Yes I was there, Pat McGee is quite the talented band. they have a catchy sound and their lyrics are good. i wish the crowd was more willing to get down however what do you expect from people that watch mtv. ooo, i didn’t just say that. sorry, didn’t mean it. seriously, I’m just kidding. respect the sketcht, I’m all about the music, and Pat McGee has the right stuff.
Playing with the Greyboys, Karl Denson left his tiny universe and entered a complete galaxy of sound. The furous saxaphone was joined by the excellent high energy jamming ability of guitar player Elgin Park. Both Zak Najor and Chris Stillwell were in full control of the timing and funky get down on your self dance why don’t ya super beat. A solid performance all around. Smoking didn’t seem as heavy at the venue; I hope due to respect of the fact that Karl has to blow hard man. Sounds intertwine with his full furry and soul coming through that pipe. Respect for the Greyboys. They are Allstars.
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.
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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