ULU | 12.13.01 | HARPER'S FERRY

New York City quartet, ulu, continued their Northeast tour, playing to an energetic crowd last night at Harper's Ferry in Allston, MA, right down the road from Fenway Park. The group began their nearly two hour high intensity set by slowly melding into the Led Zeppelin classic "Immigrant Song," which segued into a Herbie Hancock tune from the wonderful album, Man Child featuring the funky keys of Scott Chasolen and the tenor sax of Aaron Gardner. Throughout the night, the group continued in funk fashion keeping the dancing audience upbeat. The quartet also graced their audience with covers of Pink Floyd’s “Us and Them” (without lyrics), and a surprise "Super Mario Bros." theme medley that had all members of the audience frolicking with joy and surprise. The "Super Mario Bros." medley began with banter regarding video games and a reference to the secret code from the Nintendo game Contra by bassist, Justin Wallace. Late in the set, Wallace also teased the bass line of Radiohead’s “Everything in it’s Right Place” from the album Kid A. Also on hand for a guest appearance was internationally renowned Boston MC Kabir, fresh off the heels of his CD release party at the House of Blues in Cambridge, Wednesday night. The responsive crowd enjoyed Kabir’s blend of freestyle and R&B with ulu supporting him. The evening consisted of mostly new originals that kept the crowd on their feet for the duration of the show. Drummer David Hoffman kept the audience on their toes with his lightning fast break beat drum style and huge afro.

Ulu are celebrating the new Catapult Records live recording entitled What’s the Deal? recorded at Lilli's in Somerville, MA last May. Keyboardist Scott Chasolen, and sax player Aaron Gardner made early appearances with opening act Pete Pidgeon & Arcoda, which featured Pete Pidgeon’s noodling guitar and an all star lineup of Boston musicians including bassist Brian O’Connell and drummer Tom Arey of Uncle Sammy and Adam Beamer on keys. Ulu continues with their tour of the northeast, performing at Sully's Pub in Hartford tonight and returning to Massachusetts Saturday to Tammany Hall in Worcester. Two New York shows will follow, in Saratoga and the Mercury Lounge in NYC. Ulu will be celebrating New Years eve at the Mexicali Blues Cafe in Teaneck, New Jersey with Uncle Sammy.

Craig Vinecombe
JamBase | East Coast
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[Published on: 12/17/01]

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