@Rob_Shore We left Bob Dylan early to grab a shuttle to the Ranch Arena. After almost falling out of an overstuffed golf cart several times, we made it in time to see Umphrey’s go on a half hour early. The crowd quickly gathered as the guys kicked off their nightcap with “Jajunk.” Flowing from song to song, they really seemed like they were having a great time closing out the festival. Brendan Bayliss thanked the crowd and the festival organizers before they dropped into “Spires,” their only new tune of the evening. Read the rest of this entry »
@AndyShore In a weekend that featured a plethora of tributes to Michael Jackson at Rothbury 2009, Gov’t Mule paid homage to several music legends. Originals were a rarity during Gov’t Mule’s early evening set. They opened with “Brand New Angel,” but segued into a slew of covers.
First Led Zeppelin got their due with “I Can’t Quit You Baby”and “How Many More Times.” Next it was Stevie Wonder, with the second cover of the weekend of “Higher Ground” (String Cheese Incident encored with it). Then, since Warren Haynes hadn’t played it the night before with the Dead, they played “Sugaree.” Read the rest of this entry »
@AndyShore The last two times I attempted to see Grace Potter & the Nocturnals I was thwarted. First it was a cancelled show at Martyr’s in Chicago when Grace’s voice was out. Next it was Bonnaroo, when my casted foot wasn’t making it down to Tennessee. This time, nothing was going to keep me from Grace Potter.
She took the stage in a black, sequenced disco outfit looking like the rock star she is. The photographer next to me asked what had happened to the sweet, little hippie chick. She sang while banging on a tambourine, moved to the keys and back over to center stage with her Flying V guitar. Read the rest of this entry »
@AndyShore There is a certain type of band that qualifies as a good day set. In the hot, early afternoon sun there is only so much a person can take. The mellow harmonies of the Fleet Foxes could not keep me entertained in the heat at ACL last year. It took a rocking show from the Fratellis to do that. Toots & the Maytals, are the perfect band for a day set at a festival.
Toots Hibbard is an entertainer. He has been on top of the reggae game longer than anybody else. He knows how to sing, lead a band and move a crowd. The three most important parts of being a great front man. Leading the Maytals through covers and originals, he had the decently sized crowd going from the first note. Read the rest of this entry »
@Rob_Shore I’ve seen Umphrey’s McGee over 20 times, but never had the chance to review a show. Andy assigned me that task last night, and I got really excited. Due to the Dead going an hour late, we really weren’t sure what time all the late night shows would start. Andy wanted to take pictures at MSTRKRFT. After his time in the photo pit, we made our way through the Sherwood Forest towards Umph. Read the rest of this entry »
@AndyShore You know how some people are afraid to meet their idols, because they think they will disappoint them? That’s kind of how I feel about MSTRKRFT after seeing them. Granted I never idolized them, but I do like their music a great deal. Their sound is so big and so danceable, they are tailor made for a late night set at a festival. Read the rest of this entry »