A common thread that can be drawn from any JBT show is the universal connection between the John Butler Trio as a group of musicians and the audience who equally share a passion for the music that is present. What John Butler brings to every performance is a sacred offering that is unique to the crowd and the energy of that special moment, and Live At Red Rocks is a direct snapshot of that point in time.
The setting sun behind the rolling hills of West Virginia provided a fittingly bucolic backdrop for the opening performances of the 15th Annual All Good Music Festival. The mountaintop festival site was already well filled in when we rolled in just before noon, and by the time dusk approached, the party was in full swing.
Opening the weekend’s long roster of festival favorites was the West Coast’s Hot Buttered Rum. At most festivals I’ve been to, the audience attendance at opening act is somewhat lacking. Luckily, this was not the case at this year’s All Good, a festival that sold out their 4-day festival passes almost a week in advance of the event. Estimates of attendance at Thursday night are approximately 18,000. According to festival sources, last year’s festival was capped at an attendance of 25,000, and there’s some expectation that this year should approach or surpass last year’s total attendance.
This was only the second time I had seen HBR since their transition from Hot Buttered Rum String Band a few years, and I continue to be impressed with their direction from the straight-up bluegrass roots to a rhythm infused act more in line with Railroad Earth or String Cheese Incident of many years ago. Notable highlights from Hot Buttered Rum’s set included a hot cover of New Minglewood Blues, an enthusiastic and well received Limbs Akimbo, and Busted in Utah. In betweet sets, DJ Who laid down some beats and kept the party going while the main stage was cleared and set up for Beats Antique – a trio act merging members of Yard Dogs Road Show, Aphrodesia, with dance and drums for a mutli-instrumental, rhythm and heavy bass laden performance.
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The initial lineup announcement for Gathering of the Vibes 2011 has been released and features a number of Dead-related acts as well as a few surprises. Both Furthur and the
For this week’s B List, we present a two-part series penned by HT photo editor Jeremy Gordon in which he shares his ten best photos and more importantly the stories behind those photos.
Someone once said, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and perhaps it is. But often a photo without context conceals the greater story behind it. A couple of months ago, my editor at Hidden Track, Scott Bernstein, asked me if I would like to share the stories behind 10 of my favorite photos. I jumped at the chance, hoping to impart my tale and perhaps a little wisdom to our readers and my friends. What you’ll find below is mostly true and mostly accurate, so take it all with a grain of salt.
1. 15 Minutes of Fury
Generally, three songs or 15 minutes is all you’re going to get in front of the band. In that time you’ve got to get close-ups of each member of the band and hopefully shots of them together, interacting with energy and excitement. Sometimes the lighting just plain sucks – there’s actually a joke that the bands purposely under light the first three songs because they hate photographers – or the bands are uninteresting to watch and it becomes a frustrating mess. But then you get to shoot The Flaming Lips.
The show begins with the band being born out of a giant light – or a replica of a vagina – on stage before the lead singer jumps into a hamster ball to crowd surf the venue. Dancing girls are dressed in alien costumes (if dressed at all), giant bears and fishes join in on the fun, and confetti streams down from the rafters as 20 to 30 photographers push, shove, and run around trying to get a photo of anything they can think of. It truly is 15 minutes of fury and, except for almost going berserk on a fellow photographer, I loved every minute of it.
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As a son of mother earth and a brother to this land, one of John Butler’s goals has been to promote mutual respect and raise awareness toward bettering the environment through music. April Uprising has been his latest musical vehicle that travels down a revolutionary path and draws meaning from ancient ancestry. Several days after playing a set at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the John Butler Trio stopped by Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia to give fans a taste of the latest from the Australian-based roots jam band.
Throughout his entire career, John Butler has always been inspired to pursue the inner meaning and quest for something more in his music and writing. Following up his 2007 release, Grand National, the John Butler Trio has returned with a passionate and revolutionary album that lights a flame in everyone. April Uprising is a diverse record that retains and transcends the spirit that is alive and within us all.