Greetings fellow music lovers! Zach here checking in during what has been an incredible month of music.
Where to begin? The highlights are endless already.
With festival season in full swing, our first stop was a lengthy trip out to Manchester, TN at the one and only Bonnaroo. While the temperature was insanely high, the spirit of the festival was able to match that, making for an incredible weekend of music.
Bonnaroo highlights – Papadosio, Pearl Jam, Claypool Lennon Delirium, Ween, Father John Misty, Kurt Vile, and of course Dead & Company.
Next up, after an incredible Bonnaroo, I ventured out for a night of Beardfest in Hammonton, NJ. While I was rolling in a bit late due to getting lost and a late start, this festival was more than I could have asked for. A smaller, more local crowd of all ages converged on Paradise Lakes Campground in high spirits. I was able to meet some fantastic people and witness some truly amazing musicianship and one of the most interactive and supportive festival atmospheres I have seen.
Out Of The Beardspace are some seriously talented young guys, who have a bright future within the festival circuit – if that wasn’t already apparent enough. They brought out some bright young(er) talent as well – a 12 year old keyboard player and a 13 year old drummer – to guest on a song during their headlining set, and then were joined by none other than jazz-funk guitar virtuoso David “Fuse” Fiuczynski of Screaming Headless Torsos. They would later have their time slot moved up from the late night set to right after Beardspace. Never before have I witness jazz fusion in its purest form until the Screaming Headless Torsos. Incredible stuff. Shout out to Mike Fio for the great company! Photo gallery here!
That same day, our other contributing writer and social media guru Miles was able to catch up with Catullus, Dry Reef, and others at their show in Philadelphia at Dave & Buster’s Dockside. It was a high energy show and Miles had nothing but great things to say about the headliners. Check out the photo gallery here!
Most recently, I was able to get back in touch with my earlier musical roots in metal. Sleep is a doom metal band that has been on my list for quite some time now, and I was finally able to see them absolutely destroy on their second night of two at the Union Transfer this past Tuesday. Known for their sonically intense, fuzzed out riffs – and their hour long EPIC entitled “Dopesmoker,” this band delivered everything I could have ever wanted out of their show. Their music transported the audience into another dimension filled with the hazy, reverb-heavy characters of the narrative encapsulated within their musical realm.
Oh yeah….. and Phish tour started yesterday. So we’ll be geeking out about that until September! Stay tuned for more!