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Jewel @ Borgata’s Music Box 04/16/16 Atlantic City

Jewel – April 16th 2016

Music Box @ The Borgata – Atlantic City, NJ

Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks

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Atlantic City is known for many things. Casinos, Casinos that closed down, Buffets double stocking trays of food in fear of visits from the Governor,  people wondering when new Casinos are going to open and lots and lots of folks walking down the street grubbing cigarettes. Tonight Atlantic City has one thing happening worth my time, and that’s an evening with Jewel at the Borgata.

JD & The Assholes

Before the night officially kicked off we were treated with a set from JD & The Straight Shot. That is only if treated is actually code word for “tortured”. It’s bad enough my basketball team is terrible, but now the owner of said basketball team is causing another inconvenience to my life by impeding on this awesome evening with Jewel? What scared me most was that all these old people were digging it. The fake upbeat manufactured bluegrass crap.. Most likely the high rollers that surround me were comped in due to the amount of money they lose here on a weekly basis. Maybe they don’t even know who was playing. Covered “Let it Roll” by Little Feet before ending this annoyance at 9:30. Not before Dolan had a top hat on and pulled a stuffed rabbit out of it. What a clown

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At 9:51 Jewel’s voice began playing on the loud speakers. Throughout the evening we would get these little pieces wisdom from her. Whether it’s little short stories written for the tour or pieces of her memoir on audiobook, which was on sale at merch because this is the Picking Up The Pieces tour after all. . Shorty, beginning the night with her version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Alaska’s favorite songstress was here to serenade the room.

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The cool things about intimate evenings like this is the ability for the artist to give the audience some background on the songs. Most of tonight’s music was accompanied by a little tale. Jewel was taking a lot of time to tell us the stories behind the songs. Like driving down the mountains in 2001 hearing Hands on the radio shortly after 9/11. Or the drug bust Jewel and her friend Steve Poltz accompanied Mexican Federali on that ended with a thousand pounds of pot. Or how she hates that she thinks she sounds like Kermit the Frog.

The set was well rounded featuring songs both new and old. Plain Jane was a new one I got the name of. It’s written about a party she went to in New York City that she alleged wasn’t dressed nice enough to be at. Little Sister, Angel Standing By, Father’s Daughter all early crowd favorites. Heard some of the most beautiful songs of my life here tonight. The loudest the night got was during Standing Still oddly enough. It’s a way bigger song than I realize because I only usually hear it in a supermarket, I never listened to it as a stand alone song on purpose. There was a buzz for the whole song.

As far as documenting the evenings proceedings, I did fairly well. I was able to snag video of Little Sister, You Were Meant For Me, Foolish Games and Who Will Save Your Soul. The exact tracks I walked into this venue planing on getting. Love it when things work out. Also got Standing Still because the why the heck not. After Who Will Save Your Soul Jewel said goodnight to a resounding ovation. She came back out to do a little yodeling. Yes yodeling. It was awesome.

Sometimes you just need a phenomenal evening of good songs in good seats at a good place. And your favorite artists from the 90s hitting stages. With the exception of JD & the Straight Shot, I cannot find anything more I could have asked for from Jewel at the Music Box at the Borgata here in Atlantic City. Incredible.

Orion Music + More Festival Day Two Recap 6/24/12

Orion Music + More Festival (Day  2) – 06/24/12

Bader Field – Atlantic City, NJ

Words/Photos  by Jay Porks

Orion Music + More Festival Day Two Recap 6/24/12

Orion Music + More Festival- Day Two: Running later than yesterday because the alarm didn’t go off it was just a mere coincidence  to have drank enough fluids on Day One that a built in  intestinal alarm clock  was installed as a back up. That was a dodged bullet there wasn’t it? That could have been so much worse. Maybe not wake up at 4pm and miss out on Ghost! Or The Black Dahlia Murder! Well luckily, in the 72nd edition of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series, I made it to Bader Field on time, here in the beautiful Atlantic City, New Jersey, at the Fuel Stage to kick today off with A Place To Bury Strangers.

You see an editors note on yesterday’s recap about me writing this review at the show. That’s true. With memory card space and battery life on my mind, instead of filming all I can I’m taping one song per set, therefore leaving me more time to take little notes and stuff.  Hence why some of the wording seems as if it’s happening live. It was at the time.

A Place To Bury Strangers

Who’s the one who told me to check this band out like 3 years ago? Anyway, thank you whoever you are, because they ain’t too shabby.  You’d think with a name like A Place To Bury Strangers, they come and rip your heart out with the death grips of metal. I mean, they’re loud as fuck, and quite heavy-but the elements of distortion (I don’t if that’s an effects box on the drum set or what), they’re more “alternative-ty”. They kicked off at 1pm and a few songs in I’m thinking “wow these dudes are wrecking shit up, what time is it now?” It was only  1:18pm.  I caught maybe 6 or 7 of their songs before I headed cross the field to the Orion Stage to get a good spot(behind the empty VIP area) for Ghost.

Ghost

Yesterday, Lars and Kirk introduced  a few of the bands that they said they were fans of. Well, Ghost got that same treatment today, only from James Hetfield. I was chatting it up with a fellow rail rider and a security guard in front of us. Kid next to me mentioned that they changed from all black to all white for this tour “so they look like Klan members”. The security guard happened to be black, so I said to him “so don’t run when you see them!” jokingly. It was all fun and games- even when Ghost came on. These guys definitely have a sense of humor. The costumes, the whole thing. When they walk out you can’t help but chuckle. I was no longer afraid, but intrigued.  And they don’t seem to me to be this “heavy death kill your face” metal as assumed.

Ghost rocked. We got that cool ass “Here Comes the Sun” cover, and I think that last song was called “Ritual”. I noticed their drummer was kicking up something wicked over there. Awesome band- now go take those outfits off boys it’s hot at hell out here

Gary Clark Jr

 Fuck yeah! I had and still have no idea who this guy Gary Clark Jr. is, and you know what, that’s a bad job on my part. Shame on me.  Apparently I was the only one  who was new to dude, because the crowd really packed in for this one. If you’re a fan of awesome  bluesy crazy guitar work- emphasis on awesome-then you need to see check this guy out. The solos were freaking epic- some take you to space type stuff.  Kirk Hammet introduced him as “one of my new favorite guitar players” and praised his interesting sound. Well, as Kirk watched from the side of the stage the riffs from Gary Clark Jr were hitting me in all the right places song by song. I got the name of one cause the lyrics were easy “If You Love Me Like You Say”. Seriously, where’d this guy come from? Does Jack White know about this guy? Because I can guarantee once he hears him they’ll form some sort of awesome side project for Mr. White.

Best Coast

Yesterday saw the indie acts the likes Modest Mouse and stuff. Today leans more towards the metal side of things- therefore, more drunk metal fans, hence peaking my interest to see Best Coast  get stuff chucked at them. While I walked over I heard Soul Rebels doing a jazzy version of “Enter Sandman” wish I could have caught that. But instead I was catching these wusses. With their soft, boring music. How old is that chick like 14? They’re like emo kids who heard a song with a distortion pedal and started a band with their parents money. I’m chatting it up with this female security guard as they play.  Forget these losers. Such uninteresting songs I could write in my sleep.

The Black Dahlia Murder

Ghost and The Black Dahlia Murder are the two acts of Orion that Reverend Justito has been in my ear about. I’m on the rail at 4:46( their set is at 5:15) and as they’re setting up at the Damage Inc. Stage one of the guitar players screams to the crowd “Take off the glasses so I can see your eyes!!”. These guys have a sense of humor they were joking around with fans the whole time they set up, and between songs.  Once they started, it was the fastest played instruments I’ve ever seen in my life. THIS band, is the first band at this festival with the exception of Metallica that I’d hear one second of and immediately say “metal”. The lead singer has the full growl going, I don’t know how that can be done night in night out without killing your voice box. Few songs in dude tells the crowd he wants to see the biggest circle pit of all time. So this, already rawkus crowd with some epic crowd surfers just got a tad more violent. Awesome. Thought I enjoyed the band, not sure if it’s something I can do full albums of.  I got out of there 10 minutes to 6, I have to find a spot with some shade.

Eric Church

 Back to the Orion Stage and another act introduced by James Hetfeild, this one being Eric Church. I’m giving it the blind listen for the first 2 songs, I found an shaded spot where I can sit on the floor behind the handicap seating( I need a breather!). I can say this much- I didn’t need Hetfeild to tell me this dude is from Nashville,  because from the first lyric he sang his voice conveyed  the sounds of he south. He said “We’re from Tennessee, we just wanna drink and party like you guys”. Sweet. His voice would fit in well with country music- but his band sounds like they belong at a place like this. Songs I didn’t hate, even if it is country music. Church mentions he drinks “94 proof, single barrel Jack Daniels” while holding up a red cup and says “I wrote a song about it, for those who won’t remember all this in the morning.. called Jack Daniels”. Did I mention there is no liquor on sale here? Just beer and I saw wine. With this crowd, probably a safe idea.

Titus Andronicus

While everyone heads over to the Fuel Stage for Avenged Sevenfold, a band I tried so hard to get into but couldn’t, I figured I’d check out Titus Andronicus at the Frantic Stage. Of course now that the sun is setting I’ll make my first trip to the tented stage. I know Titus did one of those covers on that Spin magazine Nirvana Nevermind tribute album that I didn’t hate. So there’s one I’ll know if they play it.

Once they started I’m thinking: “Now this is more up my alley”. Three guitar players, front man who’s looks like his girl friend dumped him and they’re here to tell you about it type of band. Slightly whiney, but I can’t blame them they’re from  Jersey and they get loud enough to make up for it. They’re more punky than anything else. Really enjoyed their set, it was fun- made me bounce. Towards the end the lead singer is like “Metallica is up next.. never thought I’d be saying that”.

Metallica

Now let me preface this following paragraph by saying I think it’s really cool what Metallica did here with this whole “inviting bands outside the genre of Metal” to a festival thing, and I loved it. Orion Music + More was something I’m going to remember.

 

They’re set to hit the stage tonight at 8PM tonight as oppose to 9PM, it is a Sunday after all. Once their set started I received three texts from three people who shall remain nameless (thenaturalstoner, Mr. Sparkly, and I made up the third one it was only two) asking me if Fuse is running a repeat of last nights show on the stream. Add an hour more of daylight, and I kind of felt the same way. They went with  “Ecstasy of Gold”,  “Hit The Lights” and “Master Of Puppets” to kick it off again. Last night I played the role of “first Metallica show” guy. The guy who’d never seen the band before and I just sat back and really was able to take it all in. . But can you tell me something? What the hell guys?? What the hell? If you exchange “Ride The Lightning”  with “The Black Album” tonight was basically almost a carbon copy set of last night.  Okay, at 8:42 we got “Fuel”, I’ll give you that-it was freaking awesome. But even the way Hetfeild worded everything exactly the same way as he had did the night before, as if he had all that stuff memorized. He keeps saying stuff like “Orion and Metallica are family” and making us chant it, as if he’s taking this Orion Music + More brand and trying to pitch it for next year already.  First of all you’re Metallica, if you wanna have a festival I’m sure you can afford to have one every single year. And second off , dude, if you book good bands, we’ll come back again-stop forcing it on us.

I was really happy to be able to grab footage of Metallica doing my favorites though, even if they were played last night. This new camera is such a beast. Last night my battery died before I could get pics of any of their pyrotechnics fireworks explosions that started with “Enter Sandman” (on both nights that’s where the bombs went off).

‘Unforgiven’ was epic, thank the sweet lord they didn’t play versions II and III.  It wasn’t til after 9Pm when we got into the Black Album-backwards. I don’t listen to albums in reverse order unless I’m trying to find out if Paul is dead, so what the hell is up with that? They did the same thing last night. And don’t call me a noob, because  when I got in the cab after the show and I asked the people I shared it with if they stayed for the entire encore, the answer was a quick “No way they played all the same songs”. And don’t talk my word and the word of someone I asked for it, as the Concert Confessions peeps who were watching the stream and had their own thoughts:

Jakob:

-“They could at least switch up the intro! Don’t do the Ecstasy of Gold two nights in a row at your festival”

-“It’s your own festival! Switch it up! Jesus christ”

TheNaturalStoner:

– “Are you shitting me right now???? apparently Metallica still has some shit to learn about playing multi night stands”

-“Seriously… did we get last nights feed? this is weird”

-” Jesus christ they got like 15 albums of songs, why they gotta do this?? If Phish did this all hell would break loose”

Mr Sparkly :

-“Just play a two-hour long Enter Sandman…call it a night.”

-” Yes, James…you are at Orion and your band is Metallica.”

-” Alright, playing the Black Album was cool and all, but there was so much more they could have done with the second night.”

-“A wasted opportunity”


Ooooo look they’re encoring with “Seek And Destroy”.  Yeah, like a lot of stuff  during this set, I got this last night. During that encore I was heading towards the exit. Tonight Metallica set was kind of a let down all things considered. Last night they seemed like cool guys, like changed men. Tonight all I see on stage is a band looking at a sea of about 22,000 fans while calculating profits in their heads.

At least I saw Metallica two nights in a row-I mean in the general scheme of things having never seen them before this weekend. But I do have one last question. Metallica has a song called “Orion” right? This is Orion Music + More festival right? Why not play that song, do you guys think it sucks? Then why name you’re festival after it? But besides a 2nd night headlining let down, the whole weekend was really great and I got to branch out my musical tastes a little bit from stage to stage, set to set. First “festival” I’ve attended was a success, even catching that 4:30AM bus back to NYC at Ballys.

Notes: The Medical staff gets all the blame when shit goes wrong, well let’s slurp them when shit goes well. Their were tents everywhere if you were feeling even the least bit dehydrated or anything. Drunken passed out people on the floors were quickly scoop up brought into the tent and revived in time for Metallica.

Orion Music + More Festival Day One Recap 6/23/12

Orion Music + More Festival (Day  1)- 06/23/12

Bader Field – Atlantic City, NJ

Words/Photos  by Jay Porks

Orion Music + More Festival Day One Recap 6/23/12 


Editor’s Note: Jay Porks is so bad ass, he wrote this review during the festival. We hope you enjoy. 

Welcome to the Jay Porks Day One Re-Cap of Orion Music + More Festival here in Atlantic City, NJ. For those who weren’t aware, this is the festival curated by Metallica, containing a bunch of acts you raise eyebrows to when you take a look at the list. Not only that, but Metallica is closing both nights, playing Ride The Lightning tonight, and The Black Album tomorrow night. Both days look awesome, but my plate for today is full of acts that I’ve been dying to see for a while,  Arctic Monkeys and Modest Mouse to name a couple. Also got some Cage The Elephant action in there, along with the obscure (in an awesome way) Toronto natives  Fucked Up. So excited for Roky Erickson. Roky is a personal highlight going into today until Metallica destroys me later on tonight. Any friend of the Meat Puppets is a friend of mine. Saturday is set to kick off for me with Baroness at 1PM. The 71st episode of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series won’t feature more than one or two videos from each act, as battery is a factor along with memory (I’m packing 32gigs), and we want to get all the Metallica we can get, because after all, they’re freaking Metallica. Anyway without further ado, let’s call this cab and get my ass down to Bader Field and get this party started!

I got out of a cab at 12:20 and walked a few blocks to the entrance side by side with a sea of folks all done up in their Metallica gear ( with a few scattered Iron Maiden and Avenged Sevenfold tees- as I sported my Meat Puppets). It’s hot, really hot. This is my first “festival”, I don’t normally know the goings on of a four-stage event. This place is HUGE!  I can see for miles- and there’s all types of side things going on. Rows and rows of concessions ( water was $3- that’s a deal these days) . There’s a Metallica museum, which I’ll try check out tomorrow. There’s 100’s of old school custom cars in this tented area. Lots of people, lots of hot metal chicks wearing the appropriate attire for a 90+ degree day in the sun (life is so good). I was worried I couldn’t get my camera in, then I saw the sign that said ” no professional recording devices”. Well, if there’s one thing I’m not, it’s professional. The band the Orion stage had blasting was what every heavy metal fan would dream of- The Cure.

Baroness

I didn’t know Tyson Chandler joined a band! That lead singer does resemble him- but all kidding aside if you’re kicking off a festival headlined by Metallica, I don’t see a more perfect band to do so then that in Baroness. My questions of “will you be able to hear other bands on other stages at the same time” was answered when these guys got started. I got almost all of that first song, only failed because they fooled me towards the end. The Orion stage has video screens on each side- giving it this “Hey, we’re a real festival” kind of feel. Me, the guy who’s not heavy on metal, found myself with a slight head nod and maybe a little strumming of my thigh as they passed 1:30pm with “Take my Bones Away“. Wow, they played the ONE song I actually knew the name of ! Good times, energetic set. They ended at 1:56pm

Roky Erickson

I showed up to the “Frantic” stage early, mostly due to the fact that it’s the only stage that’s tented. Some relief from the sun for a few minutes as they set Roky up. And that’s when I decided to take advantage of the free water re-fills they have on site here at the festival (warm water, but free water).

With full band (keyboardist, back up singer , drummer , 2 other guitar players and a bassist) on hand, Roky and the crew came out at 245. How old is his guy? The girl on keys is no eyesore. The lead guitarist says:  “damn, it’s hotter here than it is in Texas”. I’m in opposite Baroness mode as I ride the rail here where I was further back earlier. The band backing him was tight as hell, they helped carry him and everyone else into space for a little while. Played some of my favorites like ‘Two Headed Dog’, ‘Night of the Vampire’ and “You’re Gonna Miss Me”. It looks like Roky honestly doesn’t know what planet he’s on. To only be so lucky. They were done rocking at 3:20-3:30pm.

Fucked Up

So when I arrived at the “Fuel” stage for Fucked Up, I noticed some dude in an “OFF!” tee shirt. Must have seen a show on that Dinosaur Jr/Fucked Up/OFF tour I caught last year. First song into their set this Damien is already leaning on the rail screaming lyrics at the crowd- ripped his shirt off and the epic back sweater was in full force. Only took til the second song to get him completely in the crowd. Such a fun time, this band is too obscure and unique for me to call them punk, but they are some sub genre from that. A few songs they played were “David”, “I Hate Summer”, “The Other Shoe” (which I thought was called Dying On The Inside, because that’s the audience sing-along part) and “Turn The Season. Damien says he would’ve stayed the whole weekend, but him and his wife are expecting their 2nd child tomorrow. I ducked out about 4:40 hoping to be able to walk to some other stages to see what’s happening, I know these dudes (and bass playing non-dude) are awesome, let me see if I can discover something.

 

Jim Breuer

Caught the end of Jim Breuer’s “Heavy Metal Comedy Tour” set back at the “Frantic” stage. He was explaining how he started doing voices by prank calling his fellow Sears co-workers with Kaddafi bomb threats. Heard some dude say “I’m not into that whole ‘pot head comedy’ thing he does”. I don’t really get that statement, I don’t think Half Baked 2 is due out anytime soon. It was a fun few minutes over there

Gaslight Anthem

With time to kill til Cage the Elephant, the “Fuel” stage is already getting packed by the front. So I decided to go listen in on a few Gaslight Anthem songs, Since it looks like the entire state of New Jersey has made their way over to see the hometown boys. These guys are terrible. No seriously, these guys are terrible. I came in right while they were playing  “American Slang” , and heard a few after that. Why are people into this band? Even the jokes they make between songs are lame: “Here’s a slow song, so it’s your chance to talk to that girl with the tattoos next to you, because you know they don’t hang out where we hang out”. Where “We” hang out?? You guys are in a rock band that a bunch of sheep worship- you guys hang out where people like Jay-Z hang out. You are not us- we paid to get in. Oh yea, did I mention your band’s terribly boring?

Cage The Elephant

My thoughts on Cage The Eleplant can be summed up by what the lead singer said after the 1st song: “we’re weird people”. Weird in a good way, I enjoy the kinda half rap thing they do on some songs, and the music is funky as funk! No wonder Kirk Hammet introduced them. I was at this same stage for Fucked Up and was like 3 rows deep- now for Cage( who played House of Blues last night) I’m at least a football field away. Not only that, but just as I’m getting into this I see people already heading towards the Orion stage for Modest Mouse. Do I leave this set and scout a spot that’s maybe only 90 yards away for MM, or do I stay?

 

Modest Mouse

 There are SO many people here! I guess lots of folks skipped the early day activities and are arriving late , but I’m deep behind easily 1000 people standing. But I’m so far back, I can see over the heads. Awesome. Guys came out blazing, opened with “The Whale Song”.  Modest Mouse has a million albums(not actually a million), so even being handed a set of not-so-familiars  didn’t piss me off as it would with some other bands. “Float On” was a pleasant surprise at about 7:35ish. “Shit Luck” was mixed in there too.  People are already at this stage setting themselves up for good Metallica spots while I’m still peaking across the way to see how bad (in terms of me not being up front) things were getting for Arctic Monkeys.

 Arctic Monkeys 

And the trek back to the Fuel stage for Arctic Monkeys. Jeez am I getting a work out today or what? They were introduced by Lars (who introduced Baroness earlier), and they proceeded to prove their coolness. Lots of dancing going on during this set.  And not just during that song with dance floor in the name.

They played “Fluorescent Adolescent” ( my personal favorite of theirs) 2nd to last, after he introduced a song called “Brick by Brick”, in which the drummer handled some of the vocal duties. Was pleased that the stage lights were able to be used during this set, as it was just getting dark outside as they closed in on the end. One of the only bands to perform after sundown this weekend, The Arctic Monkeys delivered anything their solo live show could’ve sent a fan home happy with.Ended it with “Are you Mine” 9:06

Metallica

At this point and time it’s past 9 o clock, and you look down at the Orion stage and see blue lights on stage, now everybody is facing that way, and you couldn’t get close if you tried. Didn’t need to, when Metallica came out and played “Ride The Lightning” in it’s entirety it did a couple of things for me.  One, Metallica will kick your balls in live. That is a serious professional band.  Seeing the guys have sort of a sense of humor up there and with putting on this festival and all almost makes up for that whole Napster thing. They said they “flipped it up” on us a bit-they played some stuff not on the record first like “Master Of Puppets,” “Sad But True,” “The Four Horsemen,” after kicking it off with “Hit The Lights.” I didn’t have the battery life on my phone to Google the album’s track list so I marked down the highlights with times next to them in my notes here.

At 10:05Pm, they played “Escape.” Am I a lucky bastard or what? My first ever time seeing this band, and I get the song they haven’t played-EVER.  Of course my camera’s battery is dead for this, (as it’s been since Master Of Puppets) they didn’t mess it up or anything. Sounded good.

10:25PM “For Whom the Bell Tolls” was insane. People raising fists (it is Jersey after all)-this one guy came in from of my camera and screamed the lyrics into my phone while I was trying to snap that last picture before the battery died. Thanks asshole.

Encores: To me, an encore means “songs played when you were about to walk towards the exit”. This happened at least 5 times on Saturday, where the boys said goodnight and convinced half the crowd they were done only to keep coming back on stage stopping people in their tracks. They saved their cool pyrotechnics til the end. Pictures of those fireworks and the flames rising would’ve been pretty wicked. So encore goes as follows “Nothing Else Matters”, “Enter Sandman”(this is where stuff started blowing up. Note to self: Save battery life for Day Two’s encore!). Then they ducked off stage for a minute and I started walking towards the exit, again and they came back out to play “Battery” and “One” before they said goodnight (again!).  The walk began once more, because surely it’s over. Nope. Came back out to play one more, “Seek And Destroy.” Place went crazy.  They went way past the  scheduled time of 11 on the billing. Incredible.

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Must See Acts, Set Times for Orion Music + More Festival

Must See Acts, Set Times for Orion Music + More Festival 

Bader Field – Atlantic City, NJ June 23rd & 24th

On Saturday June 23rd, Atlantic City’s own Bader Field will be taken over by the legion of Metal-Heads as Metallica’s  Orion Music + More Festival will kick off.  You may have heard over the weekend that Phish just did 3 nights at this same “field”.

When you hear someone say “Hey, I’m going to that Metallica festival” it’s immediately interrupted as something that would be titled “Death Metal Fest” or something like that(and in pour the comments about the differences between death metal and black metal). But au contraire friends, this isn’t the typical festival(line-up wise) at all you would expect for Metallica to be curating. The two day festival is bound to bring not only fans of the Metal or thrash genre, but the pseudo-intellectual hipsters will flock to this thing too, as some of their favorite Indie acts like The Gaslight Anthem and Best Coast  have been invited to this festival along with the other 30+ ,  eclectic to say the least,  acts set to appear. We’ll get to the full list of the acts at the bottom of this post when we map out which bands will be appearing at what times on which of the four stages this festival will have, but for now, let’s get into the  Jay Porks Top Five Must See Bands at this Orion Music + More extravaganza this weekend June 23rd and 24th.

#5 Metallica ( Headlining both nights ‘Orion’ Stage)

I know what you’re thinking: “How can Metallica NOT be number one here?!?” . Well, truth be told, I personally am not the biggest Metallica fan. Putting all the differences aside like when Lars and the boys got angry about fans downloading the bands music from Napster, all and all I’m lucky to see the band. And hey at least they’re playing the Black Album and Ride The Lightening in their entirety, because those are the only two albums that contain the Metallica songs I like.  I’m happy to be able to cross them off the bucket list of bands to see, and I appreciate them putting on a festival like this with such diversity. But there are 4 other acts I’d rather see perform at this thing.

#4 Ghost (Sunday, ‘Orion Stage’ 2PM-3PM)

Here’s all I know about Ghost: they scare the living fuck out of me. Seriously, have you seen their cover of “Here Comes The Sun”? The people (Fine authors like Reverend Justito and Jakob Ross  to name two)I know who seem to know music speak very highly of the Stockholm band, and with nothing conflicting (and hopefully carrying a change of underwear) I will be sure to check these dudes out on the Sunday at 2 in the afternoon.

#3 Roky Erickson (Saturday,”Frantic” Stage 2:45-3:30PM

Before I explain myself let me remind everyone that every act on the bill was invited by Metallica to perform. But holy shit, I get to see  Roky Erickson! I’m over joyed . Pioneer of  the psychedelic rock movement with the 13th Floor Elevators back in the day, Roky has be cited as the influence for a number of acts, from the Meat Puppets to obvious Metallica. If that’s not cool tits right there, I don’t know what is. Above is a video of Mr. Erickson jamming with the aforementioned Meat Puppets at SXSW last year.

#2 Arctic Monkeys (Saturday,8PM-9PM ‘Fuel Stage’)

I don’t remember when it was, but I know it was some random Pandora radio station I had created back in the day. I was trolling some bands message board arguing with people for reasons I forgot 5 minutes later, a song called ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ came on and I immediately stopped to find out who the hell these guys were.  Such an interesting sound, so unique in so many ways-these guys just opened up a Arena Tour for the Black Keys . That show (though pricey I was still going to attend) sold out on me faster than you can make a premature ejaculation joke. I’m so freaking ready to watch these guys rock out the ‘Fuel Stage’ before Metallica closes out Saturday with ‘Ride The Lightening’

#1 Modest Mouse (Saturday 7pm-8pm ‘Orion Stage’)

And leading that pack of  aforementioned pseudo-intellectual hipsters will be this guy right here, hopefully riding the rail for Modest Mouse’s set. Hell, I’ve even grab a few Tao Lin books and spend two days in a garage errrrrrr I mean an “art space” in Williamsburg watching Russ Meyer flicks to gear up for this one.  I freaking LOVE this band. The only thing I would question is why have Arctic Monkeys and these guys on the same night? One of them should be playing Sunday before Metallica. Anyway, I’ll hopefully be “Doin’ The Cockroach” with some festival groupie chicks to whom sober is 26 miles in their rear view mirror.

Honorable Mentions: Cage The Elephant are a really cool band, and had I wanted to do a Top six they were next-promise.  If all goes according to plan, Metallica fans storm the stage and trample Best Coast for being such wusses. That’s one band that’s gonna get killed at this gig, seriously. Back when Dinosaur Jr came to Terminal 5 and Rollins interviewed them on stage and that douche bag stole a snippet of my full 18 minute video, an opener that was sorta over looked in the aftermath was Fucked Up. So I’m interested to check out their festival set and see what they’re all about. And either Jim Florentine or Don Jamieson  I guess I’ll have to check out to. I wonder if “That Metal Show” will do an episode remote from the festival. Probably not, but here’s hoping.

Below, you can find humongous screen shots of the festival’s stage schedules and all the bands playing when and where. TheNaturalStoner hooked that up because I’m an idiot who was gonna type it out individually.


There are two slots in these photos labeled TBA. The Saturday 1PM at Orion Stage is Baroness, and the Sunday, 5PM on the Fuel Stage is Volbeat. They were the last two bands added to the line-up. You’d think the festival’s website would have an updated version of this. Oh well. Come find me at the Flagship Resort as that’s where I’ll be staying since Atlantic City has closed my favorite hotel/casino the Trump Marina (that had a sweet buffet and a Hooters). Seriously, come find me, I’m looking to freaking party. Besides the time at Bader Field, and the hour after that I’m writing the experience up-I will be wasted. The Jay Porks After Party. Don’t act like I WON’T do that.  See you all there, I’ll be the one in the shirt that says “Your Favorite Band Sucks”(or my Blood Half Moons tee shirt).

Jay Porks Orion Schedule:

Saturday

1PM Baroness-Orion Stage

2:45PM Roky Erickson-Frantic Stage

4PM Fucked Up -Fuel Stage

5:15PM Jim Florentine-Frantic Stage

6PM Cage The Elephant-Fuel Stage

7PM Modest Mouse-Orion Stage

8PM Arctic Monkeys-Fuel Stage

9PM Metallica (Ride The Lightening)-Orion Stage

Sunday

1PM A Place To Bury Strangers -Fuel Stage

2PM Ghost-Orion Stage

3PM Gary Clark Jr.-Fuel Stage

4Pm Best Coast – Orion Stage

5:15Pm The Black Dahlia Murder – Damage Inc. Stage

6PM Eric Church-Orion Stage

7PM Titus Andronicus- Frantic Stage

8PM Metallica (The Black Album)- Orion Stage

Metallica Set To Launch Orion Music + More Festival

Metallica Set To Launch Orion Music + More Festival

For months, Phish fans have been on the ball in regards to the band hosting a festival later this summer at Bader Field. In various reports, it was known that Phish, Kenny Chesney and Metallica would be holding events at the airport. While we still wait for details on the Phish bash, Metallica has announced details for the inaugural Orion Music Festival. Chances are, you won’t believe what you are about to read.

Metallica will headline the two night festival. The group plans to perform the “Black Album” for the first time on American soil on one of the nights. That part we can all believe. What is hard to believe are some of the acts Metallica are bringing along. While it is easy to see the likes of Fucked Up and Avenged Sevenfold sharing the stage with the Bay Area thrash legends, what shocks us is the inclusion of such alt/indie rock darlings like Modest Mouse, Cage The Elephant and Arctic Monkeys. You read that right people, Modest Mouse, Cage The Elephant and Arctic Monkeys.

As with all festivals there are various ticket packages, various prices and chances are someone will forget sun block and get nasty sunburn. We would also like to go on record now and start the rumor that Lou Reed will cruise out from NYC and perform all of “Lulu” with the band. For all the details on the Orion Music Festival – click here.

Artists for Orion Festival A/O 05/21/12

Metallica (two nights)

Arctic Monkeys

Avenged Sevenfold

Modest Mouse

The Gaslight Anthem

Cage the Elephant

Volbeat

Best Coast

Fucked Up

Hot Snakes

Titus Andronicus

Gary Clark Jr.

Lucero

Roky Erickson

The Black Angels

Baroness

The Sword

Jim Florentine

Don Jamieson

Wooden Shjips

A Place to Bury Strangers

Liturgy

Ghost 

Soul Rebels

The Black Dahlia Murder

Appearing on the Damage Inc. Stage

Suicidal Tendencies

Sepultura

Torche

Letlive

Red Fang

Kyng

Landmine Marathon

Black Tusk

Thy Will Be Done

Also a midst the goings on there’s gonna be what they’re calling the ‘Orion Custom Car + Motorcycle Show inside the festival grounds throughout the weekend.’ Ticket holders like our very own Jay Porks, will get this added element to a festival continuing to shape into a very interesting 2 days in Atlantic City. As more details come out, we’ll have them for you.

Furthur Announce Fall 2011 Tour Dates

Furthur Announce Fall 2011 Tour Dates

Furthur – the band featuring former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh have added additional dates to their US Fall Tour. The trek which is set to kick off September 23rd in Eugene, Oregon will now wrap a few days before Thanksgiving in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mail order will run through October 7th. General public tickets will go on sale via the regular corporate outlets beginning September 16th.

Dates For Furthur as of 09/09/11:

 

The Jay Porks Final Four: Top Experiences of 2010

The Jay Porks Top Four Shows of 2010

Words/Photos by Jay Porks of the Jay Porks Experience

I swear I’ll eventually learn how to cut down on the length of posts.. Just not quite yet. That said, it was a lot harder than I thought it would be to determine shows would make the cut in my Top 5 of 2010. I mean, what does one exactly judge specifically when it comes to this type of list. The criteria is vague to say the least-what factors go into determining the awesomeness of a show? Well, here at Concert Confessions (and of course the Jay Porks Experience), we pride ourselves in delivering “different” kind of concert reviews to say the least. We tend to not follow the rules of conventional journalism-hell I personally don’t even follow basic rules of grammar at times. So it was decided that why start following any sort of rules when it comes to this, even if that means turning the top 5 into a ‘Final Four’.

#4- MMR(93.3FM) BBQ featuring Stone Temple Pilots and Alice in Chains w/ Three Days Grace, Fuel, Skillet, Dive, Automatic Fire at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ 05/23/10.

Anytime there is boobs being flashed in the parking lot you know you’re in store for a memorable day. And this is exactly what it was-the whole day. Pam and I didn’t pull into the parking lot until like 2PM and it was already a party out there. Hot chicks toss a beach ball around, us downing beers without being hassled by event staff to take it inside. Some girl flashed her boobs upon request. It got me thinking we should move the stage out here and just have the show in the parking lot-this is the place to be. After eventually making our way inside, by the time we we’re at the food court area I heard Fuel playing “Shimmer”. Damn, I really like that song.
Anyway, we had extra tickets to this show-I had 2 lawn tickets and Pam put a successful bid on some tickets for the pit So we first enjoyed the friendly confines of the lawn for the end of Fuel’s set and for Three Days Grace. We decided to start on the lawn and move down to the pit for Alice in Chains and STP. It was good to catch a second wind after getting bombed mid-afternoon in the parking lot At about 6:55PM Three Days Grace headed off stage and we began to bid our farewells to the posse of friendly fellow concert goers as we headed towards the pit for the headliners. A dude shook my hand and told me “Good luck” before we left.
Got down to the pit section and were literally feet away from the stage to witness Alice In Chains and Stone Temple Pilots play memorable sets. If only the camera I was using at the time was more “sound friendly”, as I got some awesome videos if you’re able to tune the sound to the right volume. This was the point where I decided that I was going to be at BlackDiamondSkye when the tour rolled through NYC later in the year. Stone Temple Pilots did little to disappoint as they ran through most of my favorites and the peak of the evening was when Jerry Cantrell came out to join the band for “Sex Type Thing”. Dean Deleo and Jerry facing each other trading riffs on one of my favorite songs; safe to say it was all worth the 2 hour drive into Camden, NJ.

#3-Local H Gramercy Theater 5/18/10

Was totally pumped to see another one of my favorite bands in Local H. Tickets were $15 and it was at one of NYC’s more intimate venues, the 600 person capacity Gramercy Theater. They labeled the tour the “6 Angry records” tour-they put all 6 of their albums names in hat and randomly picked out the one they’d play in it’s entirety that night. About a week before the show, news broke that the Stone Temple Pilots was looking to play a record showcase type gig in a venue smaller than their usual. Then I was nothing short of baffled when it was announced that STP would play Gramercy Theater the same night this Local H show was scheduled. I was worried my Local H show might have been compromised, but in the end both shows went on that night. STP was billed as a “Midnight Showcase” with separate admission of course. The bummer there was that Local H would only be able to play until 9:30 in order to clear out the place. So safe to say I showed up that night with low expectations, especially when the sign in front said “TONIGHT: STONE TEMPLE PILOTS!”
First thing Lucas says to the crowd is “You know, it kinda feels like we’re opening for the Stone Temple Pilots-but we’re not” before allowing a fan to reach into the hat and pick the night’s album. Turned out to be “Ham Fisted”, the bands first record-the record I was least familiar with of all their albums. To my surprise (through virtue of having the bands discography on my iPod) I happen to be familiar with most of those songs. After I got video of them doing “Feed” I knew I was in the best seat in the house-working with a two man band from this angle it’s very easy to keep the whole band in the frame without moving back and forth much. When they got into some other material later on after Ham Fisted I started to film almost every song. I impressed myself with the way I had the camera work in tune with the song, like: focused on the drums right before they break in, zooming in on the solos etc. The night ended when they played “Bound for the Floor” -in which mid way through they flipped it into “Rainbow in the Dark”(Ronnie James Dio had passed earlier that week) and then morphed back for the end of Bound for the Floor. Last song of the evening was an intense version of T.V. On the Radio’s “Wolf Like Me”-it was nuts! During the song Scott climbed off stage to lean his guitar into the crowd while taking a swig of the drink of a lucky fan. I was like 2 feet away, filming.

We could credit the great spot, the Scott Lucas autograph, the Wolf Like Me cover to end it-we could credit all that. Or we could just say that the band delivered big time in a tough spot-I mean, with my aforementioned low expectations and all I would have never thought to have taken away all I took from that show. Floored.

#2-Ween 9/17/2010 Central Park

After reading a review at ConcertConfessions.Com of a Ween show earlier this year-when I noticed they were going to play a show at Central Park it was an opportunity I could not pass up. I’ll be the first to admit, I only knew a handful of their songs but I found myself curious of what the big hub bub was about-when you know what they say “Curiosity almost killed the cat by melting his face off”.

I was at Central Park the night before to see the band Cake-they came on at 8 last night. On line for beer I notice smoke beginning to fill the stage with smoke, as Ween is about to kick off at 7:30 as I dashed back to my spot which was pretty good despite a few taller people in front of me(I still think we should do size order at shows, like back in school). From “Buckingham Green” I was locked in-the Deaner is godly over there with the six string. The awesome light show they had going lights bouncing off smoke in rhythm with each song was epic stuff. Covering David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”- playing every song I had attempted to verse myself on in the week prior to the show they played. “Spinal Meningitis”, “Voodoo Lady”-even “Mr. Richard Smoker” as Gene Ween puffed cigarettes for most of the duration of the night. When they ducked off at 9:48 as we stood waiting for an encore I took a look around and saw a park with double the people in it compared to the night previous all standing with wide eyed, blank stares.. some clapping some screaming, hugging, high fiving-I get it now, and I’m so glad I was able to have the privilege to comprehend. Especially since they came back out to play “Dr. Rock”, with the lights at their peak of craziness in edition to people all around me just screaming top volume-to say it was a moment of ecstasy for everyone would be an understatement.

On the way out there was a group of dudes selling “Whip Its” (Balloons filled with Nitrous Oxide that you inhale it gives you a minute or two of a a light dizziness/light headed feeling). Anyway they were 3 for 20 bucks so I got a few and sat on a rock by the entrance of the park, with my peers from the Ween concert, all of us blown away sucking air from balloons getting momentarily intoxicated. Jay Porks was baptized into the Ween faith on that night, it was unbelievable.

#1 –The Flaming Lips 4th of July FREAK OUT 2010-House of Blues Atlantic City

When The Flaming Lips were coming to New York City to play a show at a venue called Terminal 5, of course you know I was more than interested. Surfing Ticketmaster, I noticed that they were playing a 4th of July show in Atlantic City, NJ(of ‘Boardwalk Empire’ fame), in which the House of Blues AC tickets were cheaper than the Terminal 5 tickets . So I figured why not make it a night in Atlantic City, book a room see the show write the review come back next day. It’s like a 2 hour trip riding via Greyhound bus for $20. So that’s what I did, stayed at the Golden Nugget Casino. Posted a little “Pre-Show” video and everything. Had a new camera in hand-set to be a great night.

When I got inside the House of Blues it was amazing, it had the whole vintage look going on, and the balcony was stadium seating and I was top row aisle seat-my view is epic! I’ve got an event staffer right in front of me and he watched me bootleg all those songs, didn’t say a word.

The night played out and so many weird freaky things were happening on stage from the start when Wayne came out in the bubble all the way through the stream shooters, pounds of confetti, thousands and thousands of balloons, a dude in a guerilla’s outfit ran out and Wayne stood on his shoulders. With Star Death and the White Dwarfs cheering on the side of the stage joined by a giant cat fish mascot type dude and Wayne bringing out the gigantic hands reflecting beams of light with each finger tip onto two disco balls hanging from the ceiling. I mean seriously, read the review-check the videos, this night was freaking crazy and that’s not even including being the Mr. 1990’s that I am watching these guys do “She Don’t Use Jelly” would’ve sent me home happy-but a few songs later I was way above the level of “happy”. I went from excited, to amazing, to shocked, to totally freaked out by the end of the night. I was seeing balloons and confetti in my dreams for weeks following the show-it’s without question the best 4th of July I have ever participated in.

The Flaming Lips Live at the House of Blues: Atlantic City, NJ July 4th 2010

Did you hear? Lady Gaga is playing a show in AC tonight.. If you want to hear all about that-then exit this site and go somewhere else. As for the rest of us-all signs point to this night being crazy. Jay Porks here to welcome all of you to the 29th edition of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series for the Flaming Lips at the House of Blues in Atlantic City. I’m coming to you live from my hotel, the NAME REDACTED Hotel and Casino here in the lovely Atlantic City. This is going to continue with the ‘Summer Series’ section of the little blog thing we have going on here considering the weather: It’s 90+ degrees outside- a good day if your in shape. If you’re me, then your stationed 21st floor in your room with the Air Conditioning pumping, set to a steady 65. The House of Blues website says that the Doors open at 9PM and the show is also listed to start at 9PM. Opening act is ‘Fang Island’, a band I haven’t yet heard of. The House of Blues is located in the Showboat Casino, which is sort of a distance (a bus called the ‘Jitney’ goes there for $2.25) as oppose to the last time I stayed here, when I was attending Stone Temple Pilots and The Meat Puppets right across the way at the Music Box at the Borgata back on July 18th of last year.

The Flaming Lips performed ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ in it’s entirety at this years Bonnaroo Festival. I got my hands on the audio days after the performance and was enamored. This is what’s bringing us to the question of the night-Will the Flaming Lips do ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ here at the House of Blues for the 4th of July? Weeks of searching Google for show reviews and artist released info has left the hand un-tipped, as there is no inkling to

what they will do tonight. The beauty of this band-I mean seriously: Who knows what they’re going to do? Will Wayne pull out the gigantic hands or tell us that we must do our part to fight for the legalization of Marijuana in America, who knows? Hell-they could come out and play a set containing not one song I know the name of and this shit is probably still going to be a life changer. At least one credible rock music publication has them on their list of “Bands you must see before you die”. Well then, lets get to it.

Lets not overshadow the opening act, Fang Island- a band that just released it’s debut album, which was self-titled, on Sargent House records in February of this year. They have to be cool if they’re opening for the Flaming Lips right? Well, lets see how the night turns out

I finally got to the House Of Blues at like 9:30PM- and sure enough, show is at 10 not the 9 o clock it was listed on the website. Never a surprise. So I run into the Showboat casino to find this place and of course it’s way deep in there- what felt like a mile.. I get there and it’s this elaborate place- with a concourse downstairs from it and an escalator leading up to the venue.. When I got there I was greeted by an old fashioned cowboy sort of feel to the room. Imagine if there was a perfect looking place to see a concert-now picture a bunch of high rollers trying to imitate that kind of look to their establishment. It was a little overdone(the inside section where the shows take place is flawless-sound was top notch, sight lines are great and they didn’t hassle me about video).. Concessions everywhere but since I thought I was late I was in a dash upstairs and not shopping around- I finally find the stairs that lead up to the balcony where my seat is and then proceed to head up four flights of steps at which point I was light headed-but I made it. here I am Row M- aisle seat.. The balcony seating is steep and elevates quite a bit- there is no way I can be blocked by anyone’s head-Awesome.

So the story goes from what I heard from some security guy is that the “Opening act is at 10, The Flaming Lips at 11”.. So here I am in my seat- at 9:44PM- as I await the set to begin.. And the crowd gets into the Star Spangled Banner before the bands hit the stage then clap for themselves.

Fang Island came on 10:03 and now I notice we have video screens to the left and right of the stage.. By 10:42 I had enough of these guys.. What’s up with the keyboards? You guys have three guitarists- you have potential to rock and you choose not too. They played a few songs- not sure how many were songs and how many were just flat out noise jams.. Half way through the set I notice the balcony seating not even be half full- leaving people to pretty much sit where they want. I’m right where I need to be- the highest row you can be-awesome view..

Fang Island went off a quarter to 11 with roadies running on stage to set up for the act we all came here to see – the one, the only, the kings of the weird- THE FLAMING LIPS!!!

It’s not until 11:10 that they start inflating the giant bubble Wayne uses to walk the crowd in.. Then a ramp was set up where all the other band members walked through a door that opened in the video screen and out on to stage to a big hand.. Then when they went into the first song with Wayne( after he stepped out of his bubble) fires streamers into the crowd, keeping with the 4th of July theme. The stage is set with almost everything orange, with tube/cannon shooter looking things on each side of the stage. These things shot out what must have been 1000’s of balloons in all different sizes and they were everywhere. The balloons were filled with confetti which burst out from each when popped- I gotta say it was a sight. You got the light show going with the visuals on a big screen behind the band which varied between visual effects and a close up of Wayne’s face.. He gave an emphatic ‘thank you’ after pretty much every song along with thanking the crowd for “being such freaks”.

Every song they played seemed to have a different feel to it.. constant vibe shifts..

The set got more epic as the night progressed. We had “Mr. Catfish” on the side of the stage-one of the roadies in this big cartoon looking costume-its a great shot with that dude watching from the side of the stage. The later it got the more people started showing up and when I thought the props done I was so wrong.. Wayne heads off stage and comes back with the gigantic hands.. Those things are so great. I have it on video- he comes out with the hands and as the stage goes black each gigantic finger tip has a green light beaming onto the two big disco balls floating over the stage.. It was freaking crazy- I haven’t seen that one on YouTube.

They did a basic Flaming Lips set- no dark side- but was still something that needed to be witnessed.. They played alot of songs off ‘Embryonic’, like ‘I can be a frog’, ‘Convinced of the Hex’. ‘See the Leaves’, ‘Sparrow Looks up at the Machine’, ‘Powerless’…I recorded a great version of “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’ .. They did that song ‘the W.A.N.D.’- it was in a Dell commercial, ‘The Yeah Yeah Yeah song’.. The show went on til about 1:10AM, when they ended with “Do You Realize?”- a song that will be stuck in my head probably until the next time I get my bank account out of a negative balance.. and that’s a long, long time from now

Bonkers.. Complete shock that the show was that good-I thought there would be times where I would get lost in the deep cuts section of the show. Not so. This was everything I’ve seen in videos, everything from all the stories I’ve read and heard about seeing the Flaming Lips-it lived up to the hype.. what an awesome band. Also was great that by the end of the night it was like we all just saw ‘Blue Man Group’ as everyone was covered in confetti, streamers and pieces of balloons…What a night!

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