Photos And Review | Equifunk | Poconos

New energy was manifested and those napping from too much sun at the pool started to stir again. Back in the camping area by the E-RENA stage the Bobby Paltauf Band played a secret RV set as the sun dipped on Saturday night. Paltauf, a 13-year-old guitar wiz, worked his way through a slow and burning version of “Shakedown Street” similar to earlier in the day, but with a crowd twice as deep.

The E-RENA caught early fire from the Nigel Hall Band as they uncorked “Don’t Change” and “Make it Funky." Hall paved the way for Anders Osborne, John Medeski and Scott Metzger, who dominated guitar and key-laden covers of “Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad” and Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35.” Soulive came packing a bunch of brass as Eric Krasno and the Evans Brothers tore through one of the strongest sets many had heard. Among the highlights was a funk-filled version of “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles that transitioned into Jimi Hendrix’s “Third Stone from the Sun.” Maceo Parker joined Soulive for a handful of tunes midway into the set highlighted by The J.B.'s “Pass the Peas.” In hindsight, it was all just a warm-up to what would come next.

Somewhere around 2 a.m. Marco Benevento started his campfire set. The idea of a set like this has been tossed around for several years and watching it unfold was just magical. If you’ve seen these types of jams happen before, whether into the wee hours with the Barr Brothers at High Sierra’s Camp Harry or on Jam Cruise with Nathan Moore or Brock Butler, you get a great idea of the organic nature of its build. Jams like this are fueled by a religious love for live music, the right combination of substance and a crowd ready to respectfully participate in helping to create a plethora of wonderful music that could and would go everywhere across the musical map.

Benevento was in his element as he sported his patriotic pants and a hearty grin. The set began with Benevento surrounded by a few hundred fans as Andrew Borger and Dave Dreiwitz helped the keyboardist uncork song after song. By 4:30, while the New Mastersounds and friends were still deep in a set at the E-RENA, the campfire had been extinguished, but the music was just heating up. Tradition at a campfire encouraged crowd participation, requests galore, sing-alongs, rotating guests, antics, pranks, dancing and a winding set list that went on and on until about 9 a.m. Corey Frye and Sister Sparrow’s singer Arleigh Kincheloe joined in to sing, Nigel Hall and Eddie Roberts' son both guested with Benevento on the ivories, Borger was on an mash-up of a kit featuring various percussion with several others in tow. When it was all said and done I think it’s fair to say the set was burned into the live music memories of all in attendance for many lifetimes to come. Please see the setlist below for a recap of song selections with huge thanks to Cleantones and Phrazz for the recap.


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