10KLF: GOLD FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY

SATURDAY, JULY 23 - EVERYONE ROCKS THE MIDWEST EARTH


Everyone Orchestra (L to R: Kimock, Mathis, Janover, Adams)
10KLF by Chris Monson
Everyone Orchestra. The list of musicians was mind-blowing "Who's Who" of Great Improv: EO Founder Matt Butler, Kimock, Jamie Janover, JFJO's Reed Mathis, JMP's Jamie Masefield, Signal Path's Ben Griffin, Delta Nove's Rob Covacevich and John Harrington, Madahoochi's Shawn Hartung, and Rock the Earth's Marc Ross on amazing spoken poetry while Colin Cargyle handled the EO Sound. Janover reigned as 10KLF's MVP when he took over the conducting role, inspiring a tremendous performance out of the musicians and the crowd, blending two streams into a wonderful improv wave. "I'm trying to get as many diverse people as possible," said Butler after the set. "To see people just melt into the group - that's what the Everyone Orchestra is all about."


Steve Molitz of Particle :: 10KLF by Chris Monson
Particle followed with an intense, atmospheric, and energetic rage orgy. They dialed in every element with numerous highlights including "Kill Bill," which was a stunner. "We've been here every year, so it's really nice to see the evolution of a festival and the evolution of brother bands," said drummer Darren Pujalet. "The lineup this year is the best. I'm really looking forward to seeing G Love, ALO, and Delta Nove." G. Love & Special Sauce opened the Main Stage with a crowd-pleasing set that was equal parts R&B, rap, hip-hop, funk, and rock. They rolled through Latin Playboy's "If" and took off for ninety-minutes of succulent tunes. Delta Nove started their show with each member on percussion as they moved from outside the Saloon and onto the stage. They slammed out potent rhythms that linked Latin salsa with Brazilian stomp as paint-melting horn, percussion, and guitar grooves echoed throughout the night.


Buckethead :: 10KLF by Chris Monson
Widespread Panic painted a completely different sonic portrait than the preceding evening with tunes that had more melodic undercurrents than last night's super crunch rock euphoria. Even the keys were layered with an almost gospel hymnal theme while John Bell's aching vocals matched with the Blues Church Masterpiece. Hard to believe they could top Friday's show, but Panic has that habit. Buckethead with Brain shocked the late night crowd with flashes of brilliant eccentricity. Maximum Bob made a rare appearance with his scattershot ramblings courtesy of the Deli Creeps. In addition, Bockman played the Saloon Stage nearby. "Springtime Mildew" was a sonic scenic journey — a walk, a stroll, a dance. They played melodic ambient grooves that focused on mood and rhythm. ALO closed Day 3 with another festival peak as people gathered into the Saloon Stage to hear the band rock almost as hard as when I witnessed them at the Roo.


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