Molly McGee, Winner of Guest Conductor for Everyone Orchestra - Photo by Dave Vann

Dave Weissman (Musical Earth, DSO)

1. The Everyone Orchestra shows. Allowing two audience members to come up and conduct really brought down any barriers between fans and bands – not that there were any, but this got rid of them! Both shows really brought a cohesive element to the "improvisational jam" with tight changes and super melodic portions.

2. The Brain Damaged Eggmen – the entire show was so unique and jammed out! Getting to rock out and dance and sing along to The Beatles and Pink Floyd was such a treat. They were rough around the edges, but the band's sound was great. The highlights of their show was a 1st set closing "Hey Jude" with tons of people on stage singing along (here's a 17 MB MPEG video of that portion - amateur shot from my little digi cam), and then closing the show, thus the night's music, with "Brain Damage > Eclipse." UNREAL. Such a great feeling to see that and sing along – under skies that opened with rain during these sets!

3. Anything involving last-minute, guest musician Zee-Rock who's like Django Reinhart meets Hank Williams Jr.! His real name is Zhenya Rock and he would be seen at night during all hours after music stopped walking around picking his six-string banjo and doing what he calls "Zee-Grass" which is a fabulous mixture of traditional bluegrass and Americana sounding songs, but some sung in his native Russian. So classic! He's a super humorous guy, but it was also quite entertaining to hear music at 4 - 6 a.m., bringing up the sun on more than one occasion.

Duke Amayo of Antibalas - Photo by Michael Weintrob

Brian Carey (percussion, New Monsoon)

1. Jamming with Antibalas for two hours in the Jam room.
2. Having the best seafood meal EVER with Spearhead in Costa Maya.
3. Climbing The Falls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Brendan Bayliss - Photo by Weintrob

Brendan Bayliss (Umphrey's McGee)

3. Victor Wooten's bass solo in the Broadway Theatre........stupid.
2. Going to the Mayan Ruins. That was one big ass temple.
1. The feeling after finishing with The Brain Damaged Eggmen sets.... being on vacation on a boat and getting to go see shows for two more nights.


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