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Trey Anastasio added to Rothbury

Posted by admin On May - 29 - 2008

~Z.T.~Rothbury Music Festival added former Phish lead singer Trey Anastasio to their already fantastic line-up today.

Trey was in the news this week after making comments about how he’s been rethinking his stance on getting back with his band.

“When Phish broke up, I made some comment about how I’m not gonna go around playing ‘You Enjoy Myself’ for the rest of my life,” Anastasio said with a laugh.”

“At this point in time I would give my left nut to play that song five times in a row every day until I die. I certainly thought about that while I was in jail.”

I’d give my left nut if he plays it at Rothbury. Get out the trampolines!

I am now on two music DVDs! Hilarious.

Posted by admin On May - 28 - 2008


I got a call from a friend yesterday informing me that I’m on the Steve Miller Band DVD.

One minute into the DVD, I’m there in my pink polo eating Dear Franks. I wanted to go buy it today, but I haven’t made it to Best Buy yet. I’ll try to post some screen shots when I get it.

This is now the second music DVD that I have made it onto. You can see me on Umphrey’s McGee’s “Wrapped Around Chicago,” getting down during “Prowler.”

The funniest part about being on the Steve Miller Band DVD is that I knew I was filmed, but I told them I wasn’t drunk enough to sing “Take the Money and Run.” At the time, I didn’t know they were filming for a DVD, and I thought I had missed my chance to be on it when I found out what the cameras were for.

In Case Ya Missed it…Weekend Wrap

Posted by admin On May - 26 - 2008

~Z.T.~ It was a hell of a weekend at Summer Camp Music Festival. We met some new mud friends, who may or may not have been on acid. We had a blast at the name-that-tune dance party at Girl Talk, saw naked girls at The Flaming Lips and saw the best cover band of all time. That was just Friday.Saturday we drove back to Chicago and glowed in the dark with Kanye, the “the biggest star in the universe,” who was upstaged by the guest star filled set from Lupe Fiasco. We were surprised by a dynamite show from N.E.R.D. and Rihanna did get us excited… but no, that wasn’t an “Umbrella” in my pocket.

A nasty show from The Hue, welcomed us back to Summer Camp Sunday morning. Hot Buttered Rum taught me not to hate bluegrass, while Dumpstaphunk got us in the funky mood with two bassists. George Clinton made it even funkier when he finally made it on stage and tore the roof off the sucker.

Festival Crashers are Stranded…Dad…Help!

Posted by admin On May - 26 - 2008

~Z.T.~ I had gone way too long without doing something stupid this festival. Then I lost the car keys.

My first plan was to wander around until I found them. Andy called me out on this being a dumb ass plan. There were lost and founds and they did have keys. Just not mine.

I continued wandering and found two $5 bills and a sweatshirt I’d lost earlier that day at the Funnel Cake booth (best funnel cake ever!)

After an hour of looking I had to bite the bullet and call my dad and admit defeat. I drove him back in his car, while Andy drove mine.

The ride home was preposterous. You’d think the local animals had a death wish the way they darted in front of the road. In a one mile stretch we saw a deer, a dead possum, a live possum and one that had been run over, but wasn’t quite dead.

Then the torrential downpour started. If you had told me earlier in the day that I’d be in the car with my dad listening to Peter, Paul and Mary sing “Blowin’ in the Wind” at 2:30 a.m., I would have called you crazy.

I now owe my dad gas money for his trip and I agreed to do a month of laundry. So it goes.

Thanks Dad! Festival Crashers Love you!

$20 for a Horse Tattoo!?

Posted by admin On May - 26 - 2008

~Z.T.~ I don’t think I’ll ever understand this. As we walked into the gates Sunday morning, the wrist band checkers were announcing $20 for horse tattoos. I figured it meant they were giving horse tattoos..for $20…which doesn’t make much sense. Did the tattoo artist only know how to draw horses?

Andy thought they were paying people $20 if they already had a horse tattoo. Well, we forgot about it for 12 hours, until on the way out of the festival we overheard “$15 for a horse tattoo.” I had to ask.

This guy heard the same shpeal we heard while walking in and now he had to know. I love that he undercut their price. Was he going to bring his new horse tattoo clad friend over and make a cool $5 profit? I wish I knew. I wish I knew.

3 sets wasn’t enough, they wanted moe. (sets 4 & 5)

Posted by admin On May - 26 - 2008

Bass player Rob Derhak was feeling the love Sunday.

I caught a small portion of moe.’s first set Sunday, in between getting funked up at George Clinton and leaving for the New Pornographers. Live moe. is always hit or miss for me, but this weekend they were pretty on. One of my favorite parts of the weekend was shooting moe. Guitar player, Al Schnier (left) is very photogenic and often walks to the front of the stage during solos, which made getting some monster rock faces very easy.

Set two was a whole new ballgame. Moe. in the dark with their light show is when they are in their element. I have not seen a light show that impressive since Phish, and the whole crowd definitely appreciated it.

The whole crowd sang along to “Kyle’s Song” and Zack and I enjoyed a “Cross Eyed & Painless” tease during a jam. During the song that closed the second set, moe.’s two guitar players, Chuck Garvey and Schnier climbed to the top of the light rigs on the sides of the stage for some face melting guitar rock that was out of this world. Moe. closed out Summer Camp with an encore of the fan favorite, “Rebubula,” which could not have been a better song to send us on our ways.Flashing lights, lights.

No Love For New Pornogrpahers

Posted by admin On May - 26 - 2008

The New Pornographers chugged along, despite the sparse crowd.

~Z.T.~ They never had a chance. Summer Camp is moe’s festival and as they took a break between their 4th and 5th sets of the weekend, The New Pornographers took the other stage to less than 100. It’s a shame that more people didn’t get exposed to the fun indie-rock band.

Lead singer Carl Newman poked fun at the tiny crowd, saying “I can’t believe so many people showed up for us. We’ll be on a first name basis.” He then hilariously said he enjoys supporting upcoming bands and thanked George Clinton for opening for them.

Female vocalist Neko Case is on the DL with a broken ankle, but they still sound great without her. Their smart dialogue and intricate vocals shone through on “Use It,” before they played a tease of “Blister in the Sun.” They stormed through “Old Show Stoppers,” “My Rights Versus Yours” and “Twin Cinema.”

As much as I wanted to be in the front row singing along, I spent most of it with my head down, looking for my car keys. More on this later.

~A.S.~ As Zack was wandering around looking for his keys, I enjoyed the rest of the New Pornos set. They went into the doo doo doo part of “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” before going into another song. Newman (right) asked what the name of that song they had started singing was, and said that if the whole world would sing the CSNY ditty, we would have world peace. I headed off to find some friends after they did Zack’s favorite, “Sing Me Spanish Techno.”

Condom Roller Coaster / Magnum Contest

Posted by admin On May - 26 - 2008


It’s not all about the music at festivals. An igloo shaped inflatable Trojan tent had caught my eye and at a break between sets I went in.

Inside is a little virtual reality movie where you’re on a roller coaster…but your car is a penis who decides not to use a condom.

My fellow film watchers were saying to each other “OK now imagine this…but on a lot of shit. Unreal dude.”

Then we got to win a condom if we got this question right:

Ancient Egyptian woman used this for birth control:
a) Crocodile Droppings
b) praying to anti-fertility gods.
c) porridge

I got it, so now I have a couple “her pleasure” condoms. Just saying. First one to guess right in comments gets the Magnum.

~Z.T.~The instructions from P.Funk were simple: Wiggle, hop, jump, do whatever you want. Just be kind to your neighbor. Welcome to W-E-F-U-N-K, better known as We Funk.

Pure funk power took over for two hours Sunday. A dozen musicians including five guitarists filled the stage with mayhem for the first hour as we waited for the man. A funk legend like George Clinton can come on stage when he feels like it and our master of ceremonies strolled on stage an hour in, to a tasty tease of Frank Zappa’s “I’m the Slime.”
“Something smells like a skunk and I want some.”

I danced with complete abandon as they played perfect renditions of “P.Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)” and “Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)” off their classic 1975 album Mothership Connection. They jammed out on “Flashlight,” teased the crowd with James Brown’s “Payback” and threw down my favorite show of the weekend.
How can you not love Diaper Man? Unless maybe you have to put it on him.

Do 2 bases = twice the funk?

Posted by admin On May - 26 - 2008

Ivan Neville checks out the crowd as he tickles the ivories.


Sunday afternoon was all about the funk, and it kicked off with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. They took the stage with two bass players, so we knew they meant business. These guys are funky as can be, and both bass players held their own on vocals to go along with the excellent voice of Ivan Neville. A personal highlight was a quasi-cover of the Meter’s “Africa,” except instead of singing Africa, the band replaced it with New Orleans.

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