Friday, September 30, 2011

Funk Friday: Getting Lethal With Kung Fu

Words By Greg Molitor (ReMIND Photography)

Connecticut's funk fusion powerhouse Kung Fu has been on an absolute tear as of late! The supergroup that features some of the scene’s finest musicians drew rave reviews all summer long during their continuing quest to once again make “fusion music” cool. And make no mistake… they are doing exactly that and then some! It’s been quite some time since a band exploded onto the jam scene like these guys have, but when you consider the talent shared among the band members and their previous musical endeavors, it’s almost a no-brainer why these guys have seen such success since their inception in late 2009. Comprised of The Breakfast’s Tim Palmieri (guitar) and Adrian Tramantono (drums), Raq’s Todd Stoops (keys), Jazz is Dead’s Dave Livolsi (bass), and Deep Banana Blackout’s Rob Somerville (sax), Kung Fu brilliantly blends the worlds of rock, jazz, and funk with all the chops you can handle…

Chakrabarty Overdrive from Kung Fu on Vimeo.

Kung Fu is currently in the middle of their first Colorado tour! The remaining shows are tonight, September 29th, at Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver and Octobter 1st at Three20South in Breckenridge, so be sure to get down to either venue and see Kung Fu in action!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

MathGames: 9.22.11

Bell’s Eccentric Café
Kalamazoo, MI

Words & Photos By Greg Molitor
(ReMIND Photography)

Michigan’s surely enjoyed quite the summer of roots music in 2011. From the inaugural Electric Forest to the countless smaller, family oriented festivals, there have been an incredibly diverse slew of opportunities for the concert savvy. Even current kings of the improv rock world Phish graced the state with a rare appearance. Many unforgettable experiences were had by the handful, but like the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Summer’s last hurrah arrived with the dawn of September 22nd, and for those who journeyed to Bell’s Eccentric Café in Kalamazoo later that evening, one final chance to cap the passing season remained. On the ticket was Fareed Haque’s MathGames, a collective that proved to be perfectly willing and able to groove our asses into the future, full speed ahead…

Excitement towards the evening grew as Adam and I made our way from Lansing to Kalamazoo. Adam’s a longtime friend who’s become more like a brother over the years, and since this was set to be his first encounter with Fareed’s music in the live setting, I knew the night would be more special than most. As we walked into the venue at Bell’s, I was shocked to see the lack of concertgoers. The peak attendance throughout the night was around thirty or so folks, a surprising low number considering the talent onstage, the $6 steal-of-a-ticket-price and the location, a venue which many consider for its size to be the best in the state. However, like seasoned professionals, MathGames seemed unaffected by the crowd size and also the illnesses they were rumored to have been carrying as the trio masterfully dropped two sets of jawdropping jazz fusion electronica to the crowd who stood for the majority of the night in awe of what they were witnessing.

First and foremost, if you don’t know about Fareed Haque, it’s time to do some research. He’s as prolific and talented as musicians come, and as his performance at Bell’s progressed, I struggled to think of another guitarist I’d seen that makes performing such challenging music so effortless. Despite being technically well-versed in their respective crafts, bassist Alex Austin and drummer Greg Fundis could barely keep up at times, a true testament to Fareed’s world-class abilities. As soon as the audience appeared to have a handle on MathGames, the music would spring alive and leave the crowd scratching their head with wonder and disbelief. From four-on-the-floor funk to jazz swing, bluegrass-inspired to electronically-driven, MathGames time after time transformed us into dancing chameleons that eventually began to expect the unexpected from the trio’s output. Characterizing the absolutely off-the-wall zaniness of the evening, the band after set break came out sporting hazmat suits instead of the street clothes they had worn during the first set. It was odd, out-of-order and completely fitting for summer’s last stand at Bell’s.

The show finished around 1:00 AM and because the show had finished after curfew, we were quickly booted from the venue. The staff wanted us out, yet Fareed who admitted he was indeed under the weather, took the time to greet anyone who was willing. This gesture is rarely seen these days and speaks volumes for the man’s character. You’re a class act, Mr. Haque! At such a low ticket price, I’ll never see a show of this caliber again… or at least very least, until Fareed and company return to Mitten for another crazy night of music.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Organomics 9.21.11

Words & Photos By J-man

Members of The Motet, Joey Porter and Garrett Sayers were joined by Dan Schwindt and Daren Hahn for a night of Jazz/Funk at Quixote's in Denver, CO. We turned out to find the band warming up and running through a couple of the songs in preparation for the show. After dialing in the levels, they stepped off stage and out to the courtyard we went to talk jazz.

We talked about some of our favorites, we talked about some of the classics and we talked about some influential obscurities. I appreciate Joey and Garrett's musical knowledge and passion for tasteful material.

As our conversation wrapped up, they headed back in and took the stage. The turnout was dismal. I wasn't sure weather to blame it on lack of promotion or lack of interest, but from the first song I knew I was experiencing something special. The depth of the music was extensive as the band went solo to solo with each being as impressive as the one prior.

Joey's Organ work was funky, but seemed jazzier than normal. He seemed to be taking a more straight ahead approach. Garrett's bass playing was as consistently mind-blowing as everything that I have seen from him. Daren Hahn's drumming was prominent as he tapped into a loose fluid style. On guitar Dan Schwindt brought the heat with effortless precision. It would be my first time seeing Dan play and I was impressed.

Organomics went through several Jazz/Funk covers. I was overwhelmed by the perfect balance of tasteful rage. They played as if it were a packed house and I was hooked. I will never miss an Organomics show, so long as I can help it. This band will impress any fan of tasteful music.

J-man's Photo Gallery From The Show

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jamtronica Spotlight: Perpetual Groove

Words By J-man

Perpetual Groove Live at Brooklyn Bowl on March 25, 2011.

The famed Brooklyn Bowl, New York's premier bowling alley/concert venue, has been putting up an impressive line-up since it's opening just a couple of years ago. March 25th, 2011 was no different when the venue welcomed Perpetual Groove and their growing fan base. The sold out show featured some extensive jams, impressive grooves and special guest Steve Molitz. The high energy was captured in the above recording and translates into pure musical ecstasy...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Euforquestra: The Great Local Jam

Words & Photos By Nicholas Stock (

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to hop off the mainstream jam band path and transition towards coverage of some lesser-known acts floating through the ether. There are tons of great regional and local bands out there that deserve our attention and work very had to get it. If you know of any, feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments section below.

The first band I would like to discuss is one that is near and dear to my heart... Euforquestra. The band formed in April 2003, and only a few months later, I first caught them at the now defunct Iowa City Festival known as Exodus. They are and always have been about creating a dance party. By blending elements of afrobeat, reggae, dub, funk, rock, soca that are combined with the traditional sounds of Cuba, Brazil, West Africa, and other locations around the globe, they have truly created something unique. The self-titled sound of Afro Caribbean Barnyard Funk has been captivating audiences for almost a decade. What began humbly enough in Iowa City as a local show has grown into a stage busting dance-plosion. They show their versatility with every concert performed which number around 120 concerts a year. By touring relentlessly, they have built a following nationwide; from Burlington to Bozeman, they are known to bring the funk and the fun. In 2008, the whole band up and moved out to Fort Collins, Colorado. It was a move that, after months of planning and some serious perils, proved to be a good one. Much like Iowa City, Fort Collins is a college town with a laid back demeanor. They have done well here by playing to huge crowds at Bohemian Nights and tons of festivals including NedFest, Dancing In The Streets, and many, many more. They also host their own Camp Euforia which has become a premiere Midwestern festival in the heart of Iowa corn country. Staying true to their roots while continuing to expand their sound, they released their third full-length album, Soup, and chose to distribute the music for free online rather than sell it. Download it here:

In order to give you a better idea of what Euforquestra is all about, I want to discuss their set from Summer Camp 2011. It was the boys from Iowa’s 3rd time playing the festival. Here’s a video of the band being introduced by yours truly:

It was fun to introduce them and not nearly as intimidating as giving the intro for moe. the day prior. As the video points out, I have a little bias towards Euforquestra having been in school at U of I while they were getting their start. I was just lucky enough that the band decided to make a move to Colorado. I get to see them a ton and it’s always a great show. Within the last few years, they have revamped their rhythm section moving Grosso to drums and putting Ben Soltau on bass. It took them a second, but they are playing so tight now it’s disgusting. Their guitarist Mike Tallman is a rock, always making jaws drop in the crowd. This set at Summer Camp was no exception. The elements of brass do a lot to fill out their sound, and Grundstad’s percussion and vocals add a dub element to their music. They opened with a sick “Cause a Reaction” as soon as I finished my introduction. A massive version of the Zalatel-penned “Free” led into their now-classic ode to grandma’s cooking, “Soup”. Throw in some Talking Heads and it was a quintessential Euforquestra set. They are comfortable and ready to play to larger audiences. The thing about going to see them live is that as soon as you are there, you become a believer. I have taken countless friends to see them live and they just keep coming back for more. That is what this series of articles will be about. We are looking for great live bands that deserve more exposure, so help us by adding some words to the comments section below or MusicMarauder’s facebook page. Let us know who you think should get more attention!

A DAY IN THE LIFE with Euforquestra from NoCoast.TV on Vimeo.

To learn more info about the band, check out NoCoast.TV’s new video titled, “A DAY IN THE LIFE with Euforquestra”.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Vine Street Pub Block Party 9.17.11

Words & Photos By J-man

On Saturday, September 17th, the Denver brew pub Vine Street in conjunction with Boulder's Mountain Sun threw a block party featuring Yonder Mountain String Band's Dave Johnston and Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon/Emmitt-Nershi Band. Johnston and Emmitt were joined by guitarist John Ridnell and bassist Jeff Kazmierski for an afternoon of bluegrass music.

I arrived at Vine Street to find a sizable crowd gathered for an afternoon of music. Drew and Dave tuned their instruments as they got ready to take the stage which faced down the street and was enclosed by metal barricades. Security was checking identification as folks filed into the enclosed area. There were several tents under which the staff was serving reasonably priced beer. The were also grills on which the staff was grilling hamburgers, etc. Although it was crowded, the setup was great.

I made my way to the front of the stage to get a few good shots. As I did, it began to pour and lightning flashed in the sky. I decided to move away from the metal stage and sought refuge in the back room of the brewery with several other folks. We found ourselves surrounded by kind staff and large brewing vats. After twenty minutes or so, the rain passed and we re-emerged to get the show started.

Drew Emmitt & Dave Johnston Live at Vine Street Pub on September 17, 2011.

Owner Paul Nashak took the stage to introduce his business partners and the band. They tuned and began with an instrumental number. They sounded good as they mellowly picked through some standard bluegrass progressions. Dave at times seemed a beat behind. The banjo is a crucial instrument that is utilized to keep the count in most bluegrass music, yet Dave almost always seems to struggle as he would stop playing altogether to try to find the beat. Drew and John kept the jam going with solid picking and consistency.

As the set unfolded the same held true. Dave and Drew's vocals sounded good together as they harmonized and sang with smiles on their faces. Drew's voice is well suited for bluegrass music and his high register rang out perfectly. The highlights of the set were "Whiskey Before Breakfast", "Wild Bill Jones" and "John Hardy".

I enjoyed the set and the atmosphere. The music was alright. Dave's playing was pretty sloppy as usual, but Drew picked up Dave's slack and tore it up on the mandolin, with his fingers flying up, down and across the neck of the instrument.

They announced the final song of the set and I made my way to the back of the stage for a few candid shots...

There would be a second set though I didn't stick around to catch it. I had seen and heard all that I needed to hear and the comedian that followed the band was annoying, engaging in call and response banter with the crowd who booed him from the get-go. I dug the setup for the event and look forward to future events at Vine Street Pub.

J-man's Photos From The Show

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Saturday Dead: 10.25.79

Words By J-man

1979 was an interesting transitional year for the Dead. They played their first show at Madison Square Garden and shortly to follow Donna and Keith Godchaux performed their final show with the Grateful Dead leaving an open slot on the keys for many Deadhead's favorite keyboardist, Brent Mydland.

The show starts with a fairly solid crowd recording that includes great versions of "Don't Ease Me In", "Cassidy", "Tennessee Jed" and "Deal". However, the second set is where things really get interesting. The recording switches over to a soundboard patch and opens with an incredibly funky "Shakedown Street". Also notable is the "Estimated Prophet>Eyes of The World". The "Drums/Space" section is indeed spacey and left me holding on for dear life.

All in all, a great show from New Haven, CT!

Grateful Dead Live at New Haven Coliseum on October 25, 1979.

Set One: Don't Ease Me In, Cassidy, Peggy-O, El Paso, Brown Eyed Women, It's All Over Now, Tennessee Jed, Looks Like Rain, Deal

Set Two: Shakedown Street, Passenger, Friend Of The Devil, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Stella Blue-> Good Lovin', E: U.S. Blues

Friday, September 23, 2011

Lettuce and Soulive’s Royal Family Tour

Words & Photos By Greg Molitor (ReMIND Photography)

Beginning Sunday, September 25th at the legendary Tipitina’s Uptown, funk powerhouses Lettuce and Soulive move their grooves across the country with their Royal Family Ball Fall Tour! The bands have eleven co-billed shows scheduled throughout the Midwest and East Coast plus six additional solo performances which include stops in New Orleans (Lettuce), Coral Gables, Sedona, Albany, Bond-Fire Arts & Music Festival, and Jam Cruise 10 (Soulive). Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to catch two of the funkiest collectives alive together under one roof… it’s going to be one helluva party! We’ll see you on Family Ball Tour!

Lettuce and Soulive Tour Dates:

9/25 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's Uptown (Lettuce)
9/30 - Ripley, OH - The Big Pig Music & Arts Festival (Soulive & Lettuce)
10/1 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre - Royal Family Ball (Soulive & Lettuce)
10/6 - Coral Gables, FL - University of Miami (Soulive)
10/8 - Sedona, AZ - Jazz on the Rocks (Soulive)
10/15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 - Royal Family Ball (Soulive, Lettuce, Roy Hargrove, Raul Midón, Pharoahe Monch, Rahzel & the Shady Horns.)
10/21 - Boston, MA - House of Blues - Royal Family Ball (Soulive & Lettuce)
10/22 - Portland, ME - State Theatre - Royal Family Ball (Soulive & Lettuce)
10/28 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground - Royal Family Ball (Soulive & Lettuce)
10/29 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground - Royal Family Ball (Soulive & Lettuce)
10/30 - Albany, NY - Massry Center for the Arts College of Saint Rose (Soulive)
11/3 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater - Royal Family Ball (Soulive & Lettuce)
11/4 - Falls Church, VA - State Theatre - Royal Family Ball (Soulive & Lettuce)
11/5 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts - Royal Family Ball (Soulive & Lettuce)
11/11 - Live Oak, FL - Bear Creek Music Festival (Soulive & Lettuce)
1/1/12 - Lake County, FL - Bond-Fire Arts & Music Festival (Soulive)
1/9/12 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Jam Cruise 10 (Soulive)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

AccuRadio: Jazz

Words By J-man

For those of you not familiar with AccuRadio, its worth checking out. It's streaming radio stations provide not only genre-specific listening options, but sub-genre choices as well. If you dig jazz like we do, you know how many different styles there are within the general jazz category. Everything from BeBop, to modern, avant garde, to Latin jazz is just a click away.

AccuRadio is a great way to explore genres and sub-genres with ease and the advantage of knowledgeable programming. Check it out and stream some phenomenal/world class jazz. As well, be sure to explore some of the other categories of music available on this free streaming site...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

North Coast Music Festival 2011

September 2nd – 4th
Union Park
Chicago, IL

Words & Photos By Greg Molitor
(ReMIND Photography)


I woke on September 2nd, my birthday, feeling like seven dollars. Some would say things got out of hand the night before. Wondering how anything could top the previous evening’s excellence, I gathered my mind and gear. The drive to Chicago was a breeze made easy by my traveling companion Kendal as we shared jokes and stories along the 3.5 hour drive from Lansing. Thoughts were filled with curiosity when we hit the Chicago city limits. This was to be the first non-camping music festival I’d attended, and wonder was abound regarding how the events would unfold. We arrived to Union Park around 7:30 PM, received our credentials with no hassle, and headed between the gates for the first night.

On our way into the festival grounds, I could hear Wolfgang Gartner cutting up Justice’s “DNVO”. Ahhhhh!!! Now that’s what I’m talking about!!! As tired as I should’ve felt from Thursday’s shenanigans, dragging ass simply wasn’t an option at this point. Kendal and I grooved our way towards Lotus who could also be heard in the near distance. My first impression of the festival layout was a lasting one. There were tons of vending booths, opportunities to buy beer, and positive amendments to the park overall, but as more and more people arrived each night, the venue became WAY too crowded for the amount of folks the promoters packed in. We weaved our way through the masses, eventually arriving for Lotus’s set.

Performing a number of newer tunes that’ve just been released on their latest self-titled album, Lotus brought the heat. It had been quite some time since I’d been wowed by anything they’d put out live, but I was definitely feeling what they were layin’ down. Previous complaints aside, Lotus was firing on all cylinders, reminding me of what I had fallen in love with years ago. Aided by a stunning light show which would become a theme of the weekend, the band busted big during numerous old-school jams as well, especially in “Great the Mind” which contained one of the best jams of the weekend.

After an hour of watching Lotus, we decided to walk the grounds to absorb Union Park. There was diversity present at the festival that made North Coast different than any I had attended previously. While I’m usually surrounded by hippies galore, it was obvious from the younger, more electronically energized crowd that I signed up for a different type of party this weekend. It builds confidence and character to put oneself in unfamiliar situations, and there was no reason not to walk in stride with the flow. People were living it up at a million miles a minute everywhere I looked, and as soon as I saw multiple LED hula-hoops along the initial journey, I felt right at home.

We eventually found ourselves at the Magic Hat Local Stage near the back of the park. Performing onstage was Bandit, a French DJ based out of London whose classical meets hip-hop meets dubstep style had the crowd whipped into a frenzy. The set was disjointed with many sudden stops and subsequent song starts, but no one seemed to care as arms flailed and bodies leaned and swayed to the mechanical beats. After a few songs, we headed back towards the meat of the festival for a double dip of the evening’s headliners, Wiz Khalifa and David Guetta.

Walking past David Guetta’s set was enough for me. What a joke. The North Coast Stage area overflowed with people and I for the life of me couldn’t figure out why. This guy is one of the biggest DJs in the world? How? Why? Perhaps it wasn’t for me to understand, but his music came across as the most stereotypical, same-beat-over-and-over-and-over-again house music I’d ever heard. Some music can go nowhere fast, but this set went nowhere to begin with. “Top-of-the-line” house music…? It’s no wonder why dubstep continues to take over in the States. So much for that attempt… time for some Wiz Khalifa.

Whatever music Kendal and I saw following David Guetta was guaranteed to be better, and Wiz Khalifa was indeed much more enjoyable. Rap isn’t a particular draw of mine, but Khalifa’s accompanying music was produced well and surprisingly more enjoyable than I expected. I now understand why he’s been all over the festival circuit this summer. After battling for space in the overcrowded photo pit (another theme of the weekend), we took in a few songs and eventually called it an evening. We had STS9 late night on our minds, and since the show had already sold-out, some legwork and negotiations were required. Friday at the festival was a short-lived experience, but in the back of our minds, we knew that Saturday was the day we’d been waiting for.


Kendal and I were fortunate enough to slip into The Congress Theater for a solid portion of STS9 early Saturday morning. From what we saw, STS9 tore the venue down. We got up and around after a much needed shuteye session to a beautiful view of downtown Chicago at her cousin’s apartment. The sun was shining during our travels back towards the festival grounds, but before hitting the festival for what was to be a marathon day of music, we enjoyed a round of Mimosas and Bloody Marys with lunch to start the afternoon properly. Sufficiently stuffed from the delicious meal, we entered Union Park to the sounds of Rubblebucket finishing their set with a powerful version of “Came Out of a Lady”. At this moment I thought to myself, “Yep, today’s gonna be a good one.”

Rubblebucket thanked their crowd while we approached the main stage (North Coast Stage) for some spicy Brit-funk from The New Mastersounds. Per usual, the band came out charging with some serious grooves as rain began to fall on the masses. Storms rolled through off-and-on until early evening, but from all indications from the day before, there was little to nothing that would slow the North Coast party down. For being one of the most talent groups in the entire lineup, The New Mastersounds had a relatively small crowd. Hmmm? It became apparent as the weekend progressed that most attendees favored DJ sets over live bands and some ubertalented acts wouldn’t get the attention they deserved. Oh well… more dancing room for the fans!

RJD2 with Break Science were next on the list with a 3:30 – 4:30 PM timeslot. Most acts were given an hour to perform. The promoters could’ve given some acts longer, but since the two main stages held no overlapping sets all weekend, an hour was more than sufficient for any concertgoer to see whoever they wanted with no difficult choices to be made. I had high hopes for the RJD2 / Break Science collaboration but the set was a huge disappointment. Not sure who’s at fault, but for some reason or another, RJD2’s sound was unpleasantly distorted and piercing to the ears. The obnoxious tones weren’t present during previous performances so the set became an unfortunate head scratcher.

Lettuce followed from 4:30 – 5:30 and was my most anticipated act of the weekend. The band unleashed off-the-charts energy throughout the entire set as they reached peaks that left me in temporary paralysis on more than one occasion. Straight fire I tell you! Considering the musical training and background behind the funk supergroup, I should have known they’d be so sick. As Berklee bros, how could they not be? Either way, the music floored leaving me speechless and in awe of how these guys could make such technical music seem so easy to perform. I ran into my friend Natasha during the set and she, Kendal, and I raged a dance party throughout its entirety. The funk was so intriguing that their hour flew by. Before I knew it, they were giving a shout out to Detroit’s J Dilla and ending with a heartfelt tribute to the Motor City’s legendary producer.

After Lettuce, we took a walk that eventually led us to Future Rock’s set at the second main stage (Groupon Stage). The Chicago-based electronic trio brought a live house sound that at times was repetitive, but more often than not, inspired me to dance my ass off. These guys were total hams onstage, always making sure the crowd was feeling what they were doing while keeping the mood hype by raising their arms in triumph. A little bit of stage presence goes a long way and Future Rock certainly has it and then some. With huge tones coupled with well-crafted material, I fall in love with this band more each time I see them.

There was some time to kill before STS9 took the main stage at 8:30 PM, so Kendal and I decided it was the perfect time to take a load off, relax, and take in the surroundings. By this point, the festival was getting close to capacity… at least I hoped so. Congratulations to North Coast for selling out its ticket supply, but from an attendee’s perspective, issues were created by having so many people there. Want to use the bathroom? Good luck. How about the free water-filling station? Not a chance. Thirsty for beer? Go ahead and wait in two long lines; the first for beverage tickets, the second for the drink. In its second year, the festival is no doubt still an infant in the game. One would hope, though, that profits made from this year’s success are reinvested into making the festival more comfortable for the average North Coast’r.

We sat through the grimy dubstep of Rusko which I thoroughly enjoyed and made a move towards the second main stage for Common. I approached the photo pit, took one look inside, and turned around. Where did all of these photo passes come from? There had to have been over 100 photogs in the pit, some shooting professionally and some with only camera phones. Unless I felt like attempting an epic photo pit crowd surf, there was no chance for action in front of the stage. Common is a hometown hero in Chicago and after learning that, it made more sense why so many had shown up to document this particular show. I found Kendal and we made our way back towards the edge of the crowd. As for the music, Common and his full live band performed masterfully. Hip-hop with a poignant yet positive message is one powerful tool and Common performed it with a sense of duty towards his fellow Chicagoans. He wasn’t the reason why I came to North Coast, but I’m thrilled that I got a chance to witness what appeared to be quite a historical event for many.

8:30 PM finally arrived. Tribe time. Having had the opportunity to see them own the night before in a late night setting, I carried an excitement for an STS9 show that I hadn’t felt in years. The band went onstage and absolutely crushed “EHM” which featured the best jam of the entire weekend! The rest of the set, unfortunately, was a relative letdown in comparison to their previous night’s efforts at The Congress Theater. STS9’s newer tunes aren’t nearly as strong as their older material but were played with conviction. Classic songs such as “Aimlessly”, “Moonsocket”, and the set closer “Arigato” came across as if the band was reaching but couldn’t quite reach hit the spots they were looking for during the jams. As a jam vet, I realize that’s how it goes… sometimes everything turns into magic and sometimes bands fall flat on their face. It’s a double-edged sword of a game and I’ll keep playing ‘til the day I die. We left after “Arigato” and slipped off into the Chicago night, ready for one last hurrah at the North Coast.

One Set: EHM, Inspire Strikes Back, Lo Swaga > Aimlessly, Interlude, Hidden Hand Hidden Fist, 20-12, Moonsocket, Scheme, When The Dust Settles, Arigato


Sunday was a day I’d like to forget, so I’ll try to make a long story short. After waking up and eating breakfast, we headed towards Union Park for the final day of festivities. I had left my car parked a few blocks from the festival, and when I returned to it, we shared a few kind words with a gentleman who was parking cars across the street. As I was gathering some equipment from my car, I heard a large smashing sound. I looked up to see my sunroof smashed by a large piece of concrete lodged in the glass. What!?!? The man who was parking cars came over and apologized, saying he was throwing rocks for some reason or another. This particular piece of concrete ricocheted off a light pole positioned near my car and wound up through my sunroof. After nearly an hour waiting for police, the situation was handled as I attempted to keep my cool throughout. Kendal and I then headed into the festival to catch a bit of afrobeat from The Budos Band. The music was excellent but my head wasn’t together by that point. I knew it was time to get back on the road towards Michigan, and after a few goodbyes, we made a far-too-intense trek back towards the Mitten.

All things considered, we had a fantastic time at North Coast. Thank you to everyone who helped put the festival together … from the volunteers, to the bands, to my fellow members in the media and especially the promoters… there’s no reason why this festival can’t grow into something even more incredible over the next few years. MusicMarauders will undoubtedly be back to end the summer in style next September! Thanks again!

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