Another tingly epic Dennis Cook Tortugas review equipped with awesome Chad Smith photos! This review is almost becoming as anticipated as the festival itself ;) My motto this year for Tortugas is Gratitude with Attitude! So much personality and genuine talent being exercised in Yosemite...This fest is really needed for the freaky west coast roots music community. As much as I love so many genres and styles, I come to Tortugas to hear this special pocket of talent let completely loose and play at their best, because this is an extremely comfortable space for them to do so. Jamming magic happens in many different ways. These artists really could use a home to shine, and Tortugas provides....and for the fans, too of course.
Trendy notions are banished when I enter the Evergreen gates, these Sierra roots bloom and flourish and we commemorate these Sierra stars for their musings past present and future. It is so cool how the Grateful Dead vibes loom in a very unique way, sharing space with the new, which might sound redundant in festivals today, but this is the pure. Special indeed!
Thank you Shaun Dolan and Adam Haft for your labor of LOVE.
As far as music goes, I would write the exact same review about Tracorum. WOW it was like a baptisim, and not only have I seen those guys at previous Tortugas, but at home in Nevada City as well a few times, but something extra I "GOT" about them this round, Dennis explains it perfectly!
Yonder were like our famous guests and they are so talented and yes, they do make every crowd feel special, and I think this crowd > band communication was at a higher level than I am used to seeing. It was that powerful!
ALO are the Tortugas kings, every groove is so right.
Dead Winter Carpenters are my new grassy favorite. Full blooded Tortugans.
Poor Mans Whiskey are Torts Mascots. Loved every note.
7 Walkers late nite was a huge adventure. So surprised I heard every note.
Tea Leaf Green's music always makes me horny at Tortugas.
Hydrodynamics and Blue Turtles sets took me home righteously.
Pimps of Joytime are a very creative extremely fun funk band.
Nathan More Works for Me.
Everything I heard resonated.
Gotta love a festival that features all night music with Jerry in mind. Wholesomely out of this world!
And gotta love celebrating the darkness with so much inner light.