Langerado Music Festival :: 03.11 & 03.12 :: Sunrise, FL
By Brett Saul
The Langerado Music Festival was a phenomenal time, as always. Aside from a few harmless kinks, this weekend festival just continues to get better every year. The stellar line-up, glorious Florida sunshine, and chillin' Everglades venue all played a huge role in Langerado's surge in popularity, drawing about 12,000 people each day.
Highlights this year included the art of cartoon-master Lebo, the available onsite camping, and the late night shows in town. My only gripes were the no re-entry rule (new to this year's fest) and the dark parking lot that was impossible to navigate through (1.5 hours to get out on Saturday night). Beyond these details, I couldn't ask for a better time. Every band sounded fabulous. There were a few that didn't seem to fit the bill in my opinion, like the Velvet Underground meets Modern English music of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, but tons of other peeps seemed to enjoy it, so perhaps they did fit?
By Brett Saul
Bottom line - this south Florida festival now belongs to the cream of the crop when it comes to southern festivals. So if you missed it this year, you have no excuse in 2007. And don't forget to bring your canned food. This year's artist Robert Marx joined forces with Conscious Alliance to collect 2,500 pounds of non-perishable goods (300 more pounds than last year) for the Daily Bread Food Bank of Miami.
SOUND CHECK - ONE TWO-ONE TWO
As the attendees were delayed entry to the Friday night sound check (a new addition this year) for over half an hour at the fourth Langerado Music Festival beginning on Friday, March 10, 2006, at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida (at the edge of the Florida Everglades), the sweet vocals of Theresa Andersson could be heard wafting from the Sunrise Stage. As the audience one-by-one finally made it through the security and ticket checkpoints and arrived in front of the stage and Theresa suddenly noticed her fans, she announced, "I guess the sound check is over."
Buckethead by George Weiss
While another New Orleans group specializing in Cajun rock, Sketch and The Dirty Notes, drove their rhythmic bayou funk in the Swamp Tent to a crowd of about two hundred people, Hot Buttered Rum serenaded the still-growing crowd back at the Sunrise Stage, yelling out, "How's it hanging Langerado? Are you ready?" Aaron Redner told the fans that they drove a long way (72 hours from San Francisco) to be at the festival (in their new biobus, Seanu, named for bus guru and builder Sean) and dedicated their first song, a John Hartford favorite, "I'm Still Here" to everybody in Louisiana rebuilding their home. "Firefly" was dedicated to Missy Baron, while Sharon Gilcrest sat in with her fiddle on "Wedding Day" and "June Apple." The attitude and musical altitude were high as the field was filled with dancers in the sunshine. As the day segued into night, the group paid homage to their "Well-Oiled Machine," written for their first biodiesel bus, Buster, and ended the set with "Honey Bee" and "Cumberland Blues." And with a gracious group bow, they announced their excitement for the upcoming Duo.
Meanwhile, the few thousand attendees were truly "using time for fun" as one t-shirt declared, particularly at Buckethead's crazy performance in the Swamp Tent. In full "KFC" bucket regalia and robotic mask, he and his band performed very loud electronic "finger-licking good" noise.
The Benevento/Russo Duo started their ninety-minute set at about 7:00 p.m., by yelling comments to the crowd, "Sobriety!," "George Bush!," and more, to which the crowd likewise responded. Next, they stated, "This is the Duo sound check party, at the sound check stage. You're just going to hear fifteen minutes of sound, that's all." The lights dimmed as they yelled, "You guys want to hear the bass? We'll start with the bass turned up, you just yell real loud when it sounds good enough." The fans were already screaming in the dampish air at the aptly named Swamp Stage, with the Everglades visible in the distance, as the stage lights' primary colors changed frequently. The crowd grooved and fused into the electronica vibe, especially to "Memphis," a song on their new album, which is scheduled for release in July.
The rock music of Perpetual Groove ended Friday's sound check in the Swamp Tent. Starting at 7:30 p.m., they played over an hour and a half, beginning with "Crapshoot" and transitioning into "Mr. Transistor" and later "Diggin' in the Dirt" (apropos given the black dirt abounding, including on most feet). We wandered away as the crowd danced on and on, ending only after the final notes of the encore "Bulls on Parade" sounded.