This time of year can be a bit bleak and dreary, with darkness falling far too early and the cold sticking around far too long. Music tends to be the one thing to break the icy grip of winter on middle America, and I recently discovered an album on my computer that is the perfect cure for frozen woes: The Snow Goose by the prog-rock group Camel.
I try to generally listen to unique music. Stuff that's under the radar, stuff you really have to do some digging to truly appreciate. I find it generally to be a rewarding experience (at the risk of sounding pretentious). However, even the casual music fan will acknowledge that truly original, unique music is exceedingly rare in this age of auto-tune pop nightmares.
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.