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Primus Hitting The Road w/ Dean Ween Group This May/June

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Let’s break it down for you. Les Claypool recently released a new record with  Duo De Twang titled Four Foot Shack. Also, the man known as Dean Ween is currently touring with the Moistboyz. Now forget the last two sentences, because if you’re looking at this post you’re here to find out tour dates for Primus and The Dean Ween Group (not to be confused with the Moistboyz), which kicks off May 1st through the 3rd at the Brooklyn Bowl’s  Las Vegas location. The Deaner and Mr. Claypool have been rumored to be in talks about a reality show based around their fishing endeavors. Be on the look out for that, and for the dates just check below. Beats Antique will be opening a handful of shows as well which is noted below.

May 1-3 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
May 13 Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre w/ Queens of the Stone Age
May 14 Little Rock, AR @ Riverfest Amphitheatre
May 16 Birmingham, AL@ Iron City
May 17 Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
May 18 Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
May 20 Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
May 21 Portsmouth, VA -@ nTELOS Wireless Pavilion w/ Beats Antique
May 22 Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – w/ Beats Antique
May 23 Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp Music Festival
June 24 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
June 25 Portland, ME @ State Theatre
June 27 Big Flats, NY @ The Summer State at Tags w/ The Deen Ween Group
June 28 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage w/ The Deen Ween Group
June 29 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

Here’s a sweet version of ECHOES by The Dean Ween Group from John And Peter’s the other night in New Hope. The full 37 minute version.

Primus 3D Spring 2013 North American Tour Dates

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After various appearances on recently announced festival cards, Primus will continue it’s tour in 3D this May. The trek begins the night after the band will play Bottle Rock Napa Valley and stays primarily on the west coast until June where stops in Minnesota, Toronto and Chicago will be made before things wrap up in Upstate New York. Check out all the dates below. Presale tickets for the 3D tour will be on sale Feb 26th. Head over to the bands official website, here, for more information.

 Primus 3D 2013 Tour Dates:

May 9 – Napa, CA // Napa Valley Exposition (Bottle Rock)
May 10 – Eureka, CA // Eureka Municipal Auditorium
May 12 – Garden City, ID// Revolution Concert House and Event Center
May 13 – Missoula, MT // Wilma Theatre
May 14 – Billings, MT // Shrine Auditorium
May 16 – Colorado Springs, CO.// Historic City Auditorium
May 17 – Santa Fe, NM// Santa Fe Community Convention Center
May 18 – Tucson, AZ // Rialto Theatre
May 19 – Pomona, CA // Fox Theater Pomona
May 21 – Ventura, CA // Majestic Ventura Theatre
May 22 – Bakersfield, CA // Majestic Fox Theater
May 24 – Portland, OR // Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
May 25 – Eugene, OR // Cuthbert Amphitheater
May 26 – Quincy, WA. // Gorge Amphitheatre (“Sasquatch! Music Festival”)
May 28 – Edmonton // Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
May 29 – Calgary // MacEwan Hall Ballroom
May 31 – Winnipeg // Burton Cummings Theatre
June 1 – Saint Paul, MN // Myth
June 2 – Chicago, Il.// Riviera Theatre
June 6 – Hunter, NY // Hunter Mountain (Mountain Jam Festival)
June 7 – Toronto // Danforth Music Hall
June 8 – Toronto // Danforth Music Hall
June 9 – No. Tonawanda, N.Y. // Niagara River Rocks

Primus in 3D! Live at Peabody Opera House – STL 10/28

Primus in 3D! Live at Peabody Opera House – St. Louis 10/28/12

Words and Pictures by Bradley Darby

If you like your metal funky, your rock progressive, or just flat-out weird experimental jam music… then you were probably at the Peabody Opera House on Sunday night. If you weren’t, than you missed one of the greatest rock bands of the last 20 years as they took the stage for their touring 3D spectacle. Primus, who called it a day twelve years ago after releasing six albums over ten years, got the ‘original’ crew back together in 2010. One year later, we had Green Naugahyde, their first studio album in eleven years. Bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde and original drummer Jay Lane were officially back and picked things up right where they left off at the turn of the century. (Note: Lane was the original drummer that was later replaced by Tim Alexander who was the drummer for Primus through most of the 90s.)

The show opened with a bang as the haunting bass lines of “Southbound Pachyderm” kicked things off and the crowd, some sitting and some standing, all with their 3D glasses on gazing at the large screen behind the band, recognized it right away. The screen showed trippy images of elephants stampeding, and random multi colored shapes spinning as purple lights filled the room. Claypool with one leg kicked up on the monitor lurching over the microphone with his usual creepy prowess led the song as guitarist Ler LaLonde shredded his way through the song and melted faces across the room.

Les told the crowd that the set lists for this tour was going to feature songs that they hadn’t played in years, or even some that they had never played. It was clear from the first handful of songs that this was indeed the case as the first four songs all came from different Primus albums.

“Lee Van Cleef”, one of my favorite tracks from Green Naugahyde, featured graphics of cowboys and crazy looking eyeballs (similar to the video for the song) on the 3D visual screen behind the band while Claypool sang lyrics about the old Western film actor of the same name that died in 1989. The oft-neglected bass jam and fan favorite from 1993’s Pork Soda, “Hamburger Train” followed as well as a cover of “Hello Skinny” by The Residents, a song that Primus has covered in the past. The first set ended at just about 9PM with the first in a handful of songs from their 1990 debut studio album Frizzle Fry, “Groundhogs Day.”

As the first set concluded, the crowd was treated to old black and white Popeye cartoons on the video screen as some folks chose to get a breath of fresh air, stretch their legs, or sneak in a cigarette or two outside. The intermission lasted about 30 minutes and Primus were back on stage and ready to kick off the second set around 930PM.

The second set started with another newer song, “Extension Burst” before “Glass Sandwich” transitioned right into “Jilly’s on Smack”, which can extend to as long as ten minutes and often gets really weird… this was certainly no exception. This is a song that I have seen live four times since the reincarnation of Primus and it keeps getting better and better live. We were then treated to three straight songs from Frizzle Fry, “Spaghetti Western” followed by “The Toys Go Winding Down”, and finally “Frizzle Fry.” The set ended with “Mrs. Blaliene” and “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver”, one of Primus’ first singles from 1991’s Sailing the Seas of Cheese.

The crowd chanted “PRIMUS SUCKS” (flattering sure, but thats how Primus fans do it!) as the word PRIMUS flashed on the screen. After a short break, the guys came back out to a smattering of applause. “American Life” kicked off the encore (the same song they closed with last time they came to STL in 2011 at The Pageant) followed by “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”, another hugely popular song that appeared on 1995’s Tales from the Punchbowl.

This was my fourth time seeing Primus since they got back together. This was also my favorite Primus show of the four. The 3D show was good, but not at all what makes me say this. The music cranked out by Jay Lane, Larry LeLonde and Les Claypool is all you needed to enjoy yourself on this Sunday evening. If you were disappointed by this show, I’m sorry you had your expectations too high. I overheard a few folks post show that were let down by the 3D aspect of the show, my advice to them is go see Finding Nemo. To the good folks at the Peabody Opera House, if you find a piece of my mind melted to the floor in the Mezzanine Right, please return it.

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SET I:
Southbound Pachyderm (Tales from the Punchbowl)
Golden Boy (The Brown Album)
Moron TV (Green Naugahyde)
Dirty Drowning Man (Antipop)
Hats Off (The Brown Album)
Lee Van Cleef (Green Naugahyde)
Hamburger Train (Pork Soda)
Del Davis Tree Farm (Tales from the Punchbowl)
Hello Skinny (Residents Cover)
Groundhogs Day (Frizzle Fry)

SET II
Extension Burst (Green Naugahyde)
Glass Sandwich (Tales from the Punchbowl)
Jilly’s on Smack (Green Naugahyde)
Spaghetti Western (Frizzle Fry)
The Toys Go Winding Down (Frizzle Fry)
Frizzle Fry (Frizzle Fry)
Mrs Blaileen (Tales From the Punchbowl)
Jerry Was a Race Car Driver (Sailing the Seas of Cheese)
E: American Life (Sailing the Seas of Cheese)
E: Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver (Tales from the Punchbowl)

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Primus Announce Details Of 3D Tour Of America

Primus Announce Details Of 3D Tour Of America

Earlier this month, Primus announced that they were going to tour in 3D. Instead of trying to reword what was said, why don’t we just copy and paste the information from the trio’s official Facebook page:

Primus is excited to announce a unique 3D tour this fall, featuring two sets per evening. Being that this is the first-ever traveling 3D enhanced live musical performance, this groundbreaking tour is sure to provide a one-of-a-kind psychedelic experience, further enhanced by the fact that every show will also feature Quad Surround Sound.

Here is where you can catch Primus in 3D:

10/12/12 – Mid Hudson Civic Center/Poughkeepsie, NY

10/13/12 – Memorial Auditorium/Burlington, VT

10/15/12 – The Fillmore/Silver Springs, MD

10/16/12 – Kirby Center/Wilkes Barre, PA

10/17/12 – Tower Theater/Philadelphia, PA

10/19/12 – Hammerstein Ballroom/New York, NY

10/20/12 – Orpheum Theater/Boston, MA

10/21/12 – Veterans Memorial Auditorium/Providence, RI

10/23/12 – Rapids Theater/Niagra Falls, NY

10/24/12 – Fillmore/Detroit, MI

10/26/12 – Moogfest/Asheville, NC

10/27/12 – Murat Theater/Indianapolis, IN

10/28/12 – Peabody Opera House/St. Louis, MO

10/30/12 – Taft Theater/Cincinnati, OH

10/31/12 – Tabernacle/Atlanta, GA

11/02/12 – Uptown Theatre/Kansas City, MO

11/03/12 – Fillmore/Denver, CO

11/04/12 – Cotillion Ballroom/Wichita, KS

11/05/12 – McFarlin/Dallas, TX

11/07/12 – Bass Hall/Austin, TX

11/09/12 – Hard Rock/Orlando, FL

11/10/12 – Fillmore/Miami, FL

Pre-sale tickets are on sale now via the official Primus website. The password is Squirrel.

 

 

 

Primus Announces Spring 2012 North American Tour Dates

Primus Announces Spring 2012 North American Tour Dates

Concert Confessions favorite Primus have just announced details for a spring run across the United States and into Canada. The trek kicks off May 3rd in Columbia, MO and wraps June 23 in Santa Cruz, CA. Some evenings will be an evening with, while others will feature opening sets from Gogol Bordello and Fishbone. Other interesting notes, the May 5th date in New Orleans, LA is being billed as the latest edition of The Oddity Faire while 05/25, 05/26, 06/02 and 06/03 are festival appearances. A complete list of Primus tour dates can be found below.

 

Primus 2012 Spring Tour Dates:

05/03 – The Blue Note/Columbia, MD#

05/05 – The Sugar Mill/New Orleans, LA (Oddity Faire)

05/06 – Beale Street Music Festival/Memphis, TN*

05/19 – The Paramount/Huntington, NY#

05/20 – Landmark Theatre/Syracuse, NY#

05/22 – Stage AE/Pittsburgh, PA$

05/23 – LC Pavilion/Columbus, OH$

05/25 – Summer Camp Music Festival/Chillicothe, IL*

05/26 – Bella Music Festival/Geneva, MN*

05/27 – Eagles Ballroom/Milwaukee, WI#

05/29 – Ryman Auditorium/Nashville, TN#

05/30 – Brady Theater/Tulsa, OK#

06/01 – Gilloiz Theatre/Springfield, MO#

06/02 – Wakarusa Music Festival/Ozark, AR*

06/03 – Free Press Summer Festival/Houston, TX*

06/05 – Kiva Auditorium/Albuquerque, NM#

06/06 – Pepsi Amphitheatre/Flagstaff, AZ#

06/08 – Greek Theatre/Los Angeles, CA%

06/10 – Redding Convention Center/Redding, CA#

06/11 – Britt Pavilion/Jacksonville, OR#

06/12 – Cuthbert Amphitheater/Eugene, OR#

06/14 – Marymoor Park/Redmond, WA#

06/15 – Orpheum Theatre/Vancouver BC#

06/16 – Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox/Spokane, WA#

06/17 – Big Sky Brewing/Missoula, MT#

06/19 – The Rail Event Center/Salt Lake City, UT#

06/20 – Avalon Theatre/Grand Junction, CO#

06/22 – The Joint/Las Vegas, NV%

06/23 – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium/Santa Cruz, CA%

06/24 – Modesto Center Plaza/Modesto, CA#

 

 

# An Evening With

$ With Gogol Bordello

% With Fishbone

*Festival Apperance

 

Primus Performs For Jimmy Fallon

Primus Performs For Jimmy Fallon

We here at Concert Confessions love Primus so damn much that we no longer scream that they suck per the request of Les Claypool. It is always a treat when the boys from the East Bay appear on National Television. As you may recall we shared with you a past performance from Jimmy Kimmel Live, but today the east coast gets some Primus television love. The band stopped into the NBC Studios last night to rock out with Jimmy Fallon. The trio performed their latest single “Lee Van Cleef” which aired on the Peacock. They also performed their classic “Jerry Was A Racecar Driver” as a web exclusive. We have both performances for you below.

 

Primus Bring Green Naugahyde To Jimmy Kimmel Live

Primus Bring Green Naugahyde To Jimmy Kimmel Live

Fresh off their sold out appearance at the historic Art Deco Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, Primus paid the Jimmy Kimmel Live show an appearance. The trio rocked the late night shows outdoor stage for two televised numbers. As we mentioned in our review of the Wiltern show, Claypool and boys were debating performing “Lee Van Cleef” for a national television audience and as you can see below they did. The Bay Area natives also performed “Jilly’s On Smack” from their latest release Green Naugahyde and you can watch both performances below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1pfvOdkAMk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-yhtjcgh5s

 

Primus will perform at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA on Friday October 28th 2011. You can purchase tickets for the show by clicking here.

Primus 10/22/11: Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

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Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

Walking into the Wiltern, it had been nearly five years since my last live Primus experience. It pained me to skip their 2010 appearances in Los Angeles but as anyone who has read my words here know it takes an act of congress to get me through the doors of the cell phone venues downtown. That’s why I made sure to jump on tickets the second it was announced the band would pay Korea Town a visit on their 2011 North American tour. Having witnessed the band perform Sailing The Seas of Cheese inside the historic Art Deco venue in 2003, I knew another two set throw down at the best theatre in Los Angeles county was not to be missed.

I settled into my spot on the floor moments before the band hit the stage. I was aware that the band was performing their just released album Green Naugahyde from front to back and had assumed it would be the first set. You can imagine my shock as the wah infused guitar introduction of “Those Damn Blue Collar Tweekers” came roaring through the PA. With an impressive light show, twisted animations upon the large video screen and two extremely large astronauts looming in the background, I was quickly reminded that Primus concerts are designed to overload multiples senses.

 

The first set did an outstanding job of bringing a well balanced mix of Primus material spanning their 20+ year career. “Pudding Time” “Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread” and “The Pressman” all did a great job getting the crowd into the evening early on. So much so in fact, bassist/vocalist Les Claypool took a few minutes in the middle of “Over The Falls” to acknowledge the crowd who not only sold out the theatre weeks in advance, but bucked the typical Los Angeles trend of staring lifeless as the band gave their all.

My personal highlights of the first set were a pair of songs from the groups’ 1995 effort Tales From The Punchbowl. Knowing I would flunk my Algebra final weeks after the album’s release, instead of trying I simply wrote the lyrics to “Mrs. Blaileen” down on the sheet designed to “show my work.” The song received many plays on my yellow Sony Sport Walkman as I rode the bus to summer school later that summer. The other highlight was “Over the Electric Grapevine” which featured the best of the best in first set jamming. At least on this particular night, when Primus sets sail into the unknown, the bands mindset is focused on creating a unified wall of sound instead of self-indulgent soloing.

I paid zero attention to the Popeye cartoon that played at intermission.

Green Naugahyde was an impulse buy from Target a few weeks ago. Not that I needed an excuse to buy the record as I own everything the band has released, but there it was and there I was and it just happened to fall into the basket. Having given the album a few spins, I enjoyed it, but failed to make a deep connection to many of the songs. I knew “Last Salmon Man” and “Tragedy’s a’ Comin” would be great live (and they were) but some of the songs that failed to connect with ended up being the best part of the set. “Jilly’s On Smack” was one of these, but then again it’s hard not to get excited when Les brings out his upright electric bass. “Moron TV” felt a bit like filler on the record, but having now seen it’s live incarnation I must go back and re-examine my beliefs.

Another highlight of the set was “Lee Van Cleef” a song the band is debating playing on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday. An ode to the late actor, the crowd found plenty of energy to bounce off each other as Claypool’s thumb bounced off his bass strings. “HOINFODAMAN” was another exciting moment, especially the gnarly distortion coming out of LaLonde’s amplifier. In fact my only disappointment in the second was that the band left the stage to a pre-recorded “Salmon Men” instead of finding a way to perform the song that clocks in under a minute.

Having already played for well over two hours, the boys came back for a lengthy two song encore. They kicked things off with “Southbound Pachyderm” which seemed to end (thus me stopping my camera) only to start back up and rage with an 8-10 minute psychedelic jam. The evening’s final song was the fan favorite “Tommy The Cat.” The group for one last time voyaged into a unique and indescribable sound that has now rocked three generations of fans. While the band still has a show scheduled next weekend in the Bay Area, the Wiltern is the “final” night of the North American tour. Los Angeles was treated to a technically proficient band who sounded as tight as they possibly could. Here’s hoping it’s not another five years before I get to catch my next Primus show.

 

PREVIEW: YMSB Harvest Music Festival: 13 Bands Not To Miss Next Weekend!

Thirteen Bands Not To Miss at YMSB’s Harvest Festival 2013

Words by Bradley Darby 

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Its that magical time of year… when you turn the calendar over to October just as the leaves begin to turn beautiful shades of brown, orange and yellow. You replace your jorts with overalls and your pogo balls for rakes. Autumn is upon us… as you turn your calendar you may notice October 17-19 highlighted or circled with the word HARVEST scrawled across those dates. If that is you, this post is for you. If you aren’t going to the Yonder Mountain String Bands Harvest Music Festival, you should reconsider your choices.

Here are 13 bands that you don’t want to miss at the 2013 installment of the Harvest Festival at the breathtaking Mulberry Mountain resort in Ozark, Arkansas. These are in alphabetical order as narrowing it down to only thirteen was hard enough. You may notice a few sets overlap or conflict with each other… That is because you have to be an adult at some point and make your own damn decisions… just like your mother had to make that decision to pack and leave us to “stay with Uncle Ted for awhile while she figures some things out”. You know he’s not really your Uncle right? Sorry, I got off track… back to the festival.

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Andy Frasco and the U.N. (Friday 4:15pm – 5:30pm or Saturday 2:15am – 3:00am Harvest Tent)

Meet Andy Frasco. Based out of Los Angeles, Frasco describes his sound as “Party Blues.” And it has to be true, the man has played over 1000 shows in the last four years. An industry insider that formerly booked pop punk bands for Drive Thru Records and worked as a promoter for VH1’s Save the Music Campaign, the 24 yr old Frasco now plays the keys and writes up beat songs that keep the dance floor active throughout the entire set. His Saturday night late night set is going to be epic… look for me near the soundboard. Check out “Its Been A Struggle”

 

California Honeydrops (Thursday (4:30pm – 5:45pm Backwoods Stage)

The California Honeydrops play R&B/Blues music using your typical guitar, bass and drums accented by a trumpet, saxophone, jug and washboard. They got their start playing together in a subway tunnel in Oakland but sound straight out of New Orleans. The vocal harmonies and clever lyrics stand out as well as the strong keys and offbeat jazzy drums. Check out their song “Up Above My Head”or “Cry Baby Blues”

 

ClusterPluck (Thursday 3:30pm – 4:30pm Roost Stage)

St. Louis’ own homegrown bluegrass group that strives on their five-part harmonies. They play traditional bluegrass instruments, but do so with a lot of various influences in a very nontraditional way.  These guys (and gal) are starting to make a name for themselves around the Midwest… Check out “Storms After Tomorrow”

 

Delhi 2 Dublin (Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm or Friday 1:00pm – 2:00pm Harvest Tent)

Want a break from all the great bluegrass/folk/Americana music happening everywhere else? Ever heard of a genre called Celtic Punjabi Electronica? No? Thats because Delhi 2 Dublin claim to have created it. I first heard this band at Wakarusa from about 100 yards away and after two songs found it necessary to leave camp and voyage to the stage for a bit. You get fiddles, turntables, percussionists, and a hint of Bollywood with this Vancouver quintet.  Check out “Our House” below

 

Dirtfoot (Thursday 12:30am – 2:00am Backwoods Stage / Friday 2:00pm – 3:15pm Main Stage / Saturday 9am-10am Chompdown)

Dirtfoot hail from Shreveport, LA and describe their sound as Gypsy, Punk, Country, Grumble, Boogie. They are also kinda sorta one of the Mulberry Mountain house bands, performing at every Wakarusa and Harvest Festival that has taken place on the Mountain. If you have never seen Dirtfoot, make it a point to do so at this years Harvest Festival. The boys are absolutely on fire right now and are weeks away from releasing their new album that is redefining the Dirtfoot sound. I would highly suggest their Thursday late night set, there ain’t no party like a Dirtfoot late night Backwoods party. Also, be sure to check out the Chompdown, a giant communal breakfast put on by campers for campers. Bring some bacon, bring some bread, or just bring yourself and an appetite! You get to watch Dirtfoot play an intimate campground set and to meet a bunch of new friends in the name of community! Watch Dirtfoot play “Bathroom Sink” or “Pulling Up the Stakes” below

 

Everyone Orchestra (Saturday 12:30am – 1:45am Harvest Tent)

Everyone Orchestra is one of the best idea’s for an improvisational supergroup ever. Everyone Orchestra is Seattle’s Matt Butler who conducts an ensemble of musicians and communicates with them using hand signs, whiteboards and assorted mime suggestions. The lineup varies from night to night. The lineup that has been announced for Harvest consists of: Al Schnier of moe., Jeff Austin of the YMSB, Tim Carbone and Andy Goessling of Railroad Earth, Dango Rose, Bonnie Payne and Bridget Law of Elephant Revival, Mike Dillon and Carley Myers of the Mike Dillon Band, and others. The beautiful thing about Everyone Orchestra is that ANYONE could show up at any time. Its insanity! See ya there! Watch this little clip of Butler conducting

 

Hot Buttered Rum w/ Allie Kral (Thursday 7:15pm – 8:30pm Harvest Tent)

Not only are Hot Buttered Rum a fantastic band by themselves, but the addition of the beautiful and incredibly talented Allie Kral (formerly of Cornmeal) on the fiddle kicks them up to elite status. A five piece bluegrassy jammy type group from California similar to String Cheese Incident or Leftover Salmon, these guys are a do not miss! Check out Hot Buttered Rum performing “Busted in Utah”

 

Hot Club of Cowtown (Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Backwoods Stage)

This set may be unlike any other at Harvest Festival and will be perfect to accompany your afternoon Bloody Mary or other beverage. Straight out of Austin, TX by way of San Diego comes this trio of Western swing revivalists, Hot Club of Cowtown. Quick story: I first heard of this band via some random old man at a QuickTrip gas station. I was pumping gas and listening to Yonder Mountain String Band when this old man called out and asked if I liked bluegrass. After a short conversation, he gave me a copy of a Hot Club of Cowtown live show and I love it. I have been waiting to see this guys (and gal) since then! Check out this video from New Years Eve 2003 and you will see why

 

Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang (Thursday 10:30pm – 12:30am Main Stage)

Every festival needs a resident weirdo, and Claypool fills the quota for Harvest Festival. One of the many projects that Mr. Claypool is responsible for, the Duo de Twang features Bryan Kehoe on guitar and Les plays acoustic bass in typical Les Claypool fashion…awesome! You can expect to hear covers, Primus tunes, Claypool solo tunes… anything really. Check out the Duo de Twang reworking a classic Primus tune below or a Johnny Cash tune here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS6by-XreBg

 

Mike Dillon Band (Saturday 6:30pm – 7:30pm Roost Stage)

If you aren’t familiar with Mike Dillon, you should feel sorry for yourself. Mike Dillon is  a percussionist that is really good at banging on shit. He is also a terrific vibraphonist. He has been a part of many projects that have included many people including Les Claypools Fancy Band, Garage A Trois, Galactic, Ani DiFranco and Marco Benevento. His current project, The Mike Dillon Band, is New Orleans Punk Rock and features Carly Myers on the trombone, Patrick McDevitt on bass, and Adam Gertner on drums. Gerner is a student of Galactic’s Stanton Moore. Watch “Carly Hates the Dubstep” below

 

Tedeschi Trucks Band (Friday 10:00pm – 12:30am Main Stage)

Derrick Trucks is a guitar god, ranked #16 in the world by Rolling Stone, that previously played with the Allman Brothers Band. Susan Tedeschi has the voice of an angel. Together these two share a home and their lives as a married couple, but more importantly for this article, together these two lead the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Their debut album won a Grammy for Best Blues Album and their newest release is a live show that showcases what the band really specializes in. If you like dirty, swampy blues music and good old-fashioned rock and roll, Tedeschi Trucks Band is for you. Watch a ridiculous live video of “Midnight in Harlem”just below or click here to watch a full length HD show from Red Rocks, but more importantly, watch this band at Harvest. This band should be on every ones musical bucket list.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ubH7dLJJiE

Tyrannosaurus Chicken (Saturday 11:00pm – 12:00am Roost Stage)

Tyrannosaurus Chicken is without a doubt the best fucking band name on the lineup. T-Chicken, as they are sometimes called, are also a great fucking band. A duo from Arkansas that plays delta blues trance music with a guitar, fiddle and bass will weird you the fuck out. Check out the weirdness that is T-Chicken and their song “Hammer” below

 

Yonder Mountain String Band (Thursday 12:30am – 2:00am / Friday 7:30pm – 9:30pm / Saturday 9:45pm – 12:30am)

Big shocker here right? Top bill on the festival, a band that I have watched more than a dozen times live, and a band that I still refuse to miss. I love the Yonder Mountain String Band, it’s no shocker. The hosts of the festival get three full sets to jamgrass the hell out of that mountain… but the Thursday night late night set is going to be in the Harvest Tent and is the one you should circle on the lineup. Its going to be packed, so plan accordingly. Then also warm up the crowd on Friday night for Tedeschi Trucks Band and tuck you in nicely after Les Claypool makes shit weird on Thursday night. Another bonus: everyone wants to sit in with the Festival hosts, so you could get guest appearances at any time. Check out this video that shows you just who could show up during any given Yonder show.

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YMSB Harvest Festival 10/17-19 (feat. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Les Claypool, Railroad Earth) Stage Schedule Released

YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND’s Harvest Music Festival

When: October 17-19, 2013

Where: Mulberry Mountain, Ozark AR

How Much: 3 Day Pass $145. Day Passes Also Available Here

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We are just weeks away from the 8th Annual Yonder Mountain String Band Harvest Music Festival taking place at the most beautiful festival site I have ever stepped foot on, Mulberry Mountain. While Mulberry Mountain has now become the home to three total major music festivals, Harvest Festival still stands out as “THE” festival for many folks. Harvest keeps the crowd size limited and far more intimate than the larger Wakarusa Music Festival and the newly formed Thunder on the Mountain country music festivals. Attendance at the Harvest Music Festival usually caps out around 8000. Plus instead of covering up the beautiful main stage with a rented stage, you actually get to watch your headliners play on this stage!

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Another great aspect of the Harvest Festival is that the Yonder Mountain String Band are the official hosts each year, and the lineup stays a little tighter than the eclectic mix at Wakarusa with pretty much all bluegrass, Americana and folk music taking the reigns. There are a few fantastic exceptions such as Beats Antique and the Mike Dillon Band (DO NOT MISS THE MIKE DILLON BAND!) This year also features the return of Les Claypool to Mulberry Mountain… his third trip to the Mountain with his third different project. Previously he has appeared at Wakarusa with Primus and also just as Les Claypool. This time he is bringing along Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, a project that I am incredibly excited to see first hand. Check out the video below for a taste of twangy Claypool.

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Be sure not to miss the Everyone Orchestra, conducted by Matt Butler and featuring Al Schnier of moe., Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band, Tim Carbone and Andy Goessling of Railroad Earth, Dango Rose, Bridget Law and Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival, Isayah Warford and Mike Dillon and Carly Meyers of Mike Dillon Band.

Other acts rounding out the 2013 lineup include: JJ Grey and MoFro, Kasey Musgraves, Justin Townes Earle, Greensky Bluegrass, Dirtfoot, Steep Canyon Rangers, Gangstagrass, Hot Buttered Rum, Dehli 2 Dublin, Darrel Scott and Tim O’Brien, Hot Club of Cowtown, Ha Ha Tonka, Andy Frasco and the U.N. and many many others!

SEE THE FULL STAGE SCHEDULE AND LINEUP HERE

Be sure to check out some of the other great events taking place at the Harvest Music Festival such as the Fiddlin’ and Pickin’ Contest… where you can take home a basket full of SWAG and a cash prize. At 9AM on Saturday morning, be sure to check out the Chompdown… a communal breakfast ran completely by the festival patrons that has become tradition for all Harvest Music Festivals and Wakarusa Festivals where you can munch on some good eats while watching Dirtfoot and Friends perform a stripped down set in the campground.

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Sasquatch! Festival 2013 Lineup Announced

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The Sasquatch! Festival 2013 lineup has just been announced at the official Announcement Party at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle. The four night party over Memorial Day Weekend at the Gorge Amphitheatre always promises to be a good time and this year looks to be no exception.

Cody ChesnuTT came out to start the night, the first artist confirmation of the Festival. After his short set came “surprise guests” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who confirmed their own Gorge set for May after performing Thrift Shop, Same Love and Can’t Hold Us.

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(Macklemore live at the Neptune Theatre lineup drop)

After those the official lineup video was played for those in attendance (and those streaming online), the full lineup came to fruition:

Mumford & Sons
The Postal Service
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Sigur Rós
Vampire Weekend
The xx
The Lumineers
Arctic Monkeys
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Cake
Primus 3D
Empire of the Sun
Imagine Dragons
Bloc Party
Andrew Bird
Grimes
Dropkick Murphys
Built To Spill
Alt-J
Steve Aoki
Wake Owl
Disclosure
Toro Y Moi
ODESZA
Kingdom Crumbs
Theoretics
Nissim
Nancy & Beth
Youth Lagoon
Baauer
Lusine
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Beachwood Sparks
Menomena
The Barr Brothers
Brown Bird
Luke Sital-Singh
Brett Gelman
Jenny Slate
James Adomian
The Presets
Azari & III
Bombino
Brothers From Another
Divine Fits
ZZ Ward
Four Color Zack
Nacho Picasso
ScHoolboy Q & Ab-Soul
Mike Birbiglia
Let’s Talk
OC Notes: “Golden Gods”
Danny Brown
Brody Stevens
Jon Daly
Hundred Waters
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Reignwolf
Holy Ghost!
JJ Grey & Mofro
Knowmads
Kyle Kinane
Laidback Luke
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Joe Mande
Nick Offerman
Rose Windows
RA Scion
Devendra Banhart
Sean Nelson
John Talabot
Red Fang
Peace
Willy Moon
Youngblood Hawke
Ryan Bingham
Azealia Banks
Telekinesis
Yppah
Indians
Atlas Genius
Japandroids
El-P
Matthew Dear
CHVRCHES
Robert Delong
Earl Sweatshirt
Killer Mike
Shovels & Rope
Radical Face
Shad
Wild Belle
P.O.S
Michael Kiwanuka
Deep Sea Diver
Death Grips
Twin Shadow
Torche
Dirty Projectors
Tame Impala
Solange
Surfer Blood
Suuns
The Tallest Man On Earth
DIIV
Caveman
Baths
Fang Island
Akron/Family
Father John Misty
Porcelain Raft
Shout Out Louds
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Elliott BROOD
Jherek Bischoff
Sea Wolf
Capital Cities

Bottle Rock Festival 2013 Lineup Revealed

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Not sure if we mentioned it before, but tis the season to announce festival lineups. This time lets head to the land of the grapevine that is Napa Valley for what is dubbed Bottle Rock Festival. Cork-Fest must not have had as much of a ring to it as I thought it did. This one is interesting because, well, one might ask why the Kings Of Leon would be the lead headliner along with The Black Keys and Furthur.  Furthur? Come on man. I like the Grateful Dead as much as the next guy but The Flaming Lips, Jane’s Addiction and Primus are sitting on this same list of acts playing. Bad Religion could close this thing out playing songs only off True North.

It all goes down May 9th through 12th. If you’re having trouble reading the text in the above poster never fear, some loser went through the trouble of actually typing out every single band listed there-and that lays below. As usual, it’s always best to head over to the festival’s official website if you feel like partying with the Zac Brown Band,- do that by clicking here.

 

Bottle Rock Festival 2013 Lineup:

Kings of Leon

The Black Keys

Furthur

Zac Brown Band

The Shins

The Flaming Lips

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

The Black Crowes

Jane’s Addiction

Primus

Dirty Projectors

Iron & Wine

Andrew Bird

Sharon Van Etten

Best Coast

Ben Harper

Cake

The Wallflowers

Bad Religion

RNDM

Grouplove

Alo

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Blues Traveler

Dwight Yoakam

Donavon Frankenreiter

Allen Stone

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Allah Has

Vintage Trouble

Charlie Musselwhite

Mavis Staples

Tristan Prettyman

Erin O’Hara

Justin Townes Earle

They Went Ghost

Rouge Wave

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Flagship

The Whiskey Sisters

Tift Merrit

Girls And Boys

 

Mountain Jam 2013 Initial Lineup Announced

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Unlike the girlfriend of Manti Te’o, the lineup for the 2013 Mountain Jam Festival is totally real. And it’s totally sweet.

Hunter Mountain, which is usually home to skiing, hot cocoa and Cumbaya will be occupied with awesome musicians from June 6th to 9th this summer. The headliners like Phil Lesh & Friends, Widespread Panic and Gov’t Mule will play two sets, while you’ll have only one set’s chance to catch the awesomeness that is Primus, Gary Clark Jr and Dispatch.

For those choosing not to camp, there are Hotel and Lodging packages available at the festivals official website. You can head there for up to the minute information.

 

Mountain Jam Lineup 2013:

Phil Lesh & Friends
Widespread Panic
Gov’t Mule
Primus
The Avett Brothers
Dispatch
Gary Clark Jr.
Soulive
Deer Tick
Jackie Greene
Rubblebucket
ALO
Amy Helm
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
The Revivalists
David Wax Museum
SIMO

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!

Meredith’s Top 10 Concerts of 2012

It’s nearing the end of the year, or if you’re into it, the end of the world as we know it.  Since I’ve attended many shows this year(30+) and taken photographs, I thought I’d share with you a re-cap of my most favorite shows from 2012. I am going to list them in the order in which I saw them, because picking a favorite is not easy out of what I’ve chosen. Here we go!

 

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1. 311 Day 03/10-03/11 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas NV

What can I say?? I’m a 311 die-hard. This event was one of the most awesome concerts I’ve had the opportunity to witness. Yes it cost a lot for tickets, and yes, I was bummed I didn’t get floor tickets. But, traveling to Vegas knowing I’m not only going to see my favorite band play TWO nights in a row AND I get to see my friends from around the country made it worth it. Two days before leaving for Vegas, I caught 311 in Wendover NV as well. Met some fans who we actually followed and kept running into at gas stations along the way from Utah to Vegas. That’s one of the things that makes 311 unique. Their fans can easily become your family(literally, people have met through the 311 website and are now married with kids). When I got word that I got to photograph the band on 311 Day, that only amped up the show for me. With setlists that exceeded 30 songs per night, and a stage to rival the likes of Rob Zombie, 311 put on a show that went down in history. Thousands of people singing their hearts out, a band that loves its fans(truly….they honor fans by using fan art, our photos, etc, and always give credit) and a venue to fit us all. What an incredible two days.

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2. GWAR 04/10/12 Saltair,  Magna UT

When the opportunity dropped into my lap to go to GWAR, two things happened: I got nervous, and I got a raincoat for my camera. I’d never seen this band, nor listened to anything of theirs past what I heard over the years randomly. I also heard that they were less than polite to photographers. So naturally, shooting this  show seemed like a good idea to me. What I saw and experienced made this show one that I will tell stories about forever. I had a poncho for myself, but used it to wrap my camera bag and hid it out-of-the-way. I was glad, because I got targeted immediately by a torso that had just had the head cut off on stage. The fake blood spurting out of the neck stump went directly into my mouth, eye and into my lens(yay for camera ponchos!)as the torso bent over and drained into my face. Yep, that’s normal. It didn’t phase me and honestly I got right over the fear of it. GWAR continued to dismantle people, creatures and Snooki on stage that night. Guts, blood, parts…..a mess. But the thing that amazed me was their ability to play instruments and sound good while all that was going on. A spectacle but very, very well produced. I will definitely take the time to bask in the live horror that is GWAR if they come back to Utah. Which they should, seeing as how there were plenty of flesh-hungry weirdos that were there(and a guy who literally threw his 7-year old into a mosh pit).

 

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3. Primus 06/19/12 Rail Event Center, SLC UT

Legend. How could I not go to Primus? Playing their new album, “Green Naugahyde” in its entirety AND a set of our favorites as well? Sign me up. While the crowd warmed up with the “Primus Sucks” chant, I readied my lens. I stood in front of a stage with red lights, two giant astronauts with moving, living faces(awesome stage production), and my hands were shaking. In a moment, I was standing less than a foot from Les Claypool. Legend. Innovator.  As I stated, they played two sets. The first was a mix of hits, “Frizzle Fry”, “Pudding Time” etc. The second, was what I would call a trippy date with Pink Floyd, but on more acid, with more spinning things. “Green Naugahyde” is very different, but still very Primus. I think it was best it was played as a whole, and it fits as a piece that I feel is meant to be listened to from start to finish. But as a gift at the end, Primus encored with “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”. Dream come true. Capped off the night with meeting the band, and getting my Miscellaneous Debris EP signed, as well as my Green Naugahyde vinyl.

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4. Band of Horses 07/26/12 SLC UT Twilight Concert Series

We here in Utah have an outstanding summer concert series for the last 15+ years. It has nothing to do with those stupid vampire movies/books, and it’s called Twilight Concert Series. This year, they spoiled the hell out of us. We got a visit from Indie(yeah I said it) rockers Band of Horses. With songs you know from popular shows (The Funeral) and gentle hits like “No One’s Gonna Love You”, this band’s live performance wins over both the casual listener and the uber fan. I had the pleasure of being in the photo pit for this, and I was like a giddy school girl. I have listened to this band now for a few years, and it delighted me to hear them live. This was one of the larger crowds that turned out for the series that also featured artists including Nas, and Tinnie Tempah. The energy was amazing, and the crowd was singing along word for word. One of the summer shows not to be missed.

 

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5. Iron Maiden 08/01/12 USANA, SLC UT

You read that correctly. I went to Iron Maiden, and GWAR this year. I would not consider myself a hard/metal rocker. But I know better than to miss Iron Maiden on a tour to my piddly state. When Iron Maiden adds you to their tour stops, you go. And the crowd did. This was a very interesting mix of folks. I think I saw at least three pregnant women(two with broken legs) and a pregnant stage tech(also with a cast, hoisting her belly up a speaker stand no less). Mullets, 80’s leggings, and lots of black clothes. But, the thing that caught my attention was the many children that were out and about. This was a family affair. Many parents were seen passing on the musical tradition of a good ol’ rock show, and this made me have a little more hope in humanity. Instead of running to a Bieber show, little metalheads were having a great time watching the flames shoot out of the stage, and Bruce Dickinson leap about like a spring chicken(to quote the tour manager haha). The guys are in prime condition and threw down the gauntlet of rock music. The show was amazing, well-played, and for guys pushing 60+, doing the splits was pretty awesome. I am not allowed to share the photos, as there was a waiver, but the best way to see a show is to GO.

 

6. Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson 10/01/12 USANA, SLC UT

I went to this show as a fan of Marilyn Manson. I like Rob, but I like Marilyn more. I missed out the last time he was here and I was not going to miss him this time. Marilyn Manson opened for Rob Zombie, and now that I look back, that is just fine. I had excellent seats for this show, and no photo pass(boo) for Manson. He had a crazy stage with several changing sets, costumes, effects, etc. He also blew some “coke” onto the audience during “The Dope Show”, which was backlit with a large sign that read “DRUGS”. From pope costumes to glittery gloves and sword-shaped mic holders, Manson, for me, delivered.

The star of this tour though, was Rob Zombie. Meeting him before the show was an added bonus. Skinny, polite, sweet I’d even say. He hugged me tightly and won me over for sure. Nothing like the man who came out of a robot’s chest that was shooting flames. Yes, I’d say it was about 12 feet of robot, and Rob Zombie emerged and took his place behind his mic of bones. The man is a talented showman. I was blown away at his pace, his talent, his band, and his stage. Rob interacted with the crowd, large inflated bouncing balls fell into the crowd during a song, pulp comics of vintage women  played on screens that were part of the stage’s platforms, and Rob dominated the show. He walked off stage and came into the crowd and sang with people during a song. The theatrics do not mask a lack of anything for this group. They compliment the musical talent and experience that Rob’s band has, and this was a total delight. I did get photo access for this set and took some decent photos. GO SEE ROB ZOMBIE.

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7. Deftones 10/17/12 In The Venue, SLC UT

Ch-ch-ch Chino. Again, one of those “do not miss” nights. Deftones came into Salt Lake City and owned it. I was talking to a stage hand who told me that they’d brought at least 3 semi trailers of sound gear, and so much of it that it wouldn’t fit the stage. I was more than amped for this show, and the crowd of sweaty people packed in on a mild October night, was pushing the capacity of what the place could hold. I was one of three people in the state lucky enough to get a photo pass for this. I was pretty damn blown away when Chino leaned into me and screamed into my face during a song. Nothing like that. The man is amazing. He also sweat on me, cause you know, we were close enough for that haha. The performance was killer, the sound amazing, the energy immense. My first Deftones show, and no way will it be the last.

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8. Blue October 10/31/12 The Depot , SLC UT

Ok, this band took me by complete surprise. Yes, I knew who they were and their songs. But I have a rule. Never judge a band until you see them live(that even goes for country artists which I don’t usually like and yes, I’ve suffered through many country acts and some redeemed themselves). Blue October came into my town on Halloween and played a private “winner’s only” show for the local radio station. About 25 people were invited to see an acoustic performance by three members of Blue October, in a room that was part of The Living Planet Aquarium. This room is like a sunken ship, and that added to the beauty of what happened next. Singing four songs, Blue October’s Justin Furstenfeld got into my head. I wasn’t the only one; several people were silently crying and listening to him sing. The acoustic versions of The Ocean, Hate Me, Dirt Room, and a new song, are haunting. That’s the best way to put it. No matter what your life is like, these lyrics echo in you. It was something I haven’t had before, a deep connection to a total stranger. It felt like no one else was in the room. I don’t know how they did that, but all the people in the room got a personal show that day. A handshake, photo and autograph….sure. But what stuck with me is way more valuable than those tangible things that will burn or fade away. Blue October played a whole set later that night at The Depot that was also incredible, but nothing like a bare-bones set with just a guitar and some other strings. I was honored to have been there.

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9. Cursive and Minus The Bear 11/06/12 The Depot, SLC UT

I’ll admit it, I’m not well-versed in Cursive’s catalog. But I knew a few songs and a friend of mine has been following them for years, so he encouraged me to go. When I realized that Minus The Bear was headlining, I was sold. Cursive commanded the stage with such force. I was truly analyzing what I was hearing and really enjoying watching the show. To me, they sounded like a fusion of B52’s, punk, and some swing rock. But each song was so different, and the time changes alone were enough to make any musician want to know “how’d they do that AND make it work?” .  A great set indeed.

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Now, Minus The Bear….just, DAMN. I couldn’t have been more excited to see these guys. The last time they came, they played an album in its entirety, and I was ready to hear some other tracks performed live. I was lucky enough to shoot the show as well. The lighting was amazing, the sound-even better. Soft yellows and greens and smoke, along with that signature MTB sound and a crowd that was unusually young I thought. That made me happy though, seeing that there are some young folks left that appreciate real music. I got to hear “Pachuca Sunrise”, which they actually did in an extended version and I did get some tears in my eyes. I love this band, and they are doing amazing things with their music. Capped off the night with meeting the band, and pulling some gang signs at their request in our photo. Good times, good show, and awesome live performance.

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10. NOFX 12/08/12 The Complex, SLC UT

Ok. This was probably my first “real” punk rock show. This was a highly anticipated tour stop for this band, as they have not been to Utah since 2008. Luckily, I was sent into the surprisingly large photo pit to capture the first few songs. Also awesome, was the fact that we were in the “big” room at this venue, which held about 2500 people I’d guess. Either way, the place was packed and punk getup was everywhere you looked. People were extremely excited for this show. I’d been seeing people post about it for weeks on various social media networks, and heard people talking about it in passing. When Fat Mike and the boys took the stage, a guy immediately hopped the rail. Security was less than polite, slamming his head into my back and taking him to the ground. When Fat Mike called them out for being rough, the guy stood up and yelled “FAT MIIIIIIIKE” and then was escorted out. Fat Mike told Security to be nice and let him stay, and alluded to some butt raping joke…..but hey, it’s a punk show. Some highlights of the night were the insane jumping by Eric Melvin, drummer Erik Sandin sticking his tongue out at me, a dumbass fan putting his hat over a bright light and nearly setting it on fire(personally witnessed this and slapped his arm to get his attention when the hat was smoking), a plethora of beer cans being tossed, a series of racist jokes between Fat Mike and El Hefe(who was spotted “face timing” with his kiddo prior to the show) and the polite and rowdy fans screaming the words to every song in our faces.  This show was SO fun to be a part of. I’d see them 10 more times. Even if they sucked. But they don’t. So put on your spikey jacket, spray up that mohawk, tie up your Docs and head out to this spectacle. Because you’ll have a damn good time.

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All in all, this was a great year for shows in my state. I was blessed with a great job that allows me access to take photos, and it has given me so many experiences that I will never, ever forget. I am honored and happy to share those with you, and please enjoy the photos I managed to snap at these shows. Have a happy, apocalypse-free 2013. Be good to each other. Looking forward to sharing the shows with you!

Wakarusa 2012 Photo Gallery and Recap

Words/Pictures/Video by Bradley Darby

 

Wakarusa was back in full force for the 9th straight year bringing music and nature together in Northwest Arkansas. This was their 4th straight year at Mulberry Mountain and for the 4th straight year the crowd seemed to get even bigger… the camping has been expanded to include three different offsite auxiliary campgrounds due to demand. I made the trek down to the Wakarusa Festival for the 5th straight year and made it my mission to see some new music, even if it meant missing some of my favorites such as Split Lip Rayfield, Mountain Sprout (mostly), Railroad Earth and the March Fourth Marching Band  (I did manage to sneak in all 3 Dirtfoot shows though) The weather was absolutely amazing for the most part, but we experienced a few small storms late Saturday and early Sunday causing some problems with the schedule (and causing me to miss the Infamous Stringdusters!) and stages being shut down for a short time. I took lots of pictures and quite a bit of video to bring back to the real world, and it has taken me over a month to sort through all of it and recollect some parts of the weekend, but here you have it… my 2012 Wakarusa Recap!

Start making your plans now for the 10th installment of Waka next June…. there has to be some big things in store for Waka10

THURSDAY


New Monsoon Revival Tent

   
This was not a set we intended on watching but decided to check out early Thursday afternoon. Due to a family emergency, the regular guitarist of veteran jam rock group New Monsoon, Jeff Miller, was unable to make the show but in the spirit of music festivals, Dan Lebowitz from ALO stepped in to fill the void. No time was wasted getting to our first Grateful Dead cover of the weekend in “Eyes of the World”, definitely a highlight. We also had the first of many Doc Watson tributes of the weekend, in honor of the recently decreased bluegrass legend, in the form of the traditional “Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor.” Their set also featured covers of Tom Waits and Neil Young songs. I was a big fan of New Monsoon and look forward to more opportunities to see them in the future.

 

BungalouskiKum & Go Outpost Stage

  

Another pleasant surprise, we stopped by the Outpost to kill a few minutes while waiting for The Big Wu to begin. We were quite happy with this decision, as Norman, Oklahoma prog-rock youngsters Bungalouski rocked the smaller of the tent covered stages. Bungalouski got real funky during their rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Very Superstitious.”

 

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Minnesota jam band The Big Wu played a short but sweet set on the Main Stage.  The iconic band, founded in 1992, has only played a handful of shows since 2006, but are now touring with the original lineup. This was my first Wu experience, and I was instantly a fan. They, like many other acts throughout the weekend, played a song in honor of the recently deceased bluegrass legend Doc Watson, who had passed away days prior to Wakarusa. Want to watch it?

 

ALOMain Stage

  

The first of my Must See acts of the weekend, and one of the highlights of the 2010 Wakarusa, Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) had their first Waka Main Stage show and it was much deserved. The California funk rockers were a great way to get your feet going in the late afternoon with favorites such as “Girl I Wanna Lay You Down.” They even featured a cameo by Jackie Greene on the harmonica during “Lady Loop.”

 

Bob Weir – Chris Robinson – Jackie Greene Acoustic TrioMain Stage

  

Thursday nights headliner featured the fantastic guitar trio of Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Chris Robinson from the Black Crowes and singer/songwriter Jackie Greene. Together the three played a 90 minute set featuring songs from all over the place, including Dead tunes “Uncle Johns Band”, “Loser” (below) and “New Speedway Boogie”. A highlight of the set was their rendition of “Dear Prudence” led by Weir.

 

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Perpetual Groove late night shows are always a thing of beauty, and they certainly didn’t disappoint the packed Revival Tent crowd at yet another Wakarusa. This as the first of two sets for P-Groove and even though we were in route to a Dirtfoot show we found our way by the Revival Tent for a few songs including a favorite of mine “Three Weeks.” Their second set conflicted with The Avett Brothers, so I was sadly unable to attend. See you soon P Groove!

 

DirtfootKum & Go Outpost Stage

  

The only gypsy, punk, country, grumble boogie band in the land, took the stage just after midnight for their first of three shows throughout the weekend. As Waka regulars, Dirtfoot always brings a crowd and throws a party… this set was no exception. The Dirtfoot boys had 90 minutes to either keep your night going into the Sunrise sets or send your ass back to your camp to call it a night as they wrapped up just after 2AM. Dirtfoot also featured the hoop skills of a young fan named Mya throughout the weekend, and she quickly became a crowd favorite displaying her craft like a veteran hooper.

 

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FRIDAY


Mountain Sprout – Revival Tent

Arkansas’ natives Mountain Sprout kicked off my Friday with their brand of hillbilly bluegrass. The boys of Mountain Sprout have quite a following around these parts and it’s quite obvious why with their witty lyrics and rockabilly bluegrass. We only stopped by for a few songs but were able to catch “Turkey Buzzard” and “Dry County.”

 

Monophonics – Outpost Stage
  

As we left Mountain Sprout we were on our way to see Snarky Puppy play in the Outpost Tent. Our first schedule change of the weekend led us to the San Francisco based soul funksters, the Monophonics. The six piece consisting of guitar, bass, drum, horns and keyboards channel the best of the 60’s and 70’s era pioneers such as George Clinton, Sly Stone and Shuggie Otis. This set was certainly in my top 5 for the weekend. I expect big things from the Monophonics, who just released their newest album “In Your Brain.”

 

Royal Family Ball feat Soulive & Lettuce – Main Stage

The Royal Family Ball is composed of two different bands that each had an hour set and are both on Royal Family Records. First up was NY based jazz/funk trio Soulive (pictured). Two members of Soulive just so happen to be in Lettuce, the 2nd half of the Royal Family Ball, who have been funking up the circuit since the early 90s. This was a great set, and another unexpected surprise. I will definitely be seeing another Royal Family Ball if given the chance.

 

The Devil Makes Three – Revival Tent

   

I ducked away from the Royal Family Ball for a few moments to check out The Devil Makes Three, a band suggested to me by quite a few folks prior to the festival. I ended up staying for the last half of their set, and missing most of Lettuce. The three piece have elements of rockabilly,  ragtime and Americana folk with a punk and blues background. I wasn’t familiar with any of their songs, but really enjoyed their set. Lots of songs about booze will get you far with a Friday afternoon music festival crowd.

 

Blitzen TrapperRevival Tent

   

Blitzen Trapper has recently become one of my favorite new bands. This was my first opportunity to see them, and it certainly helped solidify their spot on that list. The alt-country rockers had an afternoon 90 minute set that gave way to nearly 20 songs. Highlights included “Black Snake River” and a cover of Jimi Hendrix “Hey Joe.” This is another of the Top 5 shows of the weekend and I have to give props to our founding father Reverend Justito for persistantly reminding me that I was missing something good with this band… it finally stuck.

 

The Avett Brothers Main Stage

  

Another Top 5 set of the weekend, The Avett Brothers, featuring Scott and Seth Avett as well as Joe Kwon and Bob Crawford headlined the Main Stage on Friday night. Their set clocked in at just over 2 hours and featured “I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home”, a tribute to Doc Watson as well as many of the Avett’s fan favorites including “Colorshow”, “Shame”, “January Wedding”, “Kick Drum Heart” and “I Killed Sally’s Lover.”

Umphrey’s McGee – Revival Tent 

We had no hope of getting anywhere near the front for the late night Revival Tent dance party featuring Chicago prog-rockers Umphrey’s McGee. We have expressed our love for Umphrey’s on Concert Confessions on multiple occasions. The Revival Tent was packed to the brim and then some while Umphrey’s rocked through their set that clocked in just under two hours. Highlights included a funkified “In The Kitchen”, and a cover of McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” into “Miss Tinkles Overture” to end the set around 2AM.  For some it was off to Girl Talk, while others waited around for Ghostland Observatory.

 

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SATURDAY



Jason Isbell & The 400 UnitBackwoods Stage

   

Former Drive By Trucker guitarist and songwriter Jason Isbell teamed up with his backing band the 400 Unit for what may have been the hottest show of the weekend. It was mid afternoon Saturday and the Backwoods Stage doesn’t offer much in the way of shade that time of day so a medium sized crowd filed in as strong odor of sunscreen filled the air. I had the chance to briefly see Isbell open for Ryan Adams this past January, but this was my first time seeing him with his band. Their set lasted just over and hour and featured songs from Isbell’s solo albums as well as a ridiculously good cover of “Never Gonna Change”, a song Isbell wrote and performed with the Drive By Truckers that appeared on The Dirty South. He brought out the Secret Sisters for the last few songs including “Codeine” and “Alabama Pines.” This one didn’t sneak in the Top 5, but its certainly in the Top 10.

 

Gary Clark JrRevival Tent

   

This was my #1 show that I had to see going into the weekend, and it certainly lived up to the hype. Gary Clark Jr. is an absolutely amazing blues and rock guitarist and the dude is on his way to some major success. You need to see this guy while you have a chance to see him playing smaller clubs, because it won’t last. Clark ripped his way through a 90 minute set under the Revival Tent to a large crowd and this set hit on the blues rock you expected, and some soulful r&b grooves laid out by Gary Clark Jr. “Bright Lights” was definitely a highlight, as most would expect it clocked in around 10 minutes.

 

Travelin’ McCourys feat. Keller WilliamsOutpost Stage

   

This was another set that I was not going to miss, and another set that certainly delivered as expected. Saturday brought the all day bluegrass schedule on the Outpost Stage, and with that came the Travelin’ McCourys featuring Keller Williams. Together they just released Pick, a bluegrass album featuring original tunes and cover songs by both the McCoury’s and Keller, and they had 90 minutes to showcase that album and other surprises. Covers included “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summers, “Pepper” by the Butthole Surfers, “Tennessee Stud”, dedicated to Doc Watson, and even Jessie J’s “Price Tag” a song that surprisingly sounds like it was written to be performed by a hippie like Keller. After about an hour Keller said it was time to get this thing going and invited out Drew Emmitt and Billy Nershi for a mini bluegrass ball. We even had a brief cameo by the final bluegrass pioneer to grace the world in Del McCoury during “Bumper Sticker.” This was probably my favorite set of the weekend, and you should probably pick up their new album.

 

There was music on Sunday, as well as a few shows that I wasn’t able to cover for various reasons (camera battery, scheduling conflicts, lack of energy, fear of taking the camera out to late nights, too fucking hot, etc.) These included Umphrey’s McGee and Primus back to back on the Main Stage Saturday night, followed by your choice of late night SOJA, Big Gigantic or SOJA. Other late nights included Papadosio, MiMOSA, Girl Talk, Quixotic, and The Floozies. There was an entire day of reggae on Sunday at the Revival Tent featuring Iration, Slightly Stoopid and Matisyahu and others. Sunday also led to some power issues on the Backwoods Stage which gave way to intimate unplugged sets in front of the stage by Dumptruck Butterlips and Emmitt-Nershi Band.

TOP 5 SHOWS OF WEEKEND

5. The Avett Brothers

4. Blitzen Trapper

3. Monophonics

2. Keller Williams with the McCourys

1. Gary Clark Jr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wakarusa Preview: 11 Must-See Artists

 

This week marks the 9th installment of the Wakarusa Music Festival in Ozark, Arkansas…. well, the 4th installment in Arkansas, but the 9th Wakarusa overall. This will also mark my fifth straight visit to Waka, and along the way I have learned many valuable things. One of the most important things I have realized is that your schedule very well may not be followed as you planned, and you will certainly find yourself at stages for bands you didn’t plan to catch. This is why I find it necessary to make a list of 10 bands that I will see, no matter what. This time around, I had a problem eliminating one more artist, so we are going to stick with the Top 11.

Here are my 11 Must See Artists at the 2012 Wakarusa Festival… make sure to check back in a few weeks for our full recap!

See Our Previous Post on Wakarusa Here

11. ALO / Thurs 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Animal Liberation Orchestra makes their triumphant return to Mulberry Mountain, where they last visited for Wakarusa 2010. I was able to catch a few minutes of that set, and it was quite enjoyable. I ended up purchasing the DVD of that show and I think its been watched approximately 100 times since then. Their style of mellow California jam music will be a perfect way to kick off the first ‘official’ night on the Mountain! Too bad I will have to miss The Floozies first set of the weekend…. but wait!

 

10.  The Floozies / Sun 12:30am – 2:00am
Lawrence, KS two-piece consisting of brothers Matt Hill, guitar/producer, and drummer Mark Hill. The Floozies do the funky electronic party rock, and they do it quite well. They are on their way up the ladder and their set to finish out the entire festival on Sunday night (technically Monday morning) is going to be a great way to catapult them in that direction.  If you can’t make it to the late night show, they also play Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm

 

9. Umphrey’s McGee / Fri 12:15am – 2:00am
Umphrey’s McGee is one of those bands that no matter how often you’ve seen them, you still can’t afford to miss a show because who knows what they will be breaking out on that particular evening. I made the mistake of missing their legendary Wakarusa 2010 late night that featured their mash-up Nine Inch Nails and The Beatles titled “Come Closer” and I won’t take that chance again. I will, however, be missing part of their Main Stage set on Saturday due to our 8th must-see act….

 

8. The Del McCoury Band / Sat 8:00pm – 9:30pm
You know what is awesome? By the end of the year I will have seen the legendary Del McCoury three times! You know what’s even better? The fact that this set not only falls during the bluegrass extravaganza on Saturday in the Outpost Tent, but it also immediately follows the Travelin’ McCourys, who just so happen to be Del’s sons and Del’s backing band. I expect things to get really wacky during the 12 hour bluegrass block on Saturday, and the legendary Del McCoury will certainly have a thing or two to say about it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH1f02hFSqU&feature=related

 

7. Perpetual Groove / Thurs 10:30pm – 12:00am
I knew nothing about Perpetual Groove going into the 2009 Wakarusa, and they are now one of those bands that I will never forget. I stumbled into their late night set that year in the Revival Tent with a friend and the two of us stood there for the next hour without moving or acknowledging anything around us, sucked in by the sweet, sweet sounds coming from this Georgia four piece. Oh yeah, last year some jerk off dove head first through the drum kit and messed up the end of their late night set, so there is always a chance of that happening again. Check out the album ‘Sweet Oblivious Antidote’ if you aren’t familiar with P-Groove

 

6. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit / Sat 2:40pm – 3:50pm
Former Drive-By Trucker guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Jason Isbell hits Wakarusa with his band for an afternoon set on Saturday at the Backwoods Stage. Isbell has released three solo albums since his departure from the Truckers. He is a very gifted songwriter and surrounds himself with a group of talented musicians featuring including former Son Volt keyboardist Derry deBorja. I had a chance to catch a few songs in January when he toured the country with Ryan Adams and have been looking forward to my next visit with Jason Isbell ever since.

 

 

WAKA MAIN STAGE

 

5. Blitzen Trapper / Fri 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Critically acclaimed experimental alt-country act out of the Pac Northwest, Blitzen Trapper has been around for more than ten years, and their last three albums have all been highly praised. I never gave them a chance until recently, when I was instantly hooked in by 2008’s Furr. We have a few Concert Confessions Minions that are big, big fans of Blitzen Trapper, like our founding father Rev, and hopefully following their Friday night performance at Waka I will be as well. I will have to miss Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, but this is a risk I am willing to take for my first experience with the Portland quintet.

 

4. The Travelin’ McCourys feat. Keller Williams / Sat 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Not a lot that needs to be said about this one. The legendary Keller Williams teams up with Ronnie and Robbie McCoury, who just so happened to be sons of the legendary Del McCoury, for 90 minutes of pure pleasure. The Travelin McCourys are actually the backing band for father Del, which you already know if you read our #8 Must-See Waka act, and this set leads in to Del McCoury… so there could be some treats in store for sure. Keller and the McCourys are releasing their debut collaborative effort next month called Pick, so expect tunes from that album as well who knows what else. I am keeping my fingers crossed for their rendition of Jessie J’s “Price Tag.” Keep an eye on fiddle player Jason Carter, that dude can wail. (Click Here For Bonus Video)

 

3. The Avett Brothers / Fri 10:15pm – 12:15am
Is it punkgrass or folk rock or indie bluegrass?? Classify them how you wish, but Seth and Scott Avett will have 2 full hours to get the crowd into a frenzy on Friday night. The sounds that these two brothers produce along with Bob Crawford on the bass and Joe Kwon on the cello are just what the doctor ordered for the pre late night warm up for a Friday night. Whether its machine gun fast songs featuring banjo and electric bass with a kick drum and accordion, or down tempo heart-felt tunes with just guitar and cello, the Avett Brothers know how to do it. These guys will have their own festival one day.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlpLPdcK8N4

 

2. Weir, Robinson, & Greene Acoustic Trio / Thurs 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Holy guitarist overload Batman! Bob Weir, who you may have heard of from his prior stints with Furthur, RatDog and the relatively unknown The Grateful Dead, teams up with Chris Robinson from The Black Crowes and Jackie Greene who is doing his best to seal his legacy among the top jam guitarists in the game for 90 minutes of balls to the walls acoustic guitar. This set promises to be a great time as Thursdays Main Stage headliner. Can’t think of a more appropriate way to kick off Wakarusa than a guitar trio followed by P-Groove and the option of a Dirtfoot or Split Lip Rayfield late night.

 

1. Gary Clark Jr. / Sat 4:45pm – 6:00pm
Twenty-Eight year old Gary Clark Jr. has been called by some the savior of the blues. That seems like an awfully big statement and weight to place on one mans shoulders, but Clark does his best to carry the load. Straight out of Austin, Texas, he shreds the guitar with blues rock, but there is definitely some soul and R&B influence. He started out on the stage that launched Stevie Ray Vaughn, he has shared the stage with the likes of Eric Clapton and Sheryl Crowe at the 2010 Crossroads Festival, not to mention playing at the White House with B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, and Buddy Guy at Red, White and Blues. This dude can play a guitar, that is no lie… and I will be spending an hour and 15 minutes with him this Saturday night!

 

Rocking Out With Mom – A Tribute To The Women Who Raised Us

Rocking Out With Mom – A Tribute To The Women Who Raised Us

 

A few months ago we had the bright idea to have some of your favorite confessors share tales of attending concerts with their Mother’s. We hope you enjoy them and encourage you to share your own via the comment section. Happy Mother’s Day to our Mom’s and all the Mom’s out there. Thank you for all that you do.

Alexis (LexC666)
When this “assignment” first got posted I thought, God people actually go to concerts with their parents. Losers. Then bam it hit me. I have gone to a concert with my mother. It wasn’t a planned event and I almost totally forgot about it. It was the early 2000’s and I was staying at my then boyfriends house. My mother called and asked if we wanted to go to see Incubus at Madison Square Garden. My mother’s “friend” had recieved box seat tickets to the show. I figured what the hell its a free concert and it’ll probably be the only time in my life I get into one of those boxes. It turned out to be a great night. The view from the boxes actually sucks but hey we had a bar a few feet outside of the room with real drinks instead of just beer. They didn’t have the screens in the room on but we had a fine view of all the big screens. Otherwise everything onstage would have been tiny dots to me. Though it was a little bit of an awkward psuedo double date with my mother we all had fun together. To top it off Incubus was really great. The singer, Brandon Boyd was excellent and they played a great set. Me and my mother were actually surprised by how many songs we knew. I was never a huge Incubus fan and couldn’t name one of those songs now, except of course for “Pardon Me.” But song after song I kept thinking, hey I know that. All in all it was a great night and guess I can say now I’m one of those losers that goes to concerts with their mommy.

My earliest memory of music comes from when I was in the womb with my Mother. While the story of my memories of her playing piano before I was born shall be saved for another day, there is no doubt in my soul that she is the reason music has become such a major focus in my life. From U2 and Oasis at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum to the Decemberists with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl we have seen some incredible shows together. Yet for Mother’s Day, I would like to share a tale of survival at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

The year was 2000 and we had previously enjoyed Neil Young’s Annual Bridge School Benefit in 1998 and 1999. On this particular Saturday in October the Bay Area was hit with a massive storm. With us having lawn tickets we found a spot on the lawn early on and hunkered down for 12 long hours in the elements. While this may have been nearly 12 years ago, I remember it as if it was yesterday. We made the most of the day, enjoying sets by the likes of Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and many more. Even when the rain stopped and the cold arctic blast descended upon Mt. View my Mom didn’t complain once. She smiled the entire time hypnotized by the music coming from the stage.

I do remember getting into her truck at the end of the night and sitting there for about 20 minutes with the heater going full blast as we dried and defrosted together. So thank you Mom for all you have done and thank you for passing your appreciation of music onto me. I love you – Happy Mother’s Day.

D. Brown (thenaturalstoner)

I have been to many shows with my mother, I am not ashamed to admit. Jimmy Buffett a few times, Ozzfest (although we left after Pantera and Marilyn Manson, I had seen what I had come to Devore for. Skipped Ozzy and old balls Sabbath). A Further Festival in Irvine 1997 with Ratdog, moe. Black Crowes, Arlo Gutherie, etc, A Horde Fest with Primus and Neil Young (also 1997), String Cheese Incident in San Diego in their heyday, etc. But what I remember most about shows with my mom was my first ever concert, ever. The Beach Boys in Temecula, California, sometime around 1985 or 1986. I don’t remember this show as much for the music and Cali blonde girls and beach balls brought to wine country SoCal that had everyone going crazy, but more for the fact that I saw two gay dudes for the first time in public. It was fucking awesome and made all those oldtime backwards thinking white dudes in the crowd freak out. I fucking loved it.

Chad (Phishbeard)

The first concert Phishbeard had the privilege of taking his mother to was Arlo Guthrie playing at The Met in Spokane, WA on 3/23/04. I remember before the show, my mother and I were having a couple drinks at the bar across the street from the venue. After prefunking with my mother, we crossed the street to go to the venue. I saw a really drunk man on the side of the street that we just left. He tried to step up onto the curb and missed. The man fell and hit his head very hard on a large blue U.S. Postal Service mailbox that was bolted to the sidewalk. The drunk knocked himself out and was lying in a busy street, so I had to run back to the man and pick him up and slump him over the mailbox. When he came to, he freaked out and wanted to know what I was doing to him, which led to my explanation. In a hurry to not miss the show, I left the drunk and continued on with my mother to the venue. I remember Arlo having at least one if not two of his children playing in his band. His daughter was drop dead gorgeous and if I remember correctly his son could play a mean guitar. Arlo played all his classics that night, just like I wanted. We were lucky enough to get an Alice’s Restaurant as well, even if was a shortened version. I would have to say that I had a real enjoyable evening hanging out with my mom and would love to take her to another show in the future some time.

Jakob (JakobRoss424)

 

The only man my mother loves more than Dave Grohl is my dad. Fortunately, she finally got the chance to see the most awesome man alive on May 27, 2011 with his band Foo Fighters. After a much-needed comeback and one of the best albums of the year, Foo Fighters played a triumphant headlining slot at the Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge. The smile never left her face, even as the marijuana smoke wafted into the air and the temperature at the gorgeous amphitheater dropped. We had a marvelous time seeing one of the greatest live bands of the new millennium, and I hope I get to see Foo Fighters with my mom again.

Rodger (Gr8fulCougs)

Of the handful of shows I’ve been to with my mother, 2 of them occurred in the city of Missoula, Montana.  The best of those trips was one to see my favorite band of the 90’s, Pearl Jam. The show was in June of 1998, shortly after the release of the album Yield.  At the time my wife (then girlfriend) and I were 17 and my parents were doing the cool parent thing and taking us to the show.  Fellow concert confessions alum The Natural Stoner was also in attendance.  We headed across Idaho with my folks, rolling through LoLo hot springs on the way to Missoula where we hung out with some pals from our hometown .  We set out the next day for Missoula.  The weather was beautiful and I remember waiting in line an eternity to get into the venue on a bright, sunny Montana afternoon.   The concert was at the University of Montana Grizzlies football field and we ended up around the 35 to 40 yard line on the side towards the stage.  The setlist for this show was epic and I got my second favorite PJ song right out of the gate, Corduroy.   The show included lots of tracks from Yield (Pilate, Brain of J, and Given to Fly) as well as some classics from Ten.  We were also treated to some great tunes from the album No Code like Present Tense and Hail Hail.  Eddie Vedder did get pretty pissed off at the crowd as the mosh pit (where our homeboy the Natural Stoner was at…) folks were out of hand and hit him with a water bottle early on.   The show overall was amazing and ended with a 4 song first encore of awesomeness that included Black, Better Man, State of Love and Trust and ended with once.  And finally, for the second encore, my all time favorite Pearl Jam song Yellow Ledbetter was played.  My strongest memory from the show was of the four of us standing mesmerized through the second encore as many folks trying to beat the crowd out streamed up the stairs on either side of us.  The light quality (the sun had set and the sky was still orange but fading) added to the quality of the end of the show.  It was one hell of a fun adventure getting to see Pearl Jam with my mom (and seeing her enjoy it) and I would definitely go to a concert with her again.

Thanks to all of our Mom’s and every Mom out there. We love you :)

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.

Meshuggah 05/05/12: House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

Meshuggah w/ Decapitated and Baroness 05/05/12

House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA

Words/Photos by Reverend Justito

It was not just any Saturday night on the Sunset Strip, it was Cinco de Mayo. America’s version of El Día de la Batalla de Puebla or as alcoholics prefer to call it Amateur Night. You can always tell it is going to be a good night when vomit is flowing down the boulevard long before sun sets upon Sunset. There is a good energy in Los Angeles right now, people like hockey all of a sudden and we can no longer laugh as hard at the Clippers. Hell even the metal heads on the Strip were feeling good on the 5th of May as most of them had tickets for the sold out celebration of a battle in 1862 with Decapitated, Baroness and Meshuggah.

The fiesta kicked off with Decapitated. The band was faced with the unfortunate circumstance of having to go on as fans whom showed up well in advance of the doors opening were left waiting outside as metal detectors and slow ticket takers worked at the pace of snail. That didn’t stop the Polish natives from bringing a pulverizing set. For those who were in the venue the group did a great job of warming them up for a night of metal. After rocking classics like “Mother War” and “Post Organic” the highlight of the brief set was the moment that the band welcomed back original bass player Marcin Rygiel for the set closing Spheres of Madness. I didn’t know much about Decapitated walking into the venue, but they no doubt won me over by the end of the night.

Baroness hit the stage around 9:15 and pleased the crowd with 45 minutes of southern sludge metal. Circle pits were swapped for stoney head nods as the Savannah four piece played a set that drew heavily from their 2009 album Blue Record. I was particularly impressed with how the band strung songs together using jams that were sparse in notes yet dense in tones. Highlights of the set included Steel That Sleeps The Eye, The Sweetest Curse and a new song called Take My Bones Away that I assume will be included on the groups’ upcoming Yellow and Green album. I was hoping we would get an hour but as the band busted into Isak I knew our time together was done. A great main support set I need to see these guys headline someday.

After great opening sets it was clear everyone was ready for the main event to begin. With their most recent record Koloss debuting at #17 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts House of Blues is far too small of a venue for Meshuggah. Those who made it in knew they were lucky and made sure to show it by forming small pits on the crammed floor as a recording of Obsidian played across the PA. When the band finally did come out, they opened with the outstanding new song Demiurge. You can hate me for saying this all you want but this song reminds me of Primus and I could not have asked for a better way to kick off the set.

Early on there was a heavy focus on the band’s 2008 effort ObZen as Pravus, Combustion and Lethargica all cemented the notion as fact that this venue is far too small for the music being performed on stage. Other early highlights included Glints Collide and the new song Do Not Look Down.

Around the midway point of the show, the band left the stage as Mind’s Mirror played. When they return we were treated to one of the high points of the night as they performed In Death – Is Life and In Death – Is Death from the 2005’s Catch Thirtythree. The entire band sounded top notch all night, especially vocalist Jens Kidman.

I was shocked at how little of the new record the band played. I Am Colossus did make a late appearance sandwiches between fan favorites New Millennium Cyanide Christ and the eventual set closer Rational Gaze. Also shocking was how loud the crowd was during the obligatory encore break. In my decade plus in Los Angeles it was one of the loudest I have heard. Fans were rewarded with two more songs before being sent back out onto the strip to shock the Swagtastic lushes of amateur night. After a mighty camera killing Future Breed Machine, the men of Meshuggah bid Hollywood goodnight with Dancers To A Discordant System. It may have been a Mexican-American holiday but on this particular night it was the Swedes who won the battle of the Sunset Strip.

Click here to see where you can catch Decapitated, Baroness and Meshuggah.

WAKARUSA 2012 5/31-6/3 Full Stage Schedule & Final Price Increase!

WAKARUSA 2012

  • May 31 – June 3, 2012
  • Mulberry Mountain – Ozark, AR (About 1 Hr from Fayetteville and Fort Smith)
  • Updated: 1/19/12 with complete lineup
  • Updated: 4/26/12 with link to full stage schedule
  • Updated: 5/9/12 Final Price Increase Information Added

Wakarusa 2012 is only a few weeks away and Full Event Passes are moving quickly!  Get your Full Event Passes today before the final price increase to Gate Price occurs on Saturday, May 19th at 11:59PM!  Save yourself some $$ to buy that extra Boulavard beverage or two…  I suggest the Single Wide IPA

http://www.wakarusa.com/2012/tickets.asp

4/26  UPDATED: As we are just about a month way from Wakarusa, the bittersweet day of SCHEDULE RELEASE has come. Jubilation for some who can now confirm that arriving Friday won’t force you to miss Umphrey’s McGee’s late night or Primus and the Avett Brothers. Yet it brings disappointment for others, who now have to wonder do I REALLY want to miss Perpetual Groove to see Pretty Lights? What about Dirtfoot in the small tent or Split Lip Rayfield on the ever so cool Backwoods Stage? DOH! Lucky for you, the stages are all close enough in proximity that you are able to split sets and catch a little bit of both acts, if that is what you have to do.

Some highlights and challenges for me will include:

Weir, Robinson, & Greene Acoustic Trio Thursday on Main Stage followed by Perpetual Groove in the Revival Tent is a must…. but then you have the choice of Split Lip Rayfield, Dirtfoot or Tea Leaf Green late nights!!

Friday brings Blitzen Trapper, followed by some of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, then off to The Avett Brothers and finish it off the Umphrey’s McGee‘s late night set in the Revival Tent, one of the only DO NOT MISS sets of the festival.

Saturday will offer a great chance to relax throughout the day with Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and The Lumineers, but that interferes with one of my other DO NOT MISS sets, Gary Clark Jr. Good thing you can get from one stage to any other in less than 15 minutes, even faster if you catch a FestiCab! Saturday also features the 12 hour bluegrass takeover of the Kum & Go Outpost stage with Head for the Hills, Mountain Sprout, Hot Buttered Rum, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Travelin’ McCourys feat. Keller Williams, Del McCoury Band, and the Infamous Stringdusters all playing back to back… and you can certainly expect a few sit-ins that day! Hell, it may even just turn into a bluegrass ball!  If banjo isn’t your thing, Umphrey’s McGee will play their Main Stage set prior to the great Primus taking the mountain by storm.

Sunday Funday usually involves lots of rum, drank by way of pineapple,  and lots of lounging. Luckily the lineup helps with this area and we are given a reggae stacked Main Stage including Ugly Lion, Toubab Krewe, SOJA, Slightly Stoopid, and Matisyahu. Sunday also features second sets from Emmitt-Nershi, Infamous Stringdusters, Dumptruck Butterlips, Mountain Sprout, and a Keller Williams solo set.

Start making your schedules now, and dispute with your friends in the weeks to come. But you’re on the clock in just 34 days when it all kicks off with War Chief on the Backwoods Stage.

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Only 2 / 3 of the Wakarusa Festival lineup has been released so far, and you should make it a priority to snag your tickets and premium camping passes now because they won’t last!

This year the Waka gods have decided to release the lineup in “3 equally weighted parts.” The first announcement was made last week and featured eletronic producer Pretty Lights, a once in a lifetime chance to see the Bob Weir, Chris Robinson, and Jackie Greene Acoustic Trio, Railroad Earth, Keller Williams, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and ALO as well as many more great acts.

Lineup 2 was just released moments ago and its easy to see that Waka is bringing the heat for their 4th trip to Mulberry Mountain located just outside of Ozark, Arkansas. The additions of Les Claypool and the boys in Primus, Umphreys McGee, Blitzen Trapper, Del McCoury, Tea Leaf Green, Gary Clark Jr, the grumble boogie boys Dirtfoot, and Quixotic have certainly elevated the interest for many people on the fence after seeing the first 1/3 of the lineup.

UPDATED: The final third of the lineup has now been released and the fine folks at Wakarusa aren’t messing around for the 9th installment of the festival. Todays announcement included the additions of The Avett Brothers, hebrew hip hopster Matisyahu, Ghostland Observatory, EOTO, as well as multiple sets from the likes of Slightly Stoopid, Perpetual Groove, Split Lip Rayfield, the Travelin McCourys (including 1 set feat. Keller Williams), and the March Fourth Marching Band, a band that is pretty much a festival in their own right and a MUST SEE.

Get the full lineup and all the details at Wakarusa.com!

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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.

 

 

Hangout Festival Returns to Gulf Shores for 2012 with Stellar Lineup!

What: Hangout Music Festival 2012

Where: Gulf Shores, Alabama

When: May 18 – 20

Why:  Hangout 2011 featured a diverse lineup including Paul Simon, The Foo Fighters, Primus, The Black Keys, Girl Talk, Avett Brothers, Widespread Panic, and The Flaming Lips.

Well the folks planning the only festival featuring white sandy beaches and palm trees out there have done it again with a fantastic early 2012 lineup coming out in waves via Facebook this evening.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Dave Matthews Band •Jack White
String Cheese Incident (performing two sets)
Wilco •Skrillex •The Flaming Lips perform Dark Side of the Moon
Dispatch •Steve Winwood •CHRIS CORNELL •STS9
Gogol Bordello •Michael Franti & Spearhead •Mac Miller •Flogging Molly
Coheed & Cambria •Paul Oakenfold •G. Love and Special Sauce
Randy Newman •Dr. Dog •Young The Giant •Cage the Elephant •Dawes •Alabama Shakes
M. Ward •YelaWolf •Switchfoot •Julian Marley •Zeds Dead •Mavis Staples •Shpongle •Gary Clark JR •Rebelution Allen Stone •Big Freedia •The Devil Makes Three •Paper Diamond •Futurebirds •Hey Rosetta! •Sleeper Agent THE LUMINEERS •ARCHNEMESIS •Tribal Seeds •Rich Aucoin •Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin’ Cajuns

Added 03/12/12 – Kaskade, Umphrey’s McGee, Delta Spirit, Heartless Bastards, Greyboy Allstars & Givers

 

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 10th and start around $200 for 3 days. For complete details, visit http://www.hangoutmusicfest.com/

Preview: Umphreys McGee Rings in 2012 in STL; Readys Winter/Spring Dates

Ring in 2012 with Umphreys McGee in St. Louis
Words by Bradley Darby

For the first time in their 13 plus year existence, Chicago progressive rockers Umphreys McGee take their end of the year party on the road and bring their annual New Years shindig to St. Louis to close out 2011 and ring in 2012 with a 3 night run at The Pageant. Last Halloween the boys spent two nights at The Pageant for their Monster Mashup, and many consider those shows (especially night 1) to be one of the highlights of UM 2010.

Each show at The Pageant is set to deliver something new for the Umphreaks in the crowd, as well as typical Umphreys shenanigans for new fans in attendance. If you have never seen UM before, there are 2 things you need to know….1) you never know what to expect at an UM show and 2) Umphreys will ALWAYS deliver! The band has already promised to break out some new covers, and with that being said, its never hard to imagine a mash up or two thrown in the mix. I am still holding out hope for a Tool cover (46&2 anyone??)

Not only will there be three straight nights of Umphreys McGee, but Thursday at 5PM you can enjoy an intimate 30 minute performance at Vintage Vinyl as well as a meet and greet with the band immediately following. After each show at The Pageant, there will be after parties in the Halo Bar, which is part of the venue, featuring more live music each evening from the likes of Speakeasy, Reelfoot, and Dogtown Allstars.

Thursday nights show will be a straight forward Umphreys McGee show. This shouldn’t deter you from snagging up tickets today however, as a “straight forward” UM show will still feature Brendan Bayliss, Jake Cinninger, Joel Cummins, Kris Myers, Ryan Stasik and Andy Farag with their improvisations and extended jam versions of their catalog, in addition to the face melting lighting display provided by the 7th man in the band, Jefferson Waful.

Friday night will feature the sexy sax stylings of Jeff Coffin, who you may know from his work with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and Dave Matthews Band.

As for the final UM show of 2011 on Saturday, you will get 3 sets of Umphreys, and they will have a full horn section joining in the festivities. Personally, I can’t wait to hear some of the new tunes from Death by Stereo with a full horn section. Saturday night will also be 18+, so you can let your freak flag fly while you make bad decisions to ring in 2012. The show is slated to end around 2AM.

Tickets for Thursday and Friday are $35 for each night and both shows are all ages and set to start at 9PM. The New Years Eve show will run you $65, is 18+ only and scheduled to run from 8:30PM til 2AM. For more information visit www.thepageant.com or www.umphreys.com/nye2011/

Going forward into 2012, Umphreys has already lined up a nice set of dates all across North America, plus their annual Summercamp Festival in Chillicothe, IL in May. This years lineup already includes Primus, Gogol Bordello, Ozomatli, Cornmeal, Victor Wooten, Infamous Stringdusters, Spankalicious, and many more in addition to festival co-hosts moe.

UM 2012 Tour Dates

JANUARY
01.07 & 01.08 Revolution Live, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
01.09 through 01.14 Jam Cruise 10, MSC Poesia – SOLD OUT
01.20 & 01.21 Best Buy Theater, New York, NY – VIP Packages available
01.26 through 01.30 Mayan Holidaze, Mayan Riviera, Mexico – SOLD OUT
FEBRUARY
02.02 & 02.03 First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota
02.08 State Theater, State College, Pennsylvania
02.09 Town Ballroom, Buffalo, New York
02.10 House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts – VIP Packages available
02.11 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – VIP Packages available
02.12 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, Maryland
02.15 Buster’s, Lexington, Kentucky
02.16 The Fillmore, Charlotte, North Carolina
02.17 LC Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio
02.18 The Fillmore, Detroit, Michigan
02.19 Canopy Club, Urbana, Illinois
MARCH
03.07 & 03.08 Belly Up, Aspen, Colorado
03.9 The Fillmore, Denver, Colorado – VIP Packages available
03.10 The Depot, Salt Lake City, Utah
03.11 Crystal Bay Casino Club, Crystal Bay, Nevada
03.16 House of Blues, West Hollywood, California
03.17 Fox Theatre, Oakland, California – VIP Packages available
03.18 Harlow’s, Sacramento, California
03.21 Historic Ashland Armory, Ashland, Oregon
03.22 Showbox, Seattle, Washington
03.23 Roseland Theatre, Portland, Oregon
03.24 Knitting Factory, Boise, Idaho
03.25 Wilma Theatre, Missoula, Montana

Avenged Sevenfold Live At Uproar Festival, 10/1/11, Auburn, WA

Avenged Sevenfold 10/01/11

Uproar Festival – Auburn, WA

Words/Photos by Jakob Ross

 

Last year, Mayhem Festival’s little sister Uproar Festival took flight for the first time and was headlined by Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, and Stone Sour. I wasn’t able to attend last year to do me seeing Primus the night before, but I wasn’t too heartbroken. This year, the lineup was significantly worse, with like two bands worth seeing: Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for My Valentine. So I passed.
Well, funny story…You know how sometimes I don’t like the lineup of a certain show/festival, and then I win tickets to that festival? Well, it happened again! When other opening act Escape the Fate (whom I follow on Twitter for some weird reason) tweeted that they had two extra tickets for Uproar Festival in Auburn, WA, I couldn’t help but say: “Sure, why not?”

Then I won.

So, I am emailing this dude back in forth who works at the Collective, a management company (maybe he manages Escape the Fate?), and next thing I know, Jakob Ross+1 is on the list. With Avenged Sevenfold being the only band I care about and the only band I have time to see, we left at 8:15 to catch their 9:40 set that closes the show. So, at 9:20 we get to the Will Call booth and explain how my name is on the list and I hand the lady my ID and I expect a quick “oh, here you go!” But, sadly, no I wasn’t on the list. So why am I writing this confession? Surely, I went right back home and sulked! Well, the ladies at the Will Call booth were so nice and we were so patient that they just handed us two tickets as I was trying to open the email I had gotten from the dude at the Collective to prove that I wasn’t crazy. Well, we went in and got to our seats with little over 10 minutes to spare. And we were anxious to hear A7X blow away all 15,000 people in that amphitheater.

The lights went out at exactly 9:40, and the curtain went up, revealing a huge flying skull—the band’s logo—in 3D form on the stage. The opening xylophonic part of “Nightmare” played over the loud speaker, and the band came out. Fire and explosions galore lit up the stage like it was the Fourth of July. But really, it was the beginning of Oktoberfest. Cheers!

Lead guitarist Synyster Gates and bassist Johnny Christ were wearing lederhosen and drinking beer straight from the boot, as seen in the movie Beerfest. I was also curious to see how skilled the new drummer was. When original drummer The Rev—not to be confused with our own Rev—passed away in 2009, there was mourning, but the band continued with former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, who played drums on the most recent album Nightmare. Well, Mike Portnoy left both Dream Theater and A7X to form his own mediocre band, Adrenaline Mob.

Well, now they have a drummer who looked like he was younger than me when I first saw him on the big screen. His name is Arin Ilejay and he is actually 23. The set continued with “Critical Acclaim”, and then they broke into a song I never thought they would actually play, “Beast and the Harlot”, the song that made them famous. Thanks, Guitar Hero!

Wasting no time, they asked who was seeing Avenged Sevenfold for the first time, and I raised my hand. I was pretty far away so they didn’t see me, but no biggie. They welcomed all the newbie’s into the Family of A7X fans, which, according to lead singer M. Shadows, was the most tightly knit group of fans ever. I disagree; ever been to a Slipknot concert? They broke into “Welcome to the Family”, another song from the new album and Gates nailed just about every solo, hitting every note like it was destined to be hit. Next was “Buried Alive”, also from the Nightmare album.

And before I knew it, they were through with about half the setlist. And then the violin opening to “Afterlife” hit the speakers, and we all knew what would be going down. And M. Shadows sang very well. The vocal harmonies were almost perfect, and the new drummer played just as the Rev would have. And don’t worry, they haven’t forgotten their roots. M. Shadows sported a Black Flag tank top while rhythm guitarist Zacky Vengeance wore a NOFX shirt. They played through “Not Ready to Die”, which would be featured on the upcoming Call of Duty game, and then they played “Scream”, their ode to rape (“This song is for the ladies”).

So since they played that song, they figured they would counterbalance it with a love song……about murder and necrophilia, the latter of which the audience cheered for. A “Little Piece of Heaven” is the 8-minute psychotic Jack Skellington style love epic about a dude that kills his girlfriend because she doesn’t agree to marry him, and then she comes back from the dead and kills him (and they do unspeakable things to each others’ dead bodies) and then they get married in the afterlife.

There is a part of the song that The Rev himself actually sang, and that part was played over the loud speakers. They ended their set with “Bat Country” (which they didn’t play at last year’s festival) and “Unholy Confessions”, where a circle pit finally opened up after M. Shadows requested a large circle pit.

I enjoyed the show and A7X are one of the best hard rock bands out there today (because most of them suck), but I don’t think I would’ve paid to see A7X. If you get the chance, I recommend them. But please, for the sake of your own sanity, avoid Three Days Grace and Seether.

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.

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