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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals ‘Never Go Back’ To Jimmy Kimmel Live

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals ‘Never Go Back’ To Jimmy Kimmel Live

We here at Concert Confessions have a lot of lust love for Grace Potter. Tonight she brought her backing band The Nocturnals to Hollywood Blvd for a late night performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Thanks to our pal The Audio Perv, you can watch the Vermont natives rock the song Never Go Back down below.

To check out our various coverage of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, click here.

Grace Potter And The Nocturnals Hit Conan

It was a fingers crossed type of evening. There I was, just waking up from another poorly timed nap. The LA Kings were hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup at the Staples Center, the Yankees had reclaimed a piece of 1st place in the AL East and all I was wishing for was for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals to not suck on Conan.

Opening for Kenny Chesney on tour with a new album out “The Loin The Beast The Beat” and a new bass player (as Catherine Popper tears it up with Joseph Arthur these days), I was skeptical of what direction this band is going. Are they just gonna turn into the Grace Potter band or what? Anyway, the song they played on Conan thankfully, didn’t drive me away from any future Grace Potter projects and was called “Never Go Back”.  You can view the video from that performance below.

 

No one may know who Dynasty Electric is, but if you gave Grace Potter a Theremin  I swear she’d be that same chick from that band. You know, like a famous version of that chick.

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals 07/16/11 SLC UT

 

Potter. No, not Harry, not this time. This time it’s all about Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. The group and accompanying artist Rayland Baxter made their way back to Utah to treat us with a set list that the fans themselves requested. A large crowd packed into downtown Salt Lake’s newly remodeled outdoor venue, The Gallivan Center on a very hot Saturday evening(07/16/11). For some reason, the venue kept looping one song, over and over until Rayland Baxter took the stage and ended the madness. I met up with him before the show at his merch booth. He was kind enough to chat and drew me a little picture. Rayland is a “country boy”. He plays his guitar. He plays it with soul. The most charming thing about Rayland’s performances is the simplicity that runs through each song. He often prefaces the song with a story of its meaning, then strums away. He has a clean, soulful sound, and I enjoy that he whistles during the songs. Rayland was kind enough to throw out a couple of his hand-wrapped cds into the crowd. His voice reminds me of both Simon and Garfunkel. Rayland Baxter makes for a great opener, that’s for sure.  Included is a flickr.com link to photos of Rayland from this set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/52457275@N05/sets/72157627087877141/

 

After warming up with Rayland, the crowd was ready for Grace Potter to take the stage. When the group walked on, it was noticeable that one member was not in attendance; Catherine Popper. But, the show went on. Grace. What can one say about her? Knockout beauty, the pipes and talent to match. If you’re able to take your eyes off of her as she struts on stage with her tambourine and dangerously short outfits, you’ll notice that there are other incredibly talented people in the band. I’ve seen them twice now, and I really got into this show and watching how the drummer and guitarists just bury themselves in the performance.

Grace danced, sang, strummed and awed. She happened to be wearing a large costume jewelry type ring. As a concert photographer, I usually am in the front of the stage. This time, I got to be in the crowd. Grace threw that monstrous ring into the crowd for a lucky fan. Well, I got nailed in the head with it, but avoided the feisty scramble for the ring when it hit the ground. A nice guy came up with it and handed it off to his girlfriend. I had a great time at this show, and I’m pretty sure everyone else did. Grace and her band impress. Always.

As for the set list, check this out!

  1. Goodbye Kiss  
  2. Joey 
  3. One Short Night 
  4. Muzzle of Bees
  5. You and Tequila( Kenny Chesney cover) (Scott & Grace duet)
  6. Money
  7. That Phone
  8. Apologies  
  9. Treat Me Right
  10. Ah mary
  11. Pain in my Heart(Otis Redding cover)
  12. Stop the Bus
  13. Nothing but the Water I
  14. White Rabbit(Jefferson Airplane cover)
  15. Paris(Ooh la la)
  16. Encore:
  17. Sweet Hands
  18. Medicine

 

So, as you can see, this was a very giving set. Grace took requests on-line for what the Salt Lake gang wanted to see, and she delivered. Please enjoy photos I took of the good times, below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals Dose St. Louis 1/14/11 @ The Pageant

Words by: Bradley Darby

Photos by Bradley Darby & Music VS Man

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals (commonly referred to as GPN) have received quite a bit of publicity lately, and for good reason. Their newest self-titled album made many Best Of 2010 lists, they stole the show last month at the VH1 Divas Salute the Troops, a show that also featured Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Keri Hilson, Paramore and Sugarland. Not to mention their cover of the Jefferson Airplane classic “White Rabbit” that appeared on the Alice in Wonderland soundtrack, as well as vocalist and front woman Grace Potter performing a solo track for the soundtrack to Tangled, and a guest spot on mega country star Kenny Chesney’s new album. It seemed as though 2010 was going to be the ultimate year for GPN.

After a stop at The Pageant on Friday, January 14th I think it is safe to say things are just beginning for this quintet from Vermont.

The stop in St. Louis marked only the second show of the 20 date tour featuring Chamberlin as the support group, also from Vermont. Chamberlin consisted of five members as well including two guitars, a bassist, drummer and keyboards/percussion. They weren’t terrible, I rather enjoyed them, and they played for about 40-45 minutes. There were a few songs that sounded recognizable, though I did not catch the name of any other than “Dirt” which is available as a free download on their website. Could have enjoyed them a bit more but we were positioned near the bar and there was a crowd of annoying assholes next to us that chose to talk about Labradoodles and secret handshakes instead of enjoying the music.

After about a 30 minute break, it was time for the main event, Miss Southern Rock-Jam Band Diva, Grace Potter and her band of night loving men (and a woman). Grace is only 27 but sings with the heart and emotion of a rock and roll veteran. She can also be found jamming out on her B3 Harmon or wailing on her flying V or acoustic guitar. In my book she is a bluesy-rock goddess, one of the best female vocalists and one of the best song writers out there. Not to mention easy on the eyes.

(Photo from VH1 Divas)

Her backing band, the Nocturnals are nothing to be ashamed of either. Consisting of Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco on guitars, including 12 string and slide, Catherine Popper on bass, and Matt Burr on drums, the Nocturnals not only rock some of the best facial hair in the game (minus Cat of course) but can wail on their respective instruments. The current lineup of the Nocturnals has been together since the beginning in 2002, with the exception of Cat Popper who joined the band in 2009 after a stint playing with Ryan Adams backing band, the Cardinals.

Last time GPN was in town they opened for the Avett Brothers in September and played a pretty strict, yet solid set. But this time they had free reign, and it showed. The band was jamming out and seemed very loose, to be expected, as they have come up through the jam band circuit opening for Gov’t Mule, Black Crowes, Dave Matthews Band and playing Neil Youngs classic “Cortez the Killer” with Steve Kimock, Joe Satriani, Reed Mathis and others at the 2006 Jammy Awards. Not to mention highly regarded sets at Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, and Mile High Music Festival. It was nice to see that success is not letting this band get away from their roots.

The set opened with “Ah Mary” from 2007’s This Is Somewhere. In the next two hours they tore through a 16 song set list that included many songs from 2010s Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, but also material spanning the last nine years of this bands great, but young career. During “Colors” from the self titled album released last year, Grace told the crowd that this city held a special place in her heart because she had written the song in 2008 while at the St. Louis Zoo when their tour bus broke down at a Holiday Inn in St. Louis. For “Ragged Company” the rhythm section was excused while we were treated to a stripped down acoustic version of the song. As Matt and Cat came back out to join their band mates, guitarist Scott Tournet stepped up to the mic to assist on vocals for Potter and Kenny Chesney’s “You and Tequila.” As the set was winding down Grace reached for her flying V guitar one more time for back to back rockers “Sugar” and her current hit single, “Paris.”

Earlier in the day, via Twitter, Grace had asked for requests for the show and I immediately replied with “Nothing But The Water”, one of my personal favorite GPN songs. Well when Grace Potter stepped up to the mic with no guitar and started in on the vocal solo that starts the song, coincidence or not, it was pure bliss. After a chilling 2 minute intro, she grabbed her guitar and finished what is known as Part 1 of the song. Potter then went back to the Hammond B3 and led the band on a fourteen minute epic journey that very well may have transcended space and time. The set ended after each member was introduced to the crowd to a thunderous applause.

A brief encore break followed, and out came Benny Yurco to play a beautiful Zeppelin-esq acoustic intro. Then back came the rest of the band for a cover of Hearts “Crazy on You,” made famous at the VH1 Divas Salute the Troops special last month. “Big White Gate” followed and the night was closed out with “Medicine”, a fantastic selection as it is one of the bands favorite songs to play live, is full of energy and it could leave any room in a great mood.

Whatever it was she was feeding The Pageant on this Friday night was working, and she definitely had the medicine that everybody wanted. This was my first show of 2011, and I cant think of a better way to start off the year to be honest with you. Grace Potter is going to do great things in the next few years, and the next stop on her journey for me will be at the Wakarusa Music Festival, June 2-5 in Ozark, Arkansas where GPN will be performing with My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper and Relentless 7, Umphreys McGee, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Mumford and Sons, STS9, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and about 100 other bands.

SETLIST

  1. Ah Mary – 2007 – This Is Somewhere
  2. Only Love – 2009 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
  3. Joey – 2005 – Nothing But the Water
  4. Money – 2009 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
  5. Oasis – 2009 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
  6. Hot Summer Night – 2009 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
  7. One Short Night – 2009 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
  8. Ragged Company – 2005 – Nothing But the Water
  9. You and Tequila – 2010 – Kenny Chesneys ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’
  10. Tiny Light – 2009 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
  11. Sugar – 2009 – Live in Skowhegan
  12. Paris – 2009 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
  13. Nothing But The Water – 2005 – Nothing But the Water
  14. E: Crazy on You -Heart
  15. E: Big White Gate – 2007 – This Is Somewhere
  16. E: Medicine – 2009 – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Free Press Summer Fest Unveils 2013 Lineup

Free Press Summer Fest 2013

There’s a Festival Called “Free Press Summer Fest” that’s going to go down this year at Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston, Texas June 1st – 2nd, has just released it’s 2013 lineup.

The upper tier names on the bill are The Postal Service, Iggy And The Stooges (Featuring Mike Watt on Bass) and TV On The Radio but the undercard isn’t bad either. Bands that don’t suck on the lower half of the bill include Arctic Monkeys, Japandroids, Of Monsters Of Men, Baroness, Social D, The Bronx , Grace Potter And The Nocturnals and added as of hours ago, UME. Hell you could even catch 2 Chainz if that floats your boat. Sounds good to me, who has a couch for me to crash on in Texas? For Tickets, head to the official festival website by clicking here. Full lineup below.

Free Press Summer Fest 2013 Lineup:

The Postal Service

Iggy and the Stooges

TV on the Radio

Passion Pit

Arctic Monkeys

Alabama Shakes

Cat Power,

Geto Boys

Japandroids

Baroness

Social Distortion

Of Monsters and Men

Bassnectar

The Men

Dawes

The Bronx

UME

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Kitty Pryde

Chairlift

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Calvin Harris

Mavis Staples

2 Chainz

The Head and the Heart

Matt and Kim

Milo Greene

Paul Banks

Borgore

SOJA

Ottawa Bluefest 2013 Lineup Has Been Revealed

Ottawa Bluefest 2013

The Ottawa Bluesfest has announced it lineup for the 2013 shindig. Over the course of 10 days (July 4th through the 14th), festival goers will have their chance to see acts like B.B. King, Weezer, Rush and fun. Other notables include Wu Tang Clan, Grace Potter And The Nocturnals, Tegan & Sara, The Joy Formidable, Killer Mike,Dixie Chicks, Belle & Sebastian, Flogging Molly, Sharon Van Etten and Atlas Genius.

If you’re into the “trance life”, then Skrillex gives you your fix, and other acts that don’t get first paragraph recognition are Passion Pit, Animal Collective, Zac Brown Band and Fitz & The Tantrums. Get the full list of acts announced so far below, and for ticketing information check out the festivals official website.

Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 Lineup:

B.B. King

Dixie Chicks

Wu-Tang Clan

RUSH

Weezer

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

The Tragically Hip

Skrillex

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Tegan and Sara

Great Big Sea

fun.

Belle & Sebastian

Baauer

Grand Funk Railroad

Animal Collective

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Zac Brown Band

She & Him

Alex Clare

Fitz & the Tantrums

Neko Case

Adventure Club

Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

Marianas Trench

Solange

LP

Killer Mike

El-P

Sharon Van Etten

Stars

Eric Burdon

Matthew Good

Flogging Molly

A Tribe Called Red

The Cat Empire

Alejandro Escovedo

Los Lonely Boys

Mother Mother

Atlas Genius

Mississippi Heat

Zeds Dead

Joy Formidable

Amadou & Mariam

Blue King Brown

Femi Kuti

Hunter Hayes

Tommy Trash

Garland Jeffreys

Blues Broads

Dawes

The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer

Los Lobos

Ra Ra Riot

Frank Turner

Justin Townes Earle

Cactus

Camera Obscura

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Eddie Shaw

Mitch Ryder

The Dunwells

The Knocks

Bahamas

Cold Specks

John Smith

Joe Robinson

LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT: 10th Annual WAKARUSA / May 30-June 2, 2013 / Ozark, AR

WAKARUSA / May 30-June 2, 2013 / Ozark, AR

For the 10th straight year the Wakarusa Festival will return bringing 4 days of music, camping, and all around shenanigans to Mulberry Mountain. Starting in Lawrence, Kansas way back in 2004 before relocating to the paradise that is Mulberry Mountain Resort in Ozark, Arkansas in 2009, Wakarusa has become one of the premiere festivals out there and they have certainly found their little slice of heaven in the Northwest corner of the state just outside of Fayetteville. Intimate sized campgrounds and lots of shade for campers to score (first-come of course) make for a perfect setting. This year will mark the 10th anniversary and rumors have been flying around for months of who may be there to celebrate.

The 2012 edition featured Primus, Avett Brothers, Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Bob Weir Acoustic Trio, Umphreys McGee, Keller Williams, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zero’s, and Ghostland Observatory in addition to many other groups. Previous years have featured everyone from Ben Folds, Grace Potter (below, R), Mumford and Sons, and Cake to Umphreys McGee (below, L), String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, and The Flaming Lips. Recent years have brought the addition of the Interstellar Meltdown electronic portion of the festival, which is when the freaks flags fly with pride into the early morning hours. Bassnectar, STS9, Disco Biscuits, and Thievery Corporation have all headlined the Meltdown and bassheads and techno hippies alike are bound to be satisfied once again this year.

Check out our coverage of previous Wakarusa Festivals: 2011 or  2012

   

This year the lineup is being released over a period of three consecutive Thursdays. The first third of the lineup was released today and its no surprise to see the big guns being brought out for the 10th anniversary of the best festival in the Midwest.

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Keep in mind this is just 1 of the 3 announcements, all said to be of equal weight. So expect to see a few more headliners in addition to a hundred other bands.

Today’s lineup includes:

Widespread Panic
Of Monsters and Men
Zeds Dead
Yonder Mountain String Band
Rebelution
Quixotic
Tipper
Son Volt
Bombino
Savoy
Allen Stone
RJD2
Figure
The Polish Ambassador
BoomBox
Bright Light Social Hour
ZOOGMA
The Motet
New Monsoon
Icona Pop
Wallpaper
Wick It the Instigator
The Whigs
Shovels and Rope
RUN DMT
Cherub
HeRobust
Xaver
Lord T and Eloise
Samples
Mountain Sprout
Dirtfoot
Yo Mamas Big Fat Booty Band
The Last Bison
Mountain Standard Time
Old Shoe

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Visit the Wakarusa Official Site here for details!

Metric Bring “Youth Without Youth” Jimmy Kimmel

Metric Bring “Youth Without Youth” Jimmy Kimmel 

People are into Metric.  So as I was packing for Orion Festival and  Mr. Sparkly mentioned to me that they performed on Kimmel last night, I felt it was a good opportunity to check out a band I haven’t heard before(I’ve heard OF, just not knowingly HEARD).

Having missed it live I checked out the Jimmy Kimmel Live YouTube page and found a video of them performing “Youth Without Youth” . The first few seconds when the shot was from a distance then the I heard the first line or two I said “Wow, this dude looks like a chick, and he’s got the castrated Silversun Pickups voice going”. Then we got closer, and I realize that it’s not a dude,  it’s just a chick doing a Grace Potter spin off. The song wasn’t the worst I’ve heard, maybe to many machines for me, but the chorus part was dancing in my head for a while.  The video is below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE7n81xPh9U&feature=player_embedded#!

The Flaming Lips To Play 8 Shows In 24 Hours

The Flaming Lips To Play 8 Shows In 24 Hours

So two days in a row we’ve got ourselves cool bands doing record breaking tours. The Flaming Lips today announced they’ve mapped out the itinerary of their attempt to break the Guinness World Record of  most concerts in one day, 8.

They kick things off down south,  in Memphis, Tennessee June 27th @ 7:30 ET and plan to end in New Orleans exactly 24 hours later. Between that they’ll hit 5 cities in Mississippi and one in  Baton Rouge.

The Flaming Lips are always supported by cool folks. No exceptions here: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Gary Clark JrNeon Indian and Grimes

Tickets are on sale  June 7th…  Reports are that all 24 hours will also be webcast live online as part of MTV’s O Music Awards. Seems odd, to webcast all 24 hours. That tape gonna be rolling on the tour bus? Man this band only get’s cooler. All the dates,Show set times  Venues and who’s opening where are down below:

06/27 – 4:30 P.M.: Memphis, TN – W.C. Handy Park (with New Fumes)
06/27 – 6:30 P.M.: Clarksdale, MS – Ground Zero Blues Club (with Hour of the Time Majesty 12)
06/27 – 9:30 P.M.: Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford (with Grace Potter & The Nocturnals)
06/28 – 1:00 A.M.: Jackson, MS – Duling Hall (with Neon Indian)
06/28 – 6:30 A.M.: Hattiesburg, MS – Benny’s Boom Boom Room (with Jackson Browne)
06/28 – 9:45 A.M.: Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Casino – Biloxi’s Wet Spot Pool (with Phantogram)
06/28 – 1:30 P.M.: Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre (with GIVERS opening, performing with Linear Downfall)
06/28 – 5:00 P.M.: New Orleans, LA – House of Blues (with Grimes, Roger Daltrey and ???)

Bonnaroo Debuts Exciting New YouTube Channel

Bonnaroo Debuts Exciting New YouTube Channel

The fine folks behind the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival have once again done something that is totally bad ass. They have launched a new YouTube channel called Bonnaroo 365. We will spare you the painfully unfunny ribbon cutting ceremony from Flight of the Concords star Rhys Darby. Instead we will just feature some great past performances from some of our favorite artists. But before we do, remember that the 2012 edition of Bonnaroo is about a month away. Click here to see who will be rocking Manchester this summer.

Oh and one thing to ponder. I wonder if this channel gets those annoying “Third Party Content” warnings like the rest of us?

Against Me!

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Primus

Umphrey’s Mcgee

To check out Bonnaroo 365 for yourself, click here.

2012 Ottawa RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest Announces Lineup

2012 Ottawa RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest Announces Lineup

We get a ton of email daily from Canadian citizens crying over the lack of festivals in their nation. Okay that is a giant lie I don’t think anyone from Canada has ever seen the site. That is also a lie. Regardless, another hour has passed and we have another festival to share with you. This one is in Ottawa which is in Canada and it lasts twelve days. It used to be called the Ottawa Bluesfest, but they decided to change the name to RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest. Now I will shut up and tell you who the hell is playing but only after I link you to the official site here so you can buy tickets and stuff. Oh and shockingly enough, Girl Talk is nowhere to be found on this lineup.

July 4th

Tangerine Dream, Tiesto, Alan Doyle, Riot Police, Fishbone, AWOLNATION, Fet.Nat, The Melvins, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Loon Choir, Akron Family, Billy Brag

July 5th

Charles Bradley, LMFAO, Fevers, The Strain, Plants and Animals, Mister Parker, Cole, Paul Oakenfold, Dry River Caravan, Johnny Sansone and Monkeyjunk

July 6th

Conor Oberst, City and Colour, Freelance Whales, David Gray, Kalle Mattson, Arkells, Kid SL, !!!, Tommy Lee and DJ Aero, Charles Bradley, Lake Street Dive, Winchester Warm

July 7th

Monster Truck, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Rory Gardiner, Hellbros, Sparrows, The Bright Light Social Hour, Marcia Ball, Lynn Drury, Toronzo Cannon, The Flats, Autumn’s Canon, Matt Dorgan Project, Philly Moves, DJ Illo, Mustard Pimp, MSTRKRFT, Downhere, Newworldson, Building 429, City Harmonic, She’s The One

July 8th

The Peptides, Jeff Rogers, The Bright Light Social Hour, Norah Jones, Seal, The Wooden Sky, Walk Off The Earth, Shred Kelly, Ashley Crnic, Amanda Bon, Keek, Orgone, Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars, Down With Webster, Chromeo, A Tribe Called Red, Drastik, Lukas Nelson, Flight Distance, Toronzo Cannon, Lynn Drury, TJ Wheeler, Deep Dark Woods, James Vincent McMorrow, The Royal Southern Brotherhood, Downchild Blues Band, Brea Lawrenson, Josef Pollock, Lucas Haneman, Tyler Kealy

July 9th

I Mother Earth, My Darkest Days, Nickleback

July 10th

Snoop Dogg, Zoo Legacy, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Jesse Greene Band, Carolyn Wonderland, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Deltron 3000, Chali 2na, Zeus, Damon Fowler, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Oliver Mtukudzi

July 11th

Thievery Corporation, Grimes, Big Wreck, Youth Lagoon, Good Old War, The Claytones, Blitzen Trapper, Rich Aucoin, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Alter Boys, Cody Allen Band, Carolyn Wonderland, Cassie Taylor

July 12th

The Pack A.D., John Mellencamp, The Love Machine, Sam Roberts Band, The White Wires, The Hold Steady, The Sheepdogs, Ariyan, Adam K, Arty, Terry Gillespie, Karen Lovely, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones

July 13th

Jordan Cook AKA Reignwolf, Our Lady Peace, Blue Rodeo, Become The Sun, Rudeboy, Dirty Heads, Young The Giant, Grandtheft, Drop The Lime, A-Trak, Mother’s Children, Bettye Lavette, Hey Rosetta!

July 14th

Skrillex, Beirut, Mastodon, Monophonics, Handsome Furs, Dirty Projectors, Fire and Neon, Tyga, The Souljazz Orchestra, 10CC, Shemekia Copeland, Amalgamation, Kelly Richey, Pat “Hatrack” Gallagher, Sound of Lion, Spencer Scharf

July 15th

The Ethics, Monophonics, K’naan, Metric, The Weeknd, Young Empires, The Bush Pilots, Birthday Girls, Victor Nesrallah, July Talk, The Balconies, Chains of Love, Detroit Cobra, The Trews, Wolfgang Gartner, Felix Cartal, Bzrk, Lazybones, Monkeyjunk, Current Swell

Coachella Music Festival 04/14/12: Empire Polo Fields – Indio, CA

Coachella Music and Arts Festival 04/14/12

Empire Polo Fields – Indio, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

I had three goals for Coachella on Saturday. See as many acts as possible while getting inebriated enough to enjoy Radiohead after having my Kasabian live cherry popped. All I have to say is Mission Fucking Accomplished.

Black Lips

One of my top twelve bands to see at Coachella, I made it to the stage about ½ through the Flower Punkers set. I saw no barfing; I saw no guitars being played by cocks. Instead I saw a rather small crowd gathered around the band. Oh and I saw the wonderful Adrian Garro, who I then spoke with instead of actually watching the band. How is that for a deep journalistic review? (Update – per the user comment below I guess I missed the cock show. This is why you should never hang out with your friends).

Childish Gambino

I don’t watch a lot of TV, and what I do watch certainly isn’t on NBC (and if it was, do you think I would actually admit here that I am a fan of Parenthood?). So while I can’t talk about the skills at his day job, Donald Glover’s side job as a rapper is pretty fantastic. With a massive crowd at the main stage in the hot afternoon sun, Gambino delighted the crowd more with his charm than his mic skills. Highlights included “Heartbeat,” “Fire Fly” and a cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” I think for most in the crowd (at least the two in front of me) the highlight was no so much Gambino’s ZZ Top T-shirt, but his song “Asian Girls Everywhere (UCLA).” Then again, how could that song not be a hit in sunny Southern California?

 

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

There was a moment on Saturday when Miss Potter was dancing on stage in her bikini top and leather shorts and she spotted me amongst a sea of hippiesters. Perhaps it was the Phish shirt, or the fact that I was not moving to the groups hit “Paris (Oh La La)” but she gave me a look and it clearly said the following: “Hey, what am I supposed to do, I can play tiny shit hole clubs as a respectable jam friendly musician or I can be a whore. You whore in a cube all day, I whore on stage all day it is what it is honey now stop looking at my rolls when I turn to rock out with our drummer.” I get it Grace you are living the rock and roll dream we all have and I refuse to knock you for that. But damn I wish you had stayed more Bonnaroo instead of going Hollywood and for the record this performance was 1,000 times hotter than anything you have done in the past two years.

Zed’s Dead

After checking out some of the installations at the festival/finding out Kasabian had cancelled their signing I decided to check out Zed’s Dead on the recommendation of our pal Jakob. The fans inside the Sahara tent were obnoxious and I really wanted to like the music but as more time went on it got on my nerves. This was the first real sign on this particular weekend that there is now an entire generation of music after the generation of music I grew up with. I am the old timer and I am going to need to learn how to accept that.

fIREHOUSE

Just stopped in for a quick hello. They are legends after all. I dug the song I heard, it reminded me of Phish. On to the next thing.

The Head and the Heart

Knowing it was a long day, I sat just outside whatever tent these indie country types played at and found it rather enjoyable. Mellow, which was exactly what I was looking for at that point in time. Perhaps better in a small club than a festival tent but the band sounded good. The only thing that bothered me about the set was the pants worn by Charity Rose. Dreadful.

Buzzcocks

As far as old punk bands go, Buzzcocks came into my life about a decade ago. I was drawn in by their unique melodies and how they incorporated things like keys into their jarring sounds. With a massive circle pit causing a large dust cloud to rise inside the Gobi Tent, the few fans of punk who made it into Coachella were pumped for the career spanning set. The Buzzcocks saved most of their well-known songs including “Orgasm Addict” and “Something’s Gone Wrong Again” saved for the tail end of the set. I tell ya, the kids go crazy for car commercials as “What Do I Get?” got the biggest reaction from the crowd. Personally I am just glad I finally got a chance to see these guys live, a great high energy set performed by the boys from Bolton.

Kaiser Chiefs

Caught the tail of the set by catching up with an old friend I grew up with. Not bad, but it felt like they tried too hard. But hey, better them on the main stage at 5pm than Kasabian. I did feel bad when the band begged fans to tell all their friends about them. Perhaps it is time I start a PR firm that promotes solid UK acts who never get a chance stateside? Oh and how bad ass is the above photo as I took it from about 800 feet away?!?!?!?!

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Gallagher’s stop last year at UCLA’s Royce Hall was magical. I didn’t know how well Gallagher would do on the main stage during dinner time but as it turns out that just shows you how lame I am. Gallagher is a genius and after playing show after show in the worlds largest venues he knew just what to do. He cranked the distortion up to 11, made sure the drums were heavy in the mix and rocked the fuck out. Songs from his self-titled solo effort like “The Death of You and Me,” “If I Had A Gun,” and “(Stranded On) The Wrong Beach” were transformed from well crafted pop songs into all out stadium rockers. While many in the audience shows zero reaction to Oasis songs like “Mucky Fingers” and “Little By Little” they did indeed go nuts when the band performed “Don’t Look Back in Anger.” This of course was problematic to Mr. Gallagher as scolded the audience for cheering when he said he had a final song and not boooing. Well played Noel, well played indeed.

St. Vincent

We all know St. Vincent is incredible. Where Grace Potter failed at being sexy, St. Vincent oozed it. Opening with “Northern Lights” St. Vincent was not only confident she was dominant in seducing the large Gobi Tent crowd with her music. A flawless version of “Cheerleader” followed as the sun was now fully set upon the Empire Polo Fields. “Chloe In The Afternoon” came next and sounded even heavier than on the record. I would love to know what kind of pedal she is using to get that beefy crunchy low end distortion from her guitar. After being won over by her set last fall in Hollywood, I wish I could have seen the entire set, but as she launched into her fourth song “Actor Out Of Work” I knew I had to depart in order to experience a life changing event.

Squeeze

No, Squeeze was not the life changing event. They were just the act playing to all the parents who brought their young kids out to the desert. The song I heard, well I will just say if you don’t have anything nice to say, you must be listening to Squeeze.

Kasabian

If you have read the site, you know that this band has been my long running obsession. As soon as Squeeze finished I forced myself up to the front of the Mojave Tent and quickly discovered that it is not just I who had waited a long, long time for this moment. I met fans from Europe, Saudia Arabia and Reno who had made the trek to Coachella just to catch an hour with Kasabian. In the minutes before the band hit the stage, fans began singing to chorus to the groups hit “Fire.” It was the only time I have seen this kind of pre-set energy at Coachella. When the band did hit the stage at 8:35 pm sharp they opened with a fierce 1-2 punch of “Days Are Forgotten” and “Velociraptor!”  I see a lot of bands, but I was truly freaking out like some 13 year old girl who just met Justin Bieber. It was Kasabian and they were loud and three feet away from my face.

The band playing a much shorter set than their typical headline shows did a superb job of mixing new material in with classic jams from their first and third records. With no proper US tour for West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum it was a treat when the band tore the tent to shreds with “Underdog” (which included some sweet improved lyrics from lead guitarist Sergio Pizzorno about the large amounts of marijuana being smoked in front of the band). Joking about how they were kids when they last played Coachella in 2005 “I.D.” from the bands self-titled debut was not only a welcome treat but the perfect song for the electronic heavy festival.

From what I could gather the band was winning over fans left and right, especially after a jaw dropping take on the Noel Gallagher dedicated “Club Foot.” A humorous moment came right before “Re-Wired” as lead singer Tom Meighan pointed out a fan with a mask of the Queen of England before promptly booing her Majesty. Sadly before things really began they were coming to an end. Now with a full on mosh pit going down in front of the stage, the group closed with the effective combination of West Ryder classics “Vlad The Impaler” and “Fire.” It didn’t matter how tired I already was at that point, I gave it my all jumping up and down per the instructions of Pizzorno. In closing, I have noticed many times in life you long to see a band you love and when you finally do see them it’s amazing yet expectations are not met. Kasabian in 50 minutes are the one act I have seen who went above and beyond my high expectations and I can’t wait to do it all over again on Tuesday night.

Flying Lotus

All I can tell you is that he was bummed he was almost out of time. Honestly, having just seen Kasabian, I don’t even remember what I heard here.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Godspeed is one of those bands I have always heard of yet never heard. Nothing like I expected, I think I assumed these guys were more like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. With little or no lighting, what appeared to be about eight musicians sat down and made these crazy post rock instrumentals. Really mellow, really different. Took in about two or three songs before going to grab a quick bite and beer before Radiohead.

Radiohead

I tend to be a music snob and have hated everything this band has done since OK Computer. I often get into fights with folks on twitter by comparing their music to “pussy farts.” Yes, two hours was way too long to be alone in a field, but I actually really enjoyed most of Radiohead’s set. Sure, I recognized the hits like “Karma Police” “Lotus Flower” and “Idioteque” but it was some of the non-hits that most intrigued me. The opening song “Bloom” reminded me a lot of Phish which was awesome. I was shocked to hear the band play the song “Lucky” but perhaps that is just because I recognized it. The entire presentation from the light show and video screens was incredible (I can’t believe I am calling something Radiohead related incredible). Hell they even teased Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” before playing “Everything In Its Right Place.” So perhaps I was wrong, perhaps Radiohead is more than pussy farts?!?!?! I am not rushing to call them the greatest band, but they no doubt changed my feelings on them with a pretty spectacular Saturday headline set.

 

 

Coachella Music Festival 04/13/12: Empire Polo Fields – Indio, CA

Coachella Music and Arts Festival 04/13/12

Empire Polo Fields – Indio, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

There was a reason I have always avoided Coachella and that reason is the sun. Fact is my white ass doesn’t do so well out in the middle of the desert. So it is fitting that my first trip to Coachella felt more like my hometown of San Francisco versus the Palm Desert. Strong winds, sporadic showers and thick fog were a downer for everyone but me. But enough about the weather, let’s discuss the first Friday of Coachella 2012.

James

I have a pal, his name is James and the album title Get Laid by James has always made us laugh. So to pop my Coachella cherry I decided to start off with this long running Manchester band’s main stage set. I honestly couldn’t name a single song they played, I didn’t get to hear the song Laid, but I did run into my pal Brian so that was pretty sweet.

Gary Clark Jr.

I ran across the Polo Fields from the main stage to the Gobi Tent for the first act I was truly excited to see. With the wind blowing hard through the tent, Gary Clark Jr. hit the stage with a fantastic set of rock/blues revival. Song like “When The Trains Pull In” and “Don’t Owe You A Thang” felt more like Bonnaroo as the crowd danced under the tent. I ended up sneaking off right after he teased some “Third Stone From The Sun” action as I decided to check in on another hippie heavy act.

GROUPLOVE

As I have shared in the past, I have been trying to see Grouplove since last summer. I still need to see Grouplove. With hurricane strength winds and extremely douchie fans assembled under the Mojave Tent I only lasted two songs. Sadly the band sounded terrible and I am not sure if it was the wind, the fact they are blowing up before they have the time to grow as a live act or a combo of both. I am sure Hannah Hooper is a lovely gal but someone should mention to her that when winds are whipping she may want to actually sing into the mic when she dances around instead of projecting from eight feet away. I split after “Itchin on a Photograph” with the thoughts in my mind that perhaps the third time is the charm.

Death Grips

In my pre-Coachella YouTube session, Death Grips caught me off guard. I have a thing for noisy bands and I am always down to check out any act who call Northern California home. With their road crew rocking San Francisco Giants hats, the band hit the stage to a very small crowd. I lasted about ½ the set and I have very mixed emotions on the band. Unaware of how long they have been performing live, you can tell the group needs some work on their stage presence, especially lead vocalist MC Ride. What I do like about this group is they are a new wave of acts that are the evolution of heavy music. I like the combo of aggressive beats matched with a hip hop meets DC hardcore vocal flair. It’s unique it’s refreshing and God damn did it make me feel old.

Girls

If you have followed this site for a while you know I love Girls. I showed up about ½ way into their Outdoor Stage set and was delighted to see bassist Chet White rocking an old school San Francisco 49ers jacket. The part of the set I saw was heavy on last year’s outstanding release Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Highlights included Saying I Love You, Alex and the set closing Vomit. Towards the end as the song gets heavy and lead singer Christopher Owens is singing “looking for love” with the help of backup singers, the rain began to fall heavily upon the crowd. It was as if it was in synch with the San Francisco based group and the first truly magical Coachella moment I was lucky enough to experience.

Artic Monkeys

After catching up with some pals, I caught my third Arctic Monkeys show from the beer tent. Shockingly, while I was not exactly watching them it was the best I have heard this band play. Highlights included “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” and the track recorded with Mr. Josh Homme just a few miles away “Crying Lightning.” The perfect dinner band, even if dinner is two quickly pounded cups of Heineken.

Madness

Hey look it’s Madness. Cross them off the list of bands I have never seen.

Pulp

As I mentioned sarcastically in my Coachella preview, I know “Common People” and that’s about it. Yet despite not knowing much about the band they were the highlight of day one. The Jarvis Cocker lead act sounded incredible and he is a helluva front man. I love his rambling banter on everything from learning how to have sex to the admission that Coachella wanted them last year and it simply didn’t happen. Oh and Cocker hit me with a grape before performing “Babies” that was pretty awesome. I went to see Pulp knowing they don’t make it across the pond to the states very often, and I left their set as a fan. Oh and just to make assholes like me happy, you know they closed with “Common People” and it was all I had dreamed of and more.

The Black Keys

I knew this band was ready for headline status when I tried to catch them at Outside Lands and was at least two football fields back. Thankfully I was much closer on this evening and enjoyed most of the Akron duos set. Opening up with the 1-2 punch of “Howlin’ For You” and “Next Girl” the massive crowd erupted for the main stage headliners. Some of the background videos seemed to be glitching but no one really cared as the duo were bringing it hard. Other highlights included the duo ditching their back up band to go at it alone on older songs like “I’ll Be Your Man” and “Your Touch.” One of my favorites from their stellar new record El Camino, “Little Black Submarines” was the perfect way to close out my first proper show by The Black Keys in order to get a quick beer and a slice of pizza before ending my night at the Outiside Stage.

Explosions In The Sky

Granted most of the set was watched from the beer garden as I ate the earlier mention pizza and drank the earlier mentioned beer but I really liked what I heard from this Texas based post rock instrumental act. The music was beautiful and with no lyrics found a way to bring out emotions I wasn’t expecting to feel. By the time I finally got to the field, they were unfortunately just wrapping up their set.  There is going to have to be a next time for these guys.

Refused

I never thought I would see these fine Swedes live. But there it was just past 11pm with the rain coming down rather hard. Opening with The Shape of Punk To Come my arms were forming goose bumps while the younger generation were forming circle pits. The band sounded amazing as if they had not been broken up for the past decade plus. In between rants of how the band has moved on from trying to overthrow our government, the band was crushing us with classics including “The Refused Party Program,” “Rather Be Dead” and “Summerholidays vs. Punkroutine.” What I thought was most interesting was how the band discussed their reunion. They explained how it would be wrong of them not to do it since so many fans wanted it. The band was humble (their last US gig was in a basement to 40 people) and appreciate of the fan as they rewarded the crowd to a balls to the wall set closing “New Noise.” As I sit here today, I still don’t believe it happened. Refused are alive and well and I saw it with my own two eyes.

In closing day one of Coachella was a blast. I am out in about 90 minutes for round two with the likes of Kasabian, Grace Potter and those pussy farting wastes of talent known as Radiohead.

The Top 12 Must See Acts of Coachella 2012

The Top 12 Must See Acts of Coachella 2012 According To Our Shit Talking Loud Mouth Founder Reverend Justito

My only trek to Indio for three days of music in the desert was nearly 2 ½ years ago. It featured one band performing 8 sets for 45,000 devoted fans. Truth be told, I am a bit scared of my first Coachella experience. I am not really the violent type, but the right mix of mind altering substances as well as the heat and general stupidity of 89,989 fucktards rocking fedoras may just send me into a murderous rampage. I suppose it’s a good thing that the fine folks at Goldenvoice don’t allow weapons onto the lush green lawn known as the Empire Polo Fields. But enough with the hate, weekend one of Coachella is just days away and I want to share with you the top 12 artists I am looking to forward to enjoying in the middle of the fucking desert.

Honorable Mentions Who Didn’t Make the Cut: AWOLNATION, The Black Angels, Girl Talk, Manchester Orchestra

12) GROUPLOVE

I tried to catch these lovable Silver Lake by way of the UK and Brooklyn yet formed in Greece hippiesters at the 2011 Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco. Booked on the festivals smallest stage yet performing to a massive crowd my pals and I were so far back that we had no choice but to enjoy some whiskey and pretend that we could hear what was going on. With tours of a land down under and a few national TV appearances under their belt since Outside Lands, hopefully I can get a bit closer to the group this time around. If not, at least I will spend Weekend 2 of Coachella at my Best Friend’s House.

11) The Black Lips:

You don’t go see The Black Lips for the music (well maybe you do) you go see these Atlanta based Flower Punkers to watch them urinate on stage, puke on stage, chug beers on stage and spit snot rockets into the air only to catch it in their mouths and swallow it down. Hopefully around the time they play their guitars with their penises, I am vomiting all over those annoying racist white girls who dress like Native American Princesses. Don’t worry honey, I drink microbrew your moccasins will be just fine it’s the headdress that you need to worry about.

10) St. Vincent:

While I would prefer more METAL at Coachella, one thing that the festival is stacked with is great female talent. From Feist to that Florence chick who sounds like a dying pigeon when she sings this may be the best collection of ass kicking females in one place since Lilith Fair 1998. I was shocked at how impressed I was with St. Vincent when I caught her in Hollywood last fall. While I am not sure if her show will translate from a small dark theatre to a sun baked polo field if nothing conflicts I look forward to finding out. Oh and she may be the one individual at Coachella whose skin is more fair than mine. Perhaps we can share sun block after she gives me tips on how to kick ass on guitar as hard as she does.

9) The Buzzcocks:

For me classic punk bands are like Pokemon, I have to catch them all. With the likes of Angry Samoans, FEAR and Youth Brigade checked off the list, Coachella 2012 is my chance to catch the pride and joy of Bolton England. Here is hoping that “Orgasm Addict” and “Something’s Gone Wrong Again” make it onto the setlist.

8 ) Grace Potter and the Nocturnals:

Unknown to her, Grace Potter is my future ex-wife. Long before she was rocking VH1 award shows wearing fancy clothes, this Vermont native was winning me over with her hippielicious 70’s arena rock. Oh and the best thing about seeing Miss Potter and crew at a festival is the fact I can still enjoy her without violating that nasty court order saying I must stay 250 feet away at all times.

7) Childish Gambino:

If Foxy Shazam is White Music For Black People, does that make Childish Gambino Black Music for White People? Granted I don’t know much about hip hop, everything I have heard by this dude is great. It’s like Drake, but not a total fucking joke. Plus we both drink whiskey till we are grounded, here is to passing out in the tent during his set. That is of course when I am not puking on Asian girls from UCLA?

6) Pulp:

As an American, my vote is that you play “Common People” and then get the fuck off the stage so The Black Keys can rock. Oh and have a meltdown, because I have always wanted to see a Brit-Pop band have a breakdown on stage. I kid of course, granted I don’t really know much about Pulp, I have a thing for bands from the UK who don’t get the respect they deserve on this continent. So knowing they don’t come over here often, Pulp you best amaze the fuck out of me.

5) Girls:

I get the feeling Girls will make a lot of new fans at Coachella this year. Their performance at the Music Box last December was their biggest US headline gig to date and they blew the roof off the fucking place. Their 2011 release Father, Son, Holy Ghost made it onto numerous top ten lists for good reason. From lush ballads like “Love Like A River” to Sabbath inspired rockers like “Vomit” and “Die” this band is truly something special and not to be missed.

4) Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds:

While I fully expect to see a water-downed version of Gallagher’s stunning November 2012 appearance on the campus of UCLA, that will still be far superior to the performance of Saturday headliners Radiohead. Having hit arena headliner status across the pond in Europe, I have no doubt that Gallagher’s well crafted songs will captivate the masses as the sun sets in the west. Likewise, ladies if you are crushed over his lack of “Wonderwall”, you can cry on my shoulder while Radiohead blow pussy farts across the Polo Fields.

3) Refused:

Dead my ass! Refused are back and they are going to kick the living crap out of the hipster nation. Granted I get the vibe they would be better in a small club instead of on a massive stage, the fact is that in 2012 Refused are alive and I will get to see them with my own two eyes. I never thought I would have a chance, but Lord knows I plan to make the most of this one.

2) At The Drive-In:

You can pretty much take the above statement on Refused and put it here. The only difference is that I was going to see At The Drive-In live and then they went and broke up. I kid you not, when those loveable fucks over at Antiquiet broke the news that these mad men from El Paso were reforming I knew I had to finally make the trek to Coachella. Fingers crossed no one moshes thus ending the performance before it even begins.

1) Kasabian:

CAN YOU FEEL IT COMING? Anyone who knows me already knew who the number one band was going to be. It has been 5 long years since Kasabian blessed North American with their presence. Super stars in Europe, Asia and Australia, there are many theories as to why this band has not taken off in America, but who cares. The fact is Kasabian is here in America right now and you are a damn fool if you miss their Saturday performance. Massive anthems from real rock and roll stars, Kasabian is the one act you can’t miss at Coachella 2012. See you in the fucking pit.

 

 

 

Beale Street Music Festival Announces All-Star Lineup

Beale Street Music Festival Announces All-Star Lineup

Every year, something glorious happens on the legendary Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. That glorious happening is Beale Street music festival, an affordable way to spend the first weekend of May. Like heavy metal? Like alternative rock? Like pop music? Like rap? Like country? Almost every existing genre of music is represented at Beale St., thus making it that much more appealing to a music fan.

This year’s festival will be headlined by Jane’s Addiction, My Morning Jacket, Florence and the Machine, and Wiz Khalifa. Also appearing are Bush, Coheed and Cambria, Megadeth, The Cult, Primus, Cold War Kids, Childish Gambino,The Civil Wars, Jerry Lee Lewis, Black Lips, Big K.R.I.T., Girl Talk, Gary Clark Jr., Evanescence, Three 6 Mafia, Volbeat, Dr. Dog, Needtobreathe, Al Green, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Lupe Fiasco, Breathe Carolina, Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Head and the Heart, Old 97’s,  Herbie Hancock, Michael Franti & Spearhead, North Mississippi Allstars, Needtobreathe, Pitbul, Yo Gotti, Son Volt, Black Stone Cherry, Johnny Winter and a whole lot more.

See the lineup broken down by day and stage on the website: by clicking here.

 

 

Joseph Arthur Rocks The Late Show With David Letterman

Joseph Arthur Rocks The Late Show With David Letterman

In the day and age of embedded video, it is rare I ever tune into late night Television to catch a musical artist. However the moment I heard that Concert Confessions favorite Joseph Arthur would be a guest of David Letterman, I made sure to sit my ass down on the couch around 12:15 am PST to catch one of the brightest artists to emerge over the past 25 years.

Supporting his just released FREE double record Redemption City, Arthur hit the late night circuit to perform “Travel As Equals.” Armed with a backing band that included former Ryan Adams & Grace Potter bassist Catherine Popper, Russell Simmins and backup vocals from Martha Redbone, Queen Esther & Maya Azucena, and Mary Worm, Arthur blew the roof off the Ed Sullivan Theatre.

Arthur is scheduled to play four shows in Quebec in March. To download his new album, click here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FhYU1NOH4Co

“I’ll Do It Tomorrow” – A Procrastinators Review of Wakarusa 2011

Words & Pictures by Brad Darby

For the fourth consecutive year I made the trek to the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival to enjoy four days of music and camping in a setting that they call “Where Music Meets Mother Nature.” With acts ranging from My Morning Jacket and Ben Harper to the Budos Band and Dark Star Orchestra to STS9 and Bassnectar, a total of over 100 bands spread out across six stages, with on-site camping, showers, and even a grocery store to pick up last minute forgotten items.

Taking place the first weekend in June, and located just outside of Ozark, Arkansas, Wakarusa is in their third year at Mulberry Mountain. The festival, started in 2004, was previously held in Lawrence, Kansas at Clinton State Park through 2008 but has now moved to a much more fitting location in the beautiful rolling hills of the Ozark National Forest. Showcasing bands from a wide array of genres and now featuring the Interstellar Meltdown, a late night festival inside the festival including electronic acts and DJ sets, Wakarusa is one of the premiere festivals in the country drawing upwards of 20,000 people.

For a complete photo gallery, including something like 100 pictures of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, click his link.

Thursday – Dirtfoot Main Stage

Wakarusas favorite Gypsy Punk Country Grumble Boogie band kicked things off Thursday on the main stage with a bean can shaking good time. This was the second of Dirtfoot’s FIVE sets over the weekend, including the previous night on the Backwoods Stage for the early arrival crowd, along with Mountain Sprout and Dumptruck Butterlips.

 

Wakarusa Press Conference – Thursday

Members of Dirtfoot, Cornmeal, Lotus, as well as Grace Potter and Simon Posford sat down with part of the Wakarusa braintrust for a press conference featuring free Boulevard beer and an air conditioned building. It was difficult to hear, but questions were asked to Grace Potter about how her band has grown quite a lot since starting the festival circuit in 2004, and Dirtfoot talked about their affiliation with the Chompdown, a FREE communal breakfast put on by a group of volunteers in the campground featuring a live set by Dirtfoot started by a man named Rabbit five years ago in Lawrence, Kansas.

 

Thursday – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – Main Stage

The beautiful Grace Potter took the stage on Thursday afternoon after participating in the first ever Wakarusa Press Conference. With her band The Nocturnals burning it up in the hot Arkansas sun, GP&N played an hour and a half set that was one of the highlights of my weekend. The set included Grace doing an amazing vocal solo of “Nothing But The Water Pt 1” and a rocking version of “Stop the Bus.”

 Thursday – Umphreys McGee – Mainstage

Umphreys McGee played from 10:15pm-12:15am on Thursday night and though only having one set after getting a late night and mainstage set the prior two years, Umphreys made up for the lack of sets with a cover of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” as well as The Who’s “Baba O’ Riley.” (Video courtesy of RebelINSoo)

 

Friday Morning – Chompdown – RV Reserved Campground

  

The Chompdown takes place on either Friday or Saturday morning at each Wakarusa or Harvest Festival. It was started five years ago in Lawrence by John “Rabbit” Cabarara and is a completely FREE communal breakfast put on by about 30 volunteers and donations from anyone and everyone. Dirtfoot has been fortunate enough to be asked to play the prestigious slot at 9 am for the last 5 years and if you ask any of the 6 members they will tell you it is the highlight of the weekend for them.

 

 

Friday – My Morning Jacket – Main Stage

Friday was a day of recovery, and a day that I didnt get the camera out as it charged most of the day after taking a few hundred pictures of Grace Potter. My Morning Jacket headlined the Main Stage, and were followed by 3 and a half hours of Dark Star Orchestra. Other acts on Friday were bluegrass mainstays Split Lip Rayfield, who also played Thursday night late night, and Cornmeal as well as Ryan Bingham and soul sister Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. (Video credit to Colbruce)

 

Saturday – Dirtfoot Campground Set 

Dirtfoot had announced about a month before the festival that they would be playing a special surprise set at the campsite that created the best Dirtfoot flag for their campsite. There were actually two winners, and each site received a visit from Dirtfoot on Saturday afternoon. Our site was fortunate enough to have one of the creators of the Dirtfoot pirate flag camping with us, so we were treated to a special three song set including “Little Bit of Rum.”

 

Saturday – Mumford and Sons – Main Stage

  

England’s newest craze Mumford and Sons took the main stage on Saturday afternoon for their first ever appearance in Arkansas. Vocalist Marcus Mumford made it completely clear how hot it was, and seemed fascinated by the waterfall just a short hike off the Wakarusa property. They played most of their debut album Sign No More as well as three new tunes. Noticably missing was the upbeat dance worthy “Dust Bowl Dance.” Great to see them, though I was slighty disappointed. They were followed by Ben Harper & Relentless 7 show played a great cover of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter” and prevailed through some sound problems that were persistant with the main stage all weekend.

 

Inside of Revival Tent

Swimming Hole on Mulberry River

 

Saturday – Budos Band – Revival Tent

  

Budos Band threw down some serious funk in the Revival Tent on Saturday night. As a matter of fact, all day Saturday the Revival Tent featured funk acts including March Fourth Marching Band, Papa Grows Funk, and Budos. Other acts on Saturday included Galactic, Thievery Corporation, Wookiefoot and Arkansas’ very own “hillbilly bluegrass machine” Mountain Sprout.

 

Sunday – Dirtfoot Late Night Sexy Panty Party – Backwoods Stage

Sunday night to close out Wakarusa, the grumble boogie boys took the stage for their fifth and final set of the weekend, a set dubbed the Dirtfoot Late Night Sexy Panty Party by Scott Girardy, the sax player for Dirtfoot. Other bands playing on the toned down Sunday lineup included Ozomatli, Beats Antique, EOTO and Toots and the Maytals.

Summer Slaughter 07/22/11: House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

The Summer Slaughter Tour 07/22/11 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

If I ever have a moment where my life flashes before my eyes, I look forward to revisiting July 22nd, 2011. I ran into Grace Potter on the streets of Hollywood. I got a bunch of great vinyl from Amoeba Records and I was lucky enough to score a ticket to the kickoff of the 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour. Yes, July 22nd was much better than the day where a bee sting put me in the hospital or the time that one gal broke my heart into a million pieces.

I made it to the House of Blues a few minutes before Oceano was set to take the stage. I was ready to head inside but then life threw me a curveball that I just had to hit out of the park. Yes, I really wanted to see Oceano and As Blood Runs Black and I’m bummed to have missed them. However, when you are presented the opportunity to enjoy happy hour with some of the performers higher up on the bill, you take that opportunity and run with it. I did make it into the sold out venue as Powerglove was wrapping up their special halftime performance. Being the only power metal video game theme cover band on a death metal festival, the crowd was clearly showing the love for Powerglove. That could have been fun, maybe next time?!?!

Dying Fetus

The only time I have seen Dying Fetus is when they woke up on my couch in Sherman Oaks, CA about a decade ago so there was no way I was missing the bands 25 minute set of death/grindcore goodness. On a pure technical level, Dying Fetus in my opinion was the most impressive band that I saw. Not to take away from anyone else on the bill, but to watch these guys (especially guitarist/vocalist John Gallagher) pull off these complex parts and schizophrenic tempo changes in person is a treat. Highlights of the brief set included “Shepherd’s Commandment” “Praise The Lord (Opium of the Masses)” and the final number “Your Treachery Will Die With You.”

Six Feet Under

Another legendary group I finally get to kick off my bucket list. I was actually at their Key Club show in 2006 (maybe 2005?) and had to leave early which I still regret to this day. The band opened with the Cannibal Corpse classic “Stripped, Raped and Strangled” as the very young crowd erupted into a massive swirling pit. Barnes kept banter between songs to a minimum instead choosing to crush the capacity crowd with classics like “Revenge of the Zombie” “Seed of Filth” and “Human Target.” The 30 minute set (which felt much more like 12 minutes at best) wrapped with another Cannibal classic “Hammer Smashed Face.” Perhaps it was Barnes announcing that he would be at the t-shirt stand outside after the set, but as soon as Six Feet Under left the stage, so did much of the crowd.

Darkest Hour

I knew nothing about Darkest Hour walking into the House of Blues on a night where LA had below average temps and rather clean air. Clinging to my small piece of rail above the club I noticed that when they began they had the smallest crowd I had seen all day and after watching their set I think I see why. Based off thirty minutes with these guys it feels as if are having an identity crisis. The older songs like “The Sadist Nation” felt like Death Metal. Some of the newer songs (including songs being performed live for the first time) felt as if there was a lot more melody. Not a melodic metal say The Black Dahlia Murder, but it almost felt as if it wanted to be a heavy 90’s fuzz rock melody but was afraid to go there. Imagine Hum playing Death Metal, that’s what it felt like to me. As I said earlier, I don’t know anything about this band, so if I am way off my rocker on this one, let me know via the comments below.

Whitechapel

It has been a little over a year since I saw Whitechapel at the Vans Warped Tour. While an entertaining performance, a new drummer mixed with an early afternoon set in the food court of a county fairground is not the ideal condition for these Knoxville based deathcore heroes. House of Blues on a Friday night is a different story. With this being my third Whitechapel live experience I was caught off guard at just how devastating the band was. From the opening notes of “Breeding Violence” to the closing “This Is Exile” the six piece band made you feel as if you were stranded at sea in the storm of the century with only an inflatable raft to hold. The triple guitar attack lead by Ben Savage sent the crowd into frenzy. The kids surrounding me were banging their heads and bouncing up and down in furious fashion during “Possession” and “End of Flesh” that I feared the balcony could collapse. It wouldn’t be a Whitechapel show without the band closing with a massive Wall of Death during “This Is Exile.” While the Ventura version was full of fail, on this Friday night in July the kids of Hollywood did not disappoint. Watch out America, Whitechapel is in the zone right now and with an entire tour ahead of them it’s scary to think just how destructive they will be at the conclusion.

The Black Dahlia Murder

I have said it before and I will say it again. The Black Dahlia Murder is the best metal band to emerge from America over the past decade. These guys get it. They are brutal, but can laugh at themselves. They fit the Concert Confessions format because like us they are fans. Where kids went and grabbed merch or water between acts all night, from the second Whitechapel left the stage to the moment The Black Dahlia Murder took to it the floor was packed. It was the main event and the masses were ready.

It made sense that the band kicked off an hour of madness with the opening track from the just released album Ritual. With the opening lyrics “Let us go out this evening for pleasure for the night is still young” “A Shrine To Madness” got the crowd moving despite the fact there was no room to move. A triple shot of classics including “A Vulgar Picture” and “Nocturnal” followed. It didn’t matter if it was a new song such as “Malenchanments of the Necrosphere” or a classic like “Miasma” the place was going nuts. Shout out to the wook in the mini skirt and polka dot underwear. Everyone up top got a good laugh at your crowd surfing antics.

 

One thing I have noticed about shows with The Black Dahlia Murder is that the energy from the band is fueled by the energy of the fans. The last two shows I saw had no guard rail and fans were free to get on stage and jump back into the crowd. On this night there was a large gap separating the fans and the band. All through the night you could see front man Trevor Strnad reaching for the crowd, greeting crowd surfers as they were escorted back to the pit by a hard working security crew. That need to connect that effort to reach each other was felt by all inside the house and I am still not sure if that struggle helped or hindered the music.


 

Personal highlights of the set include “Statutory Ape” “I Will Return” and “Funeral Thirst.” When it comes to The Black Dahlia Murder, the guys never disappoint which is why I see them again and again. The 2011 Summer Slaughter tour was an amazing day. If you are a fan of metal and it’s hitting your town you don’t want to miss it. Quick set changes, great bands and I believe all of the dates are inside so you don’t have to stink of sunblock.

 

The Civil Wars @The State Room in Salt Lake City UT 06/28/11

On 06/28/11, The Civil Wars returned to Utah. They brought along a young man named Rayland Baxter as the opening act. He is a quiet, humble man who simply plays his guitars and sings songs that you know are his own stories. Rayland has a very simple and sweet manner about him. He made jokes and told tales about each song. Rayland makes his music mold to you, and as a singing storyteller he teaches you that the best things in life are often the most simple and overlooked. Rayland is definately worth listening to. On a side note, he just opened for Grace Potter and is on his way to California.  After Rayland’s enchanting songs, The Civil Wars took the stage.

For those of you who don’t know this band, it is a haunting duo made up of notable Christian artist Joy Williams and soulful John Paul  White. The two began just a little over two years ago, and since this “holy union” had its debut, they’ve been capturing the attention of fans all over the world. I first had the opportunity to see the duo sing here in Salt Lake in January of this year. To say the least, they were stunning.

Joy Williams is your quintessential vocalist. She has a range that is just unexplainable. Throughout each song, she takes risks with harmonies that I’ve never heard any other artist do. Her counterpart, John Paul(who happens to look like Johnny Depp by the way) is right there with her. Watching these two perform is like being on a date with the two. They are both married to other people, which often shocks people, as they seem “made for each other”. The two have been perfectly machined for this act that they take on the road.

While on stage, The Civil Wars appear simple. Joy has a piano and a constantina that she occasionally plays, and John Paul a guitar or two. However, during songs like, “Dance Me to the End of Love” and “Falling”, you hardly notice that there is a crowd. It is the way that these two sing to you that really captures me. I was standing at the front of the stage, singing along to the songs while taking photos, and I felt like I was the only one in the room in a crowd of 300.

The gentile vocals of Joy and John Paul are not to be taken lightly. They often place a dark twist on familiar tunes, such as their performance of “You Are My Sunshine” in January. This current set included a cover of Smashing Pumpkins’ song “Disarm”. This was a very clean and melodic version of the song, and it really got to some in the crowd. The two also covered “I Want You Back”, the Jackson-5 tune of yesteryear. This is a pleasant and very “cute” song. Another highlight was “Billie Jean”. Not only does this song get the crowd to lively up, but it allows the lovely Joy to take on a “flirty” and slightly devious personality.

The on-stage chemistry between these two only adds to the aura of the show. The folky,dark, and sometimes nostalgic songs that come out of this relationship are sure to captivate  fans of punk and rock music. This is music for every one. The Civil Wars stressed that they are independent artists, and that the fans are the ones that make this possible. Joy mentioned that “this is not a fact that we forget or take lightly”, and that impresses me. I hear a lot of acts say that, and I believe that The Civil Wars are sincere in this. If you have the chance to go to a show, pay the small ticket price of around $20.00, grab a loved one, and head to a night you won’t forget.

This show included a complete set, nearly covering every tune that the two have to offer.  Please enjoy the photos I took:

WakaRooJamCamp: A Summer Music Festival Preview

Words and Photos by Bradley Darby

It is an interesting time in the music world right now. Concert ticket sales are way down, yet prices seem to be up. Massive tours have been forced to cut dates due to slow ticket sales. With the music industry in disarray and the future leaning towards digital music (and quite possibly the return of the vinyl!!) the multi-day music festival made famous by Woodstock has made a strong return.

There is something unique about being able to see multiple bands from different genres while having the ability to indulge in as many tasty beverages as you wish and stumble back to a camp site just a few hundred yards from the action, only to wake up the next morning and do the whole thing over again. Not to mention hanging out with 7,000 – 70,000 of your closest friends; enjoying bonfires, drum circles, costume contests and villages filled with vendors offering a wide array of food from gyros to NY style pizza to dank nachos and portobello wraps. I have heard the 2 Sisters Corn Dogs are the things that legends are made of….. You can buy a hand knitted koozie cup with a string to hang it from your neck, or a grilled cheese for $1 after a 3am late night Perpetual Groove, Umphreys McGee or Dirtfoot set.

Everyone has heard of Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Coachella, and Lollapalooza but I want to introduce you to some other festivals that you may want to consider checking out this summer. Some of these are in their first or second year, while some of these are established but maybe just not as well known or large. There are more festivals popping up each year now, and some such as 10,000 Lakes and Rothbury not returning, leaving space for promoters to start new festivals such as Hangout Music Festival and the Yonder Mountain String Band Harvest Festival.

Here’s a quick peek at a few festivals happening this summer, and links to get more information. Please note that all artists are subject to change. Also, I have not attended all of these… but I know a guy that dated a girl who knows a guy that once met a guy who has been to quite a few of them. Gas up the VW minibus and get out your tie-dye, the music festival is back! Click the title of each festival for the official site with more information.

Hangout Music Festival – May 20-22 Gulf Shores Alabama

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys

A truly unique festival experience , the Hangout Festival enters its second year ocean side in Gulf Shores. Offering one of the more diverse lineups over three days, the Hangout Festival will feature artists from Widespread Panic to Paul Simon to the Foo Fighters, it is easy to find something for everyone at Hangout. Late night get your freak on with sets from Bassnectar, Pretty Lights and Big Gigantic. Other acts over the weekend include The Black Keys (pictured), Ween, STS9, Motorhead, Cee-Lo Green, Primus, Medeski Martin and Wood, Matisyahu and Old Crow Medicine Show. Since you are on the beach you can relax with some sand in your feet and wind in your hair, and there is no need to bring your tent or shower shoes as they offer condo VIP packages. Tickets start at around $174

 

Summercamp – May 27-29 at Three Sisters Park – Chillicothe, Illinois
This one is heavy on the jam bands, but in a damn good way. Enjoy sets from Widespread Panic, STS9, Bassnectar, The Avett Brothers, Girl Talk, and Yonder Mountain String Band. In addition to their three sets, Umphrey’s McGee will serve as the backing band to Huey Lewis for his set which is being billed as Huey Lewis and the rUMors. New Yorks moe. also has three sets. Do yourself a favor and catch Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile who will slay dragons with his mandolin. Also don’t forget a hefty dose of Tea Leaf Green, and the 7 Walkers featuring drummer Bill Kreutzmann from the Grateful Dead, Papa Mali on guitar and vocals, and bassist George Porter Jr. Tickets will run you $180 plus fees but do NOT include the late night sets, those must be purchased separately.

 

Wakarusa – June 2-5 at Mulberry Mountain – Ozark, Arkansas

Split Lip Rayfield

Split Lip Rayfield at Wakarusa 2010

Born in 2004, Wakarusa originally took place in Lawrence, Kansas until moving to the current location about an hour outside of Fayetteville in the stunning Ozark National Forest in 2009. With 6 stages, 140 bands, 170 sets of music and 24-hours of endless music and activities throughout 4 days including My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper and Relentless 7, Mumford and Sons, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Umphreys McGee, Budos Band, Split Lip Rayfield (pictured), Cornmeal and Galactic. Late night the festival is overtaken by the Interstellar Meltdown, where for no additional cost you get to catch late night sets from STS9 (2 sets), Bassnectar, Ghostland Observatory, Shpongletron, and Thievery Corporation in addition to many other DJs and electronic acts. Dont forget to stop by the Chompdown on Friday morning in the campground and meet up with nearly 1000 of your closest friends for a communal breakfast. Thats right, going on its 5th year at Wakarusa, the Chompdown is a gathering of people coming together to prepare and serve a FREE breakfast. Campers donate everything from bacon and eggs to juice and supplies for mimosa’s and bloody mary’s to cure that hangover from the previous night. You can even get fried oreos and PB&J for the kids and music will be provided by Dirtfoot, who also kick the festival off on Thursday afternoon and close it down on Sunday evening. Mix this all together with one of the more beautiful festival sites around and you have the makings for an epic extended weekend. A full event pass will cost you $169 plus camping, and both camping passes and event passes are selling fast!

Adam Perry of Perpetual Groove

Adam Perry of Perpetual Groove at Wakarusa 2009

 

Mountain Jam – June 2-5 at Hunter Mountain – Hunter, New York
The Seventh Annual Mountain Jam, created by Warren Haynes who will also perform with Gov’t Mule and the Warren Haynes Band, takes place at Hunter Mountain, a world class ski resort in the Catskill Mountains. Other than host Warren Haynes, you can also catch performances from My Morning Jacket, Avett Brothers, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Bela Fleck, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, as well as Umphreys McGee making dreams come true by performing with John Oates. Attendance will be capped at 15,000 people, with a very limited number of camping packages also available. A full event pass will run you $187.50 and includes camping.

 

Dave Matthews Band Caravan – 4 Stops – Atlantic City, Chicago, New York City, The Gorge
It was announced last year that for the first time in their 20 year history, the Dave Matthews Band would be taking some much deserved time off. It was widely known that there was no chance of Dave Matthews sitting back and not getting together for a Dave & Tim tour, or maybe even a Dave & Friends festival appearance. But DMB decided to go a whole different route and play four weekends, in a festival like setting, and to call it the Dave Matthews Band Caravan. The four city trek will hit Atlantic City, NJ June 24-26 before stopping in Chicago on July 8-10. After that its off to New York City August 26-28 and finally in typical DMB fashion, The Gorge in Washington for Labor Day Sept 2-4. Every stop features different acts, but each will feature the DMB performing a full set each night. In both Atlantic City and Chicago you can catch Ray Lamontagne, O.A.R., The Flaming Lips, and David Gray. Atlantic City also throws in Budos Band, Punch Brothers, and Bassnectar. If you decide to wait for Chicago in July then you will get Drive By Truckers, Ben Folds, and G. Love. Recently reunited jam band Dispatch joins The Roots and Gogol Bordello for the last two stops in New York City and The Gorge, with the west coast getting Australia’s John Butler Trio and NYC getting moe. Three day tickets start at $195 for each stop.

 

Summerfest – June 29 – July 10 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band

Jeff Austin & Adam Aijala of Yonder Mountain String Band

The worlds largest music festival attracts between 800K – 1 Million people annually at the Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee. Featuring 700 bands spread out across 11 stages, including the 23,000 seat Marcus Amphitheater, the festival runs for 11 days from noon-midnight. This year you can see Peter Gabriel, Meat Loaf, Hall & Oates, and Heart if you are not into the whole 80s thing, or you can watch legends like George Clinton, Wanda Jackson, and Taj Mahal…. and that is just in the first two days! Maroon 5, Kid Rock and Ben Harper will also appear, along with Florence + the Machine, The Black Keys, O.A.R. and Peter Frampton. The possibilities are endless at Summerfest! American Idols Danny Gokey, teenage dream Katy Perry, and the Yonder Mountain String Band (pictured) or Goo Goo Dolls, Dropkick Murphys, and the Flaming Lips. Do you like country? How about Sugarland, Toby Keith, and Jason Aldean? Finally 311 and Hollywood Undead close it out on Sunday July 10. If you cant find at least one or two artists each day that you would like to watch, then you just don’t like music.

 

LouFest – August 27-28 at Forest Park – St. Louis, Missouri
This will be the 2nd year for St. Louis’ LouFest featuring two days of music on two stages at the Central Fields in Forest Park. Last years lineup featured She & Him and Jeff Tweedy, this years lineup is headlined by The Roots and TV on the Radio. Other performances will include The Hold Steady, Deerhunter, Cat Power, Das Racist, and !!!. Another great aspect of LouFest is that it offers St. Louis’ own local bands a chance to play in front of crowds they typically wouldn’t draw, including Troubadour Dali, Jon Hardy and the Public, and Old Lights. Last years festival was a great success, and this years is shaping up that way already with both levels of Early Bird pricing selling out in a matter of days. The festival also carries a very strong ‘green’ message, offering recycling, composting, free valet bike parking, and a refillable water station for those Nalgene bottles.

 

YMSB Harvest Festival – October 13-16 at Mulberry Mountain – Ozark, Arkansas

Dirtfoot at Harvest Festival

Dirtfoot at Harvest Festival 2010

Sure I said summer festivals, but this one is too good to not mention. One of the highlights of the year, Yonder Mountain String Band overtakes Mulberry Mountain in October, the same site that holds the Wakarusa Festival in June, for a much more intimate vibe when they bring us their Harvest Festival. Featuring four days of bluegrass, newgrass, folk and americana music this is quickly becoming a must attend festival. Last year was the first installment and featured Keller Williams, Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Martin Sexton, Leftover Salmon, Split Lip Rayfield, Dirtfoot and of course two nights of Yonder. It is still early for the specific lineup, but the stars are pointing towards a great weekend when you see the leaked rumored artists on Pollstar and Jambase including Bela Fleck, Todd Snider, Leftover Salmon, Great American Taxi, The Travelin’ McCoury’s, Steep Canyon Rangers, and of course Dirtfoot (pictured) and Yonder Mountain String Band. The OFFICIAL lineup should be coming out in the next few weeks, but this one is limited to only 7,000 tickets sold so don’t hesitate to get your tickets early! Plus the Ozark National Forest is in its prime during the middle of October. Right now tickets are only $99 plus fees.

Bad Religion/Rise Against @ Terminal 5 in NYC 5/6/11

And the love-hate relationship with this awesome yet dreadful venue continues. As Jim Nantz would say “Hello friends”, and take a seat aboard a train head down the tracks of the 46 installment of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series.. Tonight Me and fellow Jay Porks Experiencer Pam are heading out to meet Terminal 5 in NYC, this time for Rise Against w/ Bad Religion. Now, call me, Pam and my father a few of the crazy ones-but we here are clueless to the fact of why Rise Against is the headliner. This is not a knock at all at the band, but I would be under the impression that Bad Religion would have a bigger following(considering they sold out four shows in NYC last year).. Regardless both shows are sold out as they played here last night.. Since I’m going straight from work I have the white button down on with the blazer, again the “working journalist” look.. and let’s get this party start shall we?

I have myself a little idea- And this comes from Reverend Justito and I having back and forth convos about why Rise Against was headlining, and the sometimes crazy differences in popular music on each coast, etc. So how about some statistical analysis on this issue? Again, I’m on my way there straight from work so should getting there early.. how about while I await Pam’s arrival (she has the tickets) I use my waiter pad I stole from work to I make two columns- one Bad Religion and one Rise Against and just randomally approach on people outside waiting for doors and ask them simply- “who you here to see?”.. Because I gotta find out if I’m crazy or what-the first time I ever heard a Rise Against song it was me accidentally listening to the radio and I only knew who it was by the DJ mentioning that it was the new Rise Against.

So I got off the train at almost 6.. At a stop earlier than I should have,so after walking a distance that should be illegal for us chubby kids to walk- I made it to the front of the place about 6:30, and there was plenty of people out there. I rethought the survey idea- then decided to go through with it.

So standing on the corner asking passers who they’re here to see, I got some interesting answers. I would say “Hey, I’m an annoying guy with a blog, just taking a tally here-who you here to see tonight?” You would not believe how many people said to me: “nah man I don’t need tickets”.. Allow me to go caps lock for a second-I DON’T HAVE TICKETS! JUST NAME THE BAND YOU’RE HERE TO SEE! The stupidity of people and the ability to be such assholes not to just say two words. Just name one band for me-Don’t say stuff like “I’m not suppose to talk to strangers” and laugh about walking away..o And to those who said “Four Years Strong”, sorry I didn’t have a column for you…lots of not nice people, but the first group of people I ran into were really cool about it.. and at least I was freakin’ doin it right? And when people would pass me up I’m yelling at them down the block like “You know what-I don’t wanna see you following me on Twitter in 6 months when print media dies” and stuff to that effect.. sarcastically saying “You know this is new journalism, this is how you get your news now-through people like me. And again all the people who said “I don’t need tickets” do you think I’d be selling tickets 5 feet away from the 6 thugs who were on different corners selling tickets to this “Sold Out ” show? Just taking a survey here..speaking of said survey I closed the polls when we walked inside, and it was completely overwhelming how many more people stated they were here to see Rise Against.. Final total was 75 people for Rise Against and 14 for Bad Religion- and that’s counting me and Pam for BR. I figured it’d be at least 50-50, boy was I wrong. I was amazed..So let me state that yes, I did underestimate Rise Against’s east coast fan base.

Need to tell a cool story here-Midway through this survey I end up next to a dude wearing an ‘EYEHATEGOD’ tee shirt( awesome band) and he’s trying to sell two tickets. I’m thinking he’s a nut-because of the previous mentioned thugs 5 feet away from us, so basically this dude next to me is on their turf. See this is what always happens at these shows-they’re sold out in minutes yet I could go night of show and scalp a ticket(unless it’s Alice in Chains) from some dude who works the corner. And if that wasn’t enough its never some dude who just has an extra-it’s you give the money to someone on one corner and walk across the street and someone else gives you your ticket.. it’s a whole operation they have going like,-at all these shows I got to in NYC it goes on.. it’s looks like dealing drugs except with tickets they way these guys work, I watch “The Wire”.. and to put it gently (tweaking Dorthy’s famous line from the Wizard of Oz) ”We’re not in Staten Island anymore”.. So one of these big dudes on the corner comes up and wants to buy them- my friend in the tee shirt (Max) tells him 60 for the pair…the dude goes “I’ll give you 40”.. Im thinking in my head shit man take it and run…Max looks at this dude and says “It’s 60 or you could walk”. I was floored-now this dude Max is someone who owns a pair of balls-I mean he looks kinda like me, and he’s talking down to this professional scalper. So eventually the dude says 50 and Max takes it and he walks away. HERE IS THE KICKER-The dude looks at the tickets at the price says Zero Dollars, Max won them in a contest or something. He scalped the scalper. Then he stuck around as I waited for Pam saying and I quote “It’s so funny to watch this guy not sell this ticket-everyone’s in there already. It’s over.” And it was because right as Pam and I were walking in about 8:15 or so (actually was asked to open my cigarette pack to check for drugs on the way in) and I saw the dude who bought the tickets from Max walking around saying “Does anyone want free tickets?”.. that whole story is tagged with #Winning. I took his number down because he says he gets tickets and stuff and has Seether tickets for later this month at Gramercy-Need to see if I could get my shift covered if so I’m getting those.

Anyway we finally get in and I wanna run out to the rooftop smoke deck because Pam’s never seen it.. So many confusing stairwells and a people on top of people on top of people. See at Terminal 5 once those spots along the railings on the 2nd and 3rd floors are taken, there’s no way to see the stage besides the TVs I’m noticing.. The pic I have up here was taken by annoying people bending near crotches to snap, you’re probably thinking “why wouldn’t he stay there?”.. Anyway. we finally the stairway to the roof when Bad Religion kicked off their set at promptly 8:45 I immediately turned and said “fuck it” as we tried to make our way to a decent spot.. We spent the first two songs on the 3rd floor.. The spots along the railing are like 4 heads deep at this point-again no view at all. Being I was taking a frickin’ survey outside for 2 hours-I had no shame in climbing up on a couch to try and get above the people. Still wasn’t able to get a decent shot of the stage, because the lights hanging from the ceiling up there obstruct the view.. So I hop down and we turn to each other and go “2nd floor?”.. so we head down-Way more packed than the 3rd and the best view from there was stage happenings that are being shown on he LCD TV screens all over venue..again, no buenos.

So we headed down to the mobbed 1st floor(the 1st floor with people stacked out into the hallway you read about in my PJ Harvey review) and found a spot against the wall all the way in the back tucked behind a bar- hey, at least I could get some pics from this spot when the preztel stand isn’t in my way. And way back hear the vocals are terrible, like there was a lot of chat in between songs that me and Pam couldn’t hear a word of-and this translates on the video I managed to get, which was a vid of “I want to Conquer The World”/”21st century Digital Boy” and then “Infected” (the ladder two by far two of my absolute favorite songs by them)on video in this spot. Anyway, like you’ll hear kick ass riffs in these vids, but this is the second time I’ve had problems with the vocals in this venue (Meat Puppets/Dinosaur Jr back in 08′-walked out on Built to Spill) . So when you hear the sound on the vids-for once I can tell you it’s not my camera it’s Terminal 5’s sound(especially when your so packed that the Fire Marshall would’ve shut you down right now- you have people backed into the hallway all the way to the merch table-I’m backed against a wall, it’s a complete mess down there on that first floor… the only good thing I noticed was people were courteous as they passed by saw me filming they bent down to not get in the way. Props to them..

 

So like a typical punk band they’re ripping through songs at-with the chatter at times that we can’t hear, after I’ve gotten a few vids I’m really into this.. I mean I wasn’t taking the setlist down, although there’s an unofficial one at Setlist.FM.. So we’re hangin’ and me and Pam start talking about how old these dudes look..didn’t show in the performance aspect of it but you know, you got these “LA Punk Rockers” here, looking more like normal folk.. To put it in perspective. they’ve been around 20+ years, and I’ve been on earth for 24 years. Damn… still rocking, and finally just as I got a real head nod going, and some cool tweets all of a sudden it was 9:26, and they went off. 8:45-9:26…. 41 minutes of the band I came to see. Of course I’m not too thrilled but their not the headliner as we know, Rise Against is(and recent Jay Porks polls show that about over 80% of that crowd was Rise Against), but at least I got to hear the songs I wanted and now during the break we can explore Terminal 5 and all it’s confusion.

 

So we finally made it out to the rooftop smoke deck outdoor bar thing and I’ve mentioned it before, this is a really cool place up here. It’s like, the bands should play up here, with the cities tall building surrounding you, drink in hand you feel comfortable. Speaking of drinks, I don’t usually do this but I may have went a little over board at the bar. I mean, I try not to get completely hammered at these thing, usually stick to a beer or two. Let’s just say a mention of a recent ex girlfriend and whiskey led to long rants by me, and looking down at people who came upstairs and screaming down at them “Here comes more people wondering why Rise Against is headlining!” and a few looked up and said “Exactly!”…. turn to Pam and say “Yea where were you when I was taking the survey buddy?”.. So I’m blabbing on-until I look at my phone-and its freakin’ 10:51 already!(RA set time was 9:55) saying “Oh shit we gotta see some of Rise Against!” as we rushed in to at least try and see what was the deal.. We got to the first floor and caught their last song before the encore.. I was really just focused on trying to get some good crowd shots and stage shots because their lights looked amazing, I bet they did put on a great set, even though I have no idea of most of the goings on-the place was jumping on our way out when they were gonna encore everyone’s chanting “One more song!” and as we’re headed to the merch table me, like being a dick is chanting “No more songs!, No more songs!” which had at least two people in agreement(more people who missed the survey I guess!). Anyway, got the tour tee shirt that says Bad Religion on it next to a picture of Ronald Regan for $20… sweet… We headed to the Pam-Van, and I got dropped off in time to make the Midnight boat back to Staten…

 

So I guess that’s it for now, I mean overall a fun night. Good tunes, taking surveys, getting tipsy-all in a good days work.. Well, won’t be too long til we’re back here, and with sticking with the punk theme, we will take our talents to Asbury Park, NJ for Social Distortion at the Stone Pony Summerstage. That will also be courtesy of the Pam-Van, helping me avoid all public transportation for that one. That’s Saturday May 14th.. Keep up with the concert calender and stay tuned for Jay Porks Ticket Givaways this summer. Until then, it’s 6:23AM over here on the east coast, maybe I should get to posting this..

Late!

 

Oh yea by the way epic pic right here-This is that same bum with the creative sign I saw outside the Hole shows I went to way back April of last year. Anyway, I wish I had money for the dude because he was telling me: “Ima catch ‘dat Grace Potter N Da knock-turtles ya digg! OO LA LA lala LA LA!” I need to buy this guy a sandwich or something, he is the greatest bum ever, and he had the same sign..He was screaming “Lets YouTube this shit man!”-and I should’ve turned him into the next bum who makes millions off YouTube..

 

 

SaucerfulofSecrets Top 11 Shows of 2010

Photos and words by: Bradley Darby


Anymore it seems though every average Joe has to come up with their Best Of… list for the end of the year. Well, I’m no exception! This list started at 21 shows and I was able to knock it down to 10. I then decided I couldn’t make this list without including Split Lip Rayfield. So 11 it is!

2010 was a great year for me in terms of live shows. It all started off in February where I attended shows 4 consecutive nights including State Radio, Split Lip Rayfield and back to back nights of Yonder Mountain String Band. Three nights later it was Trey Anastasio. Instrumental jam bands like STS9, Galactic, and Perpetual Groove. From The Dead Weather and Flaming Lips to the legendary Furthur, Phish, Chuck Berry, Dave Matthews, Mark Knopfler and The Eagles….it seemed like night after night it was a different show. I decided to exclude the 2010 Wakarusa Music Festival, and the first annual Yonder Mountain String Band Harvest Music Festival, otherwise shows from those two magical weekends would have taken up a majority of the list. I think I’ve seen approximately 45,256 shows this year including somethings I never thought I’d see such as Jamie Lidell and Chiddy Bang, both of which I really enjoyed.

So here it is, my Top 11 Shows of 2010.

Click on the links throughout to link to a YouTube video, some are from the show listed, some are just ridiculously good live videos from other shows. Some also feature links to full reviews for said show. And most of all support these great bands and all (good) live music.

Honorable Mentions: Cornmeal @ 2720 Cherokee, North Mississippi All Stars w. Hill Country Revue @ The Pageant, The Bridge @ Old Rock House & Off Broadway, Stephen Kellogg @ Old Rock House

11. Split Lip Rayfield 2/18 Blueberry Hill & 5/12 Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO

Split Lip Rayfield - Old Rock House 5/12/2010

Split Lip has become one of my favorite bands over the last few years, and their live show is a big reason why. A three piece band from Wichita, Kansas consisting of banjo, mandolin, and “Stitchgiver”, a standup bass made from the gastank of a 78 Grand Marquis, a piece of hickory and strung with one piece of weedwhacker line. They headlined at Blueberry Hill in February and opened for Reverend Horton Heat at the Old Rock House in May. Throw in a few shows at Wakarusa and Yonder Mountains Harvest Festival and I had the chance to be amazed by this band 7 times this year…..and can’t wait to see them again!  Every show is dedicated to fallen former guitar player Kirk Rundstrom who passed away in 2007.

10. Furthur 11/11 – Chaivitz Arena – St. Louis, MO

Furthur 11/11/2010 - Chaivitz Arena

Maybe it was because this was my first Phil Lesh / Bob Weir / Dead experience, or maybe it was because they did a cover of one of my favorite Ryan Adams songs of all time, “Magnolia Mountain”, but something magical was in the air on this November evening on the Saint Louis University campus. There were quite a few open seats and I went to this show ticketless, hoping to score one on the lot. No problem whatsoever thanks to a man also selling hippie crack on the open lot that was Shakedown Street. The show started with “Uncle Johns Band”, ended with “Attics of My Life” and included “Stella Blue”, “Cumberland Blues”, George Harrisons “Any Road”, and “Eyes of the World.”

9. Umphreys McGee “Monster Mashup” 10/30-10/31 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO

Umphreys Halloween STL

Umphreys McGee as Paul Stanley Cup, Dr. Evil Knivel and Mini Me, Larry David Letterman, Yoko Bono

Halloween weekend with Chicagos best and one of my favorite jambands, Umphreys McGee. What more could I ask for? How about mash ups including Rage Against the Machines “Bulls on Parade” with “Mark on The Bus” by Beastie Boys. Guns N Roses “November Rain” mashed up with UM’s own “Cemetery Walk.” A mashup being called “The Way You Make Me Rule The World” (Tears for Fears/Michael Jackson) “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve mixed with another UM song. And you better believe, Journeys “Don’t Stop Believing” mashed up with “Spirit of Radio” by Rush. Throw in a sold out crowd full of mashed up costumes including Curious George Clinton, Alice in Wonderland in Chains, Lady GaGarth and Lil Waynes World and you have the makings of one of the best shows of the year! As for me, I was Abrahamburglar Lincoln.

8. Jackie Greene 2/6 The Pageant, 3/10 & 10/22 Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO

Jackie Greene - Old Rock House

Jackie first played in St. Louis this year opening for Gov’t Mule in February, then came back to headline an acoustic solo show at Old Rock House. But when the FULL BAND show was announced for October, I went from 6 to 12! Jackie has an amazing voice, and is a great talent. He will be around for years to come and seems to channel Jerry Garcia on his “Grateful EP” featuring covers of “Sugaree”, “New Speedway Boogie” and “Brokedown Palace” available for download here. FREE! Also, heres a video, great quality, of Jackie with Gov’t Mule from the show at The Pageant playing “Don’t Let Me Down”

7. Avett Brothers & Grace Potter & The Nocturnals 9/24 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO (Full Review)

Avett Bros - The Pageant

Avett Brothers is a band I had been waiting to see live since I first heard them last year. Grace Potter is my make believe girlfriend. When I first heard the two were paired together for a tour, and The Pageant was on the agenda, nothing short of death would stop me from attending this show. GP&N opened the show and dominated the stage for roughly an hour, not long enough. She performed songs from all of her albums, including “Apologies.” The Avetts came out and played a killer nearly two hour set that featured 20 songs including “I and Love and You”, “Kickdrum Heart”, and a three song encore that started with my favorite song, “Murdered in the City” For a 3 (sometimes 4) piece band to do what they do, is impressive.

6. Trey Anastasio & Classic TAB – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO (note: all links are high quality audio/video, do yourself a favor and click them!)

Trey & TAB

Whats better to tide me over until the Phish summer tour than a TAB show at The Pageant? How about a Trey show that featured “Gotta Jibboo”, acoustic versions of “Kill Devil Falls”, “Bathtub Gin”, “Backwards Down the Number Line” and “Wilson.” That was just to close the first set. The second set featured a cover of Zeppelins “Black Dog”, “Liquid Time”, and ended with “First Tube.” Thanks for melting my face Trey!

5. Dirtfoot 5/13 – Ciceros – St. Louis, MO

Dirtfoot at Ciceros

Never heard of Dirtfoot? I’m sorry! You need to! Dirtfoot is the only Front Porch, Whiskey Swillin, Foot Stomping, Gypsy, Punk, Country, Grumble, Boogie band in the land. They are pretty much the Mulberry Mountain house band for Wakarusa and Harvest Music Festival, typically drawing large dedicated crowds at their infamous late night sets as well as their 9am set at the Chompdown, a free communal breakfast put together by and for the festi-folk. They claim Shrieveport, LA as home and use guitar, banjo, drums, percussion, washboard, upright bass and sax to create their sound. It’s tough to find a band similar to Dirtfoot, and even tougher to find one that can duplicate the energy of a Dirtfoot show! This marked their first trip to St. Louis as part of the Wakarusa Pre-Party Tour with Mountain Sprout. They pulled out a cover of “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash, and played a nice mix of their own tunes, most of which involve crowd participation. Favorites of mine include “My Girl”, “Cast My Plans”, and “Little Bit of Rum.”

4. Widespread Panic 5/1  – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK

Widespread at BOK Center, Tulsa

This was my first time seeing JB & the Boys live, and well worth the commute to Tulsa to see great friends and great music. I was going to be seeing them in a month at Wakarusa and wanted to see what I was getting into. There is no surprise as to why Panic has been as successful as they have over the past 20 years when you see these southern rock / jam band giants live. The lightshow is one of the most spectacular things I have ever witnessed (see: The highlight of the night was during the second set during “Chilly Water” when the entire crowd seemed to scoop up every bottle of water in the building to make it rain. Seriously, you couldn’t find a bottle to purchase ANYWHERE. Also played were “Hatfield”, “Surprise Valley”, “Lets Get The Show On The Road” and “Impossible > Makes Sense To Me” to close it out.

3. Roger Waters 10/29 – Scott Trade Center – St. Louis, MO (Full Review)

Roger Waters - Scott Trade Center

My favorite band of all time is Pink Floyd. I have never had the opportunity to see anything other than Pink Floyd tribute bands, including Aussie Floyd, Think Floyd, and St. Louis heroes El Monstero. Roger Waters announced his “The Wall 2010’ tour and I was unable to get tickets up until a week before the show. $115 later, I was wishing I had paid $250 for floor seats. The production of this show alone was worth the ticket price, but throw in the fact I got my first actual Floyd experience and this show is damn near impossible to top. I knew it was going to be nothing but “The Wall” but I didn’t care. “Mother”, “Goodbye Blue Sky”, “Young Lust”, “Comfortably Numb” they all sounded amazing and I had goose bumps for a majority of the show. Now I just need to keep my fingers and toes crossed for a Gilmour tour next summer or a Gilmour/Waters/Mason reunion (yeah right!)

2. Phish 8/14-8/15 – Alpine Valley – East Troy, WI

Phish - Alpine Valley

Photo by : K. Soncasie

Last summer was the first time I had gotten a chance to see Phish, as I had taken their break as my chance to really get into them. Stupid, yes. Worth the wait? Also yes. Last summers Chicago stop was a great show, but was lacking something. Whatever that was, they found and brought it along for Summer 2010 tour. The weekend not only ended up being recorded and released on DVD/CD, but also was considered by many to be some of the best shows of the tour. We had lawn for the first night, and some amazing seats for night two but it didn’t matter. Set lists from both nights rival any other Phish sets I have listened to. Night one started with “Tube” and included “Fuck Your Face”, “Lawn Boy”, “Gumbo”, “Down with the Disease”, “Mikes Song”, and “Sneaking Sally” into “Weekapaug Groove”. Night two was bookended by “Tweezer” and “Tweezer Reprise” and also included “Divided Sky”, “Farmhouse”, “David Bowie”, “2001”, “You Enjoy Myself”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Character Zero.” Thank you Phish, and no matter what most say, you are back!

1. The Black Keys 6/10 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO (Full Review)

The Black Keys - The Pageant

I have had a small obsession with The Black Keys for a few years and had been dying to see them for the same period of time. I was granted the chance twice this year, both within a week of each other. They played at Wakarusa in June, and just a few days later trekked through St. Louis to play to a sold out show at The Pageant. We had arrived early to get a premium spot. All the stars had aligned finally and I was going to get my eardrums exploded by the 2 piece monster that is The Black Keys.

The beginning of the set featured favorites like “Girl is On My Mind”, “The Breaks” and “Stack Shot Billy”. They ripped through songs off of the ‘Brothers’ album, my vote for Album of the Year, with highlights including “Next Girl” , “Howling For You”, and my personal favorite, “Ten Cent Pistol”. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney closed the night out with “Everlasting Light” and “Till I Get My Way” before leaving the capacity crowd on their feet, and scraping their faces off of their shoes.

This show lived up the every expectation and made me forget about seeing them days earlier at Wakarusa. From “Thickfreakness” all the way through “Til I Get My Way” the energy never stopped. Not only did they release my top Album of the Year, but this show was far and away my favorite show of the year, and a show I will remember forever.

The Black Keys - The Pageant

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