Sunday, November 18, 2007
Live Oak, FL
During our recent week-long Thanksgiving vacation at the beach, we managed a little getaway to the Bear Creek Music Festival, where we got to see some great live music. The site was an hour east of Tallahassee, and about a 3-1/2 hour drive from the condo in Santa Rosa Beach (near Pensacola), where we were staying with Carley's parents.
Bear Creek Music Festival took place from Friday to Sunday and featured over 40 bands, including several late-night shows. The biggest name on the bill was Little Feat, who headlined on Saturday night. However, due to our travel and parenting constraints, we missed them and only caught a few acts on Sunday afternoon and evening. No complaints, though, since the three that we saw were the ones that we already KNEW we wanted to see, since they were already among our favorite live acts that are touring these days.
New Mastersounds. We first saw these guys at New Orleans Jazzfest last spring, and they play a tasty blend of retro-soul-jazz-funk, heavily influenced by the likes of Grant Green and The Meters from the early 70's. The uncontested star of the band is guitarist Eddie Roberts, seen here with bassist Pete Shand. Shand's bass-playing is also a joy to the ears...and the hips!
Skerik is a saxophonist from Seattle who plays in a variety of projects and has become something of an underground cult hero. His distinctive pioneering style has been dubbed "saxophonics", and all of his musical projects are adventurous in one way or another. Maelstrom Trio features Skerik playing with a couple up-and-coming hotshots from the New Orleans music scene:
The show featured mostly original music and improvisations, but also included a couple of recognizable covers: the Charles Mingus standard Better Get Hit In Your Soul, and a classic rock cover that totally escapes our memory as we write this 2 weeks after the show. (Maybe a Hendrix cover?) Overall we were blown away by the musicianship and interactive improvisation of the show, but we also agreed this was not the type of music we'd regularly put into the CD player.
Umphrey's McGee. Formed in the late 90s at Notre Dame University and currently based in the Chicago area, Umphrey's combines prog-rock music structures, fusion-jazz improvisations, blazing guitar virtuosity, tuneful melodies and a hard-rock-metal edge, creating a unique trademark sound that has earned them a growing fanbase across the country.
Unlike most bands at the festival, Umphrey's played 2 full sets and an encore. Known for their audacious covers, they played all original material until the very end, when they busted out Paul McCartney's "Band on the Run", and then encored with Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song". We loved the show so much that we wasted no time paying $12.95 to download a perfect-sounding recording of it from http://um.livedownloads.com/show.asp?show=2132.
Here's what they played:
Got Your Milk (Right Here)
Jimmy Stewart >
Nothing Too Fancy
The Bottom Half
Believe the Lie
End of the Road
Band On The Run
Pay the Snucka
Nothing Too Fancy
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