HOT DAZE AND BISCO KNIGHTS

In the hot Delaware sun this weekend in Wilmington, The Disco Biscuits headlined two earth shaking concerts at the Kahunaville Summer Stage on the Riverfront. The weather was beautiful all weekend, and the venue helped to set a very tropical mood on the water with palm trees, pina coladas, and margaritas. All of the beautiful people who came from far and wide to witness this event were in high spirits for this Biscuits throwdown.

The festival started out on the right foot with Brothers Past. Although very similar to the genre of the Disco Biscuits and other electronica style jambands, they did not dissapoint by any means. The venue was somewhat empty, but that did not stop the Brothers from pumping out some intense jams. As people began to wander inside, they were pleasantly surprised with the music they were seeing and hearing. The front area began to get more packed as people began to feel the grooves and start to get-down. The Brothers Past definitely made an impression on most of us with their high energy grooves.

On next was modern pedal-steel guitarist Robert Randolph & The Family Band. His set featured some favorites from his new album, The Word as well as some other crowd pleasers. He likes to involve the crowd with participative measures like stomping the feet, clapping the hands, and screaming. I found it interesting how well he leads his band, and then he can lead the audience in a full-on foot stomp. Robert Randolph is incredible, and was a wonderful addition to this already amazing festival.

With the sun still giving us its last bit of strength for the day, The Disco Biscuits took the stage for the first of a three set performance. They busted out the intensity right away with "Voices Insane," which led to an inspiring "Magellan." Shortly after, they began the insanity of the night by doing "Little Shimmy in a Conga Line" nicely segueing in and out of "Little Betty Boop," ending the set. Other highlights of the night included "Helicopters," "The Very Moon," and "7-11" which was sandwiched in that set. Third set the Biscuits mellowed out the mood a little with "Jigsaw Earth," and closed out the set with "Little Lai." Although the Biscuits were done, the music was not over, as many stayed for DJ Prince Paul. I personally was too tired to stay, because I had been worn out by the Disco Biscuits' incredible sounds. I was saving my energy for day two.

After much needed rest, I arrived back in Wilmington at Kahunaville for day two of Bisco Knights. The Ally started things off promptly at around 3pm, and Lake Trout did a set after them. I think by this time, people were really starting to pour in and grab a spot to dance in anticipation of the upcoming set with The New Deal. The New Deal didn't hit the stage until after 5pm, but they really got everyone moving with style. Although the day was starting to cool down, the heat inside was beginning to go up as The New Deal turned up the intensity a notch. I for one, could not stop moving my feet and shaking my bones. The New Deal really got me ready for what I was about to witness.

As The New Deal ended their set, everyone was starting to become more excited for another helping of The Disco Biscuits. They took the stage with force and power, opening the two set show with "Hope," followed by a strong version of "Spaga," which very nicely segued into one of my favorites, "Munchkin Invasion" which led back to "Spaga." The Biscuits ended the set with "Confrontation" and "The Tunnel." During the setbreak everyone was itching to get their last set of Bisco before it was time to head back home. The level of anticipation was high, and everyone was expecting a total blow out. I don't think that anyone was disappointed. They opened set two with a new song, called "Reactor," and then led into another of my alltime favorites, "Crickets." Intense jamming and beautiful smooth space intertwining songs together took us from "Crickets" to a very high energy "Vassillios" which was inverted (beginning with the ending and ending with the beginning). And the Biscuits still kept the energy flowing. Next came "Spacebirdmatingcall," which is on their new album, They Missed The Perfume. The jams led their way back to "Vassillios," beginning played now, then flowing smoothly back into "Crickets." The set ended with "Soul Is Shaking," and The Disco Biscuits encored with "Sound One."

Overall, I thought this last and final set was the most intense and powerful of the whole weekend. The weather held out very nicely all weekend and Kahunaville was the spot to be. Incredible music combined with food, drinks, and fun made for a weekend to remember. The Disco Biscuits did it up in style this weekend and I can't wait until the next one. Next weekend The Disco Biscuits will grace the stage of Wetlands Preserve in New York City for two final shows before the sad closing of the club later next month.

Ian S. Stone
JamBase | New York
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[Published on: 8/29/01]

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