MOUNTAIN JAM | 06.01 - 06.03 | HUNTER, NY

Words by: John Goff :: Images by: Adam McCullough

Mountain Jam III :: 06.01.07 – 06.03.07
Hunter Mountain Ski Resort :: Hunter, NY

Warren Haynes :: Mountain Jam 2007
Where can you hear a musician sing "The Sesame Street Song" to the delight of hundreds of parents and their kids AND an old school rock DJ yell, "Fuck corporate radio," to the delight of thousands partying music lovers? Where else but the Warren Haynes inspired, Radio Woodstock co-sponsored Mountain Jam III, which once again masterfully injected a healthy dose of southern soul into the land of the yankees.

Centrally nested in New York's Hudson Valley, Hunter Mountain Ski Resort was again the site for the third installment of what has become Haynes's northeast homecoming. No livetronica or dub acts at this gathering. Just good ol' rock icons and new jam pillars. Joining festival hosts Gov't Mule, were Mountain Jam veterans Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Michael Franti & Spearhead, who both energized a rain-filled Sunday line-up leading up to the main attraction - Phil Lesh & Friends.

Other artists such as New Orleans Social Club, Ozomatli, New Monsoon and Tea Leaf Green served up spoonfuls of rock spliced with spirituality, Spanish siestas and summer daydreams.

Phil Lesh & Friends

Lesh & Haynes :: Mountain Jam 2007
Love was the reoccurring theme of the weekend. The Felice Brothers' Simone Felice, drummer for the festival's under-attended opening act, asked the crowd before their encore, "Who's in love with someone? Who's in love with something?" Nearly 60 hours later, Phil Lesh and Friends answered Felice's question by closing their searing set with Buddy Holly's words, "I wanna love you night and day. You know my love will not fade away." Lesh and his recently assembled posse wowed the Mountain Jam audience to disbelief for three straight, glorious hours on Sunday. Phil and Friends brought their A-game on Sunday, which was apparent from the 15-minute first set opening "Shakedown Street." John Scofield and Particle's Steve Molitz made their presence felt immediately, with Scofield finding his mark with some honky-tonk licks and Molitz offering up just a sprinkle of his 'cosmic piano' before moving into what initially sounded like "Uncle John's Band" but quickly morphed into "Friend of the Devil." A pretty routine tune for the Grateful Dead, this rousing rendition saw Haynes's Gibson guitar make a soggy crowd wide-eyed. Scofield came alive at the 15-minute mark, and Molitz brought us down gently with some classical piano before rolling into a meandering jam that was my personal favorite of the night.

Scofield, Molo, Lesh, Haynes :: Mountain Jam 2007
A long "Althea" followed that allowed the musicians a chance to highlight their talents, both individually and collectively. "Althea" drifted through blues, zydeco, reggae, funk and jazz. At times in the first set, I found myself wondering where Haynes had gone. In retrospect, I think my ear had been "Mule'd" and I was subconsciously yearning for more.

By the time dawn fully arrived, with new light falling on Hunter Mountain, southern charm returned as Phil dropped "Low Spark of High Healed Boys" into "New Speedway Boogie." When Phil sang, "Spent a lil' time on the mountain, spent a lil' time on the hill," the crowd, predictably, exploded. After "Mason's Children" and "Candyman," Lesh's dancing fingers provided the road map for fans to follow on the first set closing "Scarlet Begonias" > "Eyes of the World" > "Fire on the Mountain." Haynes stalled for a millisecond during "Fire" to sing, "You gave all you had. Why you wanna give... more?" These little nuances make each performance unique.

Mountain Jam 2007
After a very brief set break, the band returned with a moving "Unbroken Chain." Despite hearing the song played live for years, the line "Listening for the secret, searching for the sound" popped out at me. I realized I had heard the secret and found the sound and it was Phil and his new friends. From "Unbroken Chain" they delved into a "Dark Star" that wove in and out of "Mountains of the Moon." It seemed for the first and only time during their performance, the group lost their groove. The perceived chaos didn't last long though. Lesh stepped up and "thumped" them back into the tight, seamless changes. Not long after, the rain stopped and a gust of wind came from nowhere during a Haynes solo that evoked Garcia's original playing. The elements swirled and sheet music blew all around. A nicely mannered 50-something Deadhead dancing near me stopped, looked at me and said, "I think Jerry felt left out and wanted to play, too."

Following his plea for organ donors, Lesh breathed life into "Not Fade Away." Once again, Scofield and Haynes exchanged licks like they were fencing with their instruments. Scofield entered onto his tippy-toes while arching his back, a sight out of Michael Jackson's "Thriller," yielding a sweet soprano lick that blended with Haynes's raunchy, baritone brushing for a sound I've never heard before; a sound that blended so well with Molo's precise pounding, Molitz's energetic pouncing and Lesh's ageless efficiency to round out the best set I heard all weekend.

Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule

Warren Haynes :: Mountain Jam 2007
We all know Mountain Jam is Mule territory so it seemed proper that Haynes, Matt Abts (drums), Danny Louis (keyboards) and Andy Hess (bass) used the warm, dry Friday for a Mule-only opening set and Saturday as an opportunity to have guests join them. They won me and countless others over this weekend with their brand of hard-driving rock that attracts everyone from Harley riders to hipsters with a sound that's at its tightest point since Hess replaced departed original bassist Allen Woody.

Friday's Mule highlights included an opening cover of Radiohead's "Creep," which no matter how many times the band plays it always sounds refreshingly strange coming from Haynes. After a "32/20" wake up call where Louis perfectly complimented Haynes's unbelievable ability, Hess exerted his prowess into a nicely placed, hard hitting "Thorazine Shuffle." In the second set, Haynes opened with a very soulful, sultry version of "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want To Be Right)," a great classic from the late, great Luther Ingram. Haynes then warmed things up with "Like Flies," which included an exhausting 15-minute drum solo from Abts. This was soon followed by a raunchy, oozing cover of Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter," the highlight of the night. Everyone from the beer vendors to the security guards was nodding their heads, and the night came to a very emotional ending that prompted warm embraces. Louis and Haynes then welcomed back Abts and Hess for an encore of Hendrix's "Little Wing."

Haynes & Franti :: Mountain Jam 2007
On Saturday, Haynes proved why some consider him the hardest working man in rock today. The Mule set began with two guest appearances, Machan and Michael Franti for The Rolling Stones' "Play with Fire," which received a huge response. After the always anticipated "Soulshine," Haynes rocked out with "Mule," then sauntered through "Gameface" > "Mountain Jam" > "Gameface" with notes so heavy they seemed to bounce off the thick stratus clouds hovering at the top of Hunter Mountain. Umphrey's McGee's guitarist Jake Cinninger joined them for an unexpected version of Little Milton's "That's What Love Will Make You Do" before Mule mainstay "Mother Earth."

The second set was nearly flawless and featured an extra jolt of energy when Ozomatli's horn players Uli Bella (sax) and Asdru Sierra (trumpet) sat in for James Brown's "It's A Man's World." Later, following a great, meandering, jam-filled "Sco-Live," Tea Leaf Green's Josh Clark joined them for a metallic run at Neil Young's "Keep on Rocking in the Free World." On a fitting note, Mule's extended encore included "Out of The Rain," where uttered, "I feel like I belong," which felt directed towards all of their closest friends on the hill applauding.

Other Musical Offerings

NOLA Social Club :: Mountain Jam 2007
One act that really caught my ear at Mountain Jam was the New Orleans Social Club featuring George Porter Jr. and Leo Nocentelli from The Meters, Ivan Neville, Henry Butler and Raymond Weber. Having played with Haynes numerous times, Porter knew his way around the festival. Donning a bright tie-dye on the only sunny day of Mountain Jam, he led a southern blues and funk charge for a rousing 90-minute set that took us up and down on a roller coaster of emotions. The Meters' "Look-ka Py Py" was a great opener that showed these cats were here to have some fun. The Social Club made sure to throw some hometown shout-outs including "Tipitina," a great version of Fats Domino's "Walking to New Orleans" and "Talkin' 'bout New Orleans." Haynes made his first guest appearance of the festival, sitting in on two numbers including a very boisterous, appropriate cover of Creedence's "Fortunate Son."

Luther Dickinson (NMA) :: Mountain Jam 2007
RAQ busted out a barn burning hour set. After discussing things with "RAQ-Heads" after their late night set, many agreed their afternoon set was tighter musically but their night set was intentionally loose. What caught me during the day set was the execution of "Brother From Another Mother" > "Botz." As with U-Melt, RAQ was a late addition to Mountain Jam but both bands had robust crowds that proved RAQ, and perhaps even U-Melt, now belong with the heavyweights on the main stage.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band were in full effect at Mountain Jam. With a 90-minute opening set Sunday, they were the perfect choice to get people stretching and moving again. Beyond the usual "I Need More Love," Randolph showed us he can rock with his "Voodoo Chile" > "Purple Haze" mid-set power chords. By close, Randolph was off his pedal steel, standing and holding an electric guitar, showing us yankees how to do a two-step.

G. Love & Haynes :: Mountain Jam 2007
Assembly of Dust brought a loyal contingent of supporters to Mountain Jam. I caught up with Reid Genauer as he signed come CDs and asked, "How does Mountain Jam differ from other festivals?" He looked at me with a half-smile, mumbled several quotes I could never use and then put his arm around me and said, "I love you like a sister man." Reid is quite the guy.

Rounding out Sunday's line-up was Michael Franti & Spearhead. The place really filled up for Franti as Sunday-only ticket buyers swarmed in to get a good spot for Phil and Friends. What they saw was the equivalent of an adult film "fluffer" or a musical can of Red Bull. While Franti's lyrics are socially poignant and politically-fueled, Spearhead's high energy music and crowd involvement gives "wings" to even the most tired crowd, which is why they've become the obvious pre-headliner choice at festivals.

Ozomatli :: Mountain Jam 2007
With a swollen crowd, including plenty of parents and their children, Franti altered his usual chant to "Stop the Freaking War" and later busted out a "Sesame Street" song, which Franti noted was a unifying song to the prisoners he performed for at San Quentin Prison. Out of nowhere, during "Yell Fire," Franti leapt into the crowd and walked about six-feet into the swell where the 6-foot 5-inch dreaded "brah-phet" and I jumped arm and arm. I was so overtaken with childlike vigor, I palmed Franti's 'domepiece' and we continued to jump with the crowd. Franti grabbed two clumps of mud from the ground, leaned back and smeared it on his t-shirt before returning to the stage to finish his set with an energetic "Everybody On The Move" filled with more chants of "How You feeling?" and "Everybody Jump!" Left sweaty and alert, I realized Franti may be the most intelligent, politically moving hype man of all time.

Ozomatli played to a crowd who didn't really know what to think of them. With banging beats, salsa explosions, a booming brass section and a frontman whose flow was eerily similar to Jay-Z, the mostly blues-rock oriented crowd did more watching than dancing. Despite the blank looks, Ozomatli provided a great juxtaposition to the other festival acts.

Kamara Thomas (Earl Greyhound)
Mountain Jam 2007
Ironically, prior to New Monsoon something like a monsoon fell on Hunter Mountain, wiping out what would have been a large crowd. After the rain, festival goers saw the whimsical Bay Area jam artists lay down a great version of Hendrix's "Freedom."

My biggest surprise of the weekend was New York City's Earl Greyhound, a nostalgic three-piece power group that's a time capsule of raw protest rock, '60s psychedelic threads and real rock 'n' roll attitude. Frontman Matt Whyte repeatedly rebuked Mountain Jam organizer's onstage demands to finish their set so Umphrey's McGee could play. Watching it play out, it was obvious Earl Greyhound didn't care what the "suits" thought of them, only what rock fans thought of them - a perfect fit for this independent radio sponsored festival.

Finally, it was time for the "Umphreeks" to get their groove on as the Umphrey's McGee set began simultaneously with a thunderstorm, which reportedly ended things early due to lightning scares. Following an opening "Push the Pig," the boys dug their heels into "Partying Peeps," with guitarists Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss going at it shoulder-to-shoulder. Following the song, the rain stalled to a drizzle. Two songs later, keyboardist Joel Cummins and Cinninger led the charge into "Get in The Van" and "The Bottom Half," which repeatedly explored valleys and peaks. The rain began to fall hard again and Umphrey's played a shrieking, raucous "Mulche's Odyssey" before having to shut down what would have been a mind crushing "Immigrant Song."

In Closing

From the festival organizers to the bands to the fans, everyone seemed over-the-top satisfied and exhausted following this year's extended three-day Mountain Jam. The music was rockin', security was cool, the people were diverse and chill, traffic was light, nearly everything was on schedule and the price was right. Maybe there is something to this whole "non-corporate festival" thing Radio Woodstock and Warren Haynes are doing.

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All Loving Liberal White Guy starstarstarstarstar Mon 6/11/2007 06:30PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy


You are spot whereyou described Earl Grayhound. As most anybody who attended this event will agree when I saw that this is a band who can pull off such a heavy, brusing and ass kicking set and still be enjoyed by the the most ultra chilled of the jam fans.

JoseMadre starstarstarstar Mon 6/11/2007 07:28PM
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"southern homeboy" ???

Robert Randolph is from northern New Jersey, he is one of those "yankees" you keep talking about.
Other then that it was a great review.

MyDogIsBlaze Mon 6/11/2007 08:18PM
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Sounded like a killer set from Phil, I wont miss Mountain Jam next year. Screw all these damn weddings. Robert Randolph is sick!

O1Roggae Mon 6/11/2007 09:29PM
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setlist was amazing wish i was there
Set 1: Shakedown Street > Friend of the Devil > Althea, Low Spark of High Healed Boys, New Speedway Boogie, Mason's Children, Candyman, Scarlet Begonias > Eyes of the World > Fire on the Mountain

Set 2: Unbroken Chain, Dark Star > Mountains of the Moon > Dark Star > Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Lovelight, E: Not Fade Away

Chaloupka Mon 6/11/2007 10:17PM
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No mention of Backyard Tire Fire??

karacter0 starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/12/2007 12:02AM
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It is time Raq to become a main stage band. Phish and SCI are history. Raq is the new Phish, for me.

I've been waiting for this review. Loved it. Sometimes I think that JBase has given up on reporting the good stuff. Prove me wrong more often, would ya?

Heres one for everyone to argue warren better with mule or with phil, allman bros., etc. I like him better when hes playing outside mule.

karacter0 starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/12/2007 12:08AM
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p.s. Phil, Scofield, Haynes, kybd player from Partilce! This was the best Phil show I've ever seen. I've always been a Ratdog guy, but I think this show blows Phil into the lead.

Too bad they will probably only do a few shows with this sick line up :(

kart00n42o starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/12/2007 02:57AM
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sick weekend of music, def one of the best festis ive been too

Rich Lieberman starstarstarstar Tue 6/12/2007 05:23AM
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Rich Lieberman

Nice recap of a great festival. Gets bigger and better each year. I think it's the really fan friendly vibe to this festival that makes it. The line-up was excellent for a smaller festival. The Phil Set was a such a treat. Govt Mule really let loose and all the bands showed me something. Cheers to Warren Haynes and WDST, Radio Woodstock!

If you feel like reading more and seeing more great pictures from Mountain Jam. You may want to check out the "Official Mountain Jam Blog" It is still being updated everyday.

christophebaise starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/12/2007 05:48AM
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Yes it was an incredible festival and very nice written review, it captured many of my similar thoughts. Besides that killer Phil set my other faves were New Orleans Social Club and North Mississippi Allstars. I thought that when NMA took the second stage they totally showed up Robert Randolphs Band which just got done playing. Some larger festivals seem to have a trend that is going away from jam bands but when you see the great crowds for RAQ and U-Melt it shows most people still love our straight up jam bands even if they don't want to be labeled as such.

cocheese Tue 6/12/2007 06:04AM
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ahhhh yes indeed! thanks for the great review, it got me even more pumped for the late nite Mule set at the Roo. everyone pray for a "No Quarter"

spaceface7 starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/12/2007 06:15AM
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awesome review... just dont ever say raq-heads agian please
gotta get that phil show on tizzape!!

Patjcostell starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/12/2007 06:19AM
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a bunch of these shows are in btree and the audio quality is superb. I will not be missing Mountain Jam next yr, even if it is a week after my impending nuptuals

torn&treyed Tue 6/12/2007 07:19AM
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heard the phil show, its easily the best one since dropping the haynes, herring, molo, barraco lineup..... those were the best phil shows ever. I miss that lineup sooo much.

moeron2 starstarstarstar Tue 6/12/2007 07:20AM
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Mountain jam deffinitly kicked serious ass. Tea Leaf Green deff. stood out, rockin the late night and jamin the day far as RAQ being the new SCI or phish, they have a lng way to come, theres no deffinition in their jam. Listen to more moe., umphreys, bisco.. the have undenieable style in their own funk. sounding like no one else is key, and they got it. By far mountain jam rocked in everyway. KEEP THE SCENE CLEAN AND THE VIBE ALIVE

letshavesomefun Tue 6/12/2007 08:18AM
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"as far as RAQ being the new SCI or phish, they have a lng way to come, theres no deffinition in their jam."

i totally have to agree. but i have a feeling U-Melt maybe on their way. Now i haven't seen these guys play live yet but i have heard some of their live stuff and its pretty damn good. However i am not willing to say that they are the next Phish but maybe in time. Anyone know how long they've been playing together?

And sorry to say it, i saw RAQ a couple of months back and i wasn't impressed. But just my opinion.


beatleboy000 starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/12/2007 08:32AM
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"non-corporate festival" THA WAY TO GO MAN!

katsublime23 starstarstar Tue 6/12/2007 09:01AM
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Phil fuels the soul

kspive20 Tue 6/12/2007 10:04AM
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definitely a chill fest..scenery was amazing, music rocked my face. only downside was when i tried to walk in the music area with an umbrella in the POURING rain and security told me i couldn't being it in because it could be used as a weapon. sure. that's why i had it. certainly not because it was raining. they offered me a trash bag to wear, but i snuck in with my umbrella instead. you gotta laugh at that though!

Dnumde starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/12/2007 11:03AM
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having attended this years MtJam, i have to say it really was the best festival i have been to, ever. The music was the driving factor in this festival, not money, or drugs which i have seen motivating people at other larger scale shows, which made for a real sense of community and love between the fans and the bands. i have to applaud warren for all his hard work, as well as all others who made this possible. I could not be more impressed with the entire weekend, as well i could not be more excited about next year.

My Highlights, top 3...
Hallelujah (You really are the man Warren!)
Taxi Radio
Partying Peeps

kaiserbun starstarstarstar Tue 6/12/2007 11:06AM
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good festival, warren always does a good job of getting the fun bands to play. i agree that the RAQ comment is a little premature. its way to early to call them as good as SCI and especially Phish. i've scene them a couple times and like some of the songs, but the improvisational talent isn't even close.

androckguitar starstarstarstar Tue 6/12/2007 12:11PM
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This festival was awesome!!!
I flew out from California for this and I wasn't disappointed, I loved it!

Gov't mule rocked so hard! Phil was amazing.

The three bands from San Francisco rocked like always:
Tea Leaf was great! Michael brought everyone up to a new level of energy. New Monsoon is an amazing band, and they get no respect.(and they got bad luck)

and for the RAQ ppl..they are good, but they are very repetitive. The guitarist shreds, but he plays a similar solo in every song.

theman632k4 Tue 6/12/2007 01:04PM
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sounds like this year was pretty sick...too bad i couldnt get to it, all people were doing before was complaining about the police/security presence of year(s) before, how was that this year?

johnnygoff Tue 6/12/2007 04:44PM
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Marcsmall Tue 6/12/2007 07:57PM
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All these jambands......and Phil is still the best at doing what he does.

cody_420 Wed 6/13/2007 06:43AM
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This festival sounds killer. Starting with Phil & Friends lineup and sets. Too bad UM was rained out. I agree RAQ is not the next Phish or String Cheese. They have a ways to go but they can definitly throw down. Thought this was a great review overall and I was wondering if G. Love had his own set or if he was just a special guest? Anyway next year I should make the trek to NY from SD. Only took 32 hours when I saw Phish at Oswego!

okalrightic starstarstar Wed 6/13/2007 10:40AM
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This festival was amazing. I dont know how you could write a review of it without even mentioning the unbelievable Umphrey's show! Great time though absolutely!

midnightrider Wed 6/13/2007 03:19PM
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i got some phil pics on my profile that i took from this show .....check em out and enjoy

MrTibbles Thu 6/14/2007 06:35AM
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Are they coming out with a DVD? So many cameras!!!!

Seangus Fri 6/15/2007 11:05AM
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pic from last year with green flower creature easily 12 ft tall and white flowing robe. i know how it feels. last year was more about the drugs. music was still prevalent. if you want to see raq melt your face off see them in canadian border state, it just seems to lift them, then you too will be a raqaholic drunk on raqhol that sounds nothing like sci or fish. more complex then sci less spacey than fish. haynes lesh scofield wow. long live mntn jam

thisischris starstarstarstarstar Sun 6/17/2007 06:12PM
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Hey Dnumde
Partying Peeps was one of the weekend's highlights for me as well. Never saw UM before, but that song turned me on to them.
needless to say, Phil was awsome.

sasarese Mon 6/18/2007 09:56AM
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GOOD TIMES!!! Michael Franti said it best during his freestyle rap "I'm here with the ladies and the fellas, no we don't need no fu!@in umbrellas!

Chapelchilla starstarstarstarstar Tue 6/19/2007 03:48PM
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I watched a lot of this webcast, it was excellent. Thanks, Warren.

As far as who the successor to The Dead and Phish as the unofficial "King of the Jam Bands" will be, I would have to say - Tea Leaf Green.

They have the charisma, song writing and jam-ability to be the next big one. If you have not seen them this year, give them another try. They have really grown. Download 3-3-07, 4-13-07, 1-19/20-07 and 12-28-06 on LMA if you want to hear the new stuff.

The competition (all of whom are good bands and fun shows, in their own right) have styles may prevent them from becoming the big band in the scene. This is not meant to bash anyone's favorite band, it's just one guys opinion!

Widespread- big down South here but fairly old and not "sexy"
Umphrey's- maybe too metallic and lyrically a bit plain.
Biscuits- a bit too much in the dance/electronica vein. Nice and funky. Likewise - STS9, Lotus
SCI- breaking up
RAQ- really? Their "songs" are mostly all jams that don't have resolutions/nuances.
U-Melt- nice guitarist but the band lacks star quality (a Jerry, Trey, Bob, Mike etc)live. Sorry U-fans, but I found it to be true and I just saw them again in April.
Mule- more like southern rock aka the Allman Bros but good at what they do.

Any other contenders? Feel the need to Flame?
Fuel for thought welcomed.....

ManyRoads starstarstarstarstar Thu 6/21/2007 12:31PM
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TLG has a long way to go until that title is given (great mt. jam set!!!)... but in my heart of hearts they already parallel the DEAD and that's what matters to me. I take TLG's stories and spiritual visions with me everywhere. Their sound has def advanced, tightened, and gotten bigger in recent months. They grew in 2005 and once again in 2007. Yep Chapelchilla...I'd say 2009 TLG goes...

So many great bands at mt jam. be grateful for that groove upon your table! Hope you enjoyed the webcast half as much as I enjoyed rockin' on that hill.

karacter0 Fri 6/22/2007 05:32PM
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Whoa! I didn't mean to say that Raq 2007 is as good as Phish 1993/94. I was just trying to say that the bands with cool lot scenes are fading away and new bands need support to fill those shoes (or else we lose our scene). You dig? TLG was great at the Jam. They should be bigger too.

Makisupa_McGee Fri 6/29/2007 01:33PM
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I really liked RAQ's set at mnt jam. wasnt there but i just listened to it on the archive

i like raq alot but still think something is missing from thier sound/sets...depth possibly? its kind of like theyre putting off the same vibe the whole show regardless of what song they are playing, whereas the more experienced groups will take you through a more varried and complete experience

petemora starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/5/2007 12:09PM
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I saw RAQ once, it was an A7 chord for 10 minutes. The next song was E7#9 for 14 minutes. Then I started hitting on smelly hippie girls. One of them poured a Magic Hat No. 9 on my head. I then tried to find the fattest chick at the show and we went back to the Community Court Motel in Saratoga, NY. Thanks RAQ, I had a great time!

apollo_records Thu 7/5/2007 04:40PM
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where's the DVD or HD broadcast at? Haynes has his xmas show on Rave-HD, so why not Hunter Mtn? Scofield was the highlight for me

kjs2 starstarstarstar Mon 8/27/2007 12:36PM
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U-Melt far surpassses virtually all of the newer jams bands and its a mystery why they are still playing smaller venues. Chapelchilla is right that they don't have a "star" in the sense of a pritty-boy front-man or identifiable leader, and that may be one of the reasons their fan base is not what it should be. Musically, however, they are all stars and together they are unsurpassed: gorgeous, flowing, transcendental, eclectic, inventive, cohesive - all aptly describe their music. Thank God thier live performances have been preserved for future jam band generations. I feel lucky to have seem them many times much as I would have felt lucky to have seen the Grateful Dead circa 1969-73, 1988-1990, the WHO Live at Leeds or the Allman Brothers at Fillmore east in '71. Its an incredible thing to see a band of this caliber make its ascent and at least this time I won't be relegated to watching from my living room chair.

discomcgee Thu 2/14/2008 09:46PM
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it was a pretty good festival all in all. i went to the late night raq having never heard them, prepared a tranced out show and they threw it down. saw them later and they were completely different, not phish yet tho. cant wait to see them at langerado this year

amonro Mon 4/21/2008 04:56PM
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I have to second that--so many cameras--now I would LOVE to see a DVD. In particular, the NM Allstars rocked and I would love to see it all over again!