Sunday :: 05.24.09
Sunday began in keeping with Amberland tradition, where many of us, myself included, awoke to the crisp, beautiful sounds of Brock Butler's solo set, which included a guest appearance by Gary Paulo on sax. The day progressed and the first true rain came during the day set, which was more on par with previous years with PGroove favorites including "TSMM" and "So Much As Goodbye." The notion that rain would dampen spirits was officially put to rest as Butler got soaked as he took front and center during "53 More Things to Do In Zero Gravity" and Hruby tickled keys under the cover of a self-elevated tarp as they threw back to the previous night's "We Built This City." Following this, the art of Hippie-Engineering took place as Hruby's keys were covered by fan donated umbrellas. It truly was a sight to behold - tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment under a couple of golf umbrellas - priceless.
|Brock Butler (solo) :: Amberland 2009|
Following the set came the annual roasting of a pig by Mark "Uncledaddy" Day, who was responsible for holding the first Amberland many moons ago. This is an experience like no other, as there is nothing like breaking bread with your fellows to leave one with the sure feeling that they are definitely in the midst of family.
Sunday night brought theme night number two, Good vs. Evil. Mr. Butler apparently is a fan of evil as he came out dressed in most likely the best Joker costume ever, with makeup credit going to Caroline DeCelles, who also introduced us to her new foundation, We're Hear for You, out of Athens, GA, which provides free earplugs at shows in an effort to stem the tinnitus that the many regular concertgoers have come to know and hate.
|Brock Butler - PG :: Amberland 2009|
Sunday night also brought the torrential downpour that we all knew would come. The once green fields of Cherokee Farms became quasi-swamps. Again, no one seemed to notice and if they did, they sure didn't seem to care.
The Amberland state of mind was in full swing. After the band broke due to the rain, they triumphantly returned stating that they were happy to oblige our need for more, which included one of the nastiest rendition of "Teakwood Betz" to date, and the set wrapped with Damien Perry back in his guest guitar slot for an intensely heavy "Speed Queen" into "Clap for the Killers" and back into "Speed Queen" that literally pulled you into the speaker as though you were in some sort of enjoyable mind blender. It was truly a force to be reckoned with.
Overall, this Amberland will go down as yet another perpetually groove-licious time. There is absolutely no experience like it on the planet. Perpetual Groove has claimed their place in the scene, and I for one plan to continue to be there as they shed light, cast shadows and pierce my soul in their uniquely cleansing manner. It is still a year away, and I am already counting down the days until next year's venture to that remote location where the sound is pure and no one really cares if it rains.
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