Garaj Mahal played Starr Hill on March 28, 2006. I arrived to the concert with a low turnout but the people that were there of course were enthusiastic. AB was there as usual, he is a good guy to pick up at shows. Garaj Mahal came out and started up with about 25 – 45 people. Another excellent person I met was Mountain who said, they would get the last tweaks to the sound done with the first song and then run with it. Mountain called it right on and Garaj Mahal took us on a ride. Their sound flowed like water as Kai Eckhardt would lay the funk bass coupled with Eric Levy’s slightly spacey keyboard. The drums were excellent, enough said. their drummer fan really bring a beat and keep the jam going. Fill in the guitar skill of Fareed Haque and you are presented with a full melodic journey full of jams. Speaking of jams, they rocked out the first set with some Parliament funk it up. second set the guys seemed more settled in and the crowd was definitely there then. i would put it at about 150. the main area was filled but no tapers. there was a good showing of friendly people, i felt that the crowd was very attentive and the band appreciated it. we yelled and cheered at the right times and in the end they rocked it out. For encore Fareed pulled out the classical guitar which has some extra cords. Someone mentioned the name, sitar. The show was nonsmoking which I believe is an artist preference or option. Starr Hill could go nonsmoking all together, just please, give us a set break. I felt that the crowd wanted a little more pow in the music though. I dunno maybe it is cville, we have a lot of energy in town and as someone said, biscuits might be the night the floor goes down. lets hope not but really i think if it did happen, no one would regret it, the energy would probably propel them into an oblivion of dance. some kids like that, it could be the way to go. back to garage, i am hoping to get the bootleg. I am staring a new part of this site, joe’s sketch pics and videos. Check em out. Yeah, all my shit is sketchy now. wasup. peace.
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