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Derek Trucks Band – Starr Hill, April 2, 2006

Derek Trucks Band Starr Hill April 2 2006
Derek came into Charlottesville on Sunday April 2, 2006. There was the usual crowd that was appreciative of his music. Derek is one of the most amazing guitarist that I have ever seen however, I just feel like he needs to rock it out a little more, I mean he is so amazingly precise, go for it man, you can jam and do it. As usual I was running late and caught the second set. A couple of highlights included Joyful Noise with a little Rasta Chant action. To the DTB’s credit they are Derek Truck’s band and thus he can do what he likes. The precision of his notes illustrates the sheer talent that this guy has. As usual, sketchy video in the more link.

I’m sketchy so you don’t have to be. Go see live music.

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The Hamiltons at Outback Lodge, April 01, 2006

The Hamiltons
The Hamiltons were the main act for Friday night following the always funky and talented Man Mountain Jr. With full stage of friends, the Hamiltons where some of the most soulful and true players of a great jazzy blues New Orleans sounding hometown music in Charlottesville. a full array of sounds that really brought some soul to the heart. . I especially enjoyed the saxophone sit in. catch them anytime to have a good time.

Sketchy Videos as usual. Remember folks, I’m sketchy so you don’t have to be, respect the bands. They kick ass. Pay for the music, go see live music!
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Garage Majal at Starr Hill

Garage Majal 03-28-2006
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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Langerado Bootleg Collecting

I have been busily collecting all the Langerado bootlegs as I have found them. My sources thus far have been from the Langerado Music Festival Message Board, tapers.org, and of course bt.etree.org.

There have been several 24-bit DVD sources which is excellent due to the quality over ye ole’ 16-bit CD’s. Etree should encourage 24-bit only IMO as the purity of the seed is very important. 24-bit recordings include the Flaming Lips, Lake Trout, and Pnuma Trio which all came from sleepypedro of tapers.org. Big shout out to him. If you want any of these sources, I am always up for a B&P, just ask. Anyway, lets see what sources I have added to the stash…

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Langerado Music Festival

I traveled down to Fort Lauderdale for the fourth Langerado Music Festival. Truely one of the most supreme concert trips I have ever taken. Shouts to everyone I saw, you know who you are, and all my friends. Esp the core. You crazy bisco kids, I love y’all. Anyway, ‘nuf blabering, what did I get to catch:
Friday:
Johny Sketch and the Dirty Notes
Hot Buttered Rum
Buckethead
Benvento/Russo Duo
Perpetual Groove
Late: Disco Biscuits

Saturday:
Burning Spear
Umphrey’s McGee
The Flaming Lips
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals
Late: Umphrey’s McGee

Sunday:
G.Love and Special Sauce
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
Robert Randolph and The Family Band
Spam Allstars
Keller Williams
The Black Crowes
Late: Conspirator with Brothers Past

I’ll do a better review later.

Wake up and rage! This shit was not flacid.

New Turn Based Strategy Game: Galactic Civilizations II

Yes it’s time for a geek post. Since I was a little child, I have always appreciated a good PC game. Having acquired quite a large library of PC games I think I am qualified to recommend games.

That being said, lets talk about Galactic Civilizations II, a turn based strategy game from the independent developer Stardock Systems. What we have here is a genuine 4X strategy that aspires to be fun and intuitive like Civilization 4 in borrowing some new interface designs. The game is available for download directly or in stores. I am unsure if it is at Best Buy or EB Games here in the ‘ville just yet (course your know Gamestop doesn’t have it as their PC selection sucks). I will post up some more impressions as I get further into the game however, I urge anyone who loves a good strategy game to check this one out.

Upcoming Music for the Week 2/19-2/25

These are shows that I am interested in or think someone else might be.  The list is incomplete and bias.  Furthermore, I will try to update this through the week as I am tired of getting caught off guard.  Later on I will post up, notable upcoming stuff past this week.  Enjoy!
Sunday, 2/19:

  • Scot Sax @ Starr Hill, Doors: 9:00 PM
  • Calf Mountain Jam @ Gravity Lounge: 8:00 PM

Tuesday, 2/21:

  • HEM, Ben Weaver @ Starr Hill, Doors:  8:00 PM

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Last Year’s Music Flashback

So I went to see quite a bit of music last year. This year is looking good too. Here is a list of most of the shows I saw in 2005

Year in Review:

  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band 2/10/2005
  • Gov’t Mule 2/20/2005
  • Particle 3/3/2005
  • Mofro 4/10/2005
  • The Codetalkers 4/15/2005
  • Widespread Panic 4/20/2005
  • Hydra with Mickey Hart & Particle 4/24/2005
  • Benevento/Russo Duo w/ Mike Gordon 4/27/2005
  • Benevento/Russo Duo w/ Mike Gordon 4/28/2005
  • Widespread Panic 5/7/2005
  • Haymaker Festival 5/20/2005 & 5/21/2005
  • Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe 6/10/2005
  • Big Summer Classic 7/15/2005
  • Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe 7/27/2005
  • Sam Bush 9/9/2005
  • Particle 9/19/2005
  • Widespread Panic 9/20/2005
  • Particle 9/20/2005
  • Tea Leaf Green 09/22/2005
  • Allman Brothers Band 09/28/2005
  • Keller Williams 10/02/2005
  • The Rolling Stones 10/6/2005
  • Railroad Earth 10/13/2005
  • Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon 11/1/2005
  • Galactic 11/14/2005
  • Benevento/Russo Duo 11/16/2005
  • JackAss Flats & Special Ed and The Shortbus Bluegrass Band 12/02/2005
  • Benevento/Russo Duo w/ Mike Gordon 12/27/2005
  • Hackensaw Boys 12/31/2005

Which was my favorite?  Benevento/Russo Duo w/ Mike Gordon 12/27/2005