Re: Generation | 07.06 & 07.07 | NC

Words by: Stratton Lawrence :: Images by: Kevin Quinn

Re:Generation :: 07.06.07 & 07.07.07 :: Deerfields, NC

Dave Murphy - STS9 :: Re:Generation
Like the touring giants who preceded them on the jamband scene, Sound Tribe Sector 9, perhaps more than any other band currently playing in the U.S., has a clearly identifiable scene. From the flat-brimmed hats to the crystal wraps, the Tribe faithful descended on North Carolina this weekend in full force, spreading mostly kind vibes that helped make it a quintessential STS9 event.

"Captivate. Rejuvenate. Regenerate," the girl standing next to me whispered into my ear before yelling, "I just want to dance!" So went the mood of Re:Generation last weekend at Deerfields, the mountainous, intimate venue that STS9 chose to host their gathering of kindred souls just outside Asheville, N.C. From epic performances by STS9 and the Benevento/Russo Duo to the optical joys of paintings by Kris D and J. Garcia, there was plenty of food for the mind and soul.

Re:Generation 2007
Deerfields is a small enough venue that they wisely limited the number of cars allowed onto the grounds. Most festival-goers left their vehicles in a designated field a mile out, then caught a ride on an open-air bus operated by Asheville's LaZoom tours. Wildly decorated in gold trim, vintage black and white photographs and painted bright purple, the bus traveled up a narrow dirt road with branches and leaves reaching in and brushing riders. Johnny Cash played on the speakers, anticipation was high.

It was 8 p.m. when we arrived and STS9 would take the stage for their opening set within the hour. Time was of the essence, so we quickly set up camp around the lower pond. Deerfields has two ponds, both fit for swimming, with the main stage set between them. Our waterfront spot staked, we headed up to the show just in time to catch the opening riffs of "From Now On" followed by a new song, "Tooth."

"Moonsocket" came early, the classic pocket groover that returned to heavy rotation in 2006. It wasn't as hard-hitting a version as the band dropped on New Years in Atlanta, but they expertly segued it into "So It Goes," a new song whose fan-chosen name coincided with author Kurt Vonnegut's recent passing. "GLOgli" and "Rent" both got huge reactions from the crowd, but it was the "Twilight" and "Inspire Strikes Back" encores that solidified the evening and left everyone eager for day two, and far from ready for sleep.

Join :: Re:Generation
After a last minute cancellation by Prefuse 73, organizers booked The Join for a late night set on Friday, including both Marco Benevento and Joe Russo of the Duo and drummer Darren Shearer and keyboardist Jamie Shields of the New Deal. Having never performed together prior to Re:Generation, the group took a couple songs to warm up but quickly found their rhythm. It's difficult to describe the sonic explosion that occurs when two drummers and two keyboardists - one of which is Benevento playing his insane organ contraption - come together to rock as hard as they can, but it was indeed fantastic. STS9 bassist David Murphy came out for most of the show, dropping low-end bombs that aptly rounded out the high frequency tweaking from the organs.

Brown & Lerner - STS9 :: Re:Generation
After a hobo breakfast of peanut butter, honey, and bananas (Eggs? Check. Stove? Check. Frying pan? Damn!), I enjoyed one of the finest aspects of Deerfields by jumping in the cool pond water to rid me of a lingering hangover. Deerfields borders the Pisgah National Forest, and trails lead from the camping area up the "Big Hill" or along a creek that flows through the property. We chose .the creek trail for our morning hike, wandering through rhododendron bushes in full bloom and searching for salamanders in the clear flowing water. After a refreshing walk in the woods, we returned just in time for STS9 to kick off Saturday's music with a 2 p.m. set.

Sound Tribe is a nighttime band if there ever was one, complete with lights and beats tailor made for late night dance parties. No one I spoke with had ever even seen them in the daytime but by the opening strains of the beautiful "Circus" they'd convinced me of their ability to amaze solely with their music. There were no strobes over the stage to send LSD-filled minds soaring, just organic, electronic music.

Telefon Tel Aviv :: Re:Generation 2007
Including "Peoples" and brain numbing closer "Tokyo," the afternoon set was my favorite of the weekend. I'd heard rumors about drummer Zach Velmer's wrist giving him trouble lately, but he showed no signs of injury. Taking control of the hip swaying "Wika Chikana" and "Luma Daylight," Velmer demonstrated he's still a machine with no plans to slow down.

STS9 has grown into a group sound. There are no solos or lingering leads, and they're so tight in the pocket that a simple embellishment by Murph in between phrases is enough to send the crowd roaring and fists pumping the air. I'd have liked to see more guest appearances over the weekend but they've likely realized that adding to their unit sacrifices cohesiveness.

Natalie Walker followed STS9 with a set of jazzy, sultry crooning on the lakeside stage, after which Telefon Tel Aviv played a set advertised as having a full band. The DJs added a guitarist to their mix but he did little to complement their polished sound.

Benevento, Murphy, Russo :: Re:Generation
Athens ruled the evening, with Georgia products Grogus and Dubconscious holding down enthusiastic groups of dancing fans. Singer Shelley Olin rounded out Dubconscious' set with her energetic backing vocals, and the band put on a perfect sundown easy skankin' fest.

By the time STS9 took the stage at midnight on Saturday, half the crowd was clearly near exhaustion, reclined on the hill overlooking the stage. For those still on their feet down in front, energy was anything but low. "Move My Peeps," "Ramone & Emiglio" and "Open E" all had moments of hands-in-the-air, full-on rocking out. Richard Devine joined the band in the second set, bringing the crowd almost to the boiling point. The "Baraka" STS9 brought for the first encore blew the lid off, and even tired feet were floating off the ground.

Zach Velmer :: Re:Generation 2007
At 3:15 a.m. I dragged my tired body over to the lakeside stage and planted myself in front for The Duo. What followed was undoubtedly the best music I heard all weekend. Hitting up the highlights from their flawless Play Pause Stop album, as well as older tunes like "My Pet Goat" and "Becky," their wee hour set had every awake jaw at Re:Generation scraping the floor. Benevento makes his B-3 sound like a full band, and Russo was born to drum with him. From teasing Led Zeppelin to drunken-sounding banter between songs, the pair played hard, bringing enough energy to lift the tired souls to their feet for a little while longer.

After one last swim, it was a sad farewell to pack up on Sunday. Any festival at Deerfields has a summer camp feel, followed by the mild depression of parting with new friends and a beautiful, sacred spot. At the end of their final set, STS9 bassist Dave Murphy thanked the crowd, saying, "Let's do it again next year."

Sometime during their first set on Friday, I looked around at the hipped-out kids around me, hats cocked sideways, eyes glazed over, and bodies jerking violently with the music, and thought to myself that I might be growing out of this scene. I was, after all, the dude in a collared shirt. Then I popped a Magic Hat bottle cap with the words "Imbibe with your Tribe" printed on the bottom. And so I did. By the time they struck into "Aimlessly" later that night, I remembered why they're my favorite live band. STS9 gets it. Deerfields has got it. With that combination, everyone present was getting it, too, and for 48 hours, Re:Generation was very much alive.

Re:Generation 2007
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All Loving Liberal White Guy starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/25/2007 08:08PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

Richard Devine owns mad freakly sauce!

cody418 starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/25/2007 08:34PM
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carphishhead starstarstarstarstar Wed 7/25/2007 10:53PM
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^ 'Tis true.

Can I just say I love the sayings on Magic Hat caps? I got one at Langerado that said "The sky is too blue to be true." And sure enough, no clouds at all that day.

Solid review

hatfieldsbro starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/26/2007 06:30AM
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the article on with STS9 really goes along good with this review, because some of the band members talk about how Deerfield is the Hornings Hideout of the East them

kidadam starstar Thu 7/26/2007 07:03AM
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brwnben Thu 7/26/2007 07:59AM
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No Doubt. And then say that STS9 is your "favorite band" Clueless!

eat_vinyl_death starstarstarstar Thu 7/26/2007 08:06AM
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Jamie Shields and Darren Shearer are solid....anything they touch is pure gold. I cant believe i missed them playing with the Duo and Murph on top of that. Cant wait to see them this weekend with Brownie and Magner, if you live in the north east, and you dont have a ticket to either the NYC or the Philly shows, i highly suggest it if you want to get down and boogie

Makisupa_McGee Thu 7/26/2007 09:23AM
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yes, go see the JOIN!

pisgah is an awesome place, i miss it

I agree with the author about the feeling of outgowing the scene sometimes, but when I tune the scene out I find what drew me to it in the first place - the jams.

AZ~*Droo* starstarstar Thu 7/26/2007 09:33AM
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Good Review! Sounds like awesome times...i wish i could of made it!

karacter0 Thu 7/26/2007 10:01AM
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hope you enjoyed it. I wasn't there because I have been very disapointed in the past by Deerfields, STS9, and NewDeal side projects.

Is there anyone who can compare the Join to Jam2 (another NewDeal side project with bisco members and others)?

soulink starstarstarstar Thu 7/26/2007 10:04AM
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WISH I could have been there... how bout a Re:generation stage at High Sierra next year.

letshavesomefun Thu 7/26/2007 10:16AM
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I am so looking forward to Tribe in Vegas and Wisco. Plus Chi next week. Holla!

lvcheese Thu 7/26/2007 01:39PM
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I love these boys.. G-Damn

lvcheese Thu 7/26/2007 01:40PM
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I love these boys.. G-Damn

paulygparty Thu 7/26/2007 02:38PM
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Nice review. The music is the music. I appreciate knowing what a day of life is like at whatever festival I'd contemplate joining. Thanks.

tay1222 starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/26/2007 03:49PM
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pretty good review of the weekend. this festival had by far the best over all vibe of any music gathering ive ever attended. Not sure if anything will ever match up to how magical this weekend was. Fireworks in back of s9 during the crashing moments of Open E doesnt get much better...

karacter0 Thu 7/26/2007 11:57PM
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we get thumbs down because we weren't there. deerfields is the snobbiest venue i've ever been to. that's the dissapointment i was reffering to. thanks for supporting my point so far.

jackstraw1984 Fri 7/27/2007 06:22AM
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My favorite Magic Hat cap - "Steer Clear of Humongous Fungus"

Go to Deerfields, it's the shit. Ashefest - August 23-26.

scooterdjembe starstarstarstarstar Fri 7/27/2007 07:20AM
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good review. I loved this festy. Deerfields was beautiful tribe was on point, Twilight was unreal. No mention of Telepath whos set was short but full of dancy world beats, or Lyrics Born who's show was weak lacked crowd controll and threatened to leave if everyone did not scream every time he ordered. Tha Ticklah's set and name was laughable to say the least. The sound from the main stage filled the venue perfectly and was clear as could be even from our campsite. Telefon tel aviv, Grougus, the Join, Dubcon, and catching the end of tribes sound check on the way in was and awesome addition to a magical weekend

msb696 starstarstarstarstar Fri 7/27/2007 08:51AM
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awesome review.

Funkestra Fri 7/27/2007 10:01AM
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Wanted to correct karacter0 in that Deerfields is the least snobbiest venue I've been to. Seen several festies and a few private deals out there- BEST outside venue like this. The family that runs it, the security , and the fans make this a beautiful place that is full of good times and memories!

eat_vinyl_death Fri 7/27/2007 11:19AM
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ps i love muphs beard, very grizzled Fri 7/27/2007 11:47AM
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nice photos Kevin, I really like the water reflection and crowd shot! Keep up the good work.

j-bizzle Fri 7/27/2007 03:16PM
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"Tooth" is not a new song, its on the 1320 mixtape.

karacter0 Fri 7/27/2007 05:24PM
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I'd like to clarify. Most of the hippies were snobbie (EVERYONE was way spun out after a 2 yr drought). I actually enjoyed mingling with the custies more. (Smilefest '05)

scooterdjembe starstarstarstarstar Fri 7/27/2007 08:40PM
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ohh yes KaracterO the eliteist wook. It's ironic when supposed family wooks treat everyone not in their immediate family like custies as if we should bow to their headiness like they were born on lot. I saw some at Re-gen that were hanging out over the little bridge insuliting everyone that came by. yeah real family oriented dam trusties

deadpig79 Sun 7/29/2007 07:59PM
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they started playng tooth live 4 months ago in boulder, im sure thats what they meant, fo-shizzle my cubby nizzle

hippiegirl420 starstarstarstar Mon 7/30/2007 08:13AM
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I absolutely love the Duo. I'm so excited for Marco's new album. I've ordered it on presale already. It's three cds, I heard it's going to be like 16 hours of stuff. Should be awesome. I'm hoping I ordered early enough cause the first 50 are signed. If anyone else is interested you can order it at I don't remember how much it was, but its totally worth it. CAN'T WAIT!!

Lord-K. starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/30/2007 08:46AM
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Actaully I believe the 1st tooth I know of was played at a PA set at the House of Blues in Chicago before one of there live sets about a year ago. They came out right at nine and did a special PA set for us heads that arrived on time.

j-bizzle starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/30/2007 12:10PM
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"they started playng tooth live 4 months ago in boulder, im sure thats what they meant, fo-shizzle my cubby nizzle"
Acutally they played it many times before Boulder - at most of the west coast shows back in Feb/Mar. Not trying to be a nazi, just wanted to call it out.

granola Mon 7/30/2007 08:55PM
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Amazing festivel 5 sets of tribe u cant ask for anything more than that. He should have gave some love to the Goddess Alchemy Project. Can anybody explain why the duo is good music cuz i dont getit.

BooneRes starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/1/2007 12:32PM
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Best vibes iv experienced at a festival in a really really long time.......2 yr drought karacter0, what country do you live in?