Gimme Shelter In Place: Big Light Performs ‘Bonebreaker’
Gimme Shelter In Place is JamBase’s new daily archival video series launched for fans who right now can’t go see live music. Canceled concerts and music festivals due to social distancing and sheltering in place in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic brought a halt to tours around the globe. We know nothing can truly replace seeing live music in person, but we hope the Gimme Shelter In Place live videos provide a taste of those memorable experiences.
Last June, JamBase’s 20th anniversary celebration concert was held at The Chapel in San Francisco. The JamBase 20 concert lineup was chosen to reflect the past, present and future of live music with a trio of acts, each sharing a special relationship with JamBase. The lineup at The Chapel consisted of the Camp Harry All-Stars, which was revealed to be a Surprise Me Mr. Davis, along with Ron Artis II and Big Light.
Big Light’s songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Fred Torphy previously explained the band’s history with JamBase:
Big Light and JamBase go way back. Three of our band members (myself included) held jobs at the old Zoe Street office in San Francisco in the early days. But our history with JB goes much, much deeper. The band was essentially formed at Camp Harry – the unofficial JamBase camp at High Sierra Music Festival, where we got our start playing late-night renegade sets alongside our friends Surprise Me Mr. Davis. That relationship eventually led to our first tour – a run of shows with Davis that kicked off after our first “official” appearance at HSMF in 2008, and brought us to Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles for the first time. Over the next several years we worked our way up to the HSMF main stage, but we always returned to Camp Harry – our community’s epicenter – until going on hiatus in 2013.
After the band decided to reform in 2015, Camp Harry was the obvious choice of venue for the reunion. We’ve been insanely lucky to have had the support of the JamBase family for our entire career, and I can honestly say there would be no Big Light without JamBase. It’s such an honor to be participating in the JB 20th anniversary. We look forward to playing for and with old friends, and acknowledging and celebrating the impact JamBase has had on our lives. Go see it!
The rare Big Light set at JB20 featured Torphy, drummer Bradly Bifulco, lead guitarist Jeremy Korpas, keyboardist Jeff Coleman and bassist Steve Adams. Their setlist was made up of material from the late 2000s and 2010s, including their original song “Bonebreaker,” which was the closing track on the band’s 2010 album, Animals In Bloom.
Watch Big Light performing “Bonebreaker” at The Chapel and all of the Gimme Shelter In Place videos in the playlist below: