Medeski Martin & Wood | August 17, 2003 | Chicago, IL

Chicagoans spend all winter dreaming of summer nights. They dream of beach volleyball and movies in Grant Park, Cubs games and BBQs. They dream of outdoor festivals thrown every weekend in one neighborhood or another. And when Medeski Martin & Wood are headlining a weekend-long fest, they dream of dancing and getting down.

MMW's performance at the Goose Island Festival on Sunday, August 18, 2003 at the A. Finkl & Sons Steel Company was an energetic one. With openers like The Pharcyde and Indie-trance band, Tortoise, MMW came out knowing they needed to bring it during the last chance to dance (trance), and bring it they certainly did.

While spacey at times, the show had rhythms and beats that gave the crowd plenty of opportunities to get funky. With arms and legs flying, hippies had no trouble getting lost in the erratic drumming of Billy Martin, while the more conservative held on to the steady basslines that Chris Wood used to run the show. Wood's performance was particularly ambitious and charged, lending a solid foundation to each tune.

As usual, Medeski's solo moments on keys were incredible highlights. His high-pitched blues riffs giving the crowd moments of clarity only to be clouded by an electronica-style space funk to follow.

Amidst complicated and dense arrangements, the trio fed off each other's energy and passed this to the audience. "Uninvisible," the title song to MMW's latest album, was a crowning moment of the show and songs like "Nocturnal Transmission" and "The Golden Lady" were a treat as they made rare appearances. The band seemed thrilled by the unique opportunity to play a small outdoor venue in Chicago (since not many of them exist!) and did a full hour-and-a-half set before encoring with the popular cover, "Hey Joe."

Throughout the gig the trio was tight and the musicians were present, allowing the crowd to kick it harder than your average Sunday night.

Words by: Samantha Hanford
Images by: Adam George
JamBase | Chicago
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Seven Deadlies
Nocturnal Transmission
*new song*
The Golden Lady
E: Hey Joe

[Published on: 9/11/03]

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