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Les Claypool @ The Brooklyn Bowl (06.08.10)

Artist: DAVID WELKER

Artist: DAVID WELKER

Patiently waiting to be played...

Patiently waiting to be played...

Another wonderful night of music at the Brooklyn Bowl.  Having just seen Les Claypool at Mountain Jam just two days earlier, I knew I would be seeing a lot of the same set list/performance.  However, to me, the beauty about a Les Claypool‘s show is that even though his set list remains the same, his sounds and interpretations of his owns songs stretch beyond his own imagination.  He brings a lighter version of a dark sound to my ears, brings some freaky humor to my eyes and pushes the boundaries of his own music. There are people who will argue that Les Claypool brings innovations to  almost every performance while others feels that it’s “the same old  thing.”  I am a believer in the first opinion. And this show was particularly amazing.  I ADORE Les Claypool.

Stage, Pre-Show

Stage, Pre-Show

Les Claypool is widely known as the bass player from the 90’s group Primus.    If that doesn’t ring a bell, then perhaps you know the South Park Theme? That is Primus!  Fungi is just one of the many projects that Les Claypool entertains.  These days, Claypool is dabbling with his solo creations – specifically  the album “Of Fungi and Foe.”

The   Brooklyn Bowl - Bowling Lanes shot

The Brooklyn Bowl - Bowling Lanes shot

The Brooklyn Bowl was the PERFECT spot for this performance.  Having been forced to see Les Claypool at Terminal 5 last year, I could go on forever on the positives of the Bowl.  First of all, OVER 21 ONLY!  Last year, my friends and I attended the Terminal 5 show, an under 21 venue.  Yall know the front row is our spot.  Within minutes of the show starting the mosh pitting was so far out of control that not only myself, but my other taller, larger friends were having to be pulled out of the front row over the banister before we got crushed.  It was horrible.  This spectacle is an unfortunate addition to a Claypool show because his younger followers just don’t understand what they are listening to.

One of my FAVORITE Ragers: les Claypool!

One of my FAVORITE bass Ragers: Les Claypool!

Please, let me be very clear.  Les Claypool HATES mosh-pitters, thrash dancing or any other general moronic moves that would interfere with the rest of this fans enjoying his show.  He makes numerous points to stop his show, in mid-song, to point out the needless act of mosh-pitting and is comical yet obviously serious in his deliveries to the audience.  Keep reading to see what he did to “Mr. Bald Man” during the show!

THE HOT HEAD SHOW

Jordan Copeland – Guitar and Monologues
Vaughn Stokes – Bass
Maxwell  “Betamax” Hallett – Drums

The Hot Head Show

The Hot Head Show

The opener of the show was Hot Head Show, a trio from London, England.    The lead guitarist is actually the son of The Police drummer, Stewart Copeland and Curved Air‘s Sonja  Kristina.  It is a wonder that Les Claypool doesn’t understand the crowd’s reactions to his music when he invites  groups like this to open for his show.  Personally, this was just a loud 30 minute mess used to get us rowdy.  There was a pretty bass solo at one point but other wise the music was a headache.  An utter headache.  After reading about them, their reviews are actually positive and were even billed as “the best band you have never heard of.”  UGH! I am sorry but I really hate being screamed at by a band on stage.  I felt like they were unstructured and wild at first but came to realize that is their style.  A style I am not fond of but go check them out and make your own decision.

Les Claypool’s Fungi

Les Claypool – Bass & Whamola
Mike Dillon – Xylophone & percussion
Sam Bass – Electric chello
Paulo Baldi – drums

Sam Bass on Cello @ Brooklyn Bowl

Sam Bass on Cello @ Brooklyn Bowl

Coming out to the stage, Les Claypool’s face was the only one not covered by masks that covered everything but their mouths.  It’s quite odd and just what  I expect from my #1 Quirk.

The first song out the hatch was Highball with the Devil.  With the swipes of his bass, Claypool immediately struck us with the familiar tune and his signature sound.  This song always makes me think of an army marching and his lyrics are them chanting.

Come the morning
We’ll be waiting
and weilding the power
to paralyze
So we state now
for the records
you brought this upon you
Paralyze, agonize, terrorize

There was beautiful cello play in here by Sam Bass on his electric cello.  I feel a cello, such a classical instrument, brings an interesting layer to this kind of music that seems rather naughty and hard. Being that it was electric makes it a perfect pairing.  Then you had Mike  Dillon who wasted no time busting out a Xylophone solo while using four mallets.  All the while, Claypool whomped on his bass bringing us that menacing tune with his cartoony voice singing the lyrics.  And so it began…..

Mike Dillon and Paulo Baldi

Mike Dillon and Paulo Baldi

Through monstrous applause, Claypool immediately went into Duchess And The Proverbial Mind Spread which brought in chunky strings with Sam Bass on his cello.  I really love the use of strings in Les Claypool’s music.  Such a pretty cello and Claypool’s bass was seductive.  There was a bit of drum banter here between Mike  Dillon and Paulo Baldi.  And boy, it sure didn’t take long for Claypool to have to give his speech.

Sam Bass and Paulo Baldi @ Brooklyn Bowl

Sam Bass and Paulo Baldi @ Brooklyn Bowl

The banter between the instruments on a Claypool stage is awesome.  As Les was building into the song, he leaned over to the mic and in his   cartoon-y voice exclaims, “We are playing in a blowing alley” and he changes to the electric bass for Amanitas.  But before getting stared Claypool exclaims:

Sorry, just checking the score board over here. Seein what kinda action we got goin’.  Think I might put a little money down…that guy Germ has a…he’s up right now…got a little thing going on over there. ALRIGHT JIM!  Let’s see what you got…

This song reminds me of a sick version of Teddy Bears Have a Picnic. You know the kids song? Or perhaps The Wizard of Oz when the army is like “yo-hoo, yo-hoo.” There was a great drum rage by Paulo Baldi here.  Claypool did his little dance where we fast walks in a circle a few times while playing. The cello on this song is drawing, like it’s calling something out.  Mike   Dillon‘s percussion rage with xylophone was awesome.  And about three minutes into the song, Claypool has to have a talk with  Mr. Bald Guy. Luckily, someone got it on camera so I don’t have to type  it all out…


My favorite song to sing of Claypool’s is David Makalaster. A song about television newscaster but that speaks a strong message.  Just one of my favorite songs because it’s such a raw, funky song and yet it has a fun, feisty message against what some might feel is a harsh tune.  There is generally always a sing along when the chorus is sung.

Isn’t it awfully nice
To live in a world
where everything’s exactly how it seems?
We live in a world
where all you have to do is sit around and dream
About the things that make you happy
about the things that make you smile
Sit back, relax, apathy’s back in style

Les Claypool @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Les Claypool @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Paulo Baldi @ Brooklyn Bowl

Paulo Baldi @ Brooklyn Bowl

A typical move in the set list, they went right into Southbound Pachyderm which totally makes me think about James Bond at times. Perhaps this song should be used to open a James Bond movie. They opened for South Park so… It was during this song that I noticed that a cymbal or two was broken on Mike Dillon’s rig.  Most definitely not a mistake.  During Bass’s cello solo, he raged his solo to the highest note before a few strings broke.  And it was back into the end of David Makalaster.

Bringing in his upright bass, he took one pluck of the instrument and brought out his bow. Always changing it up. Intermittently using the bow and his fingers, Red State Girl was next.   Dillion was on a pair of tiny bongos and at some point Sara Palin was mentioned.  They all played with their pedals at the end of this song makes those unusual sounds we come to hear at these shows.

Les Claypool & Mike Dillon

Les Claypool & Mike Dillon

As Claypool leaves the stage, Precipitation begun with Baldi‘s drums.  And then out walks a pig.  Claypool in one of his many masks.  Still on the upright, Les continued to use the bow to make and otherwise classically played instrument sound like a moaning bear before Dillon responds with his mallets. Claypool taps his bass with the bow making a lovely and specific sound to entertain the songs melody.

Les Claypool @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Les Claypool @ The Brooklyn Bowl

And then we were given the drummer rage.  Always one of my favorite parts of any musical night.  Dillon went crazy on everything he had around him.  He rubbed a metal can on the inside with his fingers.  There was an insane xylophone rage. Check it out…

And then Claypool left the stage again and the drums raged for a good 5 minutes. I had a great video of this and all three times I have tried to upload it, it has failed.  Sadly…

RAGER!!!

RAGER!!!

AWESOME!

AWESOME!

Then out walks a monkey.  Literally walking with his knuckles dragging on the ground.  Claypool in another one of his many personae.  I wonder if his masks get names.  He picks up a long piece of wood with a piano string attached at the top and a handle at the top.  I think it’s called a level and a pickup?  Correct me if I am wrong.  Luckily, this video uploaded:

Booneville Stomp ushered in the Les and his Bas Dorbo, a beautiful piece of wood with a metal plate for a front.  Claypool’s unique voice .  The beat reminded of galloping horses and one by one each instrument joined the race and they were just hitting the same beat and crescendo-ing until they came to a fast STOP.  AHHHHH! Claypool screamed a few things and the crowd screamed.  Mike Dillon wasn’t hitting anything at this point.  He was dancing all around his rig the entire time. When he did finally play, his mallet when flying out of his hand and he didn’t miss a bet before grabbing another one.

Les Claypool and Mike Dillon @ Brooklyn Bowl

Les Claypool and Mike Dillon @ Brooklyn Bowl

Nice shoes...no?

Nice shoes...no?

One Better / The Awakening / One Better brought it back to the electric bass with the signature thump and pluck.  And once again, a gorgeous cello.  Claypool pulled a few more of those wicked dance moves of his circling on the rug.  Two strings on stage: a cello and a bass. Two sets of percussion on stage: drums and a xylophone.  No guitars and no keys yet represented by the instruments on stage.  It’s just an odd combination of instruments that create such an odd combination of sound that makes these songs so damn unique.  It creates the ability to also work with and around what he has always created to bring new things to the songs each show.  Once an innovator, always an innovator.  Dillon took this time to dance as well….check it out…

Riddles Are Abound Tonight was great because it was on my friend’s wish list to be played.  Claypool danced around a ton during this song and everyone sang along at times.  Sam Bass truly brought it during this song.  Just a great composition by Claypool.  Each person took their turn giving us their best solo.

After the encore break, Claypool approached the mic and proceeds to tell us the next song, a Rush Cover song called Spirit of the Radio, would be an obscure “Sly and the  Family Stone tune.”

“You know, this one’s for all the babes.  Because that is what really counts in life.  ANd this is an obsure Sly and the Family Stone song.  Kinda takes me back to the Oakland sounds…that Oakland Soooouuuul sound.  And a lot of people didn’t know this is a Sly and the Family but it actually is. And if you don’t believe me you can Wikipedia it because Wikipedia is the only true source of accurate information that we have on this planet today. “

Another show down… My year is not complete unless I see Les Claypool in some capacity at least once. Twice within a week was heaven to my ears and excitement to my eyes.  Another great show 🙂

Set List: Highball with the Devil, Duchess And The Proverbial Mind Spread, Amanitas, David Makalaster I>, Southbound Pachyderm>, David Makalaster I, Red State Girl, Precipitation, Jam/Drums, Booneville Stomp, One Better / The Awakening / One Better, Riddles Are Abound Tonight, [encore break], The Spirit Of Radio (Rush)

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Rage Mobile

Rage Mobile

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

Approaching Hunter Mountain

Approaching Hunter Mountain

Get ur tickets

Get ur tickets

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

The Weekend Rage Haven

The Weekend Rage Haven

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

Welcome Center

Welcome Center (& my housemates)

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

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

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

Hunter Mountain (East Side)

Climbing up Hunter Mountain (East Side)

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

Look at the view behind stage!  WHAT?

Look at the view behind stage! WHAT?

Kofi Burbridge & TR

Kofi Burbridge & TR

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

Elmwood in Colonel’s Hall

Elmwood in Colonel’s Hall

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

The Karma Wash @ Mountain Jam

The Karma Wash @ Mountain Jam

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

The Avett Brothers @ Mountain Jam (Main Stage)

The Avett Brothers @ Mountain Jam (Main Stage)

The Avett Brothers

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

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

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

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

The Avett Brothers @ The Main Stage

The Avett Brothers @ The Main Stage

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

Here's that sunset :) SO lovely!

Here's that sunset 🙂 SO lovely!

The rad ladies room

The rad ladies room

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

Gov’t Mule

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

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

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

Gov't Mule @ Main Stage

Gov't Mule @ Main Stage

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

Gov't Mule @ Main Stage

Gov't Mule @ Main Stage

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

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

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

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

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

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

The New Mastersounds

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

New Mastersounds @ Colonel Hall

New Mastersounds @ Colonel Hall

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

The New Mastersounds @ Colonel Stage

The New Mastersounds @ Colonel Stage

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

Kofi Burbridge joins The New Mastersounds

Kofi Burbridge joins The New Mastersounds

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

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

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

Les Claypool @ Mountain Jam

Les Claypool @ Mountain Jam

Les Claypool

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

Les Claypool @ Mountain Jam (Main Stage)

Les Claypool @ Mountain Jam (Main Stage)

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

The Utterly Amazing! Les Claypool

The Utterly Amazing! Les Claypool

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

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

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

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

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

Download: Les Claypool @ Mountain Jam (06.04.10)

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

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

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

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

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

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