Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Roadhouse Rebels feat. Krieger, Molitz & Robinson 5.27.12

The Oriental Theater
Denver, CO

Words By J-man
Photos By Carly Marthis & J-man
Audio By Corey Sandoval (
Kind Recordings)

What happens when you mix a random group of musicians from a wide range of backgrounds? One part The Doors in Robbie Krieger (guitar, vocals), one part Black Crowes in Rich Robinson (guitar, vocals), one part Particle in Steve Molitz (keys, vocals) and one part Oingo Boingo in John Avila (bass). Add Joe Magistro (drums) to the mix and you have the assembled supergroup, The Roadhouse Rebels! That night in Denver would mark the band's third time playing for people, only the second time publicly. Their debut came the night prior to the Denver show in Minneapolis at The Bella Fiore Music Festival. How would the band sound on only it's second performance and would anyone be present to hear it, as it was the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend?

Looking around the empty Oriental during soundcheck, I envisioned the potential of the evening's show following some solid song run-throughs. With a little bit of tightening up and a decent crowd, the songs would translate properly. Following the soundcheck, Robbie, Steve, Joe and the bands Lighting Director hopped into my car to head to The Highland Tap & Burger. Arriving at The Tap, the band was treated to fantastic accommodations. Following a meal and some quite entertaining conversation, we headed back to the venue to get the ball rolling on what would be an all around successful evening.

Robbie Krieger's Roadhouse Rebels Live at Oriental Theater on May 27, 2012.

Set: Gone Away, Station Man, Lost and Found, Riders On The Storm, Cerdes (Outside the Gates Of), Little Red Rooster, Laila II, People Are Strange, Look Through My Window, Crossroads, Bye Bye Baby, Back Door Man, L.A. Woman

Encore: Cinnamon Girl, Roadhouse Blues

The turnout was great with The Oriental at its peak reflecting a half to three quarter full venue. Not bad for a newer project with limited name recognition. "The Usual Suspects" where in attendance. Don Callarman and Lauri Keener painted while Corey Sandoval put his mics in the air and was treated to a focused, non-chatty crowd recording. Jay Bianchi took his place at the front of the venue, being approached by countless appreciative individuals. The crowd that evening was on the older side with many Doors fans turning out to see one of their idols. Also present was a plethora of Rich Robinson Band fans, cheering as the band dipped into Rich's catalog.

Through Doors songs, Rich Robinson originals and blues numbers, the band put on an energetic display of talent. The lead guitar work between Robbie and Rich was reminiscent of some of the Allman Brothers work and the rhythm section of Joe and John made way for Steve to chop and tear away at some elevated soloing. For a project in it's infancy, The Roadhouse Rebels displayed both the chemistry and ability of seasoned professionals. Surely this is just the beginning of The Roadhouse Rebels, as it would be a shame not to explore the project's clear potential. Check out the above recording and stay tuned for future announcements!


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Say Cheese: Horning's 2007

Horning's Hideout
North Plains, OR

Words By J-man

For String Cheese Incident fans, there is no more a special place than Horning's Hideout! Located just thirty five miles west of Portland, HH combines the majestic appeal of a forest escape with a party unlike any other SCI gathering! 2007 was one of the last HUGE year's for SCI and what better way to celebrate that year than with Cheese's three night Horning's run? Through three adventurous nights the band explored their catalog and dug deep into live compositions to thrill, amaze and delight their core fan base!

Night One:

String Cheese Incident Live at Horning's Hideout on July 27, 2007.

Set One: Rhum 'n' Zouc > Water, Look at Where We Are > Latinissmo, Big Shoes, Miss Brown's Teahouse, Betray the Dark > Dirk

Set Two: Sirens > Sand Dollar, Love Is Like A Train, Boo Boo's Picnic, Rivertrance > Pack it Up > Rivertrance, Ring of Fire, Got What He Wanted > Just One Story

Encore: Under African Skies > Sittin' On Top Of The World

Night Two:

String Cheese Incident Live at Horning's Hideout on July 28, 2007.

Set One: Down a River, Catfish John, Temperance Reel, Until The Music's Over, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Metered Man, Texas Town, Tamba, Windy Mountain, Could You Be Loved

Set Two: Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, Indian Creek, Solution, Lester Had a Coconut, Can't Stop Now, Eye Know Why > Jam, Hotel Window, Ramble On

Set Three (Parade Set): Peak Experience Jam > Texas > Bumpin' Reel, Piece Of Mine > Round The Wheel > Drums > Round The Wheel

Encore: Best Feeling

Night Three:

String Cheese Incident Live at Horning's Hideout on July 29, 2007.

Set One: Banter/Crowd, One Step Closer, 100 Year Flood > Search, Stingray, Hey Pocky Way(1), Joyful Sound > Rain, On The Road(2)

Set 2: Drums > Bam! > This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) > Black and White > Black Clouds(2), Billy Speech, Farther > Rollover > Texas

Encore: Will It Go Round in Circles(2,3) Way Back Home

Guests: 1 = W/ Dan Lebowitz, 2 = W/ Scott Law, 3 = w/ ALO




Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday Dead: San Bernardino 1977

Swing Auditorium
San Bernardino, CA

Words By J-man

1977 was a raging year for the Grateful Dead, arguably the best musically. This often overlooked show from San, Bernardino, CA exemplifies The Dead's repertoire being performed near perfectly. Deep, intense jams and Sweet tonal quality collide in this fantastic display of musicianship! This is another one of those "listen all of the way through" shows, so do yourself a favor, sit back, relax and enjoy our "Saturday Dead!"

Grateful Dead Live at Swing Auditorium on February 26, 1977.

Set: Terrapin Station, Minglewood Blues, They Love Each Other, Estimated Prophet, Sugaree, Mama Tried, Deal, Playing In The Band > The Wheel > Playing In The Band Samson & Delilah, Tennessee Jed, The Music Never Stopped, Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower, Promised Land, Eyes Of The World-> Dancin' In The Streets-> Around & Around

Encore: U.S. Blues


Friday, May 25, 2012

Garrett Sayers Trio 5.23.12

Highland Tap & Burger
Denver, CO

Words By J-man
Photos By Carly Marthis

Some things in Colorado are unpredictable, such as the weather. One thing that locals can not only predict, but count on is that on Wednesdays The Garrett Sayers Trio will be playing at The Highland Tap & Burger! As hail fell from the sky and lightning struck, a small group of people sought refuge inside the Tap as GST began. Through extremely tasteful instrumental hip-hop covers and originals, GST explored the space of the compositions. The combination of Garrett's deep and detailed low end coupled with Jonny Jyemo's deep pocket and Patrick Lee's tonal range and approach made for a fantastic experience.

As the evening progressed, so to did the turnout. Around the middle of the two hour set, The Tap was packed with dancing, smiling, excited faces! The Trio seemed to be having a blast, outputting bright compositions to the adoring crowd. As the set wrapped up, folks would not allow the music to stop. Loud cheering resulted in a huge encore. Once again coming to a close, Human Agency drummer and Tap frequenter, Jonas Otto stepped up to amp up the crowd. For the first time in GST history, the band took a double encore finishing with Jonas' favorite, "Go Hard!" What began as a mellow evening, turned into one of the most raging nights yet at The Tap.

See you next Wednesday for Jonny Jyemo's Rumbatea! GST returns on June 6th!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Summer Camp: A Year in Review

Summer Camp Music Festival
Chillicothe, IL

Words By Nicholas Stock

Summer Camp… Where to start? When I think about Summer Camp it is like being wrapped in a warm blanket and whispered to from a caring mother. Unlike many people who leave the festival with fond memories and happy thoughts, I took Summer Camp with me for an entire year. Winning the first ever Summer Camp Counselor Contest in 2011 was the beginning of something new for me. I had been writing and taking photos for several years prior to entering the competition. However everything changed after I left Summer Camp. Suddenly doors opened and I was welcomed with open arms across the music scene. I had already been writing for MusicMarauders and Surrender To The Flow Magazine but suddenly people seemed open to my work and ready to embrace my coverage.

Let’s take a step back. After I covered Summer Camp with dozens of videos, thirty-eight pages of blog posts, and multiple interviews, I left feeling I had accomplished my goals. What I didn’t expect was the support I received when I got home. Holly and the rest of the team at the festival worked tirelessly to get me into so many shows after the fact, it really boggles the mind. I got to shoot photos at my home venue of Red Rocks for Umphrey’s McGee, Yonder Mountain String Band, and so much more. I was backstage for moe. at The Boulder Theater and covered literally countless concerts in between. I became a main contributor to MusicMarauders who also supported my endeavors in a big way.

Now I find myself at the precipice of Summer Camp 2012. Iy will be a sweet reunion. The newly crowned Camp Counselor, Maria Iriart has won the title, and after talking with her personally, I know she will do it up right. She is fan with amazing passion and she has all the tools necessary to simply knock it out of the park this year. I look forward to the new era that Maria will shepherd in.... which brings me to Summer Camp 2012.

So much is on the plate at Summer Camp this year it’s had to even fathom what the fans and musicians will experience. With a new layout and a new design the festival has truly evolved. Lineup-wise we are looking at one of the best years ever. I think that’s the point. I picture myself running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to see it all. Obviously I am stoked to see moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Cornmeal, Leftover Salmon and Jane’s Addicition. I am also very much looking forward to seeing some of the lesser-known acts like The Infamous Stingdusters, Ha Ha The Moose, The Lumineers, Banyan and more. Field Day is officially in the 2.0 era and will be a ton of fun. Beyond the music there is so much going on including the green initiatives and the workshops that I could go on and on about how stellar the experience will be, but I’d rather tell you about it after the fact. So stay tuned to the MusicMarauders and follow Summer Camp on Facebook and Twitter.

If you see me be sure to say hello!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Wood Brothers & Paper Bird 5.13.12

Mishawaka Amphitheatre
Bellvue, CO

Words, Photos & Video By Nicholas Stock

After the nonstop roller coaster of a weekend, a nice quiet evening at the Mish to close out their opening weekend was just what the doctor ordered. I raced back up from Leftover Salmon in Denver and got there in time to catch Paper Bird. Made up of Sarah Anderson, sisters Guinevere Patterson, and Esme Patterson, with Caleb Summeril, Paul DeHaven, Macon Terry, and Mark Anderson. The three ladies front the band and have a playful banter they toss around between songs. Their acoustic style was both relaxed and delightful. Drifting into elements of indie and bluegrass Paper Bird was a truly unique experience. They played a nice set of music and were a good fit as a Front Range opener for The Wood Brothers.

During setbreak I got a chance to grab some food off the new menu. I have to say that this is just one more of the improvements I’ve seen at Mishawaka over the last two years. The cooking was excellent with some higher-level fare as well as some affordable choices.

The Wood Brothers are quickly becoming a favorite of mine to see live. Their down to earth style is so approachable and intriguing, it’s hard not to be quickly enamored with this group. Combining the talents of brothers Chris and Oliver Wood, at times it feels like you are sitting on the front porch of the Wood home listening to two siblings play for their friends and family.

SET I: Stealin’, When I Was Young, Lovin’ Arms, Mary Anna, Where My Baby Might Be, Stumbled In, Postcards From Hell, Spirit, Shoofly Pie, Angel Band, Liza Jane, Midnight Rider, Chocolate On My Tongue, Luckiest Man, Honey Jar, Glad,


The almost two hour set was a great demonstration of what The Wood Brothers are capable of. Their take on Americana and acoustic instrumentation gives me faith in the quality of new music. Highlights from their show included an awesome “Postcards From Hell” and a tight “Luckiest Man.” Chris Wood known for his intrepid jazz licks in Medeski Martin & Wood is transformed into a folk luminary. Oliver is a fine picker with a twang in his voice that lends a certain authenticity to their sound. After seeing their performance at Summer Camp last year I knew I would be happy to make it up the canyon for this show. The concert ended before 9:30 PM, which is usually the case for Sunday shows at Mishawaka.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Say Cheese: Rothbury 2009

Words By J-man

The stage was set for a reunion of sorts. Following an impromptu "rehearsal" at The Ogden in Denver, the boys headed to the beautiful state of Michigan. Rothbury Music Festival located on the west side of the mitten, featured picturesque views coupled with an incredible line-up of music, arts and improvised entertainment. Of course, the featured set of the weekend would be that of The String Cheese Incident! As the evening of July 3rd wound down, SCI took to the Odeum stage for what would be a performance of epic proportions...

String Cheese Incident Live at Rothbury Festival on July 3, 2009.

Set 1: Crowd, Tuning, Rollover > Canít Stop Now, Miss Brownís Teahouse, Mouna Bowa, Love Is Like A Train, Rain > Daryl, banter, Group Hoot, Joyful Song > This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody), Rollover

Set 2: Crowd, Tuning, Outside and Inside > Desert Dawn, Black Clouds, Little Hands > Bumpiní Reel, Jam, Close Your Eyes, Way Back Home > Drums, Texas > Blackberry Blossom > Texas Jam

Encore: Best Feeling * > Higher Ground > Restless Wind

Combine the incredible setlist, the anticipation of SCI's "return," the incredible visuals pouring out of Sherwood Forest and the madness that ensued during "Desert Dawn" and we have my favorite String Cheese show/moment of all time! Enjoy this fantastic show and know... "Chesus loves you!"


Monday, May 21, 2012

Preview: Movement Detroit 2012

Classic Detroit artists reflect on the growth of a ‘movement’

Hart Plaza
Detroit, MI

Words by Ben Solis
Photos By Paxahau Entertainment, Chad Stuemke, Rebel Butterfly, DJ Deus, Mark Tucker & Analog Giant

As landmark Detroit DJ Stacey Pullen meditates on the musical ark that helped bring American techno to the far reaches of the globe, he does it with the esteem of an aging admiral not quite content with giving up the captain’s chair.

“The more I travel the world and the more I play with new and different people, it’s obvious that we have a new generation of electronic dance music followers,” said Pullen, 42, a second-wave innovator of the Detroit techno sound. “It’s become a way of life in a lot of ways. For us, the first guys to do it, we feel like we’re still ambassadors for the city and the movement.”

As Pullen, his compatriots and a modern batch of sonic explorers get set to take the stage this Saturday at Movement Detroit 2012, fans of the old and new schools of electronic music have more than enough to look forward to.

This year, the twisted urban landscape of Hart Plaza will again be transformed into the Memorial Day weekend event that is known world-wide as one of the most influential outdoor festivals for the genre. Movement has not only maintained its popularity with die-hards and those looking for a good party atmosphere, but the promoters and managers of the gig have sharpened their senses to deliver what many consider a case study in the evolution of the art form.

From classic acts like Pullen and founding father Kevin Saunderson, to newcomers Kyle Hall and modern hero Jimmy Edgar and John Arnold, the lineup this year really does have something for everyone.

Branching out to the semi-familiar territory of recognizing hip-hop’s influence on DJ culture and turntable trickery, socially conscious superstars Public Enemy will be closing out the crowd for an hour on Sunday – a huge step forward for Movement’s promotional prowess.

Aside from merely pointing patrons on a roadmap of where eclectic club music came from, and its possible future destination, the mix of diverse artists says more about the growth of the festival than it does the genre as a whole, according to Saunderson.

“I think just the fact that it has evolved and survived for so long is exciting,” said Saunderson, 47.

Saunderson is credited with helping to create a Detroit techno template with friends and collaborators Derrick May and Juan Atkins, who is also playing on Sunday night.

“It’ll be 25 years for me. I’m getting older, and the festival is too. I’m just excited that it continues as strong today,” he said.

Indeed, the festival has been through ups and downs, trying to not only maintain its niche but to also keep things fresh and relevant. Since taking over management and promotion for the festival in 2006, Paxahau Entertainment has been striving hard to offer both contemporary international and national acts while staying true to the Motor City’s roots, giving valuable headline time to the greats.

“I think keeping it going starts with the pride and the spirit of the festival first,” Pullen said. “We didn’t know when it started how important it was going to be. It had an identity crisis for a while, but Paxahau have really taken it places, while knowing they had to keep it true to its core.”

By putting the Detroit acts on a pedestal, all the while garnering fresh sponsors and DJs, the festival still kicks with heady and dance-ready mojo.

“If it was the same every year, it wouldn’t have as much impact as it did all those years ago,” Pullen said.

However, the inevitable evolution of art always leads to a handful of speed bumps and naysayers. For Saunderson – who like a proud parent has seen his fledging sound reach puberty and manhood – many of the popular sub-genre mutations such as dubstep and electro-house have become a proverbial plague upon his hallowed dance floors.

Saunderson just isn’t feeling the love.

“When we started out, we made an imprint, and that imprint came from a true love of music,” he said. “I’m not sure if many Detroit DJs these days can really say they love what they do. I’m not sure if they love it the same way we did.”

Although wary of the future of the genre’s purity, Saunderson isn’t dismissive of powerful new sounds.

“I do think it’s a good thing when a sound trailers off, and a new wave is created out of the genre that it came from,” he said. “It helps give it a different perspective musically. That’s just how any genre really starts and evolves.”

There is just one piece of advice Saunderson gives to young DJs: don’t get too attached to something because it makes people dance only momentarily.

“The only problem when that happens is when it stops. Take the dubstep thing: it’s down tempo and it has these psychotic sounding beats. It’s got some reggae and it’s electronic, and it’s kind of unique. It can grow or it just becomes another sound that fades away,” he said. “The best music experience for me is a crowd that will go to a dubstep show, and then will go to hear some house, or techno; a crowd that is into all of these other types of music and experiences them all at the same time. You know, people that aren’t like ‘dubstep, dubstep, dubstep.’”

The idea is to not just focus on just one groove.

“That’s what can be dangerous of a new sound in the American market. DJs come up with promoters that are only in it because a sound is suddenly popular. They’re in it for the money now and they don’t really care about where it’s going. I think that is something people need to be careful of.”

While Pullen shares a similar belief, he is far less pessimistic of the melting pot.
“I’m optimistic man. I’ve been doing it for a while now, and have seen the changes and shifts. I remember playing parties that were 132 BPM,” Pullen said. “Now when I play, I may not go over 126 BPM. It’s cool to see the different forms come to form and understand where it came from.”

To check out the full lineup, visit http://movment.us/lineup. Stay tuned to Music Marauders for continuing coverage of Movement, artists interviews and a breakdown of the after parties that will be worth your while.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Leftover Salmon: Aquatic Hitchhiker Album Release

Santa Fe Art District
Denver, CO

Words & Photos By Nicholas Stock
Audio By Corey Sandoval (
Kind Recordings)

Over five months in the making, Leftover Salmon threw a massive party in the streets of Denver in honor of the release of Aquatic Hitchhiker. Their first album in eight years is certainly reason to celebrate, and 9,000 or so of their closest friends made the trip down to the 700 block of South Santa Fe to do just that. The setup can only be described as excellent. Taking up the entire road with a beer garden and food vendors set up in an adjacent parking lot. I got in early and headed to the photo pit. They opened with a truly appropriate “Ants In My Pants.”

Leftover Salmon Live at The Art District on Santa Fe on May 13, 2012.

SET I: Ants In My Pants, Gold Hill Line, Zombie Jamboree, Stop All Your Worrying, That Was Your Mother, Doin’ My Time, Gone For Long, Aquatic Hitchhiker, Liza, Gulf of Mexico, Kentucky Skies, This Is The Time, Up On The Hill Where They Do The Boogie

SET II: On The Other Side, Keep Driving, 420 Polka, Light Behind The Rain, Down In The Hollow, Sing Up To The Moon, Bayou Town, Breakin’ Thru, See The Mornin’ Sun, Walking Shoes, Get Me Outta This City, Pasta On The Mountain, Here Comes The Night, Euphoria

ENCORE: I Don’t Know You, River’s Rising

The show began with some seriously classic Salmon including “Gold Hill Line” and “Zombie Jamboree.” Through the course of the show they managed to break out the majority of the track list from Aquatic Hitchhiker. I would go so far as to say it was the perfect balance between old and new. They finally got into the tracks from the new album with “Stop All Your Worrying,” and let me tell you the fresh Salmon tastes delicious. They dedicated “That Was Your Mother,” to all the moms in the audience given the fact that it was Mother’s Day.

“I sure do love bluegrass… Play some of that spacegrass.” -Vince Herman

The next stretch was all new tunes showcasing how hard they worked on the new CD and how far they’ve come in a short twenty two years. They closed the first set with a pair of classics including “This Is The Time,” which felt like a true assertion and “Up On the Hill Where They Do The Boogie.” I can’t think of any other band right now that would put on a show like this for their fans free of charge. Phish is not bringing all their followers to Burlington for a show like this. Leftover Salmon absolutely busted their ass to make this happen. They did not do this not to sell albums, which were being sold at the discounted rate of ten bucks. They did it because they are truly happy with where they are right now and they wanted to give back to their base.

Leftover Salmon has experienced so much over the past two decades and many other bands in the same position would have fallen by the wayside. However they persevere because of a promise to Mark Vann and also because they truly love performing live. Unfortunately I had to hit the road back to Mishawaka after the first set. However given their presentation during set one I look forward to a new era of Salmon. It is officially Leftover 2.0. It is obvious they are back in a big way and with this amazing performance on Santa Fe, they proved that now is the time.

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Leftover Salmon: Aquatic Hitchhiker

Words By Nicholas Stock

Eight years in the making, Leftover Salmon’s Aquatic Hitchhiker finally hit record stores last week. A truly original work of art, this album is everything Salmon with absolutely no filler. Comprised of road-tested tracks as well as some new tunes, the impetus for all of can only be the addition of Andy Thorn to the lineup. The last year has seen some changes in Camp Salmon with the departure of Bill McKay and the addition of Thorn have given the band a clearer focus on the “Poly-Ethnic Cajun Slamgrass,” that is their hallmark.

The opening tune entitled “Gulf of Mexico” is sung by Drew Emmitt and is reminiscent of his earlier work like “Valley Of The Full Moon.” It refers to the oil spill in the Gulf and shows how Salmon continues to be concerned with bigger issues. Martinez’s drums hit hard like an abandoned alarm clock left to rattle away while Drew’s vocals soar. Vince gets funky on the road song, “Keep Driving.” You can almost picture him looking out the window of a tour bus with a notepad in hand writing the words down.

“Liza” is one of my favorites that has made it into their new rotation; it’s a fun shanty love song that makes crowds bounce. Musically the title track “Aquatic Hitchhiker” is perhaps the most profound on the album, lead by Thorn’s banjo shredding and Drew’s violin. For several years after the passing of Mark Vann and the exodus of Noam Pikelny, LoS seemed to be searching for someone to fill the void. I can honestly say that they have found the plug in Andy Thorn. The banjo is so essential to their sound that it is imperative to have a finger-flying shredder at the helm and Andy is just that. “Bayou Town” as it’s name insinuates is a down home zydeco-flavored strum. Greg Garrison’s bass finally finds the spotlight on “Sing Up to the Moon,” with Vince on vocals. In “Light Behind the Rain” Thorn steps up the microphone for a track that he used to perform with Grant Farm. His smooth delivery is the perfect juxtaposition to Vince’s rowdiness and Emmitt’s towering voice.

Leftover kicks back into high gear with the extra optimistic “Stop All Your Worrying.” Martinez gets out the brushes to Great American Taxiesque “Walking Shoes.” The Americana that Herman has been focusing on for several years certainly made it into the mix with this song. “Kentucky Skies” is a Scruggs flavored romp into the Salmon’s more traditional sound. “Gone For Long” feels like the days last cigarette while the album closing “Here Comes The Night” gets jazzy and a little lounge.

The mix of Aquatic Hitchhiker is just stellar. Recorded in both Colorado and Portland, it has a solid flow, both in music and texture. I highly recommend grabbing a copy, sitting down with a cold beer, and letting the night come.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Today In Grateful Dead History: 5.19.66

Avalon Ballroom
San Francisco, CA

Words By J-man

The psychedelic 60s were a time of exponential growth for The Grateful Dead. Recordings of any completion or quality are hard to come by from that era of the band's career, however our pick from "Today in Grateful Dead History" features a fantastic look back at 1966 via this high-quality recording. Pigpen's heavy organ and bluesy vocals led the charge and contributed heavily to the Dead's early sound.

Grateful Dead Live at Avalon Ballroom on May 19, 1966.

Set: Beat It On Down The Line, Standing On The Corner, Mindbender, It Hurts Me Too, Viola Lee Blues, I Know You Rider, It's A Sin, Sick And Tired, Cream Puff War Sittin' On Top Of The World, Minglewood Blues, Cold Rain And Snow, Come Back Baby, Silver Threads And Golden Needles, It's All Over Now Baby Blue, Good Lovin' , You Don't Have To Ask

This show features a plethora of older material that faded from the Dead's repertoire following the 60s, as well as early versions of songs that underwent stylistic changes as the Dead developed their material. All in all, this classic show provides a glimpse into... "Today in Grateful Dead History."


Friday, May 18, 2012

Head For The Hills 5.13.12

Mishawaka Amphitheater
Bellvue, CO

Words, Photos & Video By Nicholas Stock

This is my third year making it up to Mishawaka on opening night for Head for the Hills. This year was harkening back to the year I saw the Waterfront Festival with a mini bluegrass extravaganza. The strength of the openers including local acoustic powerhouse, Finders And Youngberg and cowpunk face-melters, Split Lip Rayfield was enough to draw a sellout crowd. After leaving New Belgium Brewery we hopped a bus at Chippers South. The bus system has revolutionized the journey up to Mishawaka. It is a safe alternative to driving or walking on the road. We entered as Finders And Youngberg took the stage.

SET I: Muscatine, Waiting To Hear, Driftwood, Rocky Road Blues, Backin Band, Sold, Connie, Old Time’s Sake, Red Mountain Pass

I have seen Finders And Youngberg on lineups and bills across the state, but have yet to catch them live. I was pleasantly surprised by their authenticity and harmonization. They were a true bluegrass experience accentuated by the beautiful voice of Erin Youngberg who has been playing live since she was nine years old. Mike Finders pulled off some awesome flat-picking to warm up the crowd.

Up next was a personal favorite, Split Lip Rayfield. These gentlemen from Kansas never cease to blow away an audience.

SET I: Flat Black Rag, All The Same, Love, Please Come Home, Rig Or Cross, Sin River, Aces High, EZ Street, Old # 6, Redneck Tailgate Dream, Used To Call Me Baby, Biscuits, Deck Of Many Things, Devil Lies, River, Kiss Of Death

Performing in a style that has been called ‘cowpunk’, they are a high-octane combination bluegrass and venom. The centerpiece of the band is the Stitchgiver a one string bass constructed from the gas tank of a 1978 Mercury Grand Marquis. To see Jeff Eaton wail away on that string is something every bluegrass fan should see before they die. They leave you with such a powerful impression. Highlights from their set included an awesome "Rig Or Cross" and a mesmerizing "Redneck Tailgate Dream." If you’ve never seen Split Lip Rayfield don’t ask any questions just go.

Head For The Hills has continued to grow and expand their sound, in particular over the course of the last year. They are a motivating force in the realm of bluegrass and demonstrate it on a near nightly basis. With shows this year in Telluride, Camp Euforia, and across the country this summer, they are really making a name for themselves. I take pride in the fact that they call Fort Collins their home and their show at Mishawaka was quite simply off the hook. They are playing tighter and with more fluidity than ever before.

The opening slot at Mishawaka has become a tradition, this being their eighth year making the trip up the canyon. Obviously they see it as an honor and a homecoming given their stellar shows over the course of nearly a decade on the stage. Great versions of "Dependant Co." and "Solsbury Hill" got the crowd going. However it was some of their new bust outs that really invigorated the audience. New tunes like "Scarp Metal" and "Blue Ruin" found their way into the rotation, but the most impressive was a take on the White Stripes’ "Blue Orchid." They just killed two full sets of music and proved once again that opening weekend at the Mish is not to be missed. Make sure you go see Head For The Hills when they make it to a town near you.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Holler! 5.12.12

New Belgium Brewery
Fort Collins, CO

Words, Photos & Video By Nicholas Stock

I couldn’t think of a better way to start opening day at Mishawaka then by stopping by New Belgium Brewery for some amazing Americana from The Holler!. Lead by a true artist named of Michael Kirkpartrick, The Holler! wowed the beer-guzzling audience over the course of their two sets. They opened with Neil Young’s “Powderfinger.”

SET I: Powderfinger, Blue Jay, Moonshiner, Sittin’ On Top Of The World, Soul Mate, Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes, Pineview, Climb, Pisces Song, Hey Hey What Can I Do, Path, Women Are Smarter, Memory Like Mine, Karaloram

SET II: Wildwood, Beyond The Mirror, Yellow Moon, Ducks Back, Reply, Bird Song, Mind is Moving, Come Into My Kitchen, Yer So Bad, Peak, Gratitude

ENCORE: Mr. Spaceman

It was a fun day as people trickled in and out of the Liquid Center to catch the music. Billed as a graduation celebration and a Mother’s Day event it really did seem like a big party. Eventually the room filled and The Holler! kicked it into high gear. Highlights from the first set included smoking versions of Led Zeppelin’s “Hey Hey What Can I Do,” and Taj Mahal’s “Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes.” I also really enjoyed their original track "Blue Jay," which is a bouncy jaunt, literally told from a bird’s eye view. The Holler! is not afraid to take covers and actually make them their own. At times listening to songs I am very familiar with, seemed incredibly fresh and new. Their nascent drummer, Garrett Evans has come a very long way in a short period of time. He really has solidified their rhythm section in a big way. I was getting sucked in and before I knew it the first set was over and it was time to make my way up to Mishawaka Amphitheatre for opening night in the Poudre Canyon.

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Dead Floyd & Better Than Bacon 5.11.12

The Aggie Theatre
Fort Collins, CO

Words, Photos & Video By Nicholas Stock

Dead Floyd has quickly become one of my favorite cover bands to see live. However, calling them a cover band sells them short, as they really are musical architects. Their real art comes in the way they segue seamlessly between songs by Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead. Up first was rock, soul outfit Better Than Bacon. I asked them about their name before the show, to which they responded, “It’s more of a goal really.” They recently released their self-titled album, which I had the pleasure of checking out. It was a big reason why I headed down early to see them open up the night. It was most definitely worth the trip. They opened with a rowdy original entitled “Train Of Hope.”

SET I: Train Of Hope, Worry Man, Into The Country, Letter, Twelve Years, Cosmic Slop, Not A Sad Song, Next Train Home, Funky Hippie Music> Skinny Man Strut, Like The Weather, Glasses Full

What the early attendees got was a set of originals with a singular cover of Parliament Funkadelic’s “Cosmic Slop.” The entire show was a rocking journey with the right amount of give and take. Musically the balance between James’s crisp vocals and Ryan’s soulful voice added a rich dynamic to the performance. The back on forth of the acoustic and electric again gave the songs an interesting juxtaposition. They are definitely a younger group and fairly fresh to the scene, however Better Than Bacon has enormous potential. Their attention to songwriting and crafting great music reminds me of fellow Front Range rockers The Congress. Additional highlights from the show included a stellar “Into The Country” and great version of “Glasses Full.” I will most definitely be keeping my eyes on these guys in the future.

By the time Dead Floyd took the stage the room had filled in nicely and there was an excitement in the air. Fans began dancing from the opening notes of “China Cat” here is full setlist.

SET I: China Cat Sunflower> Fearless> Friend Of The Devil, Childhood’s End, Brown Eyed Women, Lost For Words>The Gold It’s In The…, High Hopes, Playing In The Band> Comfortably Numb> Playing In The Band> I Know You Rider

SET II: Have A Cigar> Cassidy> Althea> Deal, Shine On You Crazy Diamond> Uncle John’s Band> See Emily Play> Fire On The Mountain> Shine On You Crazy Diamond> Shakedown Street

ENCORE: Not Fade Away> Going Down The Road Feeling Bad> Not Fade Away

This show demonstrates how Dead Floyd continues to delve into the repertoires of both bands to create implausible combinations. Musically all of the members are in other projects, but Dead Floyd really feels like a way for them to get together and have fun. Playing the music that inspires you can only help them bring perspective to their original endeavors, which include The Grippe, Hot Gazpacho, The Maji, Wooleye, Holy Moses, The High Rollers, and Orooni. The segue into Fearless set the mood for the whole night. Additional highlights from the first set include the “Lost For Words” into “The Gold It’s In The…” It’s obvious that when they are pulling tracks from Obscured By Clouds that Dead Floyd is not afraid to dig deep.

The second set blew the roof off the place and kept the audience getting down late into the evening. Dead Floyd also brings additional lighting and that really helps with the overall experience. The “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” became the crux of the entire set with an intrepid “Uncle John’s Band” into “See Emily Play.” There is no other band that performs these awesome song combinations, which is why I keep coming back. After their headlining performance at FoCoMx I was happy to see them back in their element playing in their classic form. It’s not like seeing Furthur or Roger Waters, but if you want to just go out and have a great night of fun I suggest checking out Dead Floyd.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wakarusa Spotlight: Preparing For Waka

Mulberry Mountain
Ozark, Arkansas

Words By J-man

We are about two weeks away from one of the premier festivals in the country, Wakarusa. Are you ready? It's time to set up the tent in the backyard, take inventory on the gear and make departure arrangements for Arkansas! First things first, do you have your tickets and camping pass? If not purchase your tickets and passes here wakarusa.com/tickets.

With that out of the way, it's time to check out the FAQ's to answer all of your general questions wakarusa.com/faq. No pets, no un-authorized vending, no drugs, no weapons, no fireworks, no glass bottles, please respect the environment, etc. The next step is planning your actual festival experience! Head over to jambase.com/wakarusa to customize your own personal festival schedule!

Lastly, be sure to pack twenty non-perishables to donate to Conscious Alliance & receive a commemorative Wakarusa 2012 poster! Details here at wakarusa.com/consciousalliance

We'll see you at Wakarusa!

For information on Wakarusa, the complete line-up, activities, tickets, etc. visit www.wakarusa.com

Garrett Sayers Trio 5.9.12

Highland Tap & Burger
Denver, CO

Words By J-man
Photos By Jhonette PerdueBiggerGuyProductions
Audio By Ed Simon

Garrett Sayers Live at Highland Tap & Burger on May 9, 2012.

Set List: Earnest, Foundation, Svendenson, Children's Story, Seneca, Over The Breaks, Need To Be, Fountain, Am I High, Reflector, You Can't Deny It, Double Rocker, Tape You, Gzs N Hustlas

The Highland Tap was as packed as it's ever been for last Wednesday's Garrett Sayers Trio show. Kicking off around 9:30, the GST played a two hour set that had the room moving. The uniqueness of this project cannot be overstated, as the combination of Garrett on bass, Patrick Lee on keys & Jonny Jyemo on drums, make for a mind-blowing musical experience. Also featured was some extremely unique material. Imagine J Dilla, Mos Def and Q-Tip tracks all done instrumentally, without the rap and with a touch of jazz.

Among the crowd of regulars and newcomers at The Tap were String Cheese Incident & EOTO percussionist, Jason Hann, Juno What's Steve Watkins and The Kyle Hollingsworth Band's Dan Schwindt. The increasing turnout of a handful of the scene's musicians speaks loudly to the growing popularity of the Free Music Showcase at The Tap. As the night got later, more and more dancers took to the dance floor with folks looking in through the front window of the patio.


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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Particle & Garrett Sayers 5.7.12

Roger Waters After-Party
Quixote's True Blue
Denver, CO

Words By J-man
Photos By Brian Rempel (
BiggerGuyProductions) & J-man
Audio By Corey Sandoval (
Kind Recordings)

Following a Monday night Roger Waters "The Wall" show in Denver, Jamtronica pioneers, Particle would take the stage at Quixote's True Blue for an after-party that would celebrate the music of Pink Floyd. Quixote's filled in nicely as The Garrett Sayers Trio's opening set came to a close. The GST has made a name for themselves performing classic instrumental hip-hop tracks via their Wednesday residencies at The Highland Tap. That night Garrett would be working overtime, sitting in with Particle in place of Eric Gould who was unable to make the gig. For many the Particle show would mark the second show of the evening and the bar was set high.

Particle Live at Quixote's True Blue on May 7, 2012.

Set I: Pigs on the Wing (Part I) > Launchpad, Have A Cigar > Young Lust > Elevator > Below Radar > Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)

Set II: Money > Pigs (Three Different Ones), Fearless > Triple Threat, One Of These Days > Pigs on the Wing (Part II)

Encore: Sun Mar 11

Particle opened the first set with a brief "Pigs on The Wing (Part One)" that went rig into one of Particle's hardest hitting tunes, "Launchpad." Darren Pujalet's drumming took off with the rest of the band following behind with fury! Ben Combe (guitar) tore into the electric as if it were the closing song of the evening and Steve Molitz (keys) was their to add some tasty effect-laden chops to the composition. It was interesting to watch Garrett in the Particle setting. He fit in with ease and it was clear that he had been studying the material.

From Wish You Were Here, "Have A Cigar" would mark the first full Pink Floyd song of the evening. Particle, more so than any other band, does the music of Pink Floyd extreme justice. Their approach to the music, their airy jams, the exploration of spacey tones all make Particle one of the more qualified bands to cover such essential songs. Half way through "Have A Cigar," Particle became Particle again before going into "Young Lust" from The Wall. Ben stepped up once again for a ripping solo before Pete Wall took over and dismantled his Soprano Sax. The structure of the Floyd material was great, but the solos were mind-blowing.

The tempo slowed down just enough for Steve's signature lines on "Elevator" to shine through as the band transitioned yet again. The song was delightfully dark and menacing. The combination of Darren and Garret's rhythm section coupled with Ben and Steve's melody work and effects created a wild vibe within' Quixote's. Then it happened... Tension built, slowly and as it did it was interesting to see the physical response of those in attendance. Then, things got dancable as Steve took over, creating some captivating tones and utilizing some interesting modal progressions. Darren's drums took over and guided the jam into "Below The Radar." The solos passed around again before a wild sax solo led the transition into "Another Brick in The Wall (Part Two)" to close the first set.

There was a buzz backstage as everyone felt really good about the material and the Monday crowd. The band took the stage for the second set as fans flocked to the front. Dark Side of The Moon's "Money" opened the second set to the delight of the Denver crowd! Once again, it cannot be overstated how well Particle handles the music of Pink Floyd and "Money" was further proof. The guitar work of Ben Combe was far superior to anything that I had previously witnessed him output. He impressed Quixote's with his tasteful destruction before the band transitioned into "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" from Pink Floyd's 1977 Animals.

Garrett stepped to the front of the jam as the band filled in around him before dropping into Roger Waters' lyrics. The jam in the middle of "Pigs" was fluid and characteristic of Pink Floyd's exploration of space. Pink Floyd's underground hit "Fearless" followed, creating a mellow and pure vibe before getting a little chaotic and transitioning as if a spacecraft were taking off, into "Triple Threat." Steve attacked the keys with melodic precision before Darren backed him on the drums and the rest of the band dove in. Once again Ben's guitar playing stole the show as he traded licks with Steve. Then Pete took off on tenor sax, displaying his range and clearly impressing his part-time band mates. The middle/end of the song brought a massive jam. Twenty minutes after it began, "Triple Threat" came to a close.

"One of These Days," off of Pink Floyd's 1971 album Meddle, opened with heavy minor progressions and paused just briefly for some insane effects. Following more wailing guitar from Ben, they transitioned into "Pigs on The Wing (Part II)" to close the second set with calm, relaxing vibes. Introductions around from Steve led to a quick second backstage before Particle's return for "Sun Mar 11." Steve's breakdown halfway through the song, reminded me of why I love Particle. The synth heavy groove built up with horrifying tones before chopping through heavy distortion and tonal alteration, resolving to the songs characteristic melody. What followed was a collective electro-groove that had Quixote's in a frenzy.

What an incredibly well-rounded show from a band that once dominated our ever-expanding scene. Particle has taken a sort of back seat on touring and gigs like that evening at Quixote's have become something of a special treat. The band performed as well as ever and it sounds as if Ben Combe has returned as the full time guitarist to the guitar-riddled band. Garrett Sayers filled in on bass as a true professional who reflected a study of the music that it respectfully commanded. The energy was high and music fans turned out in full force on a Monday night in Denver to support one of the scene's most coveted and clearly not forgotten treasures.


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