Well, by now the word has circulated about the initial spat of bad weather and hours-long waits in cars on the side of the road. Yes, the inaugural Phases of the Moon festival in Danville has run into some problems, but all things considered, there are quite a few things I was impressed by. Once the stages were up and running and the music started, the problems started to fade away.
By now we've all heard about Phases of the Moon next weekend. It's sure to be a good time, and we'll get to that in a moment, because there are some bands playing the fest that are just out of this world.
But first I want to talk about one of my new musical obsessions: Brooklyn, New York's Snarky Puppy. They are the future of music.
Well it's already August of 2014 somehow, and it's been a great year for music. But it's not quite over yet; Shoe Fest is just around the corner (Labor Day weekend), and with a lineup featuring The Wood Brothers, two nights of a revamped, prog-heavy Old Shoe, Chicago legends Mr. Blotto, and many more favorites and newcomers, it promises to scratch that itch in your dancing shoes.
Summer 2014 is off to a rip-roaring start. Summer Camp kicked things off a few weeks ago with stellar jams from the regulars and a crowd-favorite collaboration between Old Shoe and Chicago Farmer, Wakarusa turned things up a notch and as of this writing, Umphrey's McGee is tearing it up down in Manchester, Tennessee at Bonnaroo.
A few years ago, a close friend of mine told me to check out a certain album. I recently rediscovered it on my computer, and let me just say this: very few albums today truly capture the feel of a previous generation. The second studio effort by Scottish trio The Aliens, however, pays great homage to its shimmering psychedelic influences.
Kicking off the weekend here in Charleston is a group from just up the road at the University of Illinois: Sun Stereo. I unfortunately will be stuck at work until two in the morning, but if you're free tonight, you should check it out.