Mountain Jam and Arm Chair Review
- on Jul 03, 2023
I might first prefer to thank all the parents at Mountain Jam for letting us who couldn’t be there, for one cause or one other, the power to expertise Mountain Jam from the consolation of our personal houses by way of the online. The standard of the printed was excellent! Mountain Jam is on Hunter Mountain among the many rolling inexperienced Catskill mountains in upstate New York. Rolling Stone Journal has named Mountain Jam one of many prime 8 festivals within the nation and this years’, the seventh, didn’t disappoint.
The pageant contains the 2 important phases, the East Stage and the West Stage, which are positioned subsequent to at least one one other, in order that the music rotates continuous, with none over-lapping. An indoor stage and the Consciousness Village are additionally featured. The notice Village options an Acoustic Music Stage, Kids’s Leisure Space with music and interactive enjoyable, a beer and wine backyard, not-for-profit exhibitor tables in addition to efficiency and sculpture artwork.
The pageant really began Thursday night, nevertheless for this overview we’ll consider Saturday and Sunday.
12:30 East Stage – Ryan Montblaeau proved to be an excellent early act starting at 12:30. Ryan, a Massachusetts Native and his band introduced some contemporary acoustic funk.
1:15 West Stage – Zach Deputy, self-described “Island infused Drum ‘n Bass Gospel Ninja Soul” present left nobody guessing. He’s the nice time one man band. Sitting behind a gaggle of microphones together with his, black framed glasses, full beard, truckers type baseball cap and brown t-shirt he infused the group with some early afternoon vitality. Zach pulled out a cool Magic Carpet Trip into James Browns’ Intercourse Machine into Parliament Funkadelic’s (Tear the Roof off/ We Need the Funk) that might make George Clinton proud. The group responded with yells of “another tune”. The primary encore at 2:00 PM – the start of an excellent day.
2:15 East Stage – Mavis Staples and her straight 3 piece band (drums, bass, guitar) plus three background singers opened with some stunning gospel band, all wearing black the band quickly went into The Weight – can anybody do The Weight like she will be able to anymore? After giving homage to The Band she went into her latest launch, produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Quickly after we heard Freedom’s Freeway. Mavis and her band appeared and sounded nice. I will Take You There was distinctive with glorious crowd participation – nonetheless so good 40 years later.
3:30 West Stage – Portugal, the Man, a excessive vitality piece (2 guitar drums bass, keyboard) from Oregon and Alaska, kicked it up a notch with some excessive vitality psychedelic rock and roll. I discovered them to be extra excessive vitality than psychedelic and located them to be enjoyable to hearken to and straightforward to observe for not realizing any of their music.
4:30 East Stage- The Avett Brothers got here out to enthusiastic applause and gave all of it again with a excessive vitality Tin Man. Paul Difliglia (sp) was standing in on bass and so they added a drummer for some songs. Quickly they have been into Disgrace, And it Unfold, Paranoia, January Wedding ceremony, an a Capella duet on “All the way down to the River to Pray.”and a mesmerizing Headful of Doubt. Coronary heart Like a Kick Drum, Go to Sleep and I and Love and You ended the set leaving the viewers to sing the final line – I and love and You. The group demanded an encore from the Avett Brothers who replied;”We’d have one or two extra in us”. The encore began with a sit-in from Simon Felice of the Felice Brothers on Dylan’s “Simply Like A Lady”. The Avett’s owned Saturday – till Mule got here out.
5:45 West Stage – North Mississippi Allstars Duo. No Chew, simply Cody and Luther who’ve been opening up for Robert Plant’s Band of Pleasure. The Dickinson brothers went proper into Shake em’ on Down, Poor Black Maddie and Skinny Ladies. They each sounded nice, Luther had his cigar field slide and Cody additionally had his guitar and washboard time. The Dickinson brothers additionally performed Shake What Your Mama Gave You, Jelly Rollin Over heaven, Goin’ Down South and Imply ol’ Wind Died Down. Nice mixture of outdated and new.
6:45 East Stage – Michael Franti and Spearhead. George Carlin’s brother launched the band and everybody was instantly leaping collectively singing “Everybody deserves Music Candy Music” and that’s how the set went – a excessive vitality open alternate between band and viewers.
9:00 East Stage – Authorities Mule. Completely Superb! This can be the one time they are going to be enjoying as Mule this summer time and so they made it rely.Highlights included the Who’s Will not Get Fooled Once more and Black Sabbath’s “Warfare Pigs.” The second set began with Pink Floyd’s Cash and Have A Cigar. Hook Carrera, Cody and Luther Dickinson, and Ron Holloway joined the remainder of the band for a prolonged rendition of 32-20 Blues, John Lennon’s Working Class Hero, Who Do You Love, Complete Lotta Love, Norwegian Wooden Jam and Thank You Fa Lettin’ Me Be Mice Elf…once more. WOW!
12:00 West Stage – Wiyos, a 5 piece with nice harmonies nice hats, good lap metal, harmonics, get up bass and harmonica – off we go.
12:45 East Stage – Civil Twilight, a trio from South Africa is good three-piece who reveals a robust U2 affect.
1:30 West Stage – Dawes comes off simply as clear and approachable as their CD. Nice instrumentation and clear sound. These guys are solely going to get higher and higher.
2:30 East Stage – Who desires to do a tune now? The Bohemian 9 piece Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes began with a implausible “new tune” that includes the lead vocals of Jade with harmonies by the remainder of the band. They all the time appeared a bit unorganized however the band presents implausible harmonies and wonderful contributions from the entire 9 members. Is it simply me or are they simply manner too blissful. Dig the hand painted upright piano!
4:00 West Stage Preservation Jazz Corridor band – missed them – my apologies. I’ve seen completely different incarnations of the Preservation Jazz Corridor Band and I’ve love all of them. They offered an excellent musical combine to the afternoon.
5:15 East Stage – Grace Potter, in an excellent brief gown and tremendous excessive heels together with her 5 piece band whipped the group up fast frenzy. The spotlight of the set was Warren Haynes sitting in for a tune. My favourite was the gal on the facet signing (no not singing – signing – for the deaf) and dancing to the group.
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