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Oh My Goddess aerial performers during Break Science

Oh My Goddess aerial performers during Break Science

The start of festival season is an exciting time in our musical community!  The cold of winter melts off our dancing legs and the anticipation of weekend and week-long non-stop musical events become reality.  For New Yorker’s, the New York festival season kicked off in Kerhonkson, NY on April 1, 2011with the Rock & Roll Resort.

ED "Jesus" Combes (Lettuce)

ED "Jesus" Combes (Lettuce)

There were many acts, but the main acts of the weekend consisted of multiple musical groups from The Royal Family record label.  The members of The Shady Horns, The Sam Kininger Band, The Nigel Hall Band, Break Science, Chapter 2 and Lettuce headlined each night over the three day musical event.

Sam Kininger (The Sam Kininger Band)

Sam Kininger (The Sam Kininger Band)

The different acts brought an amazing array of musical talent and diversity, from the beautiful vocals of The Nigel Hall Band, to the funky grooves of The Sam Kininger Band, Eric Krasno & Chapter 2 as well as Lettuce and the late night beats of Break Science.  The Royal Family left their mark on Rock and Roll Resort 2011 in a deep way.

Eric Krasno (Lettuce & Chapter 2)

Eric Krasno (Lettuce & Chapter 2)

For an in-depth overview of each of these acts, please check out my article for The Royal Family Records website

Use this link – http://www.royalfamilyrecords.com/news/post/royal-family-reigns-rock-n-roll-resort – if link above doesn’t work!

Downloadable Sets:

Eric Krasno & Chapter 2
The Nigel Hall Band
The Sam Kininger Band
Lettuce

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And for an in-depth overview of Rock N Roll Resort, please keep your eyes out for the posting on Music Marauders in the next 48 hours! Rage!

Neal Evans (Chapter 2 & Lettuce)

Neal Evans (Chapter 2 & Lettuce)

Chris Loftlin (Chapter 2)

Chris Loftlin (Chapter 2)

Jeffrey Lockhart (The Sam Kininger Band)

Jeffrey Lockhart (The Sam Kininger Band)

Nigel Hall (The Nigel Hall Band)

Nigel Hall (The Nigel Hall Band)

Adam Deitch (Break Science)

Adam Deitch (Break Science)

** Special thanks to Chris Monaghan for photography.  You can check out his phenomenal photography at http://www.monaghanphotography.com **

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February 2011 Music Calendar

February 2011 Potential Show Run Down

Calendar updated daily!

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

  • (Free) New York Funk Exchange @ Club Groove
  • ($10) Talib Kweli @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($30-$40) Saxophone Summit: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane @ Birdland

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

  • (Free) Nigel Hall Residency @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($5) Zongo Junction & Ikebe Shakedown @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25) Todd Snider, The Storyteller @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($25-$30) Abraham Inc feat. David Krakauer, Fred Wesley, Socalled @ Le Poission Rouge
  • ($30-$40) Saxophone Summit: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane @ Birdland

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

  • ($10) Charlie Hunter Solo Residency @ Rose Live
  • ($10) Donna The Buffalo @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10-$13) Lotus @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($23.50 – $33.75) Ozomatli @ Irving Plaza
  • ($25) Todd Snider, The Storyteller @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($30-$40) Saxophone Summit: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane @ Birdland
  • ($45-$85) Bebel Gilberto (Bossa Nova Singer) @ The Allen Room

Friday, February 4th, 2011

  • (FREE) Sister Sparrow And The Dirty Birds w/ Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10) Roots of Creation @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($11) Some Cat From Japan (Part of Freaks Ball) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($21) Buckwheat Zydaco @ BB Kings Blues Club
  • ($25-$30) Lotus @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($30-$40) Saxophone Summit: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane @ Birdland
  • ($40-$85) Joan Osbourne @ The Allen Room (Lincoln Center)

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • (FREE) Sister Sparrow And The Dirty Birds w/ Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10) Sam Kinninger @ The Blue Note (Late night)
  • ($10) Railroad Earth @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($17-$21) Brothers Past & Nutritious @ The Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($20) Eric Krasno’s Chapter 2 and Big Sams Funky Nation @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($27.25) Lotus @ Terminal 5
  • ($30-$40) Saxophone Summit: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane @ Birdland
  • ($35-$175) Idina Menzel’s New York Philharmonic Debut @ Avery Fisher Hall

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

  • ($30) Allen Toussaint @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland

Monday, February 7th, 2011

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($32-$202) Prince @ Madison Square Garden

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

  • ($35-$50) Cowboy Junkies @ City Winery

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

  • (FREE) Nigel Hall CD Release Party/Residency @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($25-$35) Larry Campbell and the band presents: The Music of Neil Young, Live Rehearsal show @ City Winery
  • ($15 ~ includes copy of CD) Brad Shepik Quartet w/ Mark Guiliana @ 55 Bar (Special CD Release Concert for “Across The Way”)

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

  • ($10) Charlie Hunter Solo Residency @ Rose Live
  • ($10) Cornmeal & Greensky Bluegrass @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($45-$150) Neil Young Tribute @ Carnegie Hall

Friday, February 11th, 2011

  • ($5-$10) Mike Borgia & The Problems w/ Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($20) Either/Orchestra 25th Anniversary Concert w/ John Medeski, Matt Wilson & more! @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($20) Eric Lindell @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($20-$24) Bernie Worell @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($22-$32) Emilie Autumn @ Gramercy Theater

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem (Late Night)
  • ($5) Sushi Grade Panda + Nutritious @ Bowery Poetry Club
  • ($10) Red Baraat @ Barbes
  • ($10-$35) Brother Joscephus CD RELEASE PARTY @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($12) Dangermuffin @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($20) Tea Leaf Green & The Bridge @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($55) Steve Miller & Friends: Celebrating the Jazz Guitar @ Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

  • ($7) Afro Funky Party w/ Zongo Junction, Top Shotta & DJ Offbeat @ Cameo Gallery
  • ($30) Allen Toussaint @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland
  • ($80-$350) Andrea Bocelli @ The Metropolitan Opera

Monday, February 14th, 2011

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

  • (Free) Nigel Hall Residency @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($22) Funky Meters @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($32-$112) Branford Marsalis w/ New York Philharmonic (Classical) @ Avery Fisher Hall

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

  • (Free) Tall Tall Trees @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10) Charlie Hunter Solo Residency @ Rose Live
  • ($10) Jimkata featuring UV Hippo @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($22) Funky Meters @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($27.50) Jim Weider’s Project Percolator w/ Garth Hudson @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30-$64) Interpol @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($32-$112) Branford Marsalis w/ New York Philharmonic (Classical) @ Avery Fisher Hall

Friday, February 18th, 2011

  • ($10-$12) Melvin Seals and Jerry Garcia Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Big Gigantic @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($15) Charlie Hunter Duo & Daniel Bennett Group @ Triad Lounge (A Jazz Benefit Concert for Abingdon Theatre Company)
  • ($20-$35) Pat McGee Band @ City Winery
  • ($30-$88) Branford Marsalis w/ New York Philharmonic (Classical) @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($30) Dr. Dog @Terminal 5
  • ($30) Buster Williams @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30) Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($50-$150) John Mellencamp @ Radio City Music Hall

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($10-$12) Melvin Seals and Jerry Garcia Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($12-$15) Orgone @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($30) Bill Frisell & Vinicius Cantuaria @ Le Possion Rouge
  • ($30-$42) Big Head Todd and The Monsters @ Irving Plaza
  • ($30-$60) Slightly Stoopid @ Hammerstein Ballroom
  • ($30) Mingus Big Band @ Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Buster Williams @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($37-$115) Branford Marsalis w/ New York Philharmonic (Classical) @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($50-$150) John Mellencamp @ Radio City Music Hall

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

  • ($5-$15) Zen Tricksters @ Brooklyn Bowl (Wetland’s Benefit)
  • ($25) Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Allen Toussaint @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($30) Buster Williams @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland

Monday, February 21th, 2011

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($55-$200) Lady Gaga & The Scissor Sisters @ Madison Square Garden

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

  • ($5) The Constellations @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($12) Post-Trey Anastasio Show w/ Wyllys and The New York Hustler Ensemble @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($45) A Very Special Acoustic & Electric Evening with Trey Anastasio and TAB @ Terminal 5
  • ($55-$200) Lady Gaga & The Scissor Sisters @ Madison Square Garden

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

  • (Free) Nigel Hall Residency @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10) Apollo Run / David Rogue @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($40-$100) David Gray @ The Beacon Theater
  • ($75-$90) Meat Loaf @ Irving Plaza

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

  • ($10-$12) Bustle In Your Hedgerow Featuring Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Dave Driewitz and Scott Metzger @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Leroy Justice @ The Canal Room
  • ($30-$300) Bon Jovi @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($30) Girltalk @ Terminal 5
  • ($70) Itzhak Perlman @ Metropolitan Museum of Art

Friday, February 25th, 2011

  • ($10-$12) Bustle In Your Hedgerow Featuring Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Dave Driewitz and Scott Metzger @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($55-$65) Smokin’ Jazz Sessions: Taj Mahal Trio @ Lincoln Center

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem (Late Night)
  • ($15) Nels Cline Singers & ROVA perform The Celestial Septet @ Le Possion Rouge
  • ($20) Post Galactic/Trombone Shorty Show with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($30-$40) Mardi Gras Madness Galactic / Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Special Guests Corey Glover (of Living Colour) / Cyril Neville / Corey Henry (Rebirth Brass Band) / Ivan Neville plus High and Mighty Brass Band @ Terminal 5
  • ($100-$250) New York Celebrates George Harrison Feat. Roberta Flack @ New York Society for Ethical Culture
  • ($75) Smokin’ Jazz Sessions: Taj Mahal Trio @ Lincoln Center/Allen Room

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

  • ($10-$12) Julia Easterlin, Flearoy, Sammy Miller and The Congregation, The Whiskey Collection, Jonathan Batiste @ The Knitting Factory
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland

Monday, February 28th, 2011

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard

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Terminal 5 Event Poster

Terminal 5 Event Poster

The Royal Family Ball @ Terminal 5 (10.02.10)

It was a night New Yorkers and beyond had been waiting for since it was first announced back in July.  The Royal Family would be taking over Terminal 5 for a night of pure FUNKY RAGE hosting their 3rd Annual Royal Family Ball. Knowing that The Royal Family is a tight brotherhood that rolls deep with love, we die hard fans  knew it would be a special night.  A night to remember, a night of complete surprises, a night of of complete funk, of blues, of rock ‘n’ roll.  A night requiring us to dance till we drop….simply a night we would NEVER forget.

Event Poster: The Royal Family Dream Team

Event Poster: The Royal Family Dream Team

For months, we have eagerly awaited this night.  The Royal Family had enticing little offers before the show such as rewarding the first 100 people to purchase a ticket with an autographed poster of The Royal Family.  Man, what a hilarious treat.  I, of course, jumped on that offer, buying my ticket at 12:01 pm, right when they went on sale, closing the sale out at 12:03pm.  Sadly, I didn’t get a poster but many of my friends did.  I will some how rectify this 😉 You can be sure of that!

The importance of this night and the energy behind it hit me the second I woke up Saturday morning.  I felt like it was Christmas.  As much music as I see, this was a show that had me jumping on my toes.  The anticipation was palpable.  For weeks before the big night, I had numerous friends from outside NY toy with the idea of coming in for the show.  However it was my dear friend Andy who was the only one to make the trip from Baltimore for the day/night.

“Street fair arepas… Gut bomb. Royal Family Revue… Funk bomb.” ~ Andy D.

They handed out party favors...

They handed out party favors...

This was one of those events where traveling would be worth it.  My phone had been blowing up all night prior to the show with friends wondering what was going down before the Rage.  In the end, we summoned all our favorite Ragers to a “Ragehearsal,” as one of my dear friends has come to so aptly name our rendezvous before the shows.  Everyone was eager to make a day of it.  A 24-hour rage.  The EPICNESS of what tonight might bring to our eyes and ears was lost on no one.

“Royals, you shook me, you shook me all night long. Powerful stuff.” ~ Robert M.

Of all the years I have been an Eric Krasno junkie, I have never been part of such a complete day and night full of The Royal Family.  And the best part about it…there were guests.  Oh yes, there were guests. Tonight’s rage would include performances by:

The Royal Family

Soulive

Lettuce

The Nigel Hall Band

Chapter 2

The Shady Horns

Special Guests

John Scofield – Guitar

Warren Haynes – Guitar

Talib Kweli – Rapper

Big Sam Williams – Trombone

The Shady Horns

Maurice Brown – Trumpet

Christian Scott – Trumpet

Spinning between sets: DJ Equal

Terminal 5 doors opened at 6:30pm and we were all in the building by 7:30pm, not wanting to miss a single minute of the show.  The venue was far from packed but by the end of the night, the 3,000-person venue was packed in on all sides. It was a night filled to the brim with the EPITOME of Funk, Soul, Blues, Rock, Hip-Hop and more. They play it all ladies and gentleman. And it all began, as it almost always does, with a set from The Nigel Hall Band. Let’s get this Royal Party started…..

Set I: The Nigel Hall Band

Set I: The Nigel Hall Band

The Nigel Hall Band @ 7:30/8:00pm

Nigel Hall – Keys, Vocals

Eric Krasno – Bass

Adam Deitch – Drums

Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff – Guitar

Sam Kininger -Saxophone

Ryan Zoidis – Alto & Baritone Saxophone

Maurice Brown – Trumpet

Alan Evans – Backup vocals

Lindsay Lucas – Backup vocals

Mel Flannery – Backup vocals

Set I: The Nigel Hall Band

Set I: The Nigel Hall Band

MVP OF THE NIGHT – It just needs to be said, flat out, hands down!!! ROYAL FAMILY MVP!  Nigel Hall started the show, performed throughout the show and closed the show with the highest elevation of energy and the full embodiment of what RAGE truly entails. He had been rehearsing for weeks with new back-up singers and the rest of the crew to deliver what was quite possibly the greatest performance I had ever seen him lay out on a stage.  As soon as I started seeing Nigel Hall perform many moons ago, I started recognizing a pattern prior to his performances and the pattern goes a little something like this…..

Set I: The Nigel Hall Band

Set I: The Nigel Hall Band

Arriving early, I walk around the venue, listening to the audience talking.  Many are not sure of who this magnificent singing, keys player is who will be opening for whatever Royal Family Project is slated to open that night.  You hear a few people explain  “It’s Nigel Hall!” but they do not elaborate.  “Who is this Nigel Hall” you hear them wondering out loud?  I always want to stop and answer each one of them but I know that Nigel will be answering for himself as soon as the music starts.   And then he starts performing…and if not by the end of the first song, by the end of the second song the audience is locked in, jaws on the ground asking everyone around them, WHO IS THIS GUY!!!!?? But this time, they are really looking for answers, they actually care and are invested…floored by this magical singing machine.

Set I: The Nigel Hall Band

Set I: The Nigel Hall Band

And so it was this night.  I walked around the venue listening to people talking about what might happen on stage this night.  Noticing so many people asking about the opener, Nigel Hall.  What those around me didn’t realize yet was that he would steal the show.

Set I: The Nigel Hall Band

Set I: The Nigel Hall Band

Tonight The Nigel Hall Band consisted of a thick wall of solid musicians that we all recognized and a few new faces to the mix.  His back up band consisted of those listed above.  Eric Krasno, the King of the Royal Family, supporting his fellow Family member on bass guitar.  Alan Evans stepping out of his drummer seat to sing backup vocals while Adam Deitch destroyed the drum kit.  Not wanting to be left out, from my second level perch I noticed Neal Evans hanging over by Deitch striking things with a single drum stick.  You might not have noticed him if you were on the ground level in front of the stage.

This was also the first time I had seen backup singers.  Lindsay Lucas and Mel Flannery‘s voices, supported by Alan Evans, melted seamlessly with Nigel‘s smooth vocals. This line-up of The Nigel Hall Band hit a home run. To begin, the stage was set with each member on stage, warming up the mics and the instruments for a funky introduction which Nigel steps out to in an orange Argyle sweater with a smile so wide I couldn’t help but mirror the image. And so it began…right into Hang It Up.

Set I: The Nigel Hall Band

Set I: The Nigel Hall Band

Wait Till I Get Home had the Shady Horns completely blowing up the stage.  Ryan Zoidis completely standing out on the baritone sax.  Everywhere I looked…smiles. Second song in and the place was on fire. This is EXACTLY what Nigel Hall is meant to do and by GOD he does a GREAT job.  Never Know saw the Shady Horns exit and Krasno and Smirnoff backing Nigel on keys through the slow and smooth flow.

“I loved the show. I felt that Nigel stood out as there were many great musicians but only 1 best singer. I myself was born under a bad sign so I can relate.” ~ Josh R.

Set I: The Nigel Hall Band

Set I: The Nigel Hall Band

Gimmie a Sign upped the funk meter ten-fold with Nigel funking up the keys.  He then takes a moment to explain to the audience, “This is a song that has stuck with me over many years after I heard this song as a young boy. I hope you enjoy it.” And while Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff completely let loose on his guitar, Nigel sang a soulful Baby, I Do Love You.

Give it up for the Horns,” screams Nigel.  With Never Gonna Let You Go closing out his set, Nigel Hall sang smoothly as his backup singers filled in when he walked off the stage.  And as Ryan Zoidis soloed on his axe of funk, Nigel came running back on stage, grabbing the mic, screaming “NEVER! NEVER! NEVEEEEER!”  His passion and his lust for life provides a fuel to his energy that is unmatched.  And this was only the first set 🙂

Nigel Hall Setlist: Intro, Hang It Up, Wait Till I Get Home, Too Sweet, Never Know, Gimme A Sign, Baby I Do Love You, Never Gonna Let You Go

Download: Nigel Hall Band @ Terminal 5 (10/02.10) – It is located under Lettuce’s Set

 

Set I: The Nigel Hall Band

Set I: The Nigel Hall Band

NOTE TO TAPERS!!  TAPE NIGEL’S SETS and post them.  Where is the love??? He is just as much a part of this raging cycle of music as anyone of them.  Just sayin….get with the program on that tip please.

After Nigel’s set, I decided to move from my second floor perch to ride the rail with my friends for a bit.  Sadly, my crew was situated right in front of the DJ Booth. However, I could see neither drums nor the horns.  Absolutely couldn’t stand that option for the rest of the night.  Even though I wanted to chill with my friends, I thought, well, I do that every night and this was a show I really had to SEE and inhale completely. So, I reserved myself to chillin on the second perch alone while my crew raged the rail! As it should be 🙂 Watching them, waving to them, laughing with them, we were all still connected as I was completely visible to them.  This was actually a part of the night that enhanced my happiness.  Seeing them react to Warren coming on stage…their faces, their jumping, screaming, hugging. Perfection.

DJ Equal spins in between sets

DJ Equal spins in between sets

Lettuce @ 8:45/9:00pm

Eric Krasno – Guitar

E.D. “Jesus” Combes – Bass, Vocals

Adam Deitch – Drums

Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff – Guitar

Neal Evans – Keys, Vocals

Sam Kinninger -Saxophone

Ryan Zoidis – Alto & Baritone Saxophone

Alan Evans – Percussion

Special Guests:

Big Sam Williams – Trombone

Maurice Brown – Trumpet

Christian Scott – Trumpet

John Scofield – Guitar

Talib Kweli – Rapper

Nigel Hall – Keys, Vocals

Set II: Lettuce w/ Talib Kweli, Big Sam, John Scofield

Set II: Lettuce w/ Talib Kweli, Big Sam, John Scofield

Set II: Lettuce w/ Talib Kweli, Big Sam, John Scofield

Set II: Lettuce w/ Talib Kweli, Big Sam, John Scofield

Soul singer Hall left the stage and was replaced by DA FUNKY FUNK!!!! One of my top ten favorite groups to have formed on this earth: LETTUCE.  Going on a little before/after 9pm, the entire original crew graced the stage, to include the rare appearance by E.D. “Jesus” Combes on bass.  Living on the West Coast, he is constantly working with big names such as Eminem, Dr. Dre and played bass and wrote/produced several tracks on Britney Spears new album Blackout.  I love E.D. “Jesus” Combes because he puts a lot of thought into the notes he chooses to play, sometimes bursting to the front of the stage with a blast of funk through his body. He totally grinds into his playing which I LOVE!.  He stands out with understated effort because his sound is unusual and not forced. You just got to hear him to understand.

“Excellent night all around. Nigel and Soulive were incredible, but Lettuce especially blew me away! Check out the rooftop area for a breather between sets. Nice joint!” ~ Markus S.

The stellar cast on stage played a handful of favorites to include Blast Off, Sam Huff’s Flying Ragin’ Machine and Last Suppitt before bringing out the guests.  Let it be made very clear that Lettuce completely set the stage on fire even without the guests.  They truly are so tight and on point every time and we were enjoying them so much.  The guests were simply a blessed bonus.  My hands were on the railing of my ledge and I was literally head banging with so much fury as their energy coursed through me.  The horn section with it’s supplements was completely out of control. FIRE FUNK!

Set II: Lettuce w/ Talib Kweli

Set II: Lettuce w/ Talib Kweli

“Talib was money” ~ Eric S.

“You have my quote on the evening… “Tits on bacon.” ~ Andy D.

The first guest and a personal favorite of the night was Talib Kweli.  Rapper’s delight. He brought such an unusual layer to the revue. Bringing the urban into an already straight up funky urban rage, he rapped through Move Something.

The whole joint start shakin

This ain’t the time or place for you to prove something

Cut the stargazin’ yo, move somethin’! ~ Talib Kweli

 

Set II: Lettuce w/ Talib & Nigel

Set II: Lettuce w/ Talib & Nigel

The Blast saw Nigel Hall back on stage as he joined in on vocals with Talib KweliNigel, man, the guy can do it all.  Albeit, he is not a rapper in my mind and probably never will be.  He did, however, bring a soulful layer to his rapping that Talib couldn’t touch as he continued to rap over/under Nigel.  “Jazzfest energy” was a term I heard among my friends to describe the energy of Talib‘s trio of songs ending with Get By.

Little focus on Nigel‘s vocals……

Set II: Lettuce

Set II: Lettuce

Talib and Nigel leave the stage for the originals, led by the ever amazing Eric Krasno, rage through Break Out and Relax. Eric Krasno, relentless, captivating.  His sound and style, one you could pick out of any crowd of guitar players.  Powerful musician…wonderful band leader.  With all his projects and large catalog of musicians under his Royal Family records, Eric Krasno ensures that our nights in NYC are constantly filled with talented musical projects and shows. I can’t imagine the city without Krasno, Deitch and the lot.  And here he was showcased in front of all his projects together in one night. Then as if things could get any better…John Scofield joined the stage…enjoy his warm up…

John Scofield, a legend.  A complete and utter master at his trade. Being billed right off the bat, this was one of the highlights of the show that everyone was anticipating that evening.  The Flu… it was amazing.  John took a little time to warm up in my opinion but then it got rowdy.  The horns were grimy, popping in sounds that reminded me of Skerik.  It got powerful. The guitar standing out on top of it all, the audience slightly more quiet now, just watching it unfold.

The Shady Horns with Big Sam on trombone was out of this world.  Orchestral.  Everything was so tight and then Scofield would go off into trippy spacey scratching of the guitar making faces to match.  He is endless with the sounds he can produce with a guitar.

Set II: Lettuce

Set II: Lettuce

And with a gracious introduction from Alan Evans, with the horns blasting out his name and with John Scofield still in the mix, Nigel Hall was brought back on stage to perform their Curtis Mayfield staple, Move On Up. As many times as I have heard Nigel sing this song and heard he say he was sick of singing it, this version was STELLAR!!! My video is not so great so just turn it down a little lower to hear it and watch it…

The one below is only 1 minute but much better sound. Thought I’d give ya everything 😉

One of the deepest, funkiest, raging songs of the night: Making My Way Back Home, a song about Nigel’s hometown of Washington, DC. Raised three hours away in Williamsburg, Virgina, I relate to this song well. The bass line is killer in  this song. Nigel, so interactive with the audience, breaks it down and just continually bringing the energy UP, UP, UP Chuck Brown-style!!! SARDINES & KRAZ AND SCHMEENS!!

Lettuce Setlist: Intro, Blast Off Sam Huff’s Flying Ragin’ Machine, Last Suppitt, King of the Bergs, Move Something, The Blast, Get By, Break Out, Relax, The Flu, Move On Up, Makin My Way Back Home

Download: Lettuce Live at Terminal 5 on 2010-10-02 (October 2, 2010)

Breaksciene’s Afterparty at The Loving Cup’s Cameo was announced and the merchandise was plugged….and the headlining group was finally announced.  Soulive.  Live it, learn it, love them!

Dj Equal spinning away...

Dj Equal spinning away...

Soulive @ 10:30/10:45pm

Eric Krasno – Guitar

Neal Evans – Keys, bass

Alan Evans – Drums

Special Guests:

Warren Haynes – Guitar

Big Sam Williams – Trombone

Rashawn Ross – Trumpet

Sam Kinninger -Saxophone

Ryan Zoidis – Alto & Baritone Saxophone

Maurice Brown – Trumpet

Christian Scott – Trumpet

John Scofield – Guitar

Nigel Hall – Keys, Vocals

Set III: Soulive + Shady Horns

Set III: Soulive + Shady Horns

Keys + Bass = Amazing

Keys + Bass = Amazing

You know about Soulive right? One of the greatest trios ever IMHO!! I sure hope you know who they are and if not, check them out. It’s a trio comprised of the virtuoso guitar player, Eric Krasno, drums played by Alan Evans and then there is Neal Evans who plays keys.  The standout detail about this group is that Neal also plays the bass through the second layer of his keys.  Seriously.  Now…what kind of brain can do that?  That takes a complicated mind right there.   Such a cool combination of sounds/notes/vibes.

Set III: Soulive + Shady Horns

Set III: Soulive + Shady Horns

Soulive came out dressed in stylish suits and slammed into Beatles tunes.  Their latest CD release, Rubber Soulive, has been something of a hot topic among talented music circles.  It’s luscious, loud and worth every single penny.  Bringing their own touch to classic Beatles tune such as Come Together, Something in the Way, and Eleanor Rigby, it’s just superb. Sing alongs ensued.  Come Together found it’s way into everyone’s throats and the audience sang for their tickets as Soulive played for  their lives. Jazz-filled funky rock. The following video is a wonderful collection of all the Beatles tunes.  Sit back, turn it up and watch the magic.  Best video of the article 🙂  Everyone say “Thank you Mike!”

Krasno completely ripped open the songs, jamming us all into the floor.  Backed by the brothers of rage, the Beatles medley was one of the highlights of the show. I Want You (She’s So Heavy) was on a different level all together. Everyone thank my boy Scott for the excellent video below!!

“Was really great to see Soulive hit a comfort level with the Beatles material that they really ripped into it- I want you (She’s so heavy) seemed to really hit another gear of nastiness as they did with that song what most instrumentalists I know have always wanted to do with it.” ~ Russ A.

Set III: Shady Horns + some!!

Set III: Shady Horns + some!!

And once the covers of the Rubber Soulive were done they blasted into their oldies but raging goodies with The Shady Horns (Sam Kinninger & Ryan Zoidis) joining the stage for El Ron.  The place was utterly packed and from my second floor perch, I could see everyone moving, groovin’ and clapping.  Christian Scott had joined the rage and John Scofield joins the stage again for What You See Is What You Get. Granted, Scofield is a god, but this song was stolen by Christian Scott‘s trumpet solo and Neal Evans‘s keys.

At this point, the show starts elevating into a high point that seems unreachable.  Time for a horn rage.  By this time Maurice Brown and Rashawn Ross have joined Christian Scott and the Shady Horns. A horn rage ensues but where is Big Sam Williams on the trombone?? Oh man….well, he tried to join the horn ledge, however, Christian Scott had taken his microphone so NOLA represented.  Walking behind the drum kit to the front of the stage, Big Sam took over Eric Krasno‘s vocal mic for an intense in-your-face solo.  Enjoy! (Turn down volume a bit – it’s one of mine)

Set III: Soulive!

Set III: Soulive!

It was time for Scofield to lead the show with one from his own catalog, the funk rock original Hottentot!! The whisper through the audience after this song was loud.  This song choice made a lot of people happy, as it should.  The song allowed for he & Krasno to trade licks and let loose for a great jam, which I thought might lead to the beginning of the end of Scofield’s addition to the stage, until possibly the encore.  Boy….I had no idea what I was thinking.  The best was totally yet to come…..

Since the album version was my ringtone for years, the surprise bust-out of Sco’s “Hottentot” was probably one of my favorite highlights. It had a slightly slower, nastier vibe to it that I really enjoyed. ~ Andy D.

WARREN joins the stage...

WARREN joins the stage...

And if you just watched the video above, then the end just gave it away but THE BEST WAS TOTALLY YET TO COME!!!  Warren Haynes……….WARREN HAYNES joined the stage.  I literally grabbed the bars in front of me and screamed at the top of my lungs while flailing around.  I couldn’t believe it.  I just couldn’t believe it.  What is more unbelievable is I had to tell all the people around me who that even was.  I believe they were there for Talib Kweli but they had NO clue who Warren was.  Unreal.  And so it was that the venue erupted into a ball of energy that the night had yet to see.

Set III: Soulive + Warren + Sco

Set III: Soulive + Warren + Sco

Born Under A Bad Sign, a song made popular by Cream and originally written by the legendary blues guitarist, Albert King.  Yes SIR!!  HOLY YES!!!!!!  What can I say about this?  It was phenomenal.  Warren Haynes, John Scofield and Eric Krasno on the stage at one time…kidding me?  Nigel Hall came out and sang alternating verses with Warren Haynes and there were mixed reviews over this move but I thought it was superb. Nigel, once again adding a layer to the mix that just felt right.

“Nigel’s voice is always a special treat. Being a longtime Soulive fan, I really appreciated their take on the Beatles. Oh Eleanor Rigby! Thank you Soulive, Nigel Hall and the whole crew for getting so many wonderful musicians together all on one stage for this major collaboration!” ~ Jessica B.

I’m actually a little torn on Nigel.  I think Warren could have held the vocals down on “Born Under a Bad Sign” on his own, though Nigel did rip Too Much and the JB mini set. ~ Russ A.

I always did say Warren sings like an angel. ~ Jessica B.

This was just such a treat. You had Big Sam on his trombone as well.  I mean, the $25 ticket was paid for so long ago but if anyone had any qualms, they were silenced by this mega, face-melting guitar threesome horn flip-out.  Nigel‘s voice was killer.  Warren was killer. The horns were unmatched.  Scofield was melting into the floor with his guitar.  Unreal.  For a minute, I forgot who I was there to watch.  Wondering who the true star of the show truly was. Scofield left the stage and the rest of the set was Nigel Hall tearing up the vocals and Soulive blasting the stage apart with funky goodness. It was so great!

(Doin the 2 Video is uploading.  I’ll insert it tomorrow)

The encore was a James Brown Medley of all kinds of songs.  John Scofield came back out.  During the 3rd song, Nigel miscounted the beats and had a little rage to a stop and rewind the moment.  TWENTY!!!  And the second time around it went down right and they dropped the funk into our faces and dripped funk until they exited the stage.  JAMES BROWN MEDLEY!!  Think about that energy if you can!  Those of you there, remember that?  Nigel screaming, horns blasting…

There was some kind of swagger in the Soulive set that night. maybe it was that this was the biggest paying crowd for them headlining a show in nyc, maybe it was just feeling good on the material, maybe it was the hard work, but they played the hell out of those tunes. they owned those tunes. ~ Russ A.

Soulive Setlist: Come Together, Something In The Way, Eleanor Rigby, I Want You (She’s So Heavy),

El Ron, What You See Is What You Get, Hottentot, Born Under a Bad Sign, Do The 2, Too Much, JB Medley w/ John Scofield

Download: Soulive Live at Terminal 5 on 2010-10-02 (October 2, 2010)

 

THANK YOU ROYAL FAMILY!!!

THANK YOU ROYAL FAMILY!!!

 

It was a phenomenal night of music at Terminal this night.  for $25 you just couldn’t beat what we had just witnessed.  There was a fire on stage and an energy pumping thorugh the venue that I hadn’t felt before.  The crowd being so diverse, some coming for Talib Kweli and not knowing Warren Haynes.  Others knowing Warren Haynes but not Nigel Hall.  Others boasting about Lettuce but knowing nothing of John Scofield.  I think the greatest part of the night was knowing that a lot of people were introduced to a lot of new music and musicians this night.  I hope they went home and looked up Warren Haynes and Talib Kweli and Nigel Hall.

The Royal Family ensures that New York City will remain at the forefront of musical collaborations and musical history.  I feel as though whenever The Royal Family has a big to-do, they out do themselves every single time.  Thank you Royal Family.  Thank you for feeding us, supplying us with the music we need to survive.

Thank You SO MUCH!!!

Thank You SO MUCH!!!

 

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

Motto for the weekend:

Rage, Recover, Rinse, & Repeat.

 

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

Zach Deputy @ Mountain Jam

Zach Deputy @ Mountain Jam

Zach Deputy

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

Banana Mafia @ Mountain Jam

Banana Mafia @ Mountain Jam

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

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

Download: Zach Deputy @ Mountain Jam (06.05.10)

The Karma Wash @ Mountain Jam

The Karma Wash @ Mountain Jam

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

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

The London Souls @ Mountain Jam

The London Souls @ Mountain Jam

The London Souls

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

Festival Friends!

Festival Friends!

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

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

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

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

The London Souls View from Karma Wash

The London Souls View from Karma Wash

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

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

The Drive By Truckers @ Mountain Jam

The Drive By Truckers @ Mountain Jam

Drive By Truckers

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

Patterson Hood @ Mountain Jam

Patterson Hood @ Mountain Jam

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

The Drive-By-Truckers @ Mountain Jam

The Drive By Truckers @ Mountain Jam

Drive By Truckers @ Mountain Jam

John Neff @ Mountain Jam

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

FestivalFamily.com interviews The Karma Wash

FestivalFamily.com interviews The Karma Wash

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

Festivals = Fun for all ages

Festivals = Fun for all ages

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

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

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

Lettuce rages @ Mountain Jam

Lettuce @ Mountain Jam

LETTUCE

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

Guests:

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

Eric Krasno @ Mountain Jam

Eric Krasno @ Mountain Jam

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

Jesus Coomes @ Mountain Jam

Jesus Coomes @ Mountain Jam

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

Adam Deitch @ Mountain Jam

Adam Deitch @ Mountain Jam

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

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

Lettuce @ Mountain Jam

Lettuce @ Mountain Jam

Neal Evans @ Mountain Jam

Neal Evans @ Mountain Jam

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

Derek Trucks @ Susan Tedeschi join Lettuce @ Mountain Jam

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

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

Oteil Burbridge, Derek Trucks and Eric Krasno @ Mountain Jam

Oteil Burbridge, Derek Trucks and Eric Krasno @ Mountain Jam

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

Ragers @ Mountain Jam

Ragers @ Mountain Jam

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

Yonder Mountain String Band @ Moutain Jam

Yonder Mountain String Band @ MJ ~ Photo by Doug Potoksky

Yonder Mountain String Band

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

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

Warren Haynes and Jeff Austin @ Mountain Jam

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

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

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

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

THE MAZE, or THE STAR a.k.a

“THE SHAPE SHIFTING GRAFFITI COLLECTIVE”

Art Installation @ Mountain Jam

Art Installation @ Mountain Jam

 

Art Installation @ Mountain Jam

Art Installation @ Mountain Jam

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

Art Installation @ Mountain Jam

Art Installation @ Mountain Jam

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

Passed out Wook!! @ Mountain Jam

Passed out Wook!! @ Mountain Jam

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

View from Art Installation @ Mountain Jam

View from Art Installation @ Mountain Jam

Dave Mason

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

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

The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band @ Mountain Jam

The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band @ Mountain Jam

The Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band

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

Guests:

Warren Haynes ~ Guitar

Susan Tedeschi @ Mountain Jam

Susan Tedeschi @ Mountain Jam

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

The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band @ Mountain Jam

The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band @ Mountain Jam

 

Derek Trucks @ Mountain Jam

Derek Trucks @ Mountain Jam

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

Susan Tedeschi @ Mountain Jam

Susan Tedeschi @ Mountain Jam

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

Oteil, Susan & Derek @ Mountain Jam

Oteil, Susan & Derek @ Mountain Jam

Otiel Burbridge @ Mountain Jam

Otiel Burbridge @ Mountain Jam

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

Husband and Wife (Hottest couple ever) @ Mountain Jam

Husband and Wife (Hottest couple ever) @ Mountain Jam

Derek Trucks @ Mountain Jam

Derek Trucks @ Mountain Jam

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

 

Kofi Burbridge @ Mountain Jam

Kofi Burbridge @ Mountain Jam

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

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

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

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

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

The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band @ Mountain Jam

The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band @ Mountain Jam

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

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

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

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

The Villa Vosilla

The Villa Vosilla

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

Rage room! @ Villa Vosilla

Rage room! @ Villa Vosilla

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

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

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

Gov’t Mule

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

Another passed out Wookie! Makes me giggle!

Another passed out Wookie! Makes me giggle!

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

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

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

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

Krasno & Nigel Hall @ Mountain Jam

Krasno & Nigel Hall @ Mountain Jam

LETTUCE (late night set)

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

Adam Deitch @ Mountain Jam

Adam Deitch @ Mountain Jam

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

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

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

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

Warren Haynes and Eric Krasno @ Mountain Jam

Warren Haynes and Eric Krasno @ Mountain Jam

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

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

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

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

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~ JAMCRUISE 9 ~

~ The Greatest Musical Adventure at sea goes on sale June 2nd, 2010 @ 12pm eastern~

Check out Jam Cruise 2011

I don’t know why, it’s the same reason why you like some music and you don’t like others. There’s something about it that you like. Ultimately I don’t find it’s in my best interests to try and analyze it, since it’s fundamentally emotional. ~ Jerry Garcia

The Line-Up:

Second Round Announcements:

Wish list:

Important Forum Posts:

Jam Cruise 9 Announces Ship, Dates, Ports & Lineup

Jam Cruise 9 Lineup

Ports of Call

Forum Frequently Asked Questions by 1st time Jam Cruisers

Unofficial Theme: Porno clowns

Official Thread for Unofficial Zebra Theme Night

M.E.A.T. (McTuff Earns a Turn)

The boat came by and I got on, that’s where it all began…..

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"You should take this plant..."

"You should take this plant..." / "Are you sure you don't want it?" / "Maybe we can pawn this off on Bujak."

Around 11am Saturday morning, I decided I could muster the energy to move.  We had raged HARD Friday.  Aaron and I showered and gathered ourselves for round two.  Ahhhhh, the shower…..how nice!!!  The place may have been Wookie Central but it had showers and a warm bed…can’t beat that!  Aaron was the greatest roommate ever and had come stocked with bagels, cream cheese, fruit and ALMONDS!!  The food at the resort was below par cafeteria quality with basically a grade school cafeteria menu to include chicken fingers, hot dogs, hamburgers/cheeseburgers and french fries all for around $5-$7 per item.   Not sure if there were any vegetarian options.  Definitely none that stood out!

After forcing down some food, I sent the word out to my boys that we were up and the pre-party was to commence.  The response texts were hysterical, groggy, misspelled and I could feel their pain throbbing in my temples!!  We  made our way to the Jacuzzie suite where it didn’t take long to get rid of our headaches and melt into the plush love seat.  My brain was finally prepared to wonder about the day’s agenda…

Radioactive @ Rock The Resort II

Radioactive @ Rock The Resort II

I was looking forward to today for many reasons, but the main one being that my love for poetry, slam or otherwise, was going to thrash the theaters.  Radioactive was my first hit that day around 12:30pm.  Having seen him battle with Adam Deitch the night before, I knew I wanted to see more.  An emcee, beatboxer, writer, painter, and b-boy, Radio plays musical instruments (but not during this set) and incorporates electronic beats with his beatbox (which he definitely did).

Radioactive @ Rock The Resort II

Radioactive @ Rock The Resort II

During the beginning of his set, he knocked out beats/sounds with his voice/throat/hands, recording them, looping and layering them on top of each other to create a base for his lyrics.  This is the kind of thing I adore watching; people who make something out of nothing.   At one point during his rap, a hip-hop dancer was raging the dance floor all alone and Radio incorporated the dancer into his lyrics.  His free-styles spoke of peace, love, compassion, that none of us are the center of anything and we are all part of something.  I sat among the other five people in the theater, yes five, wondering how many people truly felt that in their hearts.

“Do that thing where you make stuff up,” the dancer says. We all laugh.  Taking it from the curb, he battled himself, changing the tone of his voice to deep and growly vs. high and pitchy to correspond with which “side” was spitting.   It was entertaining.  After his set, I had to introduced myself.  I had truly appreciated what he had to say and loved the delivery.  I left for the next show feeling inspired, unaware that Radio, otherwise known as Woodrow, would rage the Jacuzzi suite HARD with us later on that evening!!

Sophistaphunk @ Rock The Resort II

Sophistaphunk @ Rock The Resort II

Sophistaphunk was up next.  Another band with their styles dipped in poetry, I had heard good things.  They had this lamp set up on the stage that I noticed immediately and thought brought a bit of charm to the otherwise dark stage.  I was feeling the effects from lack of sleep at this point and decided to melt into a first tier rolling chair to watch their set.  They were funky at times, rock at times, they definitely were all over the place in terms of style.  There was one song that even had me out of my chair at one point.  But then they actually lost me when it came to the freestyling’s of Jack Brown during a particular song.

Wookie's Picnic @ Rock The Resort II

Wookie's Picnic @ Rock The Resort II

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t dislike it, but after just seeing Radioactive, it was hard not to compare.  At the same time, they were two different styles.  I really loved what Jack was saying, it just wasn’t fast enough for my taste in the moment.  Especially when they had just jammed so hard.  I am a harsh critic when it comes to this.  I have been lucky enough to judged multiple slam/poetry competitions here in Manhattan and I rely heavily on how my emotions lead me when I watch the presentation as I am listening to the lyrics.  I just wasn’t feeling his choice.  I felt my switch get turned off and knew I needed to recharge.

Rock The Resort II

Rock The Resort II

One of the negatives to having a music festivals indoors is the fact that it’s actually indoors.  The sun was beaming, people were wookin’ it out in the parking lot, laying on blankets in the grass, having picnics.  You couldn’t do any of that inside the dark, grimy theaters.  The music would have to wait.  I felt the need to join the happenings out in the parking lot!   Wookies were scattered everywhere with their heady rugs thrown about, beer in hand, dogs in tow.

Heady Wears @ Rock The Resort II

Heady Wears @ Rock The Resort II

The vendors were mainly inside but a few random mobile shops were selling their wares.  A vendor would later tell me that they felt as though there were more vendors then there were attendants.  I am pretty sure they were right.  Outside, people were lying on car hoods and drinkin’ beer out of their trunks.  Music was playing from various locations via car speaker or boombox.  Aaron and I strolled the grounds, coming across wookie picnics and passed out soldiers of rage from the night prior.  There were some gorgeous Willow trees and a large lake with various gazebos surrounding.  The place had potential to be magnificent if given a nice face lift.

Jon of the Shred @ Rock The Resort II

Jon of the Shred @ Rock The Resort II

One of the crazy things about this festival, music just popped up everywhere. No idea who they were, but a band just set up shop in the vendor section.  The vendors expressed their happiness as they had felt forgotten on their side of the building as they couldn’t hear the bands in the theaters.   I took a minute to step foot into the next room to catch another few songs by Jaden.  I’ll, say it again, it’s clear that this girl is talented.  She covered a few songs before I took off in another direction.  There were points like this were I was CRAVING good music and it could NOT be found.    I walked in on Jon of the Shred as he played Smoke on the Water.  I was immediately turned off by the name hahaha but I attempted to give him the benefit of the doubt.  This guy was a rager but it wasn’t consistent.  One song would be somewhat fluid, the next would be sloppy.  He can shred the hell out of a guitar, he can play some keys, but his attempts to do both those things and maintain the computer and keep his hair out of his face….needs more practice.  I was dying at this point.  The Jacuzzi suite was the only answer.  If I couldn’t find good music, I could always find good conversation.

Skerdio @ Rock the Resort II

Skerdio @ Rock the Resort II

Skerdio @ Rock the Resort II

Skerdio @ Rock the Resort II

Again, I had to peel myself away from that suite because it was getting to be about that time.  I could smell the coming of good music.  The sun was going down and the resort was becoming more animated.  I made my way downstairs to see if Skerdio was set to rage. They weren’t so I proceeded to dance among the wooks in the lobby to a nameless band who actually threw us a pretty good dance party.  I saw Skerik standing behind them not looking to happy.  Then he was off towards the stage door.  Then Radioactive is standing near the band, looking perplexed.  And then he is off.  I head to the theater and it is literally myself, Tony, Toast, and a couple of the New Riders in the entire room.  Mind you, the lobby is packed.  Skerik walks up and shakes his head.  he is clearly not pleased.  “Yo man, the M.E.A.T. movement has made it’s way to the East coast. We are ready for ya,” I say with a smile!  And Skerik gave a solid belly laugh as his frown was turned upside down!!  Apparently, the band in the lobby was so loud that no one could hear the Skerdio announcement over the PA and I don’t think the lobby band was meant to be playing anyway.  Seriously, at this point, the chaos is all part of the charm! But eventually Skerdio made it up on stage and another badass assault on the senses took place.

Skerdio @ Rock the Resort II

Skerdio @ Rock the Resort II

What an interesting combination. I loved it.  And as my boy Eric stated, “This is going to be one of the best sets of the weekend,” I get lost in all of it.  Radioactive to the left with his system in place, Skerik on the right with his saxophone in hand and freak switch flipped FULLY on.  His tongue was already sticking out; he was rocking back and forth.  Radio began by layering the sounds and beats he threw with his voice.  Skerik started pumping in off beat blasts in between shakin’ his head like the crazy man he is.  Radio begins free-styling.  And so it went for a few songs, with various beats, sounds and funky Skerik facial expressions.  After awhile, a guitarist joined the stage. We were thrown the name but I never caught it.    And again it went with the layering of beats, Skerik‘s funky horn and sweet guitar rifts that changed the sound over completely.  When Radio sampled the guitar player’s rift, his face lit up as he was able to play over himself.  The theater never really did fill up and at one point I heard a kid say, “You should hear the weird style of music that is going on in there.” I loved it.

Rock the Resort II

Rock the Resort II

It was back up to the 8th floor some relaxing! Who am I kidding? It was nothing but awesome-sauce rage town in that room hahaha!!!  I rode up the elevator with Radioactive yet again.  “Dude, come in and play with us!” And he did, stories flying, music playin, smiles raging.  More good friends, more good music, and more netWOOKing!!!  Then it was RUBBLEBUCKET time. Or so I thought!

Do people really take the time to review the medical staff?  I absolutely had nooooo intentions on doing that but, alas, my life can never be boring, can it?  I had skipped over seeing Rubblebucket three times in the city earlier this year because I knew I would be seeing them this weekend.  Little did I know what kind of an adventure I was in for during their set.

Wook the Resort II

Wook the Resort II

So, remember those almonds that I mentioned earlier.  At some point before the Rubblebucket set, I made my way back up to the room to reload on water and get ready for the nights events.  I grabbed about 12 almonds from the container to munch on for energy.  Something I have done my whole life.  I immediately felt weirdness in my throat.  It is about 6pm at this point, I think, and so Aaron and I grabbed some french fries from the cafeteria and I knew something is up.  My throat was closing, my eyes were closing, hives…oh man, this was happening fast.  Being highly allergic to cats, I knew I was having a reaction but man, I was hoping it was not to the almonds.  I left Aaron with the french fries to gather myself in the ladies room when I took one look in the mirror and knew I was screwed.  A lovely wookette helped me to the Medic lounge which was empty.  Shit!  Then I find the closest security guard who was immediately on the walkie talkie and sat with me until the doctors showed up.  As horrid as I looked and felt, this might be one of the greatest parts of my weekend adventures 🙂

Rock the Resort II

Rock the Resort II

Dr. Steve was his name and Nurse Jill was hers.  They were kind, accommodating, wonderful.  They knew exactly what they were doing.  I knew I had to remain calm because with the insanity that was raging all over my body, it would get worse if I panicked.  There were ice packs then blankets, tanks to help me breath, Benadryl galore.  When they brought out the epipen I prayed that didn’t have to use it.  This shit was no joke, man!  And then I was knocked out…from 7p to 10ish, coming to from time to time to groggily say, “Please make sure I am better for New Riders.”  Their response, “Oh honey, of course!  That is what we are waiting for too!”  The whole time getting uplifting texts from all my boys who had run into Aaron through out evening and been updated on my pathetic situation!  After waking up and not having to itch my skin off, I was released.  And note to you all, I guess don’t offer me things with nuts it.

New Riders of the Purple Sage @ Rock the Resort II

New Riders of the Purple Sage @ Rock the Resort II

New Rider of the Purple Sage took the stage at some unknown time.  Everything from this point is so hard for me to recollect.  I was so doped up on Benadryl which was knocking me down.  I had a 5-hour Energy Shot and crap keepin’ me up.  But I remember lots of dancing as they brought their folksy vibe to the room.  Sounds reminiscent of The Dead.  My notes are illegible.  I really wish I could give you more. I had not seen them since my last All Good Music Festival.  But, at this point, I was just happy to be in the theater breathing and dancing!  At one point I look over and there is Jill, dancing, swaying, eyes closed.  Taking it all in.  I am so glad I hadn’t prevented her from seeing them.

I was all over the place during the end of their set.  I believe it was Madam Bliss who was out there giving us a little dance party, blah!   At some point we all met up in the suite.  It was always like clockwork when that happened.  Like our internal alarms went off and we all were on the move to the 8th floor, collecting people on each thrashed floor.  I realized I had spent some quality time getting pumped up with my boys in the Jacuzzi suite and it was time to move again.  I was Up! Up! Up! And it was time to rage some FUNK through this resort.

Jeff Bujak @ Rock The Resort II

Jeff Bujak @ Rock The Resort II

We make our way down to the theater for the last round of music!  After a slight detour on another floor we get back on the elevator and we see Sam Kininger. All I can say is “YYYYEEEESSSS!!!!!”  However, before Sam’s set I was looking forward to seeing Jeff Bujak.  Justin had be talking about him all weekend, calling his style “Intelligent Dance!”  I was completely intrigued and had missed chilling with him in the suite because of the damn peanut attack.  Dammit, it was time.   And THIS WAS NOOOO JOKE.  Finally, an artist I had never seen before who FLOORED me!  This is something I was hoping would happen all weekend.

The Sam Kininger Band @ Rock The Resort II

The Sam Kininger Band @ Rock The Resort II

Jeff does his own lights, sound, composition, smoke effects, etc.  A tight little package, straight up. He was fluid, he was consistent.  Among all his chaos of sound, I heard the most lovely of melody on the keys.  He played them beautifully.  The smoke and lights made for some gorgeous shots.  He would lay down funky beats and then give us jazzy piano on top of it.  He always had a melody to deliver and the beats were dope. I felt like I heard a bit of Latin beat in the mix during one song.  It was interesting, it was well-put together…it was good!

Download: Jeff Bujak @ Rock The Resort (04.10.2010)

Sam Kininger Band @ Skerik @ Rock the Resort II

Sam Kininger Band @ Skerik @ Rock the Resort II

Jeff Lockhart, The Rager!

Jeff Lockhart, The Rager!

The Sam Kininger Band went on around 4am and I was right where I needed to be!  There was never a time all weekend where all of my buddies were in the same room at the same time until that show.  I look around the room and EVERYONE who makes me smile was there, wide-eyed and smiling back!  I knew this would be my last performance as we were leaving first thing in the morning. I was already missing everyone’s faces.  The stage held Sam Kininger on saxophone, Nikki Glaspie on drums, Amy Bowles on organ/keys, Aaron Bellamy on bass, and a personal favorite, Jeffery Lockhart on guitar.  The songs start off with the various instruments leading in and then Sam brought the funk.  Sam brought the dance party that made you want to clap your hands.  The Band backed Sam as he raged his axe of funk consistently, jazzy, blasting.

Skerik and Sam @ Rock The Resort II

Skerik and Sam @ Rock The Resort II

I LOVE seeing Nikkie Glaspie play.  A female drummer is always killer!!!   The ladies were awesome but then you had Jeffery Lockhart.  That man took his liberties with that bass and we loved every minute of it.  At one point, he takes a seat in a chair and just wastes us where we stand while he sat!   At this point, Radioactive joins the stage as does SkerikSkerdio was to rage with Sam Kininger Band.  Man, life is fun!  Radio threw out his signature beats amongst the funk.  Skerik and Sam battled their horns against one and another.  At one point, I am pretty sure Jeffery and Radio battled.  It was all fun, improvisational on many parts and a great funky dance party to end the evenings. I text J-Man, “One last session after?” “Yeah! I am still at Bujak!”…”And I am still in front of the horns!”…”Big surprise!” he texts and I return to dancing!

At the end of the set there are hardly any of us left standing.  Aaron had already peaced to bed perhaps a half hour prior.  I had lost track of time and realized it was like 6:30 in the morning.  I was done; we all were.  Those of us left made it to the fluffy couches on the 8th floor and attempted to wind down.  As we relaxed, we talked about Bujak, Skerik, Radio, Lobby Rage and Sam…you know, the good stuff of the weekend.  I knew I had to make it to my bed but I didn’t want to move.  I didn’t want it to end.

As I walked to the 7th floor, it all flooded over me.  The horrible production that gave the fest a charm all its own, the dogs, the wookies.  I knew I had made some bonds that weekend that would never break and I knew I had broken some.  I had seen some pretty awesome bits of music and almost died from eating 12 pieces of a food item that I used to eat by the pound.  Not at all what I thought would kill me at one of these things haha.  All in all, I would say that me and the boys raged one hell of a season opener.  I face planted into the bed with a wide smile.  Been holding onto it ever since 🙂

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So, instead of going back and writing about all my musical adventures that I have on my computer but have yet to release to the public, I am just going to list them by month and if you are interested, you can follow the links to my reviews on other websites or ask me for info and pictures later if you like.

Jaaaaaamuary 2010:

2-9 – Jam Cruise

20 – Robert Randolph and Friends @ The Brooklyn Bowl (Read my review on FestivalFamily.com)

22 – moe. @ Roseland Ballroom, Man

26 – Charlie Hunter Residency @ Roselive, Bklyn

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February 2010:

2 – Poetry Slam @ Bowery Poetry Club, NYC

5 – Tea Leaf Green & Galactic @ Terminal 5, NYC ~ (Read my review on FestivalFamily.com)

5 – Will Bernard’s Galactic Afterparty @ Bar 9, NYC

9 – Adam Deitch w/ Louis Cato and Yuki Hirano @ Rose Live, NYC

13 – Toubab Krewe and Lotus @ 930 Club, DC

14 – Hackensaw Boys & Umphrey’s McGee @ Rams Head live, Baltimore, MD

16 – Fat Tuesday with George Porter, Adam Deitch, Henry Butler and Leo Nocentelli @ B.B. Kings, NYC ~ (Read my review on FestivalFamily.com)

19 – Ryan Montbleau Band & Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave. @ Highline Ballroom, NYC

20 – EQUIFUNKL: Eric Lindell @ Sullivan Hall, NYC

20 – Jay Rodriguz & Adam Deitch @ The Blue Note, NYC

25 – Umphrey’s McGee & Chapter 2 @ Nokia Theatre Times Square

26 – North Mississippi Allstars @ Highline Ballroom, NYC

27 – Brother Joschephus and The Love Revolution Orchestra @ The Brooklyn Bowl

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March 2010:

2 – Drummer Residency: Bobby Previte duo w/ Briggan Krauss & Coalition of the Willing Trio @ Rose Live

3 – Bowlive: Soulive w/ Raul Midon @ Brooklyn Bowl ~ (Read my review on Festivalfamily.com)

4 – Bowlive: Soulive w/ Ryan Zoidis & Sam Kininger & Blake Hillard @ Brooklyn Bowl ~ (Read my review on Festivalfamily.com)

5 – Bowlive: Soulive w/ Sam Kininger and Tash Neal (London Souls) @ Brooklyn Bowl

5 – Bowlive: After SL – Q-Tip the Abstract (DJ Set)

6 – Bowlive: Soulive with Ivan Neville and Robert Randolph @ Brooklyn Bowl

6 – Will Bernard, Charlie Hunter and Eric Kalb @ Nublu

9 – Drummer Residency: Billy Martin @ Rose Live

9 – Bowlive: Rubber Soulive with Charlie Hunter @ Brooklyn Bowl

10 – Bowlive: Soulive w/ Oteil Burbridge and Kofi Burbridge @ Brooklyn Bowl

11 – Joe Krown, Walter Wolfman Washington, Russell Batiste with special guests @ Sullivan Hall

12 – Allman Brothers Band @ The United Palace Theater

12 – Bowlive: Soulive w/ Marco Benevento & The London Souls @ Brooklyn Bowl (Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi showed up after ABB)

13 – Bowlive: Soulive w/ DJ Logic @ Brooklyn Bowl (Warren Haynes showed up after ABB)

15 – Allman Brothers Band @ The United Palace Theater

19 – Will Bernard w/ with John Ellis and Matt Pavolka @ Bar Next Door

22 – Marco Benevento & Friends (March residency) @ Bar 4

And now we come to the beginning of my blog 🙂

25 – Tower of Power @ B.B. Kings

26 – Perpetual Groove @ Bowery Ballroom

30 – Will Bernard Trio w/ Todd Sickafoose and Ches Smith @ The Stone

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