EVENT: WORMTOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL
DATES: Thursday 09-11-14 thru Sunday 09-14-14
BAND LINE UP: http://wormtownmusicfestival.com/2014lineup/
Thursday- For this years wormtown I decided I would go with my ole buddy
Ralphie, and a newer friend and member of the Midnight Chrome Muffins
Rob Bonocorso. Thanks to my friend Todd at
rvsdelivered.com who supplied some rvs to the wormtown
staff also, we were able to go in an RV. We got in right
when the gates opened at 4pm. I must say thanks
to all the staff at the gate for a
speedy process which flowed well. We parked our rv behind the
Vernville stage, set up camp and the
rage began. We headed over tothe Kwanee cabin
and checked out Gratefully Yours which is a
Grateful Dead cover band. They played a bunch
of Dead songs including Sunshiny Daydream
and their encore was Touch of Grey. We hungout
with some friends and then it was time for bed
and rest for what would be a long weekend.
Friday - I woke up at 6:30 am and Rob
threw a pot of coffee on and I
made some heady egg and cheese sandwiches.
11:35am- I had a few beers and hung out backstage
with the Midnight Chrome Muffins and Ralphie
while they warmed up for their set.
They rehearsed face your fears and a few others.
The Midnight Chrome Muffins setlist. Sorta but not exactly.
The Midnight Chrome Muffins had a different flavor
but similar vibe to a band that was once
called Blessed and Gifted. Rob Bonocorso is
sorta like the elder statesmen of this band
with his 20+ years of expierence. The crowd was
enjoying it. They were totally grooving out to
songs such as Face your fears and
psychedelic expression. I also wanted to say how
proud I was to see my friend Andy Colao
dancing to the Midnight Chrome Muffins set.
The breakup of Blessed and Gifted hasn't been easy
for their fans, for Andy, and for what is
now Midnight Chrome Muffins (a completely new band).
I felt the entire crowd showed a great
deal of patience, funkyness, and class
during their set.
I also want to encourage all of you to
follow Andy Colao on Facebook as he develops
his new band. You should already know his
talents and that he will be
making great music soon.
I went back to the rv for some rest. Then headed over
to the mainstage for Soul Monde which
was a groovalictic time.
I then went back to the RV for some rest
before I started what I dubbed my
Friday Marathon Run. At 6pm I caught a little
bit of Jen Durkin and the Business. How can you
go wrong with Jen Durkin? I mean come on
it's Jen Durkin who has the vocal range
of Someone like Joss Stone or Grace Potter.
And you know it was funky too. Here's a video
I found on Johnny Durkin's facebook page
which shows the song "God Made Me Funky" by
Jen Durkin and the Business with
Oteil Burbridge at Wormtown this year.
While I would have liked to have stayed
at Vernville for Jen Durkin and the business
I had to make sure I caught a glimpse
of Secret Sage on the Riverworm stage. Secret Sage is
one of Wormtown and Strange Creeks best
kept secrets. It is a tradition for me to catch
this band every year at this festival. I always
tell people they are a bluegrass band
because of the Mandolin player but they more like a rock,
bluegrass fun time band
with good Massachuets roots. They also have a new
sax player(Laura) and a bass (Rigga) player since
I last saw them over a year ago. Their songs
are always awesome and get me feeling
groovy and riverworm stagey. I tend to think
of them as the Mass. Version of Connecticuts
String Band except with younger players. Fantastic set
but I had to finish my marathon run by heading
up the main stage. Guess who was on the
main stage at this point? Connecticuts own Premier
Grateful Dead cover band SHAKEDOWN. They sounded great
and jammed out to a very loving wormtown
crowd who was dancing the night away. There's been
a lot of talk about Shakedown without
Jeff Martinson around the jamband scene.
I'll keep my opinions to myself but Shakedown does
still pull off the grateful dead expeirence
quite epically. All the more reason to go
see Shakedown shows.
I then headed back to the rv for some
rest before getting ready to head back
to the main Stage for Karl Densons
Tiny Universe. I was so looking forward to
this set. What I didn't realize was how
depleted my energy was by the fact that our RV
was parked the farthest away possible
even though we
showed up right
at 4pm on Thursday. Also Im getting
older so my mobility isn't what it used
to be at wormtown. So I never made it to
Karl Densons Tiny Universe and I'm sad about that.
As I sat in bed tired I thought I could muster
up a second wind to go see Karl but this worm knows that
slow and easy wins the wormtown race. So off to bed
it was for me. However, the power of facebook
is a beautiful thing. So courtesy of Johnny Durkin's
facebook page here is a video of
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe with Johnny Durkin.
Saturday morning was cold and you could
see the rain was coming in just barely. I waited
out the rain and it wasn't terrible. I checked
out Spirtual Rez and they are always great.
I love the way their guitar
player, Toft Willingham, jumps around on stage.
Spiritual Rez on the Vernville Stage at Wormtown
Then I headed over to the main stage to
check out Pigeons Playing Ping Pong.
They were jamming out some funky
tunes including FU....NK which is a song
my buddy Chris Larr turned me on to
a while back. Here's a quick clip of one of their
tunes from the main stage.....
Next up was the whole reason I came to wormtown.
The Garcia project. The rain was coming
down pretty good at this point. But not bad
enough to make me want to miss anything.
The Garcia Project then went into
I'll take a Melody. When I heard Mik Bondy
sing those first words
"I see the rain come pouring down"......
it just soothed my soul as the raindrops
came over me and our camera.
It was just absolutely beautiful. The Garcia
Project does the Grateful Dead, JGB,
and related material so well It almost
felt like a JGB show from the 1980s.
The rain started to get pretty heavy
at this point. My gear had rain protection
but I had to make a judgement call
weather to continue. So I decided to
protect my gear and end filming halfway
thru their set. Luckily Garcia Project
had their other camera back by the soundboard
as a primary camera. This footage is still
being dealt with in post production so stay tuned
for it's release.
It was pretty darn rainy at this point. There is
only so much you can do to battle the
elements sometimes. I'm sure everyone
was battling tent flooding and things like that.
I went over to check out Relative Souls.
My friends Dan and Brii were doing a light show
for them but they ended up rained out too. :-(. Dislike.
However, I must say Dan and Brii had on the best
outfits I saw all weekend. Tie Dyed Overalls.
Dan and Brii of A Case of Space Lights
The music still went on though
as relative souls ripped up a great show.
Then it was time to go back to the rv for
some dryness and get ready for Max Creek.
Max Creek is always the highlight of my
Wormtown and Strange Creek expierence.
But I'm getting older and it's
harder to Worm. So I only caught the end
of their set. However, taper Rob Clarke a
lready has their set posted on
the archive. So here it is.......
Even though Jeff Martinson isn't playing
with Shakedown anymore, we got a nice treat as he
sat in with Gratefully Yours on the Vernville stage
Pre wormtown I had been vibing and making posts
about the talking heads song Life During Wartime.
So I was uber excited to see Start Making Sense
a Talking Heads cover band. They did all the hits
such as And She Was, Psycho Killer,
and of course you guessed it "Life During Wartime".
I was pretty tired at this point. So I was ready
to leave. But Ralph and Rob wanted
to see Ryan Montbleau. So I packed up the rv
while they checked out an awesome set from Ryan.
Ralph even got in on a backstage
group hug with Ryan. Every year at wormtown
I take something away from the expierence.
I heard a lot of complaining from people about
the rain, something in their life, or
whatever they came to wormtown to escape from.
When I heard said complaints I took a look
at my good friends RobbieJam and Bear. I then
realized that complaints about the rain
and about little things were minute compared
to the battles Robbie and Bear fight everyday
with ALS and Dialysis. So be grateful for an expeirence
like Wormtown which should lift your spirit
and allow you to start fresh. Enjoy every minute
of your life because it's precious and
never guaranteed to continue. The rain may fall but
there will always be a brighter day ahead. See you at Strange