|pulled from myspace, but its Vivid Curve|
Joy Tribe was interesting. Following Vivid Curve wasn't easy to start with, and the beautiful sunny morning started to disappear as they took the stage. None of that helped. Adding insult to injury, the lead vocalist's main vocal range was squarely in the same range of notes and close in tone to what the guitarist and trumpet player were doing. As a result, you couldn't make out anything she was singing. I think they purposely had the vocal and trumpet lines match, but the mix was not quite right. They tried to compensate by boosting her vocal near to the point of feeding back the mic, but I think the guitar needed to be quieter or the whole band needed to focus on dynamics: play quieter while she's singing. The lead vocalist played sax and flute, exposing how multi-talented she is. Unfortunately, it wasn't easy to engage with the band because of the loss of fidelity of the vocals. Like a couple of the bands on the first day, I'd probably stay at a venue if they showed up and started playing, but I wouldn't seek them out.
Lewi Longmire and the Left Coast Roasters
|rain? what rain?|
Garcia Birthday Band
I hadn't seen the Garcia Birthday Band for years. Since then, it seemed like just about everyone in the band has changed. I know Jon's been there since the beginning and I recognized him, but no one else. I knew my old friend Steve had stopped playing keyboards for them years ago; it didn't matter, though. They are still the Portland-area Grateful Dead cover band, so if you want a taste of that shuffle beat, they are the only game in town. They're much tighter than they were when I saw them play on the lawn in Troutdale way back when to celebrate Jerry's birthday. Still, I think they made a mistake booking a week full of shows prior to headlining the closing night of the Hootenanny. They didn't have much energy. It felt like they were tired, and wanted to rock, but just couldn't. There were flashes of "here comes something", but that wouldn't last. I'll see them again, and I won't wait as long. Turned out, we waited less than a week and drove the whole gang out to the Rock Creek Tavern in Hapy the wonderbus. The bus drove great and the band played much more energetically. Boo and I were talking about going to their Fest in August, but its adults-only, and we have the full brood that weekend. For those thinking about it, look to see what other acts they're bringing (I suggest Vivid Curve and Wood Knot :-)) and whether they're playing 5 straight nights before it.
Unannounced and without pretense, there were two last artists performing on Monday morning while folks woke up, cleaned up and packed out. First, someone made their way to the center of the concert bowl and played "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes. Well executed, and, once completed, whoever it was disappeared as quickly and quietly as s/he arrived. Second, a guy with long blonde dreadlocks and a Cello set up under the canopy where the Hillwilliams had played late the first night. He had a couple of effects pedals routing his sound through the small amp he was sitting on. With that simple set up, he created basic loops on top of which he then solo'd. He was joined at points by a woman on a cajon. It was almost spiritual how the Cello cut through the morning dull. When the morning sun broke through the clouds, a younger woman would compliment the music with free form dance behind the musicians and a screen, casting a willowy shadow. It was a very cool effect. I don't know who they were, unfortunately. I'll update if I find out. Regardless, it was a very foggy-morning-after way to end the festival.
That's it for the HHH reviews. We had a blast and are ready to reserve our spot for next year. I hope some of you can tear yourselves away from your typical Memorial Day traditions and help create a bus-zone under the trees at Hornings next year. Thanks for following along. Maybe I'll have more bus content next time.