Mountain of Venus
Café Zacquor | Gloversville, NY | 10.11.02

Amid the mylar balloon palm trees of Gloversville’s Café Zacquor, Mountain of Venus brought a formerly scene-deprived crowd out of the desert. As they started their set, they brought the crowd to “Higher Ground,” with the help of Jody and Tanya’s voices, Jody and lead guitarist Mike Pascuale’s thoughtful and awe-inspiring guitar riffs, and the powerful rhythm section created by bassist Dave Gesualdo and new drummer Mike “Stringray” Garrett. The room seemed almost perfectly suited to the band, wide and warm with lots of room for dancing and the projection of music and incredible vocals.

As a fan and friend of the band for about a year, it was a great feeling to see so many new fans dancing. From what I could gather, it was awesome for the band, too, though perhaps a little disorienting for Stingray who, seeing me dancing and singing in the crowd, told me he was afraid I might know the songs better than he did. I doubt this was the case, though, since the band was TIGHT and flawless all night long, pouring forth memorable versions of “Said and Done,” “Be the River,” “Angel,” “Higher Ground,” “Song for the Children,” “Your Own Way” and several new originals, along with creative and energetic covers of “Jack Straw,” “They Love Each Other,” “Three Days,” and tunes by the Police, Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd. The crowd drank it up. It’s not every band that can jump from “Just the Two of Us” to Jane’s Addiction without missing a beat. I enjoy Mountain of Venus’s original songs. I actually think that they are some of the best music available right now: more creative, melodic, and full of talent than anything on the radio. But often it is the cover tunes that really get the crowd moving. Gloversville’s crowd got pulled under the covers with Mountain of Venus and loved every minute of it!

I was too excited and dancing too much to keep a full set list, but I know both sets and the encore (which was actually like a third mini-set) were full of old favorites, promising new songs, completely original jams, and amazing covers. Mountain of Venus has a real feel for and love for the music they play, and they have no problem either projecting or receiving love from their audience. They are friendly and sincere. They’re never boring. And after shows like this one, they’re not allowed to leave until last call!

Janis Lawrence
JamBase | Northeast
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[Published on: 10/11/02]

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