Friday was the warmup for Saturday’s crazy. It was full on all day.
McLovins: I’ve been told by numerous people to check these kids out, and I missed them at Nateva to see Max Creek. I heard they crushed it at Nateva, so I decided to forgo Max Creek. (side note: I found it very interesting that both these bands were playing at the same time at both festivals. And they are both from Connecticut. Coincidence??) I get to the Green Vibes stage about 10 minutes after they started and the place was packed. I tried to get up to the stage and check them out but I couldn’t get up there without a case of claustrophobia so I ended up to the side.
There was a bit of technical difficulty, but then they just broke out. In typical teenage style they were loud and fast, but tight. Impressively tight; technically and talented. Really talented kids. Check out more from my friend Lori’s Coventry Music. Something about a 1000 Hippie McLovin March went on, that I wasn’t privvy to. Here’s the YouTube – load it up and click it around the 5 min mark. Whooo, they go off.
Band Break: My buddy and I went back to camp for the 40 minute respite before Assembly of Dust. I got on the phone with This Week on Lot and tried to describe the surroundings to them. A conference call of sorts. You can check out me on the radio here. Afterwards, I got a bit of food in me and was off to the Main Stage.
Assembly of Dust: I have not seen these guys a lot, but each time I have seen them I like them more and more. Their talent is obvious, the music is technically sound, Adam Terrell, lead guitar, vocals (also plays with Nate Wilson) shreds it, Reid Genauer, lead vocals, guitar has a really nice voice. Two drummers, and a keyboardist that plays the violin. I mean, c’mon, you can’t go wrong. They shredded the last song to pieces and you could tell they were getting off by the energy in the crowd. Great time had by all.
Galactic: They put on a solid show, as always. Cyril Neville shows up and kicks it up a notch. Corey Henry frikkin blasts that trombone out of the universe. Ben Ellman plays the sax hard and sexy. Stanton Moore keeps the beat down and low, and the place just falls into soul funk deep grooves and swayin’ hips. Oooh, lordy lordy. Fun fun stuff, as always.
Setlist: Gemini Rising, Gossip, You Don’t Know, Balkan Wedding, Heart Of Steel, Cineramascope, Ooh Nay Nay, Boban, Tell Me What’s On Your Mind, Boe Money, No More Okey Doke, From the Corner to the Block
Band Break: Met up with some Camp Family from Nateva that day and we took it back to camp. I introduced them as “my old friends”, then realized that Nateva was less than a month away. Festival family is on another level… Old friends indeed. We collectively decided to sacrifice Umphree’s McGee for time in the shade, a change of clothes, food and drink and laughs. Sorry Umphree’s.
Rhythm Devils featuring Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Keller Williams: I have to admit, I was surprised how amazingly good these guys were. Keller added a nice level, but this was not the Keller show. This was the Rhythm Devils show in all their glory. Two incredible drummers, doin’ what they do. Drums. In an ode to the Grateful Dead, it was kind of a stretched out Drums/Space but without the Space.On another note, I met a friend who I went on Dead Tour with 20 years ago. Beautiful syncopation…Original Dead members on stage, me with my buddy, reliving old memories, seeing the newest iteration of Billy and Mickey on stage, complete with firedancers. LOVED it. I will catch them when they play in NYC, without a doubt.
PRIMUS: Jeez holy louise moly blown away. I can’t even describe it. Les Claypool bassing OUT up there with these humongous astronauts behind the band. Jay Lane is an incredible drummer, I can tell why he left Furthur to go
back to this band. But, of COURSE! I was not a Primus fan (operative word there “was”), and the only thing I knew of them was that “back in the day” they were associated with lots of skinheads and mosh pits. Well, there were no mosh pits. Just lots of people bouncing around, myself included. I couldn’t stop my legs moving even if I wanted to. They blew me away, I am a hardcore Primus fan now – already bought the tickets for the October show in NYC. That’s how much I loved this set. WOW. Go see these guys….
Deep Banana Blackout: I have a history with this band, and it goes back to 1992-1994 in Hartford, CT, some crazy funk band called Tongue n Groove, and it includes 5 of the members of what became DBB. This band schooled me in funk. And I had flashbacks. They rocked it. Good lord almighty the place was packed – like couldn’t move packed at all. They played solid until somewhere around 3-4am.
Rob Somerville was looking like Poppa Funky up there with his all white crazy funky hat and robe, playin the sax like no one I know. Rob Somerville is my sax hero, I grew up on his sounds and he’ll always be on the top of the saxaphone list for me.Jen Durkin’s voice has gotten stronger, better, she is 5 foot nothing and wails like none other. Her energy, her sexiness comes straight through always, always on point, never misses a beat. Fuzz on the guitar…fast, tight, amazing twangs and I don’t have the words. Amazing. Benj on the bass, way low like in reverberating the whole crowd low, waaaay FONKI. Eric Kalb, an incredible drummer hit me over the head on the “one”.
The rest of the band including a surprise visit from Andrew Gromiller brought the Vibes to another level on the seashore in the wee hours of the night. It was incredible. I danced my frikkin body off my bones. Considering how tired I was from the Primus crazy beforehand, I was not in control anymore. I was floating away, couldn’t talk to anyone, couldn’t speak, just movement. The whole place went crazy and chanted “Deep Banana Blackout” till the bitter end. Below’s clip is how Saturday night ended. Whooooooo boy.
The Band: James “Fuzz” San Giovanni, guitar/vocals; Eric Kalb, drums; Benj LeFevre, bass; Jen Durkin, vocals; Rob Somerville, sax/vocals; Rob Volo, trombone/guitar/vocals; Cyrus Madan, keyboards; Johnny Durkin, percussion.