Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘NY’

DAY II of Tour / Night I of SPAC

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

Day II: It had been one day and we were now waking up in this gorgeous villa in Hartford, CT to the sound of Boz and Step’s children running through the beautifully lit, large hallways.  The birds were literally chirping in my ear and the wind was literally blowing my hair across my face.  It smelled like heaven.  In that moment, as I happily woke, I was so aware that I was not in New York City.  It was blissful.  Granted, I was running on three hours of sleep now but nothing could lay me back down.  Too much excitement.

Villa de Levy

Villa de Levy

He was right, Jay was absolutely right.  He said that once I got a taste of Phish tour, I wouldn’t want to jump off the wagon.  Earlier in the month, he had tried comparing Phish Tour to Jam Cruise.  Comparing the community and the vibe.  I completely understood, even though I don’t think anyone can truly understand Jam Cruise without experiencing it for one’s self.  However, Phish tour was still just a music concert with a severe tailgating vibe to me.  But, he was right on many other levels.  The community was hardcore, dedicated, forum-posting, set-list guessing,  phantasy football type, FANATICS.  Following one band all across America and sometimes the world takes dedication.  It made me wish the bands I adored would tour and if a community like this would follow.

Music Mammas! xoxo

Music Mammas! xoxo

Josh directing the sidewalk chalk drawn Thank You note

Josh directing the sidewalk chalk drawn Thank You note

We left the house much later then we planned.  But these were the moments I would come to cherish, the before and after travel parties.  It was here where we spent time just getting to know our new friends and reconnecting with our old.  Driving through the country side knowing that we would be meeting up with more travelers who had come for the same purpose.  To have their faces melted by their favorite band.  It was always a really big pleasure seeing these Phishheads geek out over things.  I knew how they felt.  Pretty much, it had taken me one live Phish show (PS: Thank you JESUS For Chris Kuroda) and less than 24 hours to fall for the touring scene and I was already wondering how to do it with MY favorite bands.  So, we left Hartford, CT and made the four hour drive to Saratoga Springs, NY.  We blasted Jamiroquai almost the entire trip with the windows down and the sunroof open.  It was a gorgeous day for a drive to a concert with friends.

I "Heart" Tour Sticker!

I "Heart" Tour Sticker!

The touring world was slowly opening itself up to me and divulging its tiny little nuances that make it an experience.  For instance, as we drove, we passed fellow tour goers rocking their Phish stickers and blasting their jam music on the Interstate.   Every time we stopped, we were met with more fellow Phish-heads in search of the next bite of music.  Caravans forming without even trying. Waves and smiles all along the interstate.  Every time we stopped at toll booths, no matter what age, gender or race of the operator, they knew where we were going.  “Going to see Phish?,” “Yall going to the Phish show?,” “What? Phish?” Many times we offered to take our booth operator along with us but sadly, and stupidly, they all denied.  You can be certain that I would have been the girl jumping out of the booth and into car with strangers if I had been given the opportunity back in my teen years.  My parents always had just reason to worry.

Show Karma was once again on our side.  When we arrived at the road meant to take us into Saratoga Spa Springs Park, it was backed up to a dead stop for over a mile.  There was no way we were having this with Jay in the car.  Within a few minutes, a few phone calls, and asking an old runner in the neighborhood for directions, we were entering into the Park through the back way.  Flew right on in and right up to Gideon Putnam Spa Resort (GPRS), located on site.

GIdeon Putnam Spa Resort

Gideon Putnam Spa Resort

Layout of our Gideon Putnam Hotel room

Layout of our Gideon Putnam Hotel room

Pulling up to the GPRS, I was reminded of Colonial Williamsburg, my hometown.  Anything with that flare of colonial settlement reminds me of home.  Our King bed room would hold four that night. The cuddle puddles would be deep and who knew if more would join the party late night.  Another lovely plus to add to our superb touring situation was that Jay was aware that these Phish shows would be taking place before they were announced to the public so he had all his friends book rooms in the hotel prior to announcements.   Jay and I ran around the hallways barefoot, finding our other friend’s rooms and getting stuck there for welcoming pre-parties. Our teenage posse was on one floor, our Chicago krewe was on another.  More scattered all over the place yet to arrive.  Finally, we all stopped playing long enough to realize we had a show to catch.  And out the door we went in the highest of spirits.

Saratogo Performing Arts Center

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

To top it all off, located right behind our lovely accommodations was the venue: The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).   Seriously, our hotel spot was crucial as the rest of our friends would have to get back on the highway and head to campgrounds off other exits or travel to other hotels off site once the show was over.  I even had one friend taking a $60 taxi back to Albany after Saturday night’s show.   The taxi never came and his wife eventually came and got him.  Ouch and props to wifey for indulging her man to live his musical dreams!  Zegs, Get your lady a pretty ring.

Welcome to Saratoga Spa State Park

Welcome Hippies....to Saratoga Spa State Park

Bouncy steps like a Phish out of water :)

Bouncy steps like a Phish out of water 🙂

So, as we are walking to the venue, I swear to god these Phishheads were floating, skipping, whatever you wanna call it, but the bounce in their step was evident.   Their happiness was seeping into the grounds to the point that the trees were dancing to the songs I JUST KNEW were playing in my friend’s heads. This was going to happen two nights in a row.  And the show the night prior, my FIRST Phish show ever, already felt miles away.  Phish in Saratoga Springs, NY ~ Night I was about to rage with a whole new perspective from new seats. So Much Anticipation…

Saratoga Performing Arts Center ~ Saratoga Springs, NY (06.19.10)

SPAC Night I ticket!

SPAC Night I ticket!

Trey Anastasio ~ Guitar

Jon Fishman ~ Drums

Mike Gordon ~ Bass

Page McConnell ~ Organ

Saratoga State Spa Park

Saratoga State Spa Park

At this point it’s about 5pm and the show was to start at 7pm.  As we leave the hotel and head to the venue, it is evident that there was a wedding in the process of reception.  We openly discussed if the wedding party was happy that Phish was in town saturating the grounds of their wedding site.  Asking a party member, they confirmed that the Bride and Groom were well aware that Phish was in town.  This didn’t surprise me one bit having recently discovered that TONS Of people get married at music festivals.  That never occurred to me until this year.

Kid Phriendly

Kid Phriendly

We didn’t really hit up the Shakedown, not before anyway, at least from what I remember.  I am still amazed at what I AM remembering as I didn’t take a single note until my fourth show in Camden a week later.  Like Jam Cruise, the tour/Phish world had seeped into my brain letting my live music addiction know it could get exponentially worse.  Taunting me.

The beautiful venue ~ SPAC!

The beautiful venue ~ SPAC!

The Tiny Apartment

The Tiny Apartment

And now we split up.  Jay and I walking right through backstage and the rest of the crew going through the ridiculously long ticket line into the venue.  We entered the side of the venue and headed towards the tour buses, no tickets ever being requested of us to produce.  And it’s here we meet  Tiny Truck Apartment guy.  We come across a the side of one of the tour buses and a side panel had been lifted to reveal a small 3 foot by 3 foot space within the side of the bus.  In front of that space was a chair and in the chair was Tiny Truck Apartment guy. We asked him if he was having a good time and what exactly his space was meant for.   He said it was his apartment, thus his name.   I ran into him numerous times to and from bathroom breaks, his TV always watching a race of some kind, nothing to do with the show.  In hindsight, I wondered if he was the bus driver.

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I(06.19.10)

They BLASTED IT OPEN WITH TWEEZER REPRISE AGAIN!!!  Yall just have no idea.  For those that were there, only you can understand the rage that erupted from the venue.  This would make three times in a row now Phish had played this song.  They had done the song two times in a row the night prior closing out the Hartford, CT show.  Trey knew what they were doing.  They KNEW we would explode.  Phun Fact #65: This was the first Tweezer Reprise Opener since 11-9-1995, or 482 shows ago.  What a great way to start the set.  And they kept the energy up as they rolled right into Chalk Dust Torture.   UP UP UP!!!

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

The venue was STIFLING hot.  Feeling the need for air, Jay and I walked towards the lawn during Suzy Greenberg.  Now, the members of Phish are promoters of love over war but as we walked towards the lawn we walked into a GIGANTIC GLOW STICK WAR that was taking place on the west side of the lawn.  What is a glowstick war, you ask?  Said to have begun as a Phish phenomenon, thousands and thousands of glowsticks are cracked and thrown into the air during prominent parts of certain songs.   “This is by far one of the biggest I have seen before,” says Jay. (Again our Show Karma rages!!!)

Susie Greenberg also brought one of my favorite jams of the night with Mike Gordon on his bass and Page McConnell on the piano.  Their jam a few minutes into the song was one of the highlights of the night in my opinion, with Trey stummin in some of his signature whine here and there was plain NAAASTY!!!  Perhaps it was the war but the place was on fire, light bombs dropping in face, in my mind.  Listen to the piano in that video….the music was flawless.  And with that, they brought the first set to a close.

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

Phish @ SPAC (06.19.10)

Phish @ SPAC (06.19.10)

The second set started slow into Rock & Roll but their jam during that song raised us all up from the lows of intermission.  The venue was lit back up so quickly.  Trey’s guitar wailed and whined through Rock & Roll and it transitioned effortlessly into Saratoga Jam.  They brought the SPACE jam! And Chris Kuroda made it appear that a space ship was landing ON MY FACE.  Out of control lights and music. Just unruly.   It all felt so massive.  Free was next and threw me back to the 90’s…raging through highschool, wishing to see these guys LIVE! Trey’s guitar rift we all know so well leading the way.  Mike funking it up in middle.  His sound was just rocking this whole tour it seemed.

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

Stage was on fire!

Stage was on fire!

It must be mentioned that the location of my seats vs Hartford’s seats was crucial to my enjoyment of the light show Chris Kuroda delivers the audience.  I LOVE THE LIGHT SHOWS!!!  Being in the front row during yesterday’s show prohibited me from seeing the full light effects that the audience is generally given.  This weekend, being in the middle section, about 15 rows back, I was being thrown into mental chaos.  This visual art…so great and wild.  So on point.  I truly can admit that Chris Kuroda has always been my favorite member of PHISH.  If I had a better camera, I can only imagine what gorgeous shots I might have gotten.  I was so mentally involved in the light show

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

Trey is the man! xoxo

Trey is the man! xoxo

During Halfway To the Moon , we went closer for some pictures.  There, not 7 rows back was the bride and groom from earlier…in their own two seated section…on their feet dancing around.  She was wearing her veil and holding her bouquet.  He was in regular clothes with the biggest smile on his face.  I wondered just how much of the bridal party was in here.  I imagined that there had to be so so many.

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

Saratoga was one FIRE.  Just look below if you don’t believe me.  Our friends had all been stubbed down and were now located all over the pavilion dancing their heads off where they found space.  Most were with us, rolling 12 people deep in our five seat section that spread to three rows.  Prince Caspian and Joy were slower songs that still had people deeply involved in dancing as Trey’s guitar wailed throughout them.  I particularly like Mike’s bass behind Trey in PC as well.

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

And Joy, well, the lyrics are stunning.  Possibly the greatest wedding vow ever is dropped in that song and I hoped the wedding couple embraced their asses off as Trey sang: “I never thought I could have it so good / You were the song that my soul understood.”  And so PHISH sang TO US,

“We want you to be happy, don’t live inside the gloom / We want you to be happy, come step outside your room / We want you to be happy, cause this is your song to. / In time we’ll weather this storm inside together / You’ll see the change when the sun shines through.”

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night I (06.19.10)

Davie Bowie brought some funky rage.  Mike’s bass , yet again slamming me in the face during this song.  The obscure fly off jazzy rages are always fun.  My friends were dancing around me with the biggest grins.  Magic.  The lights were SICK!!!  I really just LOVED the lights.  With it’s slow start, they capped off the second set with Show of Life. Wonderful wonderful lyrics on top of a semi slow rock ballad.

Trey ~ I love you!

Trey ~ I love you!

They closed off the night with Squirming Coil and Character Zero. Mike’s bass was so deep and sexy and the song is always an uplifting rage.  Trey raging and the keys on fire.  And thennnnnnnnn Tweezer Reprise to end the show. Yet again blowing the entire place up like a supernova.  History in Phishland has been made with that four song run and it was fun to know I’d been part of it.  People will be like: “Remember that time when they closed with it twice and opened closed the following nights show!

Set 1: Tweezer Reprise, Chalkdust Torture, Funky Bitch, Runaway Jim, Yamar, Sample In a Jar, Axilla 2, Fluffhead, Bathtub Gin, Suzie Greenberg

Set 2: Rock and Roll>, Free, Backwards Down the Number Line, Halfway to the Moon>, Prince Caspian>, Joy, David Bowie, Show of Life
Encore: Squirming Coil, Character Zero, Tweezer Reprise

Download: Phish @ SPAC Saratoga Springs, NY (06.19.2010)

End of Night I ~ A Fully raged SPAC, all cleaned up

End of Night I ~ A Fully raged SPAC, all cleaned up

After the show, we all stuck around for about 20 minutes again, saying our goodbyes and gathering the troops would would remain to rage into the wees hours with us.  Jay mentioned a path that ran around the venue that people called The Ho Ci Mhin trail.  He thought it might be fun to walk through on our way to the Shakedown.  This path ended up being pitch dark, a shotty ledge with a shotty rope and just ever so dangerous for even sober folks.  It was shocking and wonderful that no none got hurt.

Golf anyone?

Golf anyone?

We hung in The Shakedown for what seemed like hours.  We ate hummus wraps and pizza.  We stocked up on goodies for tomorrow night’s show and gifts for friends/family.  And then we walked back to our hotel.  This time, through the venue.  As you can see in the picture above, the venue was already spotless by 2am. They had giant blower trucks, similar to street cleanser blowing the trash into a pile. As well, men on foot were using hand held blowers to rally the remaining bits of garbage.  It blew my mind as I had (and always do) complained about the amount of trash that was left behind after the show.  People, pick up your waste, use the damn trashcan.  It’s not hard. Anyway, so then we totally got lost finding out hotel but it was so much fun.

3am Golf Anyone?

3am Golf Anyone?

As we approached our green, the final adventure of the night revealed itself to us.  The golf green behind the hotel was ragin so we took a look.  “Well, last year we asked for the clubs and they wouldn’t lend them to us so this year we brought our own.” Said golfer guy #1.  I turned and they even had a little light attached to a tiny flag spotlighting the hole.  Ah, I love imagination and spunk.  All the guys attempted to shoot the hole a few times while I spun in circles on the green.  Egging me to try, I grabbed the silly club and birdied the hole in two shots. Yes Sir!  Golf is boring as hell, but it doesn’t mean I can’t play it.  I am from Williamsburg, Virginia after all.

After 20 minutes it was over. The night was done. What a great night of music, dancing and bonding.  Day three began in 8 hours 🙂

~ Continue on tour with me: PHISH @ SPAC ~ Saratoga Springs, NY ~ (06.20.10) ~

Pulling up to the GPRS, I was reminded of Colonial Williamsburg, my hometown.  Anything with that flare of colonial settlement reminds me of home.  Our King bed room would hold four that night. The cuddle puddles would be deep and who knew if more would join the party late night.  Jay and I ran around the hallways barefoot, finding our other friend’s rooms and getting stuck there for welcoming pre-parties. Our teenage posse was on one floor, our Chicago krewe was on another.  More scattered all over the place yet to arrive.  Finally, we all stopped playing long enough to realize we had a show to catch.  And out the door we went in the highest of spirits.

Read Full Post »

LET THE FESTIVAL SEASON BEGIN…

(or as I like to call it: On Your Marks, Get Set, RAAAAAAAGE!!!)

Hudson Valley Resort and Spa

Hudson Valley Resort and Spa

Rock The Resort II.  What a mess of a success!  Where does one begin?  I was slated to leave my apartment at 10:30am to meet my buddies at the end of the 4 train in Woodlawn.  I was up at 7am wide awake after falling asleep only 5 hours earlier. It was like Christmas, too excited to sleep.  At the same time around the East Coast in Upstate NY, Vermont and Philadelphia, I knew my kindred spirits in music were waking up and beginning their own trips toward their Rock the Resort II adventures.  This made me smile.

Driving with Eric and Tony @ Rock The Resort II

"Listen, we are listening to nothing but New Riders on the way up."

When Eric picked me up from the train station, his first words when I got in the car were “You’re excited aren’t you?  I could see your smile from a couple blocks away.”  Indeed, I was geeking out at this point!!!  After a much needed chill session in Woodlawn, Eric, T, and I piled our gear into the car and set off for the 2 hours trip to Kerhonkson, New York.  Half an hour into the ride, I felt I wasn’t in the city anymore and I loved it.  The trees were turning green and signs of Spring were everywhere.  The rolling hills threw me back to The Valley in Virginia and I fiercely missed home at that moment.  With the roof top open, the smells of Spring were welcoming unlike in parts of Manhattan where I believe we should all wear gas masks.

Fatty McRage

Fatty McRage ~ He was my fav 🙂

Arriving at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, it was immediately clear that the place had seen some better days.  Run down and tired, there were stains all over the carpet, holes in our closet door, bottle openers attached to the back of our bathroom doors…the list goes on.  Don’t get me wrong, the Resort totally served it’s purpose that weekend but the place was by no means classy!  And it is just as well because the majority of wookies attending this festival were not the kind to take their time and put their trash in the trashcan or their cigarette out in the ashtrays.  I mean, as soon as we entered the lobby, we saw a dog take a leak right on the carpet.  Dayum!  Apparently, the resort was animal friendly so dogs were allowed in the venue and even in the stage areas.  At times, it was very captivating to turn and see a dog resting his head on his paws, watching the show with you.  I just wish they they not be allowed on the dance floor.  That made for a lot of jerked leashes and frightened dogs.  And above you, Fatty McRage.  I deemed him so as the poor thing was, as the talented Jeffery Lockhart would later say, “To fat to even bark!”

View from 1707
View from 1707 ~ I can dig it!

Everyone arrived just about the same time.   Parting ways from Eric and T in the check-in line, I joined up with Aaron, my roommate for the weekend and a fabulous cat I met on Jamcruise 8!!  The sign-in process was a mess.  There was no organization and the staff had little to no knowledge on what was going on.  After trying to gather information from the website in the weeks  prior and recognizing it’s lack of organization, I knew we were in for a little mess.  We managed to get through the line a lot faster then most and went to check out our room.   All the way at the end of the hall, with a king bed and a large windowed view of the lake and Willow trees,  it was a nice place to face plant when the time would come.  I immediately jumped all over the bed when I entered the room.  I suggest you always jump on the bed in the hotels!  I do it every single time!

Murry, Trance & J-Man @ Rock The Resort II
Murray, Trance & J-Man wookin out the lobby

When we got settled in I set off to meet up with some friends, old and new.  My boys who drove me were right across the hall, Woot!  Justin, a fellow blogger and friend who maintains the Music Marauders website, was apparently kickin’ it in the Jacuzzi suite that weekend.  Seriously, he and Murray were raging in what turned out to be the nicest suite at the resort.  Apparently, the room had been booked months prior through Murray but it had been high-jacked for an “After Party” room of sorts so it was stocked with tons of mini fridges and what not.  Aside from the jacuzzi, there were plush leather couches and pretty bar near the front door and tons of space for wookies to pass out, which is just what happened.  We After-partied and Pre-partied the SHIT out of that room and ironically, numerous artists raged in the room as well, so really, all was as it was meant to be in reality.

Jaden and her fan!
Jaden @ Rock The Resort II

There was music at this thing right?  Got to be honest, it was nice not having a jam packed lineup of amazing music.  This festival is perfect for hanging out with friends, chillin with the artists, networking, and just going full face melt.  I had a friggen blast.  I never felt I was truly missing anything if I was not in front of the stage.  There were, of course, those few bands I HAD to see this weekend, but if I were at Wanee or Jam Cruise, I wouldn’t have moved from the stage and ended up speaking to no one.  So, bare with me because by the time I checked out my first show, my handwritten notes had already become illegible.  At 7pm the music was set to begin; Jaden on the Empire Stage and Roots of Creation on the Manhattan Stage.  Both acts I had never seen.  Both venues were located side by side so you could just walk 55 feet and be in front of the other stage.  The wall dividing them was a wall of windows sometimes covered by curtains…or not.

Jaden @ Rock The Resort II
Jaden @ Rock The Resort II

The first act I caught was Jaden.  I had heard so much about this little lady that I had to check her out.  Wow.  The talent that child has playing the guitar is going to grow and I can’t WAIT to see her in like 10 years.  Hell, I can’t wait to see her in five.  I only checked out a song or two, both of which were covers; Bob Marley’s Mellow Moon and Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here.  Both of which she played consistently on point. When she starts taking liberties with her solos I have a feeling she is going to spit fire.  She has quite a way to go with her voice but she has talent in those fingers at the age of 8 that some won’t have when they are 80.  And how sweet was it to see that Jaden had a posse of about 8 tweens who were there fanning it up!

Roots Of Creation @ Rock The Resort II
Roots Of Creation @ Rock The Resort II

After a few songs I walked over to watch Roots of Creation’s set. I had heard good things.  There were maybe 15 people in the theater.  I sat in one of the rolling chairs on the first tier of the theater and propped my feet up for the rest of their set.  My understanding was that they were reggae but the first few songs I heard were groovy and full of trippy jam.  I remember feeling that it was too slow for the moment but I didn’t move. I was locked in my chair and my arms were to heavy to write.  I turned in my chair and saw a golden retriever, head resting on it’s paws, laying serenely on the table, straight up smiling.  Yeah, I guess they did kinda rock!

Soulive @ Rock The Resort II
Soulive @ Rock The Resort II

At this point I peeled myself out of the chair and made my way up to the Jacuzzi suite and a few other friends rooms, missing Sellassie & Alchemy Unit.  My hall had become Shakedown Street within the first hour so I stayed away from that floor most of the night.  I was able to kick it with Nigel Hall while he got ready for his set.  We talked music and wardrobe.  He was lookin’ forward to the show and going to see his son the following day!  We headed to the lobby by way of the elevator where we ran into Justin, Trance and the rest of the guys making their way down for the Soulive set.  See, the very FEW of us who were there to see live music knew when to get their our asses out of our rooms.  Soulive was one of the shows NOT to miss this weekend.

Skerik and Nigel Hall @ Rock The Resort II
Skerik and Nigel Hall @ Rock The Resort II

They completely kicked it off hard.  This was the first time all day that the theater had more then 30 people in it!! It was the first time all day I actually heard a CHEER from a CROWD.  But that is exactly what I expected. When Soulive plays, people go see them.  And they planted it hard.  The trio kicked it off with a few throw backs from their older discs and a few from their new Rubber Soulive album. Eleanor Rigby made it’s way in as it always does.  Nigel Hall was brought on stage as he always is.  The moment I was really waiting for was coming.  Skerik..Skerik…Skerik with Soulive.  Two of my favorites…together.  This is why I had bought my ticket.

Al Evans @ Rock The Resort II
Al Evans @ Rock The Resort II

When Skerik came out, the stage decided to fight back. The microphone that had been set up for Skerik was not working.  This was incredibly frustrating but the only thing you can do is hope the artist bend and that is what they did.  Nigel went from singing into the mic to planting it in Skerik’s horn so we could hear him solo.  The exchange went on  for a few songs and the mic never never did get fixed even after an extensive attempt.  But that was the charm of it all, no?  Skerik left Nigel with the microphone and exited the stage.  Soulive, with Nigel raging his vocals, belted out a few more songs before ending the set.  It was time to go play with friends again.  At this point the elevator rides were getting longer and more animated as they both decided to just pick and choose which floor they would stop on only after going between the basement and lobby three times.  Reminding me of Jam Cruise, they had a formula; the formula was fun.  The elevators are crucial to the experience!

Particle @ Rock The Resort II

Particle @ Rock The Resort II

After running around the resort again, it was time for more music.  Particle was playing next and I had not seen them in YEARS!!  I made my way down to the theater and set myself up.  The people packed the theater for this group as well.  I am not sure if they played numerous songs or if it was one long song but I felt like they didn’t stop for a very long time once they started.  I liked what I heard.  It was consistent and rockin’ pretty hard when I decided to use the restroom.  THANK GOD for a tiny bladder because in the Lobby was Nigel Hall, Soulive and a grand piano that was about to Rock the Resort hard!  I am not even sure if this was on the schedule to be honest.  Everything was so disorganized and there were none available to us.  But scheduled or not, this was magic in the making.

Soulive watching Nigel Hall and Skerik @ Rock The Resort II

Soulive watching Nigel Hall and Skerik @ Rock The Resort II

As I walk over, Eric tells me to put my boa on Nigel.  Apparently he needs a little pick me up!  Ha!  It wasn’t long before the boa was off and the music was on!!!   At first it was Neal and Nigel on the Grand, Eric on the congas and Alan smiling widely behind them; just playing around and feelin’ things out.  Then Eric and Alan stepped away as the microphone was handed to Nigel.  He sang a lovely rendition of Donnie Hathaway’s “Singing this Song to You,” while Neal played the keys.  Skerik shows up at this point and his horn case was laid down besides him.  The word was out!  It was funny because you could see Skerik itching to jump in.  He bites his lower lip.  MMMM!!!   It was Nigel’s turn to take the lobby over for himself.  Just him, his voice, and his keys. It was beautiful, as it always is.  Skerik can’t handle it anymore and he pulls up a chair beside Nigel as they play a beautiful, slow melodic tune with a soft horn and simple keys.

Soulive, Nigel Hall & Skerik @ Rock The Resort II

Soulive, Nigel Hall & Skerik @ Rock The Resort II

The lobby was slowly filling up with people as they had heard a completely different sound then what was coming from the theater.  At one point someone ran out of the theater and screamed, “Particle is playing live right over here!!”  The lobby responded by not moving and sticking around to see what was definitely the most special of moments for those who knew what they were witnessing.  Improvisation and musical freedom at its best.  Talent mixing at its best.  The artists themselves were having a BLAST at that moment.  Kraz’s smile never faded.  After the slow tune it was on.  Nigel and Skerik are both out of their seats and Neal is back down on the keys, Alan is on the congas and into “I’ll Never Know” with Kraz helpin’ out on the chorus!  Such a family affair!!

There is a mix of players all over the instruments.  At one point we had Nigel Hall and Neal Evans on the Grand.  Alan Evans on the congas and Skerik on the horn. Then Eric had his guitar.  The wookies were picking up the percussion instruments and the lobby was on fire!!!  Particle apparently played a great set and it was a shame that I was unable to truly give them a listen before running into the magic land.  But I truly enjoyed the hell out of the lobby performance.  Those are the moments that make it all worth it.

Break Science @ Rock The Resort II

Break Science @ Rock The Resort II

After that awesome musical adventure, we had tons tons of time to kill before Break Science would make their way to the stage.  I was able to kick it with the boys from Soulive for a while before I started wanting familiar faces.  During that time, Kraz is on the phone asking Adam Deitch when he plans on getting here as his set was meant to happen 20 minutes ago and he was still 2 hours away in Brooklyn.   That is how things went at this festival.  And it was ok, because like I said, it was so much fun getting to hang with your friends without feeling like you were missing great music.  And half the people never left their rooms anyway.  The lulls and downtime allowed for some rather rad adventures that otherwise wouldn’t have happened if things had happened on schedule.  I headed up to the 8th floor where the Jacuzzi suite entertained me until Break Science finally arrived!!

Borahm Lee @ Rock The Resort II

Borahm Lee @ Rock The Resort II

Meant to go on Saturday night, Break Science was moved to replace Segway that night as Deicth had an engagement in Australia that he need to attend.  I arrived at the theater a little early so I wandered into the Empire stage.  The window wall had the curtains opened so as I listened to a rather funky band, who I have no idea of their name, as  I watched Break Science set up.  What an interesting perspective.  I could hear Break Science’s sound in my head as they set up but my actual music backdrop was the jam happening on the stage behind me.  Finally, I saw Deitch sit down at the drums.  It was time to walk through the window…

Adam Deitch @ Rock The Resort II

Adam Deitch @ Rock The Resort II

I swear Adam Detich’s bones are made of drum sticks.  Seriously, he is amazing.  And Borham Lee, I would like to get inside his brain.  With grimy dubstep and hiphop beats flaring, we danced our asses off until 6am I believe. I had completely and utterly lost track of time at that place hours ago.  The highlight of the show was the Drums vs. Beat battle between Adam Deitch and Radioactive.  Scheduled to battler earlier that day, they ended the day with an assault on the senses.  Radio would beat box a gnarly beat and Deitch would rock it back through his drums and visa versa.  It takes a talented ear to do what they did and it really was awesome.  After a heavy session of dance beats and a battle like that, the night of music was finally over.

At the end of the Break Science set,  everyone headed off to their various rooms for a raging night of various mixed adventures with their friends; the cracked out elevator stopping to open on every thrashed floor.  Heading to the eight floor, everyone exited the packed elevator aside from myself, Skerik and RadioActive.  I mention that Radio’s shirt is off the hook as it looks like a ribcage made of microphones.  Radio jokes that he is thinking of having it tattooed on his chest as Skerik sees it and gets wide eyed. “Yeah man, that’s really cool,” says Skerik as he opens Radio’s hoodie to get a better look.  No, chillin’ in the elevator with Skerik and Radio was cool 🙂  The shirt pattern was a bonus!   We all exited the elevator and headed to the room of our fancy.   I spent the rest of the night/morning, chillin’ with my favorite wookies in the Jacuzzi suite.  Ben from Particle, among others, raged with us and we all talked music, listetend to music and made music.  Eventually, the sun came up which meant it was time for us to lay down.  We had another day of fun coming up in a few hours.

Read Full Post »

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: