SUNDAY :: 08.14.05 :: DAY THREE

GOTV 2005
Sunday would feature many standout sets, including those from Railroad Earth and newcomers Zox. The old school bluegrass vibe was rekindled again as the Del McCoury Band dazzled into the late afternoon. Some standouts included "She Can't Burn Me Now," "Rain and Snow," and a nice little "Swing Low Sweet Chariot."

Last but certainly not least, Medeski Martin & Wood with legendary jazz guitarist John Scofield in tow delivered what was more than likely the hottest set of the entire festival. Scofield, a common MMW collaborator, stepped into jamband fame while elevating jazz to new heights with his seminal 1998 album A Go Go featuring MMW as his backing band. Well this late Sunday afternoon would be no different as the masterful quartet preached the gospel through their amplifiers. Of course, we would be treated to a solid take on the aforementioned title cut, "A Go Go," as well as "Hottentot," from the same album.

Billy Martin - MMW :: GOTV 2005
Before that though, the crew would dip into the MMW bag o' tricks and open with a rippin' "SaSa," where keys guru John Medeski displayed his instinctual, bouncy know-how to the flow. On "I Got a Woman," Scofield oozed rhythm and soul from his guitar, also stepping up with his first big solo. Drummer Billy Martin was just absolutely sick the entire show, as always, but he was noticeably fluid on this song. Meanwhile, Chris Wood is so money on upright bass that the huge, bellowing sonic hue camouflages itself chameleon-like into the soundscape. Of course, Wood would also get his moment in the spotlight with his usual solo, which would have made good old Mingus proud.

This MMW-Sco show was without a doubt a stellar sendoff into the now drizzling Sunday evening in beautiful upstate New York. Though at first blush, a Garcia/MMW connection may be a stretch, the true spirit of improvisation and spontaneous creation that began with jazz and took a bend into a band called the Grateful Dead was never more apparent. Not to mention, Scofield has some serious chops – and that's an understatement.

Ken Hays (founder) :: GOTV 2005
Music – it's about passion and creation. We have bands like all those at the 2005 Gathering of the Vibes to thank for making our hearts smile and our lips pulse. So thanks Ken Hays and the entire Terrapin Family, and thanks Jerry Garcia, for enriching our lives and for making our worlds spin a heck of a lot more smoothly.

"In the attics of my life, full of cloudy dreams unreal.
Full of tastes no tongue can know, and lights no eyes can see.
When there was no ear to hear, you sang to me.

I have spent my life seeking all that's still unsung.
Bent my ear to hear the tune, and closed my eyes to see.
When there was no strings to play, you played to me."

--"Attics of my Life"

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