A Sonically Crafted Mixed Drink
Hey everyone, this section will conclude my review on the
Tall Tree Music Festival on Tall Tree Lake. Waking up Saturday had its high and
low points. The sun had broken the horizon, and was already causing problems
outside. One of the great things about
this festival was waking up and having a campsite of people I already knew
there to greet me. Stew, Matt C. Robbie, A.J, Matt Copeland, Lana, new friends
and of coarse “Paul”. For those new to camping festivals, falling asleep in
front of a group of people is not a good idea.
At Summer Camp, Hot Rod told me about someone getting wrapped in T.P
while passed out in a chair.
The stories go on, but this guy “Paul” decides he is going
to take a “power nap” at our campsite. Robbie makes fun of this guy for the 2
hours he is passed out, A.J would look over and see Robbie and ask “When did
Robbie get here”? Robbie would reply “simple, Paul drove me”. A.J would look over at Paul and ask “who
invited the Lumberjack over here to sleep”? “Why does this guy have his socks
on the outside of his boots?” And the comedy did not stop for hours. A.J
introduced us to some of his friends from Lawrence, KS. We all made it through
the heat before checking out the Sam West Trio around noon.
The Sam West Trio has been building a buzz in Carbondale for
years now, and festivals like Tall Tree give his band a chance to explore new
grounds in his music. Playing funky original tracks, while mixing in some great
covers is a direct way Sam connects with the crowd. It was interesting to hear
him tease the “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” song from M.J. It was special on
one level because M.J had just passed away, but also because Sam had been
playing that song for months now, and it shows how some music will always carry
on. After the sun beat down on me I made my way back to the campsite for some
Defined Perception is another Carbondale band that continues
to explore different styles of music to blend them together to make a sonic
cocktail. If DP were a real sonic mixed drink, they would be two parts bourbon,
one shot whisky, and a splash of coke. They get crowds rowdy and involved with
the connection they have with their fans during their drum solos. DP invites
fans to bring drums to shows, to create a buzz between the band and the fans.
It really is nice to experience live. Once I watched DP jam out in the sun I
retired back to my campsite for some much needed shade.
Spare Parts took the stage next. They have evolved from being
a Carbondale band, to expanding into a Chicago based jazz group. Their set on
Saturday was my chance getting to see them live, which is odd because I love
jazz, and they play Carbondale often. As I chilled in the shade, I thoroughly enjoyed
the relaxing sounds of Spare Parts. 56 Hope road would follow Spare Parts, and
if I am not mistaken the keyboardist from Madahoochi guest spotted with 56 Hope
Rd throughout their set.
Madahoochi is a funk/rock/jazz group that is based out of
St.Louis, MO. After helping a hand in the 56 Hope Road show, the members from
Madahoochi threw down a funky set while the sun began to set. The female
keyboard player adds a great texture to the vocals, much like Janis does In
Family Groove. Watching Madahoochi for the fourth time was interesting, it
caught my attention a band can grow on you without you even being aware of it.
Their show was fun to dance to, and I look forward to seeing them again. Another
great part to this festival was the sound quality that was available. The audio
team did an incredible job of producing high quality sound throughout the
Backyard Tire Fire would burn the remains of the stage
during their performance late Saturday. The sun was setting and the crowd was
gathering for the rocking sounds of BTF. They have been blowing up recently,
and turning heads of the biggest name in music. Their fire hot set
at Tall Tree Lake was another sign that they are a band on a mission. The group
is based out of Central Illinois, and has been touring all over the country. The
crowd was filled with my friends and family, and having those people always
help make the best dance parties. After BTF, Rev. Peyton and his Big Damn
Family rocked the stage. They hail from southern Indiana, and throw down a great
live show. It was interesting seeing all
the different styles of music from all over the Midwest that weekend. During
the Rev. Peyton show, Jason decided he was going to swim out to the
lakeboat/houseboat in the middle of the lake. He made it back in time for the
down home, back breaking dance party thrown by the Reverend.
The Woodbox Gang played later in the day Saturday, while
Dean and his new band performed on Friday. I was hoping for a jam with all the
guys together again, but maybe another time. It was still special to see the
Woodbox Gang live in the summer. Last summer, I was able to see them play at a
private party in the middle of nowhere. This summer, it was nice watching them
with professional lighting, and sound. One of the lead vocalist, Hugh, was
telling stories and sharing history with the crowd. It was a nice way to relax
after a long weekend.
J Wail started his second set of the weekend on Saturday
after midnight. The crowd was energy filled music lovers who were there to
dance. It was great seeing J Wail two nights in a row, I kept looking for material
he had used the night before, but found very little. When I asked him the next
day how much he used, J Wail said he only used one song twice, (which is great
for an up and coming artist). After his set I made it back to the campsite to
find my brother and Shauna hanging out with a gang of people.
The Station made it back to Southern Illinois after rocking
the pre-party show at Tres on Thursday. The come from Central Illinois, and
bring the heat every time they perform. Their set was a nice mix of older stuff
mixed in with some newer material. One song that was new I noticed was in their
tribute to M.J with “Gonna Be Startin’ Something”, which is another sign that
great music never dies. Watching the final show of the weekend was special to
me. It was the end of my long weekend, after countless hours of working and filming with Justin, the
festival was almost over. Thank you to everyone who help put together this
event, it was a special weekend for a lot of us. And thank you for reading and
viewing any of the media from the festival. Check back soon for updates, and
always enjoy yourself.
I just finished this video, enjoy!
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