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Thursday, June 20, 2019

MusicMarauders Summer of 2019 - Spotify Playlist

Earth, Milky Way Galaxy

Playlist by the MusicMarauders Team

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Anderson.Paak, Earl Sweatshirt & Thundercat 6.14.19

Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, CO

Words by Derek Miles (Miles Photography)
Photos by Charla Harvey Photography

“I’m gonna come dance with y’all!” Anderson Paak yelled into the mic as their set rose to a monolithic peak. He began to climb the stairs alongside Ship Rock, stage right. Surely he must be slowing down after striding beyond the 25th row right? Mind you, Paak is still rapping and singing the entire way up. “That’s got to be row 35 at least by now!” Having a performer come into the crowd is always a fun spectacle, yet it’s anything but new in the ‘ol bag of tricks. But Paak sent it all the way up to the 45th row without exhibiting a single sign of being winded. And he probably would have kept going if his wireless microphone’s range were longer. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Thundercat, otherwise known as Stephen Bruner, launched the crowd into a frantic foray of furious jazz from beat one, whether we were ready for it or not (some clearly weren’t). It became apparent if it hadn’t been before, that Bruner’s time with The Suicidal Tendencies still played a relevant musical role in his live intensity. He plays the six string bass more voraciously than most guitar shredders, and with the harmonic complexity of the bebop/jazz fusion elite.

After blowing our minds for a solid fifteen minutes, the trio of virtuosic elevation slowed it down to the infectious, slinky funk of “Them Changes”, a standout track from Thundercat’s 2017 release, Drunk. Weaving in and out of the sections, Dennis Hamm and Justin Brown (keyboards and drums, respectively) really showed their dynamic capabilities here, beyond their obvious chops and technical prowess.

Not before long, the giant Thundercat symbol, shown like Batman’s signal on stage, faded as the three walked off to a boisterous roar from the crowd. A quick changeover occurred and Earl Sweatshirt kicked things into a different mode. He announced that he was just going to feel things out and freestyle for a bit while his dj, DJ Black Noise added the musical backdrop. The set was fairly slow paced. There were some nice ambient sections but their beat was nebulous and elusive. The crowd around me did not seem captivated or attentive much at all. But after Thundercat, it was a welcome cool down I suppose. There were some interesting video clips that accompanied the music on one of the LED panels behind them.

By the time Anderson Paak was to hit, the audience was riled and ready to go. The stage exploded with light as the massive LED panels fired up to their full luminosity and color. The whole band was on risers, an impressive scaffold built like a futuristic jungle temple with pyrotechnic canons at the base. A castle fit for King James, which was the title of the fourth song to come into the set. “Make it Better” put things into a smooth R&B groove while others were straight hip hop or even jazz at times.

The Free Nationals were a powerhouse, seamlessly transitioning through genres and songs that varied stylistically. Paak is uncompromisingly energetic and razor sharp with his confident swagger and musical direction. He was running all over Red Rocks, up and down the massive stage production, playing drums that would descend on a platform or rise up to rejoin his band mates after free styling and showcasing his moves on the front lines of the stage. Two encores to end the show and you could tell he still had more to give. This tour is dubbed as the “Best Teef in the Game Tour”, and while Anderson Paak has some nice chompers, I’d say best energy in the game. It’s like he has everything to prove, not to others, but to himself, to see how much he can actually do. And while he is doing this, he simultaneously succeeds.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Snarky Puppy 6.13.19 (Photos)

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Lonesome Days & Adam Aijala Trio 6.13.19 (Photos)

Thursday, June 13, 2019

PREVIEW: 4 Peaks Music Festival 6.20 - 6.23.19

Stevenson Ranch
Bend, OR

Words by Mitch Melheim
Photos by Gary Calicott & Greg Homolka

4 Peaks Music Festival will be returning to beautiful Bend, OR from June 20-23 for the twelfth edition of the beloved family festival. Recently announced expansions to the festival grounds and a partnership with production company Symbiotic Event Services (Winter Wondergrass, X Games, Arise Music Festival) have fans curious about the festival’s new look. Meanwhile, the lineup provides the same generous mix of jam, bluegrass, funk, and blues it always has.

Thursday starts out with a couple of local acts, including Mosley Wotta, the only artist on the lineup to have his own TEDx Talk. The Lil’ Smokies then close out the night with a two-hour set in the tent that is sure to be a rowdy one. If you’ve seen the Smokies since the addition of Jake Simpson on fiddle a couple years, you’ve probably noticed that they’ve turned it up a notch and have become the ball of energy bluegrass fans are looking for come late night.

Friday is funk day, with east coast supergroup Matador! Soul Sounds, Pink Talking Fish, Polyrhythmics, Swindler, and Mestizo Beat all laying down their respective brands of funk before the sun goes down. Once nighttime arrives, the festival welcomes the legendary Los Lobos to the Cascade Mountain Stage before a little fun in the late night tent with the festival’s host band, Poor Man’s Whiskey.

Saturday, just like every other morning at 4 Peaks, starts with 9 AM yoga in the tent. Hopefully that’s all the tranquillity you need because the night turns into perhaps the biggest party night of the whole weekend. Blues guitar hero Sonny Landreth plays an afternoon set at the Cascade stage in between sets from The Drunken Hearts and Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, followed by another Poor Man’s Whiskey set.

Andy Frasco & the U.N. bring their intergalactic party rock to the tent stage to get the evening started, followed by The Wood Brothers, fresh off of their first ever GRAMMY™ nomination. Then comes the phenom, Billy Strings. Billy and his band will be playing a two-hour late night set that will likely leave you both mentally and physically discombobulated well into Sunday morning.

Sunday starts off jammy with Scott Law and The Mostest before New Orleans acoustic act Rising Appalachia closes out the festival at 4:00 PM. The festival’s easy-going Sunday schedule is much needed after a weekend of raging and will likely mean that you can go home and sleep in your own bed that night, something which can’t be appreciated enough after four days of dancing in the high desert.

4 Peaks offers a variety of flexible ticket options that range from the $225 four-day pass all the way down to the $40 Sunday ticket. Single day passes are also available for both Friday and Saturday. And as always, both camping and admission for children under ten are free.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Central Jazz 6.8.19 (Photos)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Camp Greensky 6.6 - 6.8.19 (Photos)

Manistee National Forrest
Wellston, MI

Photos by Jon Rosenberger (PhotoFooFoo)

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Grant Farm & Andy Sydow Band 6.8.19 (Photos)

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Jeff Austin Band, Old Salt Union, Tenth Mountain Division 6.7.19 (Photos)

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Ghostemane 6.4.19 (Photos)

Friday, June 7, 2019

moe. & Mike Gordon 5.31 & 6.1.19 (Photos)