SnoCore Icicle Ball 2001 | Palace Theatre | Hollywood, CA
Thursday, January 17, 2001
Thursday night and time to head to L.A and see the second stop of the SnoCore Icicle Ball. Hit the 101 South from Santa Barbara and rolled down hoping to make it in time for Colonel Les Claypool's Flying Frog Brigade. We were all looking forward to this rocker and improvisationalist as well as a full set from New Orleans' Galactic.

Entered to hear Les singing Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band. It was quite a site to see. The stage presence of this band is phenomenal. Claypool had a shiny silver army helmet as he bumped around stage with a primped ruffled shirt and a blue lounge jacket. The rest of the band was insanely dressed including saxophonist Skerik's feathered head.

The lighting was awful for the Frog Brigade. I hope the lighting keeps getting better for the rest of this tour because this is a show to see. Anyway, The Flying Frog Brigade proceeded to play a Halloween-esque set; one of the most bizarre sets I have ever seen in my life. Besides the Beatles, the set consisted of an eclectic mix of Sausage and Primus songs as well as some interesting covers, including Riders on the Storm and a Shine on You Crazy Diamond. During Floyd's Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Skerik laid down a feedback driven solo that made me conjure thoughts of a modern day Jimi Hendrix playing saxophone.

This band meshes together very well with its freaky nature. Eenor is a spectacle as he wails on his guitar while conjuring thoughts of a jamming dread locked redwood tree. The set ended with a Harold of the Rocks that bounced the Palace and set the stage for Galactic.

This was my first Galactic experience. The candles were lit as Galactic took the stage. Stanton Moore rules! His youthful energy sparked this band to a funky mix of rock, funk and jazz. He slammed, jiggled and jumped all over his drum kit as the rest of Galactic sent the crowd soaring. The crowd boogied as the show raced to a fast start driven by Stanton Moore's soulful energy and saxophonist Ben Ellman's harmonic and deep blasts. House Man jumped on stage midway through the set to join Galactic as well as introduce Les Claypool for a song. The vibe mellowed a little as Les and Robert Mercurio traded licks on the bass. Skerik came back on stage with Galactic to join forces with Ellman and jolt the crowd. The show picked up a more rock genre as guitarist Jeff Raines played slide guitar to add a twangy flavor to their funky musical stew. The groove was flowing as the SnoCore Icicle Ball turned into an avalanche; this is a tour to check out!

James Studarus
Support the Arts
Santa Barbara, CA

[Published on: 1/20/01]

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