The Great Bay Music Festival 2011- Sam Kininger Band

The Great Bay Music Festival 2011- John Browns Body with guest Tubby Love

The Great Bay Music Festival 2011- Dub Apocalypse w/ guest Tubby Love

The Big Up 2011- Jimkata

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The Big Up 2011- Dopapod

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The Big Up 2011- Marco Benevento

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The Big Up 2011- Consider The Source

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Before their set, Consider The Source wasn’t entirely sure what kind of crowd they would draw at 2pm on the last day of the festival. By the time they took the stage, people had already gathered, lightly filling much of the concert area. With the previous day’s cloudy weather and thunderstorms behind, and a bright sun-filled sky to welcome them, the entire festival was out in celebration just in time for CTS’ set. Consider The Source’s sci-fi, Middle Eastern, prog-rock is marked in all white and surrounded by shred. Double neck fretless guitars in pedal heaven, aggressive, rhythmic slap bass, and the powerful combination of electronics and live drums is Consider The Source’s sensual heaven. Look at their faces, watch them perform below. You’ll see what I mean.

Words: Amanda Macchia

Photos: Gabriella Thurman

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I’ll be honest with you, although Papadosio is perhaps the most talked about band this year, it took a while for me to let go of some of my preconceived notions on electronic jam bands these days and give them a shot. People were packed into the barn stage for their set, sweat dripping off of everyone’s foreheads, as Papadosio looked on in amazement at the overflowing crowd singing along to their songs. You could feel the connection between the band and their audience, and in that moment, Papadosio’s spotlight got a little brighter.

Their songwriting retains the mentality of a modern jam band – guitar riffs combine with synths to follow comfortable patterns and poppy, folk-like lyrics, and harmonies serve the band well. The distinction is that Papadosio blankets their rockin’ jam sound with creative drumming and a techno, trancelike ambience that pulls from all over the musical map. Sometimes they’re a little mellow, creating sparkling, beautiful soundscapes. Other times Papadosio is more raw, breaking down with interesting samples, heavy synths and loud, screaming guitars. Sometimes they mix it all together in one track, leaving layers to unfold as the song ticks on. They’re like Dirty Paris but better, and far more interesting. Each song takes a different approach from the last, introducing you to new textures and sounds (while maintaining that electro-jam backbone), and creating an entirely unique, track by track experience.  All I can say is watch out for this band. The hype surrounding them is anything but a bunch of talk.

Words by: Amanda Macchia

Photos by: Gabriella Thurman

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Dirty Paris deserves props. They’re a young band, especially in the sense that they’re fresh to the scene and have come a long way in a relatively short time. They’ve been on a number of bills this summer, and have quickly become one of the most talked about up-and-coming artists on this year’s festival circuit.

What they do is an energetic, progressive mash-up of electronic jam band, songwriting, and trance-jazz ambiance – and they do it well. What really struck me about Dirty Paris is that they’re the type of band that doesn’t manifest jams that lose your interest. A diverse palette of sounds unravel around you while Dirty Paris plays with timing, tempo, and melody, creating an electrifyingly unique sonic experience that never stops moving and transforming.

Words by: Amanda Macchia

Photos by: Gabriella Thurman

Interview with Karl Denson at All Good 2011

Performer Magazine’s Amanda Macchia and Gabriella Thurman sit down backstage with Karl Denson at All Good Music Festival to talk about his not-so-tiny universe of musicians, new ways of writing music, and following Primus on the main stage.

Gabriella: Thank you for being here! So, where are you coming from, you’ve been on tour since June correct?

Karl: [laughs] Well, I’ve been on tour since 1990. This summer has been all Tiny Universe, we’re coming from….. ahh…. um….. Where the hell were we? We had fun. It was a good show! Um….

Amanda: I think its pretty normal if your touring a lot… What did you have for breakfast?

K: Oatmeal! Thank you that makes me feel better…But I’m trying to think of where we were yesterday .. we went form home to … Vegas! We opened for Wide Spread Panic! It was a great show.

G:  So, you have Karl Denson Trio, The Greyboy Allstars, and you sit in with a lot of other musicians.  What is KDTU to you in the scheme of it all?

K: This is my main thing. The Trio is when I took a break from all of this and that was really fun, but this is my main interest and my main tool.

G:  Last week we actually did an interview with Lettuce, but I know you did a project with Soulive.  How was that? Can you tell us a bit about it?

K:  That was really fun, those are some of my favorite guys and I had a really fun time working with them.  I did some recording with them, hopefully that is going to be coming out soon.

G:  Now, what’s your dream band? Do you have it right now or what is the combination of musicians you would like to work with, in your wildest dreams?

K: It would be a band with Patty Griffin, Bjork, and Corrinne Bailey Rae.  That would be my dream band. I would be a member of that band.  I love the female voice, so it would be those three women singing. Oh and Susan Tedeschi, it would be those four.

G: What should we expect from your set tonight?  We also heard that maybe Zach Deputy might sit in with you.

K: That is the plan. Coming out of the Primus set we are going to start off with something really as close to a Brontosaurus-rex as we can.  That’s a Brontosaurus with a larger head and a shorter neck.

G: Now, does it have big teeth?

K: Yes, fully prepared to slash, claws and everything. Looks like a herbivore from the back but from the front it looks fully deadly, but it’s not really fast.  He lumbers.

G: What’s on the horizon for you musically with KDTU?

K: Well we just kind of started on a period of writing together with is really nice.  Because up to this point I’ve been kind of the main writer and I kind of write everything and teach it to the band.  But the last few months we have been getting together and just writing together which has been really fun.  So we have a bunch of new ideas, and Chris Thile we will have, he’s from the Greyboy Allstars, he’s been here for a couple of years now.  That really put a whole different twist on the band. Now we got kind of, you know… he comes from a sort of soundtracky, rock-and-roll thing, which is really cool.  So we have been collaborating a lot now.

A: Are you guys going to be making an album?

K: We are, we’re working on it right now.  It’s about half done.

A: Do you have a release date?

K: No but we are hoping for early to mid fall.

A: Awesome, thank you so much for talking to us! We really appreciate it.

K: My pleasure!

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