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Sasquatch! Festival – Sunday 5/29/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre

Sasquatch! Festival – Sunday 5/29/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre

Review, pictures and video from thenaturalstoner and Phishbeard

 

Sunday morning started off much like Saturday, with a whiskey and coke.  We battled wind the night before and made it through unscathed, but Sunday night would be an entirely different beast.  The shows Sunday were great, possibly the best day musically, but the aftermath was about as lame as it gets. Read on….

We had a tough decision to make in the afternoon, and it was unfortunate, but we decided to stay in the campground, rest-up (much needed!) and then prefunk of course, instead of checking out Reggie Watts in the comedy stage early in the day.  The sound issues the day before for the Trailer Park Boys had an affect on this decision as well, as did not wanting to pay $9 for beers all night.

Cold War Kids was the first act we were able to see, and they were decent.  They had a pretty perfect time slot for them, before the big three Sunday night, and had many of the crowd on their feet. They played the one song of theirs I know, Hang Me Up to Dry, so that is all I really needed.  A decent, fun little set.  After the Kids we saw a couple Das Racist and Archers of Loaf tunes on the side stages, on our way to get ready for Flogging Mollys set to really kick off the night.

I just want to say that I thought Flogging Molly was amazing.  We started the set up on the hill which we quickly discovered was a bad decision. Instead, we made our way down to the floor to get much closer to the action.  Upon running into our Calgary campground neighbor friends, we watched the rest of the set with big grins on our faces.  Not even when I was informed puke was running on my bag, which I have on video (check it out!), did I have a bad time.  This set was one of the more fun ones with a rowdy crowd adding to the show.  Once the set was over we decided to get a little closer on the floor for the next act, one I was pumped for, The Flaming Lips.

Wayne Coyne and company are a bunch of weirdos!  The backdrop videos and the face camera and all the antics are just bizarre, but I like em!  The Gorge got one of the Lips’ “Soft Bulletin” shows, and also a fun rendition of Happy Birthday for the 10th Anniversary of the Festival.  A birthday cake made from the TV crew Ace of Cakes was brought our during the song, but it didn’t take long for Wayne to break it apart and throw it into the crowd.  The only problem is this was all done mid set, a seemingly very odd placement.  Wayne talks a lot too, and I left this set thinking that if Wayne would just shut up and play we could’ve seen a few more songs.  A nice tribute to Elliott Smith brought the tears out of Wayne, and a few in the crowd (Phishbeard!! Hahaha). They ended the show with Feeling Yourself Disintegrate.

After the Lips we were in for what I think could be the single best set of the weekend, at least for me.  I loved the Foo Fighters and J. Mascis sets, and Chromeo is a major ‘Best of’ contender, but to me Modest Mouse made me feel different from the others.  I had EXPECTED to have a good time at the Foo, Chromeo etc.  I had ZERO expectations for Modest Mouse and they were one of the few bands over the weekend that turned me into a fan.  Opening with Shit Luck was a treat and after that we were in store for almost 2 hours of great.  I remember This Devils Workday, Here it Comes, Bukowski, Lampshades on Fire (new song I think) and more all being top notch.  Like I said, I was waiting for a band all weekend to turn me into a fan and this is the best example of that.

I left Modest Mouse feeling great.  It can take awhile to get from the venue to the campground, so we were able to feel great for about an hour before we got back “home” and saw the damage.  Some complete fucking asshole(s?) decided to vandalize or area of the campground, breaking into cars and tents and causing all kinds of damage.  Phishbeards tent was cut open and his cooler dumped out inside. Others around us had their ipods and cell phones stolen, among other things.  Why some dicks want to ruin the times of others at something as fun as Sasquatch! is something that I will never understand.

We still had some post show beers, but the party certainly wasn’t the same as the couple of nights before.

One last day of fun awaits.

 

Random Notes:

Flogging Molly > The Flaming Lips > Modest Mouse was one of the funnest 1-2-3 combos I have seen.

Really bummed about missing Reggie Watts, sigh.

Lots of people were talking about how good the smaller stage acts were. Some I heard were great but missed were MSTRKRFT, Yeasayer, Flying Lotus, Ratatat, Sam Roberts Band.

Not very much hiphop here at this fest, but Das Racist was pretty sweet!

The wind up on that Gorge hill can be brutal…

 

Sunday Video of the Day:

3:13 into the video “Vomits running down onto your bag”!

 

Sunday Video list:

The Flaming Lips – Intro

The Flaming Lips – Intro and Race for the Prize

The Flaming Lips – What is the Light

The Flaming Lips with Reggie Watts – Happy Birthday Sasquatch

Flogging Molly – Don’t Shut Em Down – With Vomit commentary at end

Flogging Molly – Tobacco Island

Modest Mouse – Baby Blue Sedan

Modest Mouse – Bukowski

Modest Mouse – Float On

Modest Mouse – Here it Comes

Modest Mouse – Shit Luck – Set Opener

Modest Mouse – Spitting Venom

Modest Mouse – The View

Modest Mouse – This Devils Workday

Modest Mouse – Wild Pack of Family Dogs

Modest Mouse – World at Large

Sasquatch! Festival – Saturday 5/28/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre

Sasquatch! Festival – Saturday 5/28/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre

Review, pictures and video from thenaturalstoner and Phishbeard

 

Waking up on a Saturday at the Gorge Campground is about as great of a feeling as one can possibly imagine.  If it weren’t for the hangover from the night before and a tent in shambles, I would have been feeling great!  So of course as soon as I got up it was time for the Gorge breakfast of champions AKA whiskey and coke!  Drinks were plentiful and everyone was having a blast all day in anticipation of the full day ahead (compared to the night before where there were many less bands).

I will be honest, I think Saturday was my least favorite day of the four.  Mechanical problems and mellow vibes (when I wanted to party) brought an interesting atmosphere to this day.  Of course there were some awesome points as well, and we will touch on those, but as a whole Saturday fell a little short in my opinion.

We made it into the Gorge in time to catch the Trailer Park Boys up in the Banana Shack, a tent that doubled as a comedy stage during the day and a dance tent at night.  The Boys weren’t performing a standup act though, it was more of a performance of a Trailer Park Boys episode.  From where we were in the tent the sound was pretty terrible, so we bailed in time to check out souvenirs and get some $9 beers.

We headed over to the Yeti Stage to see J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. at 4:35.  This was a set that I was extremely looking forward to, and we got to about 4th row in the crowd.  As mentioned above there were mechanical problems on Saturday during a couple sets, and this one had a few.  The music was great, but there were some big pauses and tunings between songs and some loudness/feedback that wasn’t supposed to be there.  Also during this set, the kid on the rail three people in front of me was hunched over, apparently asleep/way too wasted on whatever drugs he was on.  Security came over a few times, doing nothing of course, and then eventually they got the kid to wake up and head off to the side. It was an interesting and funny sight watching these big security guards confused.

After Mascis we went over to the huge lawn of the Gorge and watched Pink Martini.  This was one of the surprises of my weekend, as they were unexpectedly excellent!  I really enjoyed what they played and wished I could have seen more of their set-I think we got about half of it.

Phishbeard and I then took the long walk down to the floor and got close for Iron and Wine. Sam Beam and backup crew played for an hour and brought a cool vibe to the crowd. I like Iron and Wine a lot and thought they played great. They opened with Boy with a Coin and closed with Tree by the River, a fitting song as we watched the Columbia River flow behind the stage.  Walking Far From Home and Summer in Savannah seem like highlights, memory is a little foggy here.  After Iron and Wine we walked up to the Bigfoot stage and caught a few songs from Matt and Kim.  I liked these two a lot and this is another band that I wish I could have seen more of. Instead we made a bad decision and went over to the hill and watched the start of Bright Eyes, which I absolutely could not get into at all, and then went over to see Robyn party it up.

Robyn cancelled her fan meet and greet earlier in the day and came out over 25 minutes late for her set.  I am not sure what the deal was, but she was the artist I would consider the least timely of the weekend.  We watched a few songs and then went to watch Death Cab for Cutie.  This is where the possible worst decision of the weekend was made.

Instead of going to see Sleigh Bells we decided to give Death Cab a shot for about 30 minutes.  Like Bright Eyes, Death Cab was another band I just couldn’t find an appreciation for.  It was too quiet of set for what I wanted.  Eventually we went over to see the end of Sleigh Bells and that was possibly my favorite part of the day.  We only got 3 songs but they were a freaking blast and I really wish I could’ve seen more.  I will definitely put Sleigh Bells on my concert watch list.

The night ended when we went over to see the late night set of Bassnectar.  Another party I was looking forward to for a long time had an up and down go of it.  The power went out three separate times, including immediately after announcing “We are back!” and Bassnectar could only keep going (even though no one could hear anything) and pray to the Bass Gods (which he actually did) and hope the power would stay on for the remainder.  The glowstick war I was promised was nice, but I have seen better; see Phish performing Loving Cup on 10/31/09 in Indio.  The last hour of Bassnectars set went off without a hitch and I can see why the kids these days like to dance.  I had a pretty good amount of fun standing near the back of the crowd watching the crazies get their groove on.

The concerts ended at 12:30, but of course there is the long trek back to the Campground and then the party that awaits there.  Like I said, there were some great moments Saturday, but if I had to throw one of the days back in the water it would have been this one.  Maybe if I had seen all of Sleigh Bells I would think differently??

 

Random Notes:

Getting four people from the stage at J. Mascis was the closest we got all weekend, except for future ConcertConfessions contributor Mr. Sparkly who got two people from Death From Above 1979 and the Foo Fighters the night before.

Choosing Death Cab for Cutie over Sleigh Bells goes down as the weekends most epic fail.  Unlike Sunday with Major Lazer and Wilco (which I feel I managed almost perfect), I should have balanced Death Cab and Sleigh Bells much better.

Pink Martini goes down as possible surprise of the weekend.  A really fun set that seemed to come out of nowhere!

Shoulda saw more Matt and Kim.

 

Saturday Video of the Day:

 

Saturday Video list:

Bassnectar – Intro, glowstick war, and Mix

Bassnectar – Intro 2nd version

Bassnectar – In Bloom Mix

Bright Eyes – Shell Games

Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Possess Your Heart

Iron and Wine – Freedom Hangs Like Heaven

Iron and Wine – Walking Far From Home

J. Mascis – Listen to Me

J. Mascis – Not Enough

J. Mascis – Repulsion

J. Mascis – Thumb

Sasquatch! Festival – Friday 5/27/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre

Sasquatch! Festival – Friday 5/27/11 – The Gorge Amphitheatre

Review, pictures and video from thenaturalstoner and Phishbeard

 

Since we have 4 days worth of Sasquatch! content to post, I thought it would be best to put each days items up on ConcertConfessions.com individually.  Friday was the opening night of the Festival, and it was a super rocking good time.  There were less bands on Friday, and we were testing out our camera access limits, so the Friday content isn’t as voluminous as the rest of the days (we have a couple of HOURS of footage from Saturday-Monday!), but the party was just as strong!  I think for these reviews I will talk a little about each band I saw, whether it be for a full set or only one song. Obviously I had to make decisions on whom to watch, so my review could be quite different from someone elses who was at the Fest.

We arrived at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheatre on Friday afternoon to a wind storm of epic proportions.  Over the weekend we lost both of our tents and another shade tent, and we weren’t the only ones.  Eventually everything settled, we met our neighbors (hey Phil!), got a solid buzz on (when I say solid, I mean SOLID), and we went in for the opening festivities.

Bob Mould opened my Sasquatch! Festival and the floor of the Gorge was pretty open, so we went close and got a great spot.  The set was nice, a little more mellow than I was expecting, but good.  I had been looking forward to this set and it went about as I expected, although I wish it was longer.  Bob would also make a guest appearance (one of only two I saw all weekend-weird) later in the night.

After Mould, Phishbeard and I decided to walk up the hill and check out some of the smaller stage acts.  Against Me! was playing on the Bigfoot Stage, the second largest Gorge stage, and we caught a few of their songs.  I don’t know these guys at all, but their songs were good enough for my ears.  Eventually we decided to go to the Gorge lawn and check out the end of The Bronx set.  Again we only caught a couple songs (and we missed their ‘Mariachi el Bronx’ set on the Yeti stage), but they were fun and set the scene for the nights two biggest acts.

Death From Above 1979 was the second to last act on the Main Stage and we decided to go to the floor and get as close as we could for their set.  We got a decent spot, but not as good as our friend and future ConcertConfessions reviewer Mr. Sparkly, and rocked the hell out for a solid hour of tunes.  I have been hearing a lot about DFA1979, so I was looking forward to this one.  It was a lot of fun and my ears may still hurt from their awesome sound.  After an hour, DFA1979’s set was over and the stage was clear for the biggest name of the Festival to rock us home, The Foo Fighters.

The Foo Fighters are one of my favorite acts in the world, and one of the few bands that I love but have not seen live.  I was looking forward to this set the very most all weekend, and the boys brought everything they could for over two hours. Bridge Burning opened the show and went into a loud Rope.  Another new song came and then they opened up the setlist for some of the older stuff.  I think my personal highlight was Hey, Johnny Park! > Monkey Wrench, which was unbelievably perfect, but the show was pumped full of hits.  Times Like These, My Hero, All My Life, Learning to Fly, I’ll Stick Around and more blew the non-existant roof off of the Gorge.  They got my favorite off the new album, Walk, in there, and brought Bob Mould out to sing on Dear Rosemary (a tune he sings on The Foos new ablum).  An Everlong closer was the perfect way to send us back to the campground for an even longer night of drinking and general debauchery.  I thought the Foo set was A+, but little did I know the best of the weekend was yet to come….

 

Random Notes:

Foo was amazing! Probably a top 3 set of the entire festival for me.

I was a little too drunk this night.  Not terrible, but a little more than I was going for.  This contributed to the lack of video. My apologies.

Anyone who showed up Friday early afternoon to set up camp had to deal with one of the suckiest wind storms in a LONG while.  I can’t believe my tent made it all 4 nights (but eventually lost the battle).

There was a Sasquatch! Festival birthday cake made from the Ace of Cakes guys from TV.  They rolled it out Friday and then again during the Flaming Lips set on Sunday. During the Lips set we all sang Happy Birthday and then Wayne Coyne threw much of the cake into the crowd.

I would guesstimate that the Sasquatch! crowd was easily 50% Canadian.  Could have been more like 66%.  I asked my new friend Phil from Calgary why there were so many Canadians at the show and he said ‘Unless you are in Vancouver, there’s nothing else to do up there”.  The “GO CANUCKS GO” chant got VERY old however.

I wish Bob Mould would have been a bit more rocking.

 

Friday Video of the Day:

 

Friday Video list:

Death from Above 1979 – Turn It Out

 

Sasquatch! Festival 2011 Preview – The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA

Sasquatch! Festival 2011 Preview

By thenaturalstoner

It’s hard to believe that out of over 100 bands performing at this years Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre, I have only seen two.  I go to a lot of concerts, and like a lot of these bands, so it’s really freaking odd to me that I have only seen the Old 97’s (at an old Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, approx. 10 years ago) and Sharon Jones, although I didn’t see her with the Dap-Kings, only as a backup performer to Phish at their legendary Festival 8.  With that said there are some amazing acts this year, and as always, Sasquatch! is plum full of up and coming bands we will all love in 2-3 years.  This preview will look at my favorite acts I am looking forward to, and why.  There are lots of different reasons that these bands appear on this list, and after the Festival I am sure some of my favorite sets from the event won’t be any of these listed, but these are the top bands I am most looking forward to seeing perform live (ALL for the first time!).

 


10. Flogging Molly: While “celtic punk rock” isn’t my favorite genre, it certainly jumps up big on the list after a few cold beers.  So Sunday night’s Flogging Molly set on the Main Stage at the Gorge should be epic (so should The Flaming Lips and Modest Mouse to follow on the Main Stage-what a way to start the night!).

9. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: As mentioned above, I have seen Sharon Jones once before, backing up Phish at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. This will be a nice treat seeing her with her own band. Sharons throwback funk/soul sound gets me going every time and her voice is amazing.

8. The Decembrists: I will admit, an ex-girlfriend got me into this band. Usually the kiss of death, but I have always kind of liked their sound (their 2011 album The King is Dead is a lot of fun) and these guys will be great at the Gorge.

7. Chromeo: When the initial Sasquatch! lineup was announced, I asked concertconfessions own Rev. Justito to give me some names of bands to check out that I might not be familiar with. I’m pretty sure Chromeo was on his list because they made it onto my iPod, but after a couple listens it really wasn’t for me. However, I decided to give their recent Coachella Festival webcast a chance, and after watching the ENTIRE set, this Prince-meets-Devo funky pop band is something I am really excited about seeing. I can only imagine the dance party that awaits.

 

6. Modest Mouse: The great Northwests own Modest Mouse, returning to Sasquatch! for a night for the ages.  Sunday nights headliner is a band that I like (not love), but maybe that will change as this will be my first Modest Mouse show.  I have heard their concerts can be hit or miss, especially these days, but I have to think the Sunday night magic of Sasquatch! will leave the Gorge Amphitheatre in awe.

5. Bassnectar: Dubstep, a genre I am a total noob about, is intriguing to me. And Bassnectar is one of the best blowing up right now.  After hearing about the legendary glow stick wars (that supposedly put my band Phish’s to shame) and seeing some YouTube clips, I have a sneaking suspicion that this late night set could be one of the best of the entire Festival.

4. Iron & Wine: Another ex-girlfriend introduction for me, but I thank her greatly for it.  Iron & Wine (traditionally a one man band, but I have heard he sometimes tours with a group) is one of my favorite mellow “rock” acts.  The Main State of the Gorge will be a perfect setting for a Saturday night dusk time set and the new album is super, so the tunes should be great.

3. J. Mascis: The front man for legendary alternative band Dinosaur Jr. will be at Sasquatch! performing a solo set.  J.’s past solo performances are great and his latest all-acoustic album “Several Shades of Why” is fantastic.  This will be a small side stage act not to be missed!  I think I just pee’d my pants a little thinking about it.

2. The Flaming Lips: Not sure how I have not seen this band before, but am SUPER excited for this set.  The Lips will be performing their 1999 epic “The Soft Bulletin” in its entirety, plus other additional songs to follow.  I’ve been told a Flaming Lips show can be life changing, so Sunday May 29th may be my last “normal” day as thenaturalstoner.

1. Foo Fighters: The first band announced for this years Festival is the one I am looking forward to the most.  Nirvana was always my favorite band growing up, and to have the opportunity to see Dave Grohl and Pat Smear play together will rock my mind and soul.  Nirvana Bassist Krist Novoselic performed on the Foos new album “Wasting Light” (as did Huskur Du’s own Bob Mould, also at the Sasquatch! Fest), so who knows, maybe a Nirvana reunion will rock Central Washington in May.  Regardless, this is one set I have been looking forward to for months on end.  I had the chance to see the Foos only one other time, also at the Gorge with Kool Keith and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and some mishaps along the way caused me to miss the show.  That will NOT happen this time.

 

 

Just missing the cut: Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Washington state hip-hop represent!), Bob Mould, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Trailer Park Boys, Reggie Watts, Wilco.

Things I am pissed about:  J. Mascis and Chromeo only scheduled for 45 minutes; The Decemberists, Iron and Wine and Bassnectar only scheduled for an hour; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings scheduling conflict.

So that’s my list.  The best part about Festivals, especially 4 day long ones, is that your list will differ greatly from mine.  I can’t wait to check these bands out (plus 90 others!) and report back on who was amazing and who failed to live up to expectations.  George, Washington, here we come!!!

For those who can’t make it – NPR will be broadcasting live from the festival all weekend long.

Sasquatch! Festival 2011 Full Lineup:

Friday, May 27

Foo Fighters

Death From Above 1979

Against Me!

Biffy Clyro

Rival Schools

The Bronx

Bob Mould

Saturday, May 28

Death Cab For Cutie

Bright Eyes

Iron & Wine

Bassnectar

Robyn

Pink Martini

Wolf Parade

Local Natives

Matt & Kim

Trailer Park Boys

Sleigh Bells

The Thermals

Jenny & Johnny

The Head & The Heart

K-os

The Radio Dept.

The Antlers

Sharon Van Etten

Aloe Blacc

The Secret Sisters

Wye Oak

J. Mascis

Tig Notaro

Alberta Cross

Seattle Rock Orchestra

Washed Out

Dan Mangan

The Globes

Rebecca Gates & The Consortium

Pepper Rabbit

DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid

Matt McCarthy

The Glitch Mob

Sunday, May 29

Modest Mouse

The Flaming Lips

Flogging Molly

Cold War Kids

Ratatat

MSTRKRFT

Yeasayer

Beach House

Flying Lotus

Tokyo Police Club

Fitz & The Tantrums

Archers of Loaf

City and Colour

Reggie Watts

Gayngs

Tim Minchin

The Drums

Sam Roberts Band

Villagers

The Moondoggies

Smith Westerns

Das Racist

Wheedle’s Groove

S. Carey

Typhoon

Gold Panda

Cotton Jones

Mad Rad

Basia Bulat

Other Lives

Talkdemonic

DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid

Hari Kondabolu

Monday, May 30

Wilco

The Decemberists

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Old 97’s

Chromeo

Guided By Voices

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Deerhunter

Major Lazer

Skrillex

The Scott Aukerman & Paul F. Tompkins Show

!!!

Best Coast

Surfer Blood

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Bonobo (DJ Set)

Young the Giant

Stornoway

Black Mountain

Noah & The Whale

Wavves

GIVERS

Twin Shadow

Foster the People

White Denim

Axis of Awesome

Jaill

White Arrows

Head Like A Kite

The Young Evils

DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid

Boyz II Men 5/21/11 – Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, WA

Boyz II Men 5/21/11 – Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, WA

Review, pictures and video from thenaturalstoner

 

Coming into last nights Boyz II Men show in the suburbs of Spokane, Washington, I had zero expectations for their performance.  I mean, I always kind of liked the dudes and their acapella/R&B style was fun when I was way younger, but I certainly did not expect to have a blast at this show.  I was surprisingly wrong. This show was one big fun party.

Coming out to a pretty cool intro video collage (biggest R&B band ever, 17 million records sold or something), the three remaining Boyz opened the set with an abbreviated version of Motownphilly. This was pretty cool for a couple reasons. 1) My date particularly wanted to hear Motownphilly and 2) I had predicted a Motownphilly opener.  I mean honestly, they HAD to open with that, it’s the perfect crowd mover to start their show. And the crowd was moved!

Speaking of the crowd, there was debate on the drive to Spokane on whether this would be a sit-down crowd or a stand-up crowd.  I had guessed this would be a 90% sit-down concert because of the style of performance.  However, little did I know that Suburban Spokane, Boyz II Men fans were serious about their shit and actually flipped my prediction.  This was a 90% stand/dance show, which was fine with me and pretty cool.  It was lively in that ballroom, and it was an older crowd taboot!

Another note about the  fans, this show sold out quickly (really!) and I haven’t had such a hard time finding tickets to a show in ages (sans this Summers Eddie Vedder Seattle shows).  I FINALLY found a pair on Craigslist less than a week til showtime.  Who knew this was such a hot ticket?!  Maybe that was why the crowd was so into it.

The Boyz played for a hour and forty minutes, about what I expected.  There was no opening act and we were out of the show by 10pm. Each member took turns bantering with the crowd, giving out roses to the ladies, and generally having a good time. You can tell these guys are really good performers, and have mastered that art.

The rest of the set is probably what you would imagine, except for a couple distinct things.  Of course we got almost all of their greatest hits (“End of the Road”, “Amazed”, “On Bended Knee”, “Water Runs Dry”, etc.), and also a nice, albeit predictable, Motown era medley mid-set.  But two things stood out. First, the only disappointment of the night came when the set ended and they did not perform “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye”.  I don’t know how THIS band could not play THAT song, but that was a bummer.  Maybe they are sick of playing it every night? Pearl Jam certainly isn’t playing Jeremy at every show, and I can understand that I guess. Second, as the set came to an end and we got one last tune, they decided to bring Motownphilly back and do the full song!  “We opened the show with a song and didn’t get to finish it, until now” was I believe the quote.  And the crowd, my date and myself included, got super pumped and it was a fitting way to end (and start!) a show.

The Boyz put on an impressive performance I wasn’t entirely expecting.  If they came around my area again, I would probably go without question (and get my tickets early so I don’t have to deal with Craigslist stress).

Til next time…

 

Boyz II Men Videos-

Boyz II Men – Amazed

Boyz II Men – Money (That’s What I Want)

Boyz II Men – End of the Road

Boyz II Men – Please Don’t Go Away

Soundgarden Announces Remaining Summer Tour Dates

Soundgarden, one of Seattles great all time bands, has announced the remainder of their 2011 Summer Tour. 

Spanning from July 2 through July 30, Soundgarden will hit up parts of Canada, the East Coast, Chicago and some West coast spots (Sorry to those of you in the South!). 

Guests opening random shows of the tour include Coheed and Cambria, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, The Mars Volta and the Meat Puppets.  These will be shows NOT to be missed!

 

Full tour itinerary (Please note, I believe there is a typo on the Vancouver date on the Soundgarden website- likely to be July 29):

Date City Venue PreSale Times
July 2 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheater On Sale Now
July 3 London, ON John Labatt Centre Mon, May 9, 10:00 am PDT
July 5 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Blues Fest On Sale Now
July 6 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena Mon, May 9, 11:00 am PDT
July 8 Newark, NJ Prudential Center Mon, May 9, 9:00 am PDT
July 9 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre Mon, May 9, 7:00 am PDT
July 10 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center for the Performing Arts Mon, May 9, 12:00 pm PDT
July 12 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center Tues, May 10, 9:00 am PDT
July 13 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing On Sale Now
July 14 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center Tues, May 10, 10:00 am PDT
July 16 Chicago, IL UIC Pavilion Tues, May 10, 11:00 am PDT
July 18 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater On Sale Now
July 21 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Tues, May 10, 1:00 pm PDT
July 22 Inglewood, CA The Forum On Sale Now
July 23 Las Vegas, NV The Joint Tues, May 10, 2:00 pm PDT
July 19 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena Tues, May 10, 3:00 pm PDT
July 30 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheater Tues, May 10, 4:00 pm PDT

 

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Coheed and Cambria: all shows 7/2-10 (Toronto, London, Ottawa, Uncasville, Newark, Wantagh, Mansfield)
The Mars Volta: all shows 7/12-23 (Fairfax, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Chicago, Morrison, San Francisco, Inglewood, Las Vegas)
Queens of The Stone Age, Meat Puppets: 7/29 (Vancouver)
Queens of The Stone Age, Mastodon, Meat Puppets: 7/30 (George, WA)

Soundgarden Announces Summer Tour

On the heels of a smoking solo performance by Chris Cornell in New York City last night, Soundgarden, one of Seattles finest bands, will be on tour this summer for the first time in ages!  Soundgardenworld.com announced the long awaited news just a few minutes ago.

 

Details are still being worked out, but the tour will run from July 2 to July 30.  Four initial dates have been posted:

Date City Venue Pre-sale Times
July 2 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Mon 4/18 10 am PDT
July 13 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing Mon 4/18 11:30 am PDT
July 18 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre Mon 4/18 1:00 pm PDT
July 22 Los Angeles, CA The Forum Mon 4/18 2:30 pm PDT

Mike Gordon 03/05/11: McDonald Theater – Eugene, OR

Mike Gordon 3/5/11

The McDonald Theatre, Eugene, OR

Words by thenaturalstoner

Since this would be my third Mike Gordon show in a few months, you would think I would know what to expect heading into the venue. Problem is the last two Mike shows I saw were like Jekyll and Hyde. I had a blast at the Portland (Aladdin Theatre) show in November, while my expectations for the next night in Seattle fell a bit flat (the Crocodile Cafe sucked that night). So obviously I was hoping for more Portland than Seattle this go around. And I got what I wanted…

 

Photo Credit: @mike_gordon

The whole show last night was fun. A long first set with tons of jams led to a great 2nd set and an unexpected Mound encore. Funky Bitch > Andelmans’ Yard was a blast to open set 2 and the whole night was just great. The venue was cool (this is only my 2nd show in Eugene, first in probably 10 years) and you can’t beat getting Ninkasi beers while watching Gordo jam!!

Videos from Eugene:

Mike Gordon – She Said, She Said

Mike Gordon – The Grid

Mike Gordon – Dig Further Down

I’m still in Eugene for a couple of days so I have to cut this review short. If Mike Gordon is hitting your town this spring, you have no excuse to miss him.

 

Thanks Mike for a good time in Oregon!!!!

 

Set One
Horizon Line*
Middle Of The Road
Traveled Too Far
Willow Tree
Sailin’ Shoes
Be Good And You’ll Be Lonely
Babylon Baby**
Set Two
Funky Bitch
Andelmans’ Yard
The Grid
Cruel World
Crumbling Bones
Pretend
She Said, She Said
What Things Seem
Dig Further Down
Encore
Mound^ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show Notes:* included n’goni and kanjira intro, with Craig and Todd
** first time played
^ first time played 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Presidents of the United States of America – 1/25/11 The CUB Ballroom, Pullman, WA

Presidents of the United States of America – CUB Ballroom, Pullman, WA

Video and review by thenaturalstoner

Things got off on the wrong foot to start the Presidents of the United States show last night in Pullman, WA, with the lead singer of the PUSA calling me out before a note was even played!  He singled me out for being on a “phone” and “texting my mom”, when really I was filming video on my friends cam.  Of course I took this a little personal (as a swipe against concert filming), and let the band know how I felt during Lump, all in good fun of course.  Regardless, this was a dud evening.

“Were about pretty close to ready. There is one guy back there who is not ready, I can see him, he’s working on his phone or whatever. He’s not ready, he is texting his mom, I’m sure she is ready. It’s a rock show we’re going to rock your mom …”

Lump and my retort to the band

After seeing some video clips online, we purposely skipped the opening act This Providence.  From the WSU school newspaper report, we didn’t miss much as they apparently played a set too long for anyones liking.  A setbreak and half hour mechanical failure break later and the Presidents came out to roughly 800 people.

I am not a huge fan, so I don’t know the bands “non hits”, but the songs I knew were slightly nostalgic and cheesy at the same time.  Lots of younger kids (most of the crowd was 18-20 in this college town) seemed to have fun, but us slightly older concert vets know a snoozer when we see one. A few trips to Dupus Boomers for drinks mid set was a nice perk, but overall last night in Pullman, WA was fairly forgetful.

We stayed over an hour and then felt we had seen all that we needed to see.  Continuing our alcohol antics became much more of a priority and as a group we decided to leave before the set ended.  Looking back, this was a great decision.  Hopefully the next show I go to in this college town will be better.

Go Cougs.

 

Phish – 12/30/10 Madison Square Garden, New York City – Webcast Review

Phish 12-30-10 Madison Square Garden Webcast Review

Review and screenshots by thenaturalstoner

I wasn’t sure if the idea of writing a review of a webcast was a good one or not. But after some thought I said what the hell and decided to write this up.  I had a lot of fun tonight watching this stream. Thank you Phish.

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Well I certainly was not planning on staying at home tonight and watching the first Phish webcast since 2000 all by myself.  However, when life hands you lemons, you gotta make lemonade.  So when the local Doc. diagnosed me with pink eye this morning and I became stranded by myself here in Pullman, Washington, I immediately knew what my new evening plans were.  PHISH.

I don’t have a laptop computer, so initially I planned on watching the show on my small Samsung desktop computer monitor.  However after trying out the Livephish video feed on my Playstation3, I discovered I could watch the show on my 42” plasma and have the audio come through my home stereo setup as loud as I want! Party on!



I didn’t get a chance to see Phish at all in 2010, something that burns inside (damn you West Coast!).  But this webcast HAS to be the next best thing.  I could not believe how nice the general feed and audio/video quality was.  I think the feed skipped only once for like 2 seconds all night. And being able to watch in the comfort of my own living room, while drinking my own beers and fun, makes me hope this becomes a regular option for all Phish shows! It had to be a money maker for the band I assume as well. The clean sounding bass and clear pictures exceeded all expectations.

The 1st set was long, close to 90 minutes I would guess, and solid. You can’t go wrong with a Cities opener and that Maze was super tasty. There were several of my favorites played, Quinn the Eskimo, Timber Ho!, Camel Walk, and Madison Square Gardens first ever Bathtub Gin to name a few. They finished the set with a rippin’ Character Zero and off to setbreak we go.

Instead of dead setbreak air on the stream, immediately following the bands exit of the stage a video montage began.  This clip showed behind the scenes footage of the crew setting up, the band at setbreak, fans before the show, and other misc. experiences from earlier in the day.  The audio was set to a solid Mikes Song (reportedly from 12-31-95, MSG) and lasted a good 10 minutes or more.

Set 2 started with a mini gag for the viewers at home and finished in classic Phish rock fashion. Clearly someone told Trey that people could hear him calling out songs on the stream, so to start Set 2 Trey came out and said “Okay Jennifer Dances, one, two…”  After referencing the not so loved Phish song, they decided to bust into a nice Tweezer > Light instead (whew!).  Theme from the Bottom and My Friend My Friend followed as a super start to the set.  A couple of other favorites would follow, Axilla and Fluffhead. Boogie On Reggae Woman got the crowd pumped, which jammed into a 2001. A monster Suzy Greenberg would finish out the set in huge style. What a blast I was having from the seat of my couch, relaxing!

A rare Antelope (really nice!) encore would cap off a great night of Phish in New York City.  Tweeprize would close us out and send everyone home on a high note.  A great show for us tonight, and I can only imagine what the next 2 nights will bring!

If you are considering ordering the webcasts the next 2 nights, I strongly urge you do so.  If I am still stuck here at home alone for New Years Eve and January 1st, I can thank the heavens that Phish in New York is there to keep me and my pink eye company.

I’d like to thank the Phish organization for making these webcasts available to us fans.  I had a blast and would pay to do it again anytime.  From what I have been reading online, others share the same sentiment.  Kudos.

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Madison Square Garden
New York, New York
December 30, 2010

Set I: Cities, Chalk Dust Torture, Gumbo, Quinn the Eskimo, Halley’s Comet, Camel Walk, Maze, Driver, Bathtub Gin, Fat Man in the Bathtub, Timber Ho, Golgi Apparatus, Character Zero

Set II: Tweezer-> Light, Theme From the Bottom->My Friend My Friend, Axilla (pt.1), Fluffhead, Boogie On Reggae Woman > 2001, Suzy Greenberg

E:Run Like an Antelope, Tweezer Reprise

Foo Fighters Set To Rock Sasquatch Festival in 2011

Foo Fighters Set To Rock Sasquatch Festival in 2011
News posted by: thenaturalstoner

It’s never too early to get excited for the best festival in the West.  Held every Memorial Day (in May, for the holiday challenged) Weekend it’s the Gorge Amphitheatres own Sasquatch Festival.

The festivals official site has announced intial plans for this years run, and the early news sounds excellent:

1. A 4th night (Friday) has been added to the Festival!!

2. Early headliner announcement: The Foo Fighters!  The Footies will be headlining the new Friday night freak out…. Concertconfessions is very excited about this early news.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiYzQx4HLXM

Check back to http://www.sasquatchfestival.com/ or http://www.concertconfessions.com or more Sasquatch news as it comes.  TONS of bands will be added, and this Fest will be one not to miss!

Mike Gordon – The Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA – 11-10-10

Mike Gordon at the Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA 11-10-10

Review and photos by thenaturalstoner

When I first planned my current week long vacation, I was excited by the thought of coming home and writing a great review about the Mike Gordon show at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle last night. Unfortunately things do not always go as planned, and I will have to shift my main focus towards the PACKED venue instead of the musical act in this write-up.

I hope last night was an abnormality, because things did not seem to be running very well by the Crocodile Cafe staff.  Making people wait until after 9pm (lines were formed at 7pm in expectations of getting in) to get inside was just the start. The club was oversold by what felt like 100% and the crowd was in essence a pack of sardines.  Minimal crowd dancing/involvement (due to lack of space), long lines at the bar and restrooms, and a general rudeness in the crowd made last night one to forget.

This is extremely unfortunate because the music on stage was great!  Similar to the show two nights before in Portland, the band came out and had a great energy.  The crowd was enjoying it as much as they could in the little space allotted, and Mike was taking leads and dropping bombs.  Sadly many in the crowd, and most in my group, didn’t stay long enough to really enjoy it.
The first casualty in our group left after the 3rd song, and the others all followed, trickling out one after another.  These aren’t casual music fans either, these folks go to lots of shows and enjoy good music, but the venue and crowd last night was unbearable. “I’ve had enough, had to bail” was a text message I got about 25 minutes into the show.

You know the feeling when you have an aisle seat and are always shifting your upper body to let folks around/through? Well it was like that continuously throughout the entire venue no matter where you went.  There was no relief of sweaty bodies or any space to dance, even in the back.  It was mainly this reason that my friends, and many others, left early.

Mikes two sets were terrific, but I can’t help but think back two nights to the Portland gig at the Aladdin Theatre, which seemed like a much better fit venue-wise for this kind of show.  I left thinking how much I wished Mike had booked one of Seattles many Theatre venues instead of the Croc (which certainly has its place, but seemed like an odd pairing on this night).  I can only imagine tonights show at the Wilma Theatre in Missoula will be of the “Great” variety instead of what we got last night, and hopefully the Crocodile Cafe will get some things figured out for the future.  I firmly plan on going to another Croc show to compare and write another review and hope to have a blast!

Mike Gordon – The Aladdin Theatre – Portland, OR 11-8-10

Mike Gordon at the Aladdin Theatre, Portland, OR 11-8-10

Mini-Review and Photos by thenaturalstoner

 

Mike Gordon at the Aladdin Theatre in Portland was a truly great experience for those lucky enough to get a ticket to the sold out performance.  From the Andelman’s Yard opener to a raging cover of Cities to the Takin’ it to the Streets encore the tiny Aladdin Theatre was bouncing and shaking all night long.

 

I didn’t know what to expect at my first Mike Gordon solo show, I had seen him play with Leo Kottke at Horning’s Hideout but never his solo band, but my expectations were high. One of my favorite musicians of all time playing my favorite big city in the United States makes one eager for a great experience.  The band definitely did not disappoint.  The guitar and keys were fantastic all night and Mike rocking the bass had the crowd very into it. Fun covers and great versions of Mike tunes were aplenty and everyone was having a blast.

I thought the show really took off towards the end of the first set and the energy built all the way through the encore.  The Crocodile Cafe in Seattle is up next for Mike and I will be at that show as well.  After what I saw last night I can only say I wish I was going on to Missoula and farther, as this tour is heating up!

Thanks for the great night Mike, see ya up the road!

David Allan Coe – John’s Alley – Moscow, ID 9-26-10

David Allan Coe – John’s Alley, Moscow, ID – 9-26-10

Review and pictures by thenaturalstoner

I must admit, coming into tonight’s David Allan Coe concert in Moscow, Idaho I was not very familiar with the country legends musical catalog. I had heard some of the stuff he did with Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings and a few other things, but never was a super fan. However, tonight I was ready to let loose, let my inner cowboy fly and enjoy a night on the town with only 400 outlaw country music fans from the Pacific Northwest (in a hippie bar no less!!!). Sadly, this night was one for the record books, in a not so great way.

About 8pm we were standing outside the bar when I noticed David Allan Coe driven up in his Suburban (with Texas plates) and parked immediately in front of John’s Alley Tavern. The 71 year old was getting dropped off a few minutes after 8pm and was helped into the bar and up on the stage by his wife and a walker. I was the only one who seemed to notice him walking by and I gave him a “Thanks for coming David” and didn’t even get a passing glance. The old bastard just walked past me and up to the stage, not giving one shit about anyone else. This set a tone for the night that was only enhanced about 60 minutes later.

Coe walked on the stage and belted out a bunch of classic tunes, including “If that Ain’t Country”, “Jack Daniels, If you Please” and “Willie, Waylon and Me” and the crowd, mostly white cowboys and cowgirls from the nearby Palouse region of the Pacific Northwest was loving every minute of it. Beers were flowing, lots of stage banter and swearing (“Mother fucker” was a huge hit all night) and this little hippie bar was in full fledged hoe-down mode. Coes “only son” was on guitar and his wife was singing backup on most of the tunes. I was even having a BLAST and really having a good time along with everyone else.

A couple more songs passed and then a mostly classic rock medley ensued including “Cant You See”, “Drift Away” and “Only God Knows Why” (see Kid Rock with Trey Anastasio’s version here) and more “Mother Fucker”s were dropped and the crowd was lapping it up. Coe talked about his regular occurring relationship with Kid Rock, recording an album with Dimebag Darrell, and then played one more song.

It was at this point David Allan Coe said Goodnight to us all and (with help of course) limped off the stage and back into his Suburban. His band played a couple more minutes and then left the stage as well. Everyone looked around, waiting for a second set or at least an encore, did some “DAVID ALLAN COE” chants, and was left hanging high and dry. Coe had left, wasn’t coming back, and no one expected that at all. I looked at a phone next to me and the time was 9:07, barely an hour after he had walked on to the stage. This was easily the shortest concert I have ever been to in my 30 years of life. (Side note: The only other one even close was a Derek Trucks Band gig I saw at this exact same bar in Moscow about 5 years ago).

The bar staff was bewildered, having been told to expect TWO one hour sets. I talked to one of the main bar crew and he was livid. “I guess the lesson here is to not book old dying death bed country acts anymore”, and was super-ticked because of all the lost bar revenue. The place was emptying out and it wasn’t even 9:30 yet. I heard one guy say “I feel like I’m being raped”. It was a rowdy scene and these were cowboys here, not John’s Alleys normal peaceful hippies. People were pissed and the stage crew just broke down the stage like nothing else mattered. David Allan Coe was long gone and everyone else was left hanging $25 cheaper.

Later we found out his Spokane and Boise shows both got the same 60 minute treatment, making me wonder why anyone pays decent cash to go see this guy if this is a normal thing. I consider this a lesson learned and tonight just reinforced why I love so many of the great bands that I do. Bands that put out two sets (or one nice long set) are who deserve our money. Not old country hacks looking to make a quick buck on the way to the next gig.

And where were the old vulgar songs, the ones that made you a celebrity Dave. That’s what I was hoping to hear. BOOOO on you all around Mr. Coe. Well, except for when you WERE actually on stage, that was actually kinda pretty fun.

The Smashing Pumpkins 9/14/10 The Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA

The Smashing Pumpkins 9/14/2010 – The Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA

Review and Photos by thenaturalstoner

I always viewed the Smashing Pumpkins as one of those great 90’s alternative bands I never got the pleasure to see live, so when I saw their Spokane tour date announced I purchased tickets as fast as I could. Nevermind this is essentially the “Billy Corgan Band”, with he being the only original band member remaining, I wanted to hear HIM sing THOSE songs. Well, last nights show in Spokane can be summed up in one word: Sauna.

Upon entering The Knitting Factory in time to catch most of opener Bad City (ugh), one was immediately smashed in the face with the brunt force of 1,500 hot, sweaty, rancid bodies (mostly dudes at that). According to Knitting Factory staff, Billy Corgan “has been sick and asked us to turn off all the air, because it is easier on his throat”. I don’t know if this is true or not, but this venue was EASILY the most overheated, muggy, stinky, sweaty show I have ever been a part of, and being told this further cemented Mr. Corgans “Diva” status in my mind. “I paid $40 for this? I’m about to pass out. They should be catering to US” was a common theme amongst the crowd in the hallway, which was the only place in the entire venue where you could take a semi-breather.

It should be noted that Billy referenced the heat himself midway through their set, so who knows the real story. Maybe someone out there can correct? For some reason I tend to believe the Spokane staff on this one though.

The music itself was actually pretty fun. Drinks were flowing and I was there with several friends, so that part was enjoyable. It was great hearing the old classics and most of the new stuff I heard was good enough too. Today, Drown and Bullet With Butterfly Wings were my personal highlights, but the Pumpkin diehards appeared to be loving pretty much all of it. I thought the bands playing was tight and they were having a good amount of fun up there. They did a little tease of Eric Claptons Cocaine, sung to the tune of SPO-KANE, and Billy mentioned that one of the band members was the nephew of Paul Stanley and they jammed a little Kiss riff, but for the most part it was a standard looking setlist (based off of recent SP setlists I have seen). I wish I was more of a Pumpkins diehard to give more info on exactly what was played, but it sure seemed to be a mix of old and new, covering their entire catalog.

Apparently a day or two before the show there was a preview in the Spokane Inlander magazine that Billy took offense to via several Twitter posts (see http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/journal-vitriolic-observations/2010/09/billy-corgan-vs-blogger-a-twitter-opera.html) and a “I guess we should have quit in 1997, huh” reference was dropped to spite the writer hopefully in attendance. I was wondering if the band would reference the incident at all and got a chuckle out of Billys quip.

The heat inside this venue however, cannot be understated. People were wet and dazed and some in attendance were in a world of trouble. I didn’t even have much to drink and had to stop early because it was so unbearable inside the venue. I have tickets here to see Keller Williams in a couple months and you can bet your ass I will be calling the venue ahead of time to see if the air is working. It was the most uncomfortable I have been at a concert ever and had a 100% impact on the enjoyment of the show.

In summary:

“TURN THE FUCKING AIR ON!”

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 7-17-10 Clarkston, WA Photo Gallery

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Rockin’ On The River – Clarkston, WA

Words/Photos by thenaturalstoner

 

From all accounts Clarkston, Washingtons annual Rockin’ on the River, this year headlined by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, was a hugely intoxicated day of classic rock and roll. Rocking the LC Valley with all her hits including “I Love Rock and Roll”, “Crimson and Clover”, “Bad Reputation”, and a fun version of The Replacements “Androgynous”, Jett showed Clarkston, Washington a real good (albeit kinda weird) time.

Photos by thenaturalstoner





Ween 5/30/10 The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT

Ween 05/30/10

The Wilma Theatre – Missoula, MT

Words/Photos by TheNaturalStoner

Personally I had a lot of inner hype built up upon entering The Wilma Theatre to see Ween perform in Missoula, Montana.  The show, long sold out, proved to be a hard ticket to find.  After trading my Sasquatch Festival tickets for two Ween Wilma tickets, I was very much looking forward to some fun Weenness out in Big Sky Country.  The band, city and venue did not disappoint.

The Wilma Theatre is an old 1920’s Historic Landmark Theatre in downtown Missoula.  We entered the venue about 7:15 only to find lax security and easy to find drinks.  Two posters and a trip back to the car later, we still managed to score “2nd row” seats behind the front pit.  I had been told that this row was a great place to be, so row 2 it was. About 8:25 or so Ween took the stage to an extremely loud and rowdy (surely fueled by the easily accessible full bar in the lobby) crowd.

We had tried to predict the opener a few times over the weekend and Don’t Shit Where You Eat came up somewhere in the conversation, so that as the opener was a nice start.  After that somewhat mellow intro it seemed like the band decided they wanted to rock out hard.  This ended up not being a show for many Ween ballads.

Don’t Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy) and Transdermal Celebration kept the crowd enthused and the energy strong.  This show was in a small, 1,000 seat venue and it was LOUD in there. With My Own Bare Hands, Voodoo Lady, Did You See Me? and Buckingham Green brought the place to a raucous level, with plenty of party favors being passed around from fan to fan.  There were no camera or security hassles that I saw all night.

Your Party into Let’s Dance changed the vibe a bit, more of a fun dance along theme.  Let’s Dance was a great cover, sung well (I thought the Gener looked great!) and got my feet moving. This continued for several more songs throughout the set (Touch My Tooter, Powder Blue, Ocean Man, The Mollusk, etc.) before Awesome Sound rocked the Wilmas face off. Baby Bitch and Spinal Meningitis provided a more standard feeling close to the set, with the Gener dropping his microphone during Baby Bitch creating an amusing audience sing along.

The encore of this show is proving to be my favorite part of the night.  Fiesta started the encore off with a fun bang, leading into a somewhat Black Sabbath-esque “new” song with Gene singing what I believe is “Bison Burger” repeatedly.  There isn’t a lot of information about this song available, but one online fan believes this was written that day or on the spot based on the many Bison Burger places in Montana.  Hopefully we find out if that is accurate or not.  Dean ended up blowing his amp and mic for a minute or so two during this song, but continued playing on seeming not to notice.  A minute later the amp comes back and they finish it out.

Claude (who looked to be having issues with his drum kit) called out for You Fucked Up next and this was my favorite song of the night.  They rocked this super hard and set up a fun finale in Fluffy.  This featured a rowdy extended jam with seemingly the entire venue filling with smoke blowing from the stage. The band walked off and the venue exploded with cheers.

I didn’t get many of the songs I was “chasing” at this show, but that didn’t end up mattering one bit, as most everything played was good.  A fun night was had by all, even through a long wait for a never coming 2nd encore was a blue-ball twist at the end.  The house lights did not come up for a LONG time after the band left the stage, leading to a venue full of groans.

Following the show we decided to hit up a local bar and end up running into Claude and Dean drinking at our first stop.  The Deaner had a hard time getting a drink ordered but ended up getting a Heineken and shot of Jameson right next to me.  Eventually later in the night this lead to the prophetic statement “The Deaner doesn’t want to go to the Gorge, he just wants another drink!”

Missoula is a fun town and I hope I get to come back and have good times like this again.

Setlist:
Don’t Shit Where You Eat
Take Me Away
Don’t Get 2 Close (2 My Fantasy)
Transdermal Celebration
Even if You Don’t
Bananas and Blow
Learning 2 Love
Piss Up a Rope
With My Own Bare Hands
Voodoo Lady
Did You See Me?
Buckingham Green
Your Party
Let’s Dance (David Bowie)
Gabrielle
I’ll Be Your Johnny On the Spot
Pandy Fackler
Stroker Ace
Touch My Tooter
Powder Blue
Ocean Man
The Mollusk
Roses Are Free
Awesome Sound
Baby Bitch*
Spinal Meningitis

Encore:
Fiesta
Unknown new track “Bison Burger”?**
You Fucked Up
Fluffy

* = Spinal Meningitis Intro Cymbol Tease before Baby Bitch

**= Unknown new track, “Bison Burger”? Possibly named on the spot for all the Bison Burger joints in Montana.





Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival – Moscow, ID 2/26/2010

Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival w/ Cyrus Chestnut, Dee Daniels and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Gospel Choir & The Taj Mahal Trio

University of Idaho Kibbie Dome 02/26/10

Words/Photos by thenaturalstoner

Taj Mahal Trio 3 - Moscow, ID 2/26/10

I definitely picked an interesting (see: not great) show to make my first Concert Confessions review, and in hindsight I should have picked a different one, but we all make mistakes in our lives.  The evening wasn’t terrible, but the crowd was, which I suppose is partially my fault.

Last night I went to the University of Idaho’s Kibbie Dome for the 44th Annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and left thinking I should have just saved the 45 bucks and punched myself in the face a couple of times instead.  Little did I know, but the Jazz Festival is primarily about music education in our local area (Washington/Idaho Palouse region) schools. Thus, as I walked into the Dome last night, I immediately found myself surrounded by thousands of 12-16 year olds, something I hope to never have happen again in my life.  There is one benefit to this, which I will touch on in a bit, but it felt like torture sitting there among those masses for much of the night.

The Kibbie Dome is an interesting venue to hold a concert.  This is where the Idaho Vandals host their home college football and basketball games, but last night they had the Jazz Fest setup instead.  Curtains were hung and the large Dome was cut into a fraction of its normal size.  About 4,000 people were there I would estimate, but it didn’t stay that way throughout the night. I don’t know how Lionel Hampton of all people ended up throwing gigs in Moscow, Idaho, considering the racial/social mixup of the people that live here (95% white, mostly farmers), but this area is much better off that he did.

The Kibbie Dome - Moscow, ID

Friday night at the Jazz Fest this year was dubbed “Blues and Sacred Roots” night and The Taj Mahal Trio was the headlining act.  I will admit that the blues are one of my least favorite genres of music, BUT Taj Mahal is someone I particularly like, so I was pretty pumped going into the night.  Of course, finding my seat surrounded by rows and rows of kids going through puberty immediately started the evening off on the wrong foot.

The first act of the night was Cyrus Chestnut, a solo pianist that was a bit too mellow for my liking.  Like, nodding off at my chair mellow.  It wasn’t terrible, but after 30 minutes of southern piano (and no vocals) I was ready for something different.  My girlfriend may have had the comment of the night when she said to me “he looks like a cross between Carl Winslow and Urkel from Family Matters”.  That had me cracking up for a good while, mainly because she was spot on.

After Cyrus finished his set we witnessed a 10 minute promotional video showcasing the history of the Festival and its goals for the future.  During this video the stage was setting up to host Dee Daniels and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Gospel Choir.  This set was better than the first, mainly because we had some vocals and upbeat rhythms to pick up the pace not only for me, but the entire crowd as well.  Nevertheless we were instructed to remain seated during the entire night, so the energy in the Kibbie Dome was close to zero (except for all the 13 year olds trying to be the coolest kids in the world.  Oh did I forget how old I have become).  Dee Daniels has a great voice, but it’s another one of those where you want something else after the first 4 or 5 songs.  I believe the Gospel Choir consisted of high schoolers from Lewiston High School (Lewiston, ID) and other local musicians and they played about 45 minutes before exiting the stage.  A 15 minute intermission followed, and Taj Mahal was on deck.

Earlier I mentioned that there was one benefit of being surrounded by 12-16 year olds…. they have CURFEWS, and as the night grew longer, hundreds of kids were leaving left and right.  Most of these departures were local school bands that had busses to catch, which was honestly the best thing to happen all night.  As soon as the Choir set was over, approximately 40 kids directly in front and behind us all got up and had to leave!  FINALLY I was not surrounded by kids talking and flirting and I could sit back and relax!  And they just kept leaving, every song or two more groups would get up and go.  I am curious how these headliners feel about this, as Taj was playing to an ever-dwindling audience (bad for him, great for me!). I assume the Festival lets the headliners know about this crowd situation, which I overheard happens every year, but it was an odd sight to me.

Taj Mahal Trio 2 - Moscow, ID 2/26/10

The Taj Mahal Trio started off his set with some Caribbean sounding roots music and blues standards.  It really wasn’t until a few songs into the set when we got some of his hits that brought the remaining crowd to life.  Queen Bee > Fishin’ Blues > Corinna back to back to back was THE highlight of the night.  3 of my favorite Taj Mahal tunes in a row really brought a sense of excitement to the Dome and the rest of the set fed off of that.

As it was Blues night, we were hit with some classic blues traditionals and some of Taj’s own personal tunes.  As the night grew longer and the crowd grew smaller, I thought this show got better!  We got a little piano, got a little banjo, the set was actually pretty good! After an hour and a half of good times the Trio bowed and walked off the stage to large cheers.  They returned to play a one song encore, the only other Taj Mahal song I wanted to hear “Lovin’ in My Babies Eyes” and called it a night.  Since he played the 4 or 5 songs I really wanted to hear I considered his set a success.  I am not sure it made up for the prior sets or the crowd, but the evening ended up not being a total loss.

Taj Mahal Trio - Moscow, ID 2/26/10

I don’t know when I will go back to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival again.  Looking back I feel like I have now “done it” and it will take an exceptional headliner to get me back there.  Now that I know the crowd makeup, expectations and reality are much different than before.  I can only wonder how much more fun I would have had if Taj had played a local club instead of this Festival.  A night with the Taj Mahal Trio at John’s Alley Tavern could have been exactly what the doctor ordered, instead of the mixed bag I was dealt.

You live and learn in Moscow, Idaho….





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