Archive for July 2009
Interview by Scott Preston
March 2009 marked Soulive’s 10th Anniversary – ten years since Eric Krasno, Alan Evans and his brother Neal Evans got together for the first time at a home studio just outside of Woodstock, NY and recorded Get Down.
The band has traveled to nearly every corner of the world, touring Ghana, Russia, nearly all of Europe, Brazil, and Japan (nine times!). They’ve been across America on dozens of tours. New Orleans Jazz Fest has become a home away from home. And in their actual home, New York City, they are closing in on their 100th show. Read more
Review by Danielle Look
Photos by Scott Preston
Under normal circumstances, a 12:30 a.m. start time for a headlining act would be disrespectful and wasteful of their time. At a typical festival, the community of fans attends for a variety of reasons, each with their own agenda and specific list of “must see” bands. But Tabfest, nestled in the backwoods of a rural north-west Ohio town, boasts the ability to pull every patron away from their campsite and to the mainstage for the weekend’s traditional closing act, Freekbass.
Countrified Cincinnati bluegrass band The Rumpke Mountain Boys entertained the masses on the Tabfest side stage while the Freekbass crew prepared equipment for their set. With an approximate depth of no more than 20 feet from the back of the tent to the stage, fitting the entire crowd under the canopy would prove to be impossible. A handful of dedicated fans staked out a spot early, engaging in preshow hype with drummer Chip Wilson. “UHH! Everybody say ‘Taaab-fest!’ What? Say ‘Taaab-fest!’ UHH!” Sensational guitarist T Sly emerged in full ninja mode to check his instrument with back to the crowd, sunglasses in place, and the hood of his jacket covering his head. World famous DJ and producer Tobotius took his turntables for a test drive, spewing beats, scratches, and other sound effects that excited the rapidly thickening crowd.
Tabfest security lined the front of the stage. Slightly mushy from an early-morning downpour, straw covered the ground in effort to dry the mud and puddles. And the congregation, after an entire weekend of camping in the woods with on/off rain, was moist, smelly, and more than a little dirty. Despite the conditions, this crowd was ready to be funked. Read more
Gov’t Mule has announced The First Annual GOV’T MULE ISLAND EXODUS, taking place at The Grand Lido Negril Resort in Negril, Jamaica, January 15 through the 19 (4 nights).
Grand Lido Negril is a SUPER-INCLUSIVE resort, meaning that all meals and beverages (including top shelf liquor), as well as non-motorized water sports, scuba diving, airport to resort ground transportation & all gratuities are included.
This event will feature three full-length Gov’t Mule shows and a Warren Haynes solo show on the beach just steps from the ocean. The band will be bringing some special guests with them, such as long time collaborator Ron Holloway on saxophone, and DJ Logic will be spinning nightly in the Atlantis nightclub.
In addition, the long weekend will feature unique activities with Gov’t Mule and its extended family, such as:
-Poster Signing w/ Gov’t Mule
-The Gov’t Mule Invitation Golf Tournament Hosted By Danny Louis *
-True Roadie Stories w/ Brian Farmer
-Matt Abts Drum Clinic
-The “Crew-lywed” Game featuring members of the GM road crew
-Gov’t Mule On Stage & Off Photo Exhibit – Featuring the photography of Chris Rushin & Lance Eubanks
* Will require an additional Greens Fee Read more