Winston’s | San Diego, CA | 1.18.03

The newly rejuvenated Strangefolk that's currently on tour played in San Diego, with an opening act, Ten Mile Tide, that set the happy mood for a bright and jumping show. After not seeing Strangefolk that often since guitarist Reid Genauer left the band, I did not know what to expect but had an open mind. The show started out with a couple of their new tunes which started to attract the crowd down onto the dance floor. As the band got warmed up, the temperature began to rise and the bright, psychedelic grooves began flowing through everyone’s bones.

Don Scott | Erik Glockler
After drawing everyone in with the newer Strangefolk tunes, they busted out some much needed, old-school songs back to back. “Come on Down” featured some great keyboard solos by Don Scott, as well as familiar guitar riffs from guitarist Jon Trafton. This led into a version of “Rather Go Fishin’,” an old-time favorite that got the floor shaking and even the guys in the back movin’ their feet. Wrapping up the hour-and-a-half long set was “Anodyne” and “Lucy Down,” which kept the energy in motion from the crowd pleasers. The first set was rather long and gave everyone a much needed breath of fresh air outside, but for many it was a much needed cigarette.

Luke Montgomery
After a very quick break the band took the stage for set two and busted out “Sometimes,” with a new and intriguing intro section of the song. They started the set with a long jam which led nicely into an amazing version of Led Zeppelin’s “Wind Won’t Blow.” They really nailed this cover, and Luke Montgomery (Reid’s replacement) sang the lyrics flawlessly. He was able to re-create the right tones and styles that the song needs to be performed successfully; it was a real treat. They closed out the show with more new tunes and then “Stout Hearted,” a long time favorite. The bar allowed them to play a quick encore, and they busted out another cover: this time it was Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved,” an excellent ending to a perfect evening.

I think that Luke is a great addition to the band’s lineup, and think he has the potential to make the band better than ever. In the two years since Reid parted ways from Strangefolk, they’ve once again found their groove. The old fans are back and new fans are welcomed by the music, and I think that Strangefolk is on the rise again. I’m glad that they are back and better than ever, as I’ve missed their happy and bright sound; it makes me get up and dance with a grin from ear to ear. They have a way of bringing out all of the bright, shiny, happy vibes in any place. Catch them now on tour!

Ian Stone
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[Published on: 1/30/03]

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