come around my way.  More importantly, I have come to appreciate, albeit only a few, Post-Jerry projects I have seen beginning with Bill Kreutzmann‘s 7 Walker’s, including Papa Mali and George Porter.  A lovely new project with fresh Robert Hunter lyrics.

Read about the 7 Walkers latest NYC show: 7 Walkers Featuring Bill Kreutzmann, Papa Mali & George Porter, Jr. @ Brooklyn Bowl (05.28.10)

Tim Bluhm

Tim Bluhm

Tonight’s performance: The Rhythm Devils at B.B. Kings in Times Square, NYC.  Having seen them last at Gathering of the Vibes with Keller Williams, I was excited to see how Tim Bluhm (The Mother Hips) sounded with them.  I love both of their voices and there was great debate over these two artists during the show….but I will get onto that later…

Keller Williams

Keller Williams

I was internally PRAYING that there would be a dance floor.  At times, B.B. Kings has somehow thought that the audience to some of their shows might be old and not want to dance?  Shoot, not at a Dead-related project.  Happily, as we walked into the B.B. Kings basement space they had left a portion of the dance floor uncluttered with tables and it was packed from side to side with dancers.  I have just got to assume that B.B. Kings doesn’t give a rats ass about the people actually watching the music, they only care about the people buying alcohol and the people who sit down to eat.  The rest of us are just supposed to fend for ourselves.

Welcome to B.B. Kings Times Square

Welcome to B.B. Kings Times Square

The Rhythm Devils

Bill Kreutzmann – Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Mickey Hart – Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Sikiru Adepoju – Talking Drum
Davy Knowles– Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Andy Hess – Bass Guitar

Special Guest: Tim Bluhm – Guitar & Vocals

Tim Bluhm @ B.B. Kings

Tim Bluhm @ B.B. Kings

Making my way to the front, I found a spot directly to the left of Tim Bluhm and his never-ending legs.  The Rhythm Devils have had two wonderful musicians trading off as lead vocals and guitar throughout the tour:  Tim Bluhm and Keller Williams.  Tonight, Tim Bluhm (The Mother Hips) graced the stage with The Rhythm Devils.   Having seen Keller Williams perform with The Rhythm Devils at Gathering of the Vibes a few months earlier, it was a general consensus that Tim Bluhm was the better fit for this project for many reasons.

Tim was reading lyrics all night!

Tim was reading lyrics all night!

Starting the first set with Scarlet Begonias, an uplifting, vibrant song, Tim Bluhm‘s vocals slide into place perfectly with that Devilish sound.  Such a great voice, slightly obscure for those unfamiliar with his projects, such a commanding presence and great guitar styling.  He was a perfect fit for this project.

Keller Williams, on the other hand, is by no means a weaker substitute, yet he has such a distinct voice and guitar styling that the whole thing just screams that Keller Williams is performing with The Rhythm Devils.  For those of us who LOVE Keller Williams, this is a wonderful treat and I do LOVE Keller Williams, both his voice, his styling and his cute head of hair! However, it felt as though Tim Bluhm folded right into the group,  mixing seamlessly into the The Rhythm Devils sound rather then standing alone as Keller did.

Davy Knowles - Amazing!

Davy Knowles - Amazing!

Fire on the Mountain was to follow with Davy Knowles kicking out the first guitar solo of the night.  Now, if I could insert a sound clip here it would be of a car coming to s screeching halt after you hear his name.  Personally, in that front row, as soon as I focused on him…I hit the brakes and my jaw dropped. How many of y’all have heard of DAVY KNOWLES?   DAVY KNOWLES!!  Wow.  A wonderful, handsome, vocally appealing, shredding guitar player.  Yes, another one of those.


Mikey Hart rage!

Mikey Hart rage!

The Grateful Dead medallion fronting Mickey Hart‘s Drum kit shimmered in lights, almost as if it were winking at us as The Devils performed what could be a potential theme song: Friend of the DevilDavy Knowles moved to the mandolin for this tune, further exposing his talents to the audience.  Originally from England, when not touring with The Rhythm Devils, Davy is leading the group Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam.

Tim was reading lyrics all night!

Tim was reading lyrics all night!

After a while, I noticed Tim Bluhm was looking at his music stand more than usual.  It became clear he was reading the lyrics and possibly reading the chords to the songs as he sang, tossing his lyric sheets to the ground after each song.  I thought of my of one of my girlfriend’s, who has a major thing for guys reading sheet music hahaha.

Tripping their way into Fountains of Wood, it was a great song.  The talking drum played by Sikiru Adepoju was an interesting addition.  It add slight dimension but overall , without even a spot light on the poor guy, he was cast to the side and I forgot he was there half the time.  That is absolutely not a good thing.  Now, if you want to see a talking drum performance, come with me to see the West African Band at midnight every Saturday.  Unreal…

Davy on Mandolin

Davy on Mandolin

Check out The Mother Hips too!!

Check out The Mother Hips too!!

The remainder of the set brought forth a free jam on the drums.  Mickey Hart rang the chimes, adding a softness to the lovely This One Hour. Davy Knowles leading vocals on Cold Rain and Snow. I just fell in love with him harder and harder with every note that came from his mouth and hands.  At some point throughout the night, I overheard people dissin’ the lovely, young musician that was tearing the stage up that night.  Honestly.  It absolutely didn’t bother me, like it appeared to bother others, that this young man was so young.  Personally, it makes me happy for the future of Dead projects/music/vibes when I see young musicians holding their place along side the greats.  When I see them taking that music, becoming inspired by it, taking it on and making it their own all while keeping the integrity of the song.  He was phenomenal.  How could anyone hate on him? Blew my mind…

Andy Hess - Bass

Andy Hess - Bass

I saw my friends to the left of the stage and I made my way for a different vantage point.  At some point during the first set, a photographer had placed a Jerry Garcia Bobble Head Doll near Andy Hess, on top of the amps.  For the remainder of the night, Andy would take a step forward and softly tap the head allowing Jerry to nod in agreement to the smiling faces.

Lovin Tim!!

Lovin Tim!!

The Rhythm Devils closed the first set with a feisty rendition of Cumberland Blues and UNCLE JOHN’S BAND!!!  Such a great tune.  Such a familiar tune.  Everyone was singing and dancing and smiling.  The EXACT hoped outcome for such a show!

Bill Kreutzmann

Bill Kreutzmann

We took a break outside to use our phones and rage Times Square a bit.  There is no phone reception in the basement of B.B. Kings Club. It’s quite annoying but liberating at the same time. Not drinking, I picked up a soda from the street vendor to have in my purse. Surrounding the cart were tie-dyed shirts as far as the eye could see.  This was nothing like when Furthur was in town a few months back and the streets were hardly walk-able, but it was still a highly psychedelic street.  After about 10 minutes, we made our way back down the plush stairs for the second set.

We made sure to walk in a little early so that Josh could join me in the front stage. Being that he is over 6-feet, it’s better he already be there rather then try to push his way up to the front once it’s already packed.  After a few minutes, the stage was once again filled with some of our scenes most respected musicians.  Watching Tim Bluhm‘s solo during Samson and Delilah was a point where I caught myself completely lost in the moment.

Wrecking Crew was fun. A light, danceable song (as if any of their songs WERE NOT danceable) that had everyone on stage as well as the audience grinning from ear to ear.  It was clear that the members on stage that night were having a blast.  It came out in their performances, the musical banter was evident.  Listen to Davy Knowles‘s voice.  Man, I love his voice!!

Any rage...

Any rage...

Then it was time for the drums! Making way for the intro into The Other One, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart completely took off on their respective monstrous set-ups.  I sometimes have my issues with muddy snare drums or too many electronics but these two truly created a unique vibe in B.B. Kings that night.  In the moment, I thought there was some deep, creative drumming going on.  Sikiru Adepoju had his moment on the talking drum as well during this time.  Still, no spot light placed on him.  He stood on the side, in the shadows.  WHY???

Not so Tiny Tim

Not so Tiny Tim

Bobble Head Jerry

Bobble Head Jerry

Mountain of the Moon was lovely.  Such a slow song, couples formed and began swaying immediately as Tim’s voice soothed over us on vocals. The various guitar solos followed and SPAAAAACE entailed through to the end of the song. Totally trippy.  Voodoo Zombies, sang by Davy Knowles, who sounded a little like a male version of Joan Osbourne for a minute, followed bringing the vibe back into overdrive followed by New Speed Way Boogie where the guitars weeped on stage and the bass was heavy.  Andy tapped Bobble Jerry with a smile while the audience sang along helping the band bring the songs to their end.

A HUGE jam out occurred during Strange World. And finally, they closed the set out with Not Fade Away. Another sing-a-long kind of song that had everyone involved.

Mikey Hart

Mikey Hart

As they exited the stage, the crowd finished their singing and began screaming as loud as they could.  A truly appreciative audience who, I think, realized how great a performance they had just seen.  With the introduction of Davy Knowles into the mix, I had been elevated to some pretty high heights as he sang with that voice.  With the insertion of Tim Bluhm as lead over Keller Williams, I had seen a different performance, I had felt that this was such a better fit.  As I spanned the room for friends, they returned to the stage for one last song.  As Davy Knowles sang So Many Roads, I slowly prepared myself for the night of music to be over.  That is never a fun feeling but what a song to end on!!

Sadly, a recording of the performance never made its way online.  There were numerous tapers at the show.  However, at sometime, I believe during intermission, something occurred between some tapers and the audience that forced the taping to be shut down.  Some STUPID Drama ensued and here we are with no recording.  GRRRRRRRRRRRR……regardless, here is the set-list and I hope the videos suffice!!

Sept 1 – NEW YORK, NY – B.B. King Blues Club

1st Set: Scarlet Begonias>, Fire on the Mountain>, Friend of Devil, Fountains of Wood, This One Hour, Cold Rain and Snow>, Cumberland Blues>, Uncle John’s Band

2nd Set: Sampson & Delilah>, Wrecking Crew>, Other One, Mountains of the Moon, Voodoo Zombies, New Speedway Boogie, Strange World, Going Down the Road Feeling Bad, Not Fade Away

Encore: So Many Roads

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www.gatheringofthevibes.comGathering of the Vibes 2010: Saturday (07.31.10)

Check out Day II: Gathering of the Vibes VX @ Bridgeport, CT (07.30.10)

The Beautiful Festival Grounds!

The Beautiful Festival Grounds!

Creativity shines!

Creativity shines!

Issac was up early and eager to get right out to the field.  Jay and I were NOT!! Zach Deputy was opening the festival this morning and is one of my top 3 one-man-bands but we just couldn’t get out there in time.  We did, however, send Issac on his way to check Zach out. He had never seen him and  I was eager to hear Issac’s opinion later on.

Jay and I walked along the water, finding RVs who would “miracle” us some of their power to charge our phones as we enjoyed the lovely scenery that makes up the grounds of the Festival. Volunteers from Save The Sound had gathered with gloves, trash and recycling bags and were finishing up their beautiful activism.

Quote of the morning: “Who’s got my miracle electricity?

The Beautiful Festival Grounds

The Beautiful Festival Grounds

Shower time!

Shower time!

VIP Perk #3: During Zach Deputy and Max Creek, I decided I needed to shower.  I knew people who bathed in the water that made up our pretty view, but no thanks. I walked in it last year and felt more dirty.  University of Bridgeport‘s sports locker rooms were offered, free of charge, to VIP lot.  Everyday, we cause a commotion at the locker rooms, making the staff laugh and giggle as we entered and exited.  Jay is just a super funny guy so we always had fun with the locker room staff, all staff for that matter. Oh, and we were also miracled shampoo since I had forgotten to pack my own.  We were camping, I forgot about showers! 

VIP Showering Facilities. Thank you U Of B!

VIP Showering Facilities. Thank you U Of B!

The people make it fun...

The people make it fun...

After our showers, we headed to the Cosmic Casbah to sun dry and slowly prepare for our day.  This morning was not as active as the previous morning.  There was no breakfast laid out as we had arrived to late (Thankful for VIP PERK #2: Free Meal).  There were no stragglers on the mats from the night before attempting to FINALLY make their way to dream land! (Happy for my pals because it’s BRUTAL attempting to go to sleep once the sun has risen.) There were no musicians up wanting to jam the morning started with acoustics.  But the theatrics of the festival never fail to shine through every moment and make us smile:

Zach Deputy & Max Creek

I had seen Zach Deputy so many times this year that I felt ok missing his set.  Max Creek was performing as we strolled and showered.  So, I know I missed both, but that doesn’t mean you should. Enjoy their sets:

Download: Zach Deputy Live at Gathering of the Vibes; Seaside Park on 2010-07-31 (July 31, 2010)

Download: Max Creek Live at Gathering of the Vibes; Seaside Park on 2010-07-31

Assembly of Dust @ GOTV 2010

Assembly of Dust @ GOTV 2010

Assembly of Dust

Reid Genauer – lead vocals, guitar
Adam Terrell – lead guitar, vocals
John Leccese – bass, vocals
Andy Herrick – drums

Reid Genauer of AOD @ GOTV 2010

Reid Genauer of AOD @ GOTV 2010

Assembly of Dust was the first set I actually focused on after running around waking up, charging phones and camera, feeding the little rager and ourselves, slathering him with suntan lotion and setting up shop by the Karma Wash.

Adam Terrell of AOD @ GOTV 2010

Adam Terrell of AOD @ GOTV 2010

There was actually a little altercation at the Karma Wash.  As we arrived to set up shop, a gentleman had placed his chair on the red carpet, ripping it, ashing his cigarettes on it and casually resting his beer all around him.  Jay asked him nicely to move just a few inches OFF the red carpet and it just couldn’t be a simple issue with this guy.  I am glad it didn’t get out of hand, but you could tell by his drunken ass attitude, that he was someone who wasn’t going to cooperate easily and just argued with us. Luckily, his friends were more coherent and sane.

Assembly of Dust @ GOTV 2010

Assembly of Dust @ GOTV 2010

John Leccese

John Leccese

I am a huge fan of this group, not for their ridiculous talent or anything but simple because they epitomize a group of jammers who just know how to play and have fun. Their lyrics are as playful as their tunes. They are a mix of folk and rock and all their tunes are catchy enough to get you up out of a chair and dancing on your feet.

Assembly of Dust @ GOTV 2010

Assembly of Dust @ GOTV 2010

Jason Crosby :)

Jason Crosby 🙂

After three songs, Assembly of Dust invited Jason Crosby and Todd Isler to the stage for the remainder of the set.

Set List:  Sinner, Valhalla, Telling Sue, Pedal Down Samuel Aging Fountain, Light Blue Lover, Weekhawken Ferry, Harrower, Second Song, Paul Henry, Love Junkie, Westerly

Download: Assembly of Dust Live at Gathering of the Vibes; Seaside Park on 2010-07-31 (July 31, 2010)

Wavy Gravy, GOTV Emcee

Wavy Gravy, GOTV Emcee

Galactic

Jeff Raines – Guitar
Stanton Moore – Drums
Robert Mercurio – Bass
Ben Ellman – Saxaphone/Harmonica
Richard Vogel – Keyboard
Corey Henry – Trombone
Cyril Neville – Percussion and Vocals

Ben Ellman

Ben Ellman

KEEP THE FIRE COMING!!!   Again, we all took off in different directions during break but found our way back to dead center, front row for this performance My Tribe having grown to about 15 scattered sporadically behind me.

I knew that I was about to see the same set that I had seen at the four other Galactic shows I had already seen this year.  With the addition of Corey Henry, I was hoping that over tour, they would add new songs to their repertoire from the previous cds so that he could add his flavor.  This hasn’t seemed to have happened yet.  I do love the addition of Corey Henry‘s horn (and attitude) to the mix.

Galactic @ GOTV 21010

Galactic @ GOTV 21010

Corey Henry

Corey Henry

It was here I made a mental note to appreciate how wonderful it is to see music during the day.  It’s the atmosphere.  Something about seeing these bands in an open field, with the sun beating down on you.  Everything just SOUNDS better, feels better.  So often, I am stuck in a basement or a dark building seeing shows in the dark with a poor light show. Seeing a band in daylight, wind blowing your hair, sun shining on your skin. It just truly changes everything about a performance.  I encourage all of you take the time to get to know the music that plays in your local Parks….most of the time…it is FREE .

For New Yorkers:

Central Parks’ Summer Stage
Jazz Festival New York
City of New York Parks and Recreation

Stanton Moore of Galactic @ GOTV 2010

Stanton Moore of Galactic @ GOTV 2010

To be honest, Stanton Moore looked like he was just going with the motions.  His cute face made the looks we are used to when he gets into it but his jumps and attempts at theatrics were always just a tiny bit off.  Still sounded great though.  Always does.  This was also the first time I haven’t seen Corey Henry jump into the audience. walking and playing through the waves of fans.

Cyril Neville w/ Galactic @ GOTV 2010

Cyril Neville w/ Galactic @ GOTV 2010

Lil rager :)

Lil rager 🙂

Cyril Neville did his thing like he always does, gliding between his  percussion set and the front of the stage as he energized the lyrics with his signature voice.  I really enjoy his energy. I love his look.  Honestly, I enjoy Galactic because they have great collaborations with people like Cyril and Corey.  These artists really bring another layer to the already funky group. I am already wanting them to stop touring and come out with a new cd.  OMG, who would you want to hear with Galactic?

HORN RAGE!  Galactic @ GOTV 2010

HORN RAGE! Galactic @ GOTV 2010

Set List: Gemini Rising, Gossip, You Don’t Know, Balkan Wedding, Heart Of Steel,  Cineramascope, Ooh Nay Nay, Boban, Tell Me What’s On Your Mind, Boe Money, No More Okey Doke, From the Corner to the Block

Download: Galactic 2010-07-31 Gathering of the Vibes; Seaside Park; Bridgeport CT

Here’s one I took.  I think you’ll see what I mean at the end of the video about how Stanton was just a tad bit off. Not that it matters, but it happened a few times and I want him to kick ass. So, there.  I said something negative about Stanton, sue me!

Umphrey’s McGee

Brendan Bayliss – Guitar, vocals
Jake Cinninger – Guitar, vocals
Ryan Stasik – Bass, no vocals
Kris Myers – Drums, vocals
Andy Farag – Percussion
Joel Cummins – Keyboards, vocals

Banana Mafia Sighting

Banana Mafia Sighting

Umphrey’s McGee.  What can I say. I haven’t always understood what the big deal is about Umphrey’s.  They jam with the best of them and have an unbelievable following. However, I am still waiting for them to smack me into a wall with awesome sauce and so I see them.  To be honest, mainly because after Chris Kuroda, Jefferson Waful is my favorite light designer for the stage.  However, it was still sunny out so there wasn’t much drawing me to stay in the front row.  To be honest, I actually walked out of the last Umphrey’s show I was attending.  The only show all year where I have done that.  But tonight, well, they just sounded great.

Zach Deputy and I

Zach Deputy and I

Issac was thrilled to already have a spot up front to rage with his favorite band.  His energy fueled my own and I made a point to seek out the music with my ears while I was running around taking care of things before Rhythm Devils. We left him to rage with his favorite band.  I needed to take a break off my feet and just relax for a little bit at the Karma Wash before  I took off again. At some point, I ran into Zach Deputy in the VIP tent.

Umphrey’s touched on everything.  They rocked out one minute and tripped out another.  I love their drummer.  Great melodies like always.  Major guitar jams.  Just tight.

Lovely Art Installation

Lovely Art Installation

Dream!

Dream!

I also used this time to check out the vendors, the food, the art exhibits. There were times that we were forced to stop dead in our tracks to the jams that were being delivered on stage.  The audience was cheering constantly. The sun slowly went down and the lights slowly showed up 🙂

Set List: Turn & Run >, Much Obliged, Women Wine & Song, Der Bluten Kat >, Hajimemashite >, Der Bluten Kat, The Linear >, Steppin’ Razor >, Mullet (Over), The Floor, Pay the Snucka >, White Man’s Moccasins, The Fuzz >, Pay the Snucka, 40’s Theme

Download: Umphreys McGee Live at Gathering of the Vibes; Seaside Park on 2010-07-31 (July 31, 2010)

Rhythm Devils @ GOTV 2010

Rhythm Devils @ GOTV 2010

Karma Wash = Self Service

Karma Wash = Self Service

VIP PERK #4: THE RAISED DANCE FLOOR!!!  OMG!!!  So, the entire weekend, VIP and staff had access to an elevated dance floor located to the left of the soundboard.  The dance floor itself was two levels and could hold quite a few people.  HOWEVER, it wasn’t until the middle of today that  I started noticing that none of my fellow VIP campers were ever up there.  I started spreading the word and everyone I told HAD NO CLUE it was available to them.  Apparently, this was a new addition to the VIP package.  It was at this point that I decided it was time to utilize the hell out of the dance floor.  During Rhythm Devils, all the members of the krewe started popping up. I wish I had a picture of the smiles on their faces when they saw the unimpeded view.    Check it out after Primus and the field emptied…

Empty stage...empty dance floor...

Empty stage with lights...empty dance floor w/ chairs...after Primus

Rhythm Devils featuring Mikey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann & Keller Williams

Bill Kreutzmann – Drums
Mickey Hart – Drums
Keller Williams – Guitar, vocals
Davy Knowles – Guitar, vocals
Sikiru Adepoju – Talking drum
Andy Hess – Bass

I LOVE KELLER (Photo by Jeffrey Dupuis)

I LOVE KELLER (Photo by Jeffrey Dupuis)

Setting up shop with our chairs in the second row on the elevated dance floor just sealed the deal for the night. Let alone, we now were about to get a full on rage from Grateful Dead drummers Mikey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann…..with KELLER WILLIAMS!!!   LORD YES!!

I LOVE KELLER WILLIAMS. Not as much as I used to, but man. He was one of the first acts I saw on our scene.  At my first festival (Allgood 2000) and I remember watching him up on stage with like 7 guitars on  individual stands, just making his way from one to the other, manipulating and lopping their sounds.  Then, as they all played around him, he merrily danced around the stage to the awesome combination of music he had created.  I fell in love on the spot.

Rhythm Devils @ GOTV 2010

Rhythm Devils @ GOTV 2010

Mikey Hart @ GOTV 2010 (Photo by Jeff Jupuis)

Mikey Hart @ GOTV 2010 (Photo by Jeff Jupuis)

With Keller in the mix, Jerry’s Celebration of Life just continued through the Rhythm Devils, extending the power from Furthur‘s set the night prior. Fire on the Mountain was a GREAT lift in the set and the energy in the pool of people in front of me.  Keller brought a unique sound that only Keller Williams can bring.  His voice, refreshing.

The encore was ridiculous.  While the drums raged out of control, the of the sexiest black catsuit wearing, fire dancing woman came onto the stage and completely owned it for over 10 minutes. Slinging fire all around then on strings, hoops, dancing on each other, manipulating the fire thorough their bodies.  I can only imagine the jaws on the floor in the front row.  We were getting a pretty psychedelic light show from our view as well.

Let me just say, that with Keller on the line-up, this might be my favorite recording of the day.

Set List: Cold Rain and Snow, Uncle John’s Band, Strange World, Wrecking Crew, This One Hour, So Many Roads, Fire on the Mountain, Bo Diddly, Comes the Dawn, Voodoo Zombies, See You Again, crowd/band intros

Encore: Full on Drum Rage with Firedancers!

Download: Rhythm Devils Live at Gathering of the Vibes; Seaside Park on 2010-07-31 (July 31, 2010)

Primus @ GOTV 2010

Primus @ GOTV 2010

PRIMUS

Les Claypool – Bass, Vocals
Larry LaLonde – Guitar
Jay Lane – Drums

My fav Freak (Photo by Jeff Dupuis)

My fav Freak (Photo by Jeff Dupuis)

After Rhythm Devils, the dance floor emptied out.  We had been dancing behind a row of camping chairs set up by older Deadheads who just wanted to enjoy the show seated…and who completely tripped out over Jay’s laser.

We had the best spot to view Primus.  Especially since the Deadheads totally went staying for the rage that was about to take place.    And our chairs immediately popped up in the empty space. We stubbed all our friends up to the elevated dance floor with our gorgeous laminates and by the time the set started, I was surrounded by ny friends, Jam Cruisers, co-workers, and just felt so warm with my VibeTribe.

The stage was amazing. Two giant spacesuits flaked the drum kit, flashes of faces and other video being shoot onto the “mask” of the statues.  A green hue tint sprayed over thee stage by the lights. The visual stimulation was fantastic. And with a little dance in a circle and the first slap of his bass, the spectacle began.  A sound very different from anything that had graced the stage the entire weekend. Everyone had the biggest smile. Everyone was on their feet, dancing.

Primus @ GOTV 2010

Primus @ GOTV 2010

Tim Alexander (Photo by Jeff Dupuis)

Jay Lane (Photo by Jeff Dupuis)

I can’t say it was the case for me, but some people just couldn’t take Primus. I suppose it’s an acquired taste but I love Les Claypool. With his haunting howls and screams, his insane vibe.  He touches my darker side of music and I love it.

Anything Les Claypool touches is gold and this little hippie turned into a head banging rager.  His sound is hard, heavy, menacing, intriguing, deep.  It makes you think and it’s just different.  I can completely understand how it wouldn’t be the right vibe for some people .  I LOVED it.

To be honest, I can’t tell you about any one but Les.  He is my favorite bass player.  Well, in the top three.  After the keys, the bass is my favorite instrument and it stands out heavily in shows unless I block it out.  But with Les Claypool, he is all I care to hear.  It never fails.  I completely focus all my energy and power into him.  Issac, being a bass player, had me excited for him to see Les.  Unfortunately, Issac couldn’t get into the music so he went back to a little nap before Deep Banana Blackout. I continued to dance my ASS OFF through the very last note!!  Les NEVER fails to deliver a vibrant show.  It always seems new.

Setlist: Intro, To Defy the Laws of Tradition, In the Flesh, Here Come the Bastards, American Life, Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread, Coat Tails of a Dead Man, Bob, Jerry was a Race Car Driver, Over the Electric Grapevine, Behind my Camel, Groundhogs Day, Drum and Whamola Jam, Eleven, Cosmic Highway tease > Frizzle Fry, Harold of the Rocks,

Encore: Over the Falls, Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers

Download: Primus 2010-07-31 Gathering of the Vibes Seaside Park; Bridgeport CT

Fully raged stage...

Fully raged stage...

Issac took off for Deep Banana Blackout on the Green Vibes Stage and I took off to the VIP tent for one more water upload and a lil food intake and to say goodbye to friends as we would be leaving first thing in the morning.  I took my time making my way to the VIP tent.  There is something about the energy left on a field after its been raged. A nd once again, my little VibeTribe was a few of the last folks there, witnessing the aftermath…and helping clean.

Fully raged field...

Fully raged field...

Costumes optional but preferred :)

Costumes optional but preferred 🙂

As we made our way to the Silver Lining booth, we found our little rager passing out in the camp chair next to the booth.  He had had enough.  It was off to end the night for him and we continued the night dancing around Thud’s booth.  I took a little pilgrimage through the chaos to take a few pictures but I just wanted to rage towards the back spinning in circles. My fellow Jam Cruiser and most lovely advocate in Medical Marijuana Law, Lisa Roche, was on had with her friend to dance with us. And dance we did…

Deep Banana Blackout @ GOTV 2010

Deep Banana Blackout @ GOTV 2010

Deep Banana Black Out

James “Fuzz” San Giovanni – Guitar, Vocals
Eric Kalb– Drums
Jen Durkin – Vocals
Rob Somerville – Sax, Vocals
Rob Volo – Trombone – Guitar, Vocals
Cyrus Madan – Keyboards
Johnny Durkin – Percussion

Fuzz Rage! (DBB)

Fuzz Rage! (DBB)

I don’t know about anyone else but I truly do prefer a late night FUNK set over a late night disco set. Deep Banana Blackout fully delivers.  This group is just spitfire and a Bridgeport native.  Guitar powerhouse Fuzz’s energy is always constant.  His sound, always RAGING! I love Eric Kalb on drums.  I have gotten to see him with Charlie Hunter and Will Bernard a few times this year and that’s a lovely pairing right there.

Deep Banana Blackout @ GOTV 2010

Deep Banana Blackout @ GOTV 2010

Jen Durkin‘s voice came out of no where to me.  I can’t recall ever really seeing this group live, as I had been out of the scene for almost 6 years until this past Jamuary.  Jen‘s voice hit me like Susan’s voice hits me.  So full of soul.  Singing feelings.  Notes oozing out of the coroners of her mouth. Dreads swinging in the wind!  Whoa.

Fun Fact: Deep Banana Blackout has been performing at Gathering of the Vibes since the first Vibes 15 years ago.

Setlist: Intro – Ken Hayes, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Take The Time, Homo Lingo ->, Tijuana Mama, Getch’all In The Mood, Hear My Song, Family Groove *, It’s A New Day, Like A Road +, bass solo -> Tug ->, Breakfast At Volo’s, Soul Sacrifice, band intros/announcements

* = w/Jesse Gibbon from Schleigho on keys
+ = w/Carrie and Leanne on vocals

Download: Deep Banana Blackout Live at Seaside Park, Gathering Of The Vibes on 2009-07-24 (July 24, 2009)

Good Morning and Goodbye Vibes!

Good Morning and Goodbye Vibes!

We spent the rest of the night, into the morning, hanging out with friends in the Cosmic Casbah and  watching the sun rise.  This Gathering of the Vibes had been one of the kindest, safest, well-run festivals I have ever been privileged to be  participant.  I certainly hope that everyone considers this event next year when you are planning your Summer Festival calendar 🙂 Much Love!

Thank you Note from Vibes to Participants and Staff :) Much Love!

Thank you Note from Vibes to Participants and Staff 🙂 Much Love!

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