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ROCKTIME PRESENTS SLOW FOOD ROCKS 2008 AUGUST 30-31, 2008 SAN FRANCISCO, CA.
Sunshine, ocean breezes, organic food, an event with the intent to nourish
the mind, body, and soul. What more could anybody ask for? Oh yeah, throw
in divine little dancing skeleton Grateful Dead inspired chocolates with
these and I'm there! Palm trees, live music, and San Francisco heads in
a montage of regalia. A fearless Obama supporter sporting his Obama shirt
in the front row, standing proudly, dead center on the rail. Freedom of
expression ringing loudly from the stage via Medeski,
Martin, and Wood. These guys took a hiatus for a few years, but
we are sure glad that they are back together because they are so much fun
to dance to. The Festival Network
did a great job setting up this event in a prime location; with the brilliance
to split the viewing area of the stage down the middle. Half being reserved
seats for those who prefer to sit down, and the other half general admission,
so you can still get right up front and dance close to the stage, first
come, first serve, of course.
Are we having fun yet? The
New Pornagraphers are on stage and half the people are grooving to
the music, and the rest look to be having fun talking and hanging out.
Everybody on stage is fully clothed, and none of them look like they are
in the porn business; go figure. I have to admit I was expecting something
a little more racy, you know, I envisioned something with a stripper pole,
some scantily dressed leather clad musicians. So, don't be confused, the
New pornographers are going to get your rocks off, but not in the way you're
expecting! No, but seriously folks, what are you to expect with a name
like that. Shock value will only get you so far in the music business,
so it was a good thing this band brings it, and leaves it all out there
when they go home at night, no regrets, right! Oh, that will get me up
and dancing, they are playing "Don't Bring Me Down," a Cheap Trick cover,
and the crowd is loving it! That was their encore, and now they are gone.
A great response from the audience, big applause for the New Pornagraphers.
"Ozomatli," sounds like a pasta dish at an Italian buffet! I'll take sum'
a spaghetti, a little rigatoni, a little frettucini, and dump a whole lot
of that fantastic sounding Ozomatli on the rest of the plate. After years
and years of hearing that these guys put on a great show, I finally got
a chance to see for myself. I was impressed, an act worth catching anytime.
Influences range across the board with Ozomatli,
but If I had to make a bet, I'd wager they all aspire in some ways to the
likes of Carlos Santana. Music with an overall latin feel to it; yet laced
with some jazz, funk, and some New Orleans horns. Way too rocking to fit
into any one of those categories, also edging into the fringe of hip hop.
They all looked like they were having so much fun up there, and they really
got the whole crowd up and dancing.
The afternoon is waning, the headliner is about to take the stage, the
dinner course is about to be served in the VIP and backstage tents, I knew
I was going to miss the dinner, so I grabbed some awesome organic salad
and wolfed it down; it's slow food, but I had to eat it fast. Rocktime
associate Keon Salstrand said the pesto pasta I missed was the "best he
had ever tasted." I knew that Gnarls Barkley was going to come on stage
right at the same time the dinner line went through, so I just headed for
the stage. Sure enough, I got there and the band came out right quick,
which was kind of perfect, because we only have three songs of each artist
to get our shots. A slew of phographers showed up halfway through the first
song and the pit got kind of crowded. I already had staked out the prime
spot; the stage is on the tall side, so I wanted to be far enough back
to get good shots,. The rest of the photographers were respectful about
not shooting in front of me, so that was great! I only saw Gnarls Barkley
on The Tonight Show, just for one song, but when they played at the Slow
Food Festival it seemed like I had heard all the songs somewhere before.
That was weird to me, because I don't know where I had heard them. I think
that must point to the fact that Atlantic
Records recording artist Gnarls
Barkley has grabbed a major main stream audience. When something is
so prevalent in society that one does not know where one has been subjected
to it, it has taken on some form of omnipresence, a life of its own as
it were. Who is Gnarls Barkley? Motown, gospel, swing, blues, geeks dressed
to the hilt, and what fun it all is. The stand-up bass player is out of
control, the whole band is such a laugh riot when you look at them, yet
musically it works with an exuberant force. Without even noticing it, the
music makes your head start to bob, and your shoulders start to sway, and
pretty soon your arms are swinging and your feet are jumping, and you are
dancing all around.
PHIL LESH AND FRIENDS
MEDESKI, MARTIN, AND WOOD
ROCKTIME PRESENTS PAT MARTIN'S 20th ANNIVERSARY 98.5 KRXQ PARTY 8/8/2008 AT THE BOARDWALK ORANGEVALE, CA.
ROCKTIME PRESENTS STRING CHEESE INCIDENT 8/9/2007 AT RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATER
ROCKTIME PRESENTS STRING CHEESE INCIDENT 728/2007 AT HORNINGS HIDEOUT
NORTH PLAINS, OR.
ROCKTIME PRESENTS THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS 6/9/2007 AT Henningsen Lotus Park LOTUS, CA.
ROCKTIME PRESENTS ERIC CLAPTON 3/20/2007 AT ARCO ARENA SACRAMENTO, CA.
ROCKTIME PRESENTS SLAYER 1/28/2007 AT SACRAMENTO MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM SACRAMENTO, CA.
ROCKTIME PRESENTS THE WHO 11/8/2006 AT HP PAVILION SAN JOSE, CA.
ROCKTIME PRESENTS TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS 10/28/2006 AT VEGOOSE 2006 STAR NURSERY FIELD LAS VEGAS, NV.
ROCKTIME PRESENTS TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS 10/20/2006 AT RALEY FIELD WEST SACRAMENTO, CA.
ROCKTIME PRESENTS DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 9/30/2006 AT
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA.
ROCKTIME PRESENTS TOOL 9/2/2006 AT SLEEP TRAIN AMPHITHEATRE MARYSVILLE, CA.
ROCKTIME PRESENTS RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS 8/28/2006 AT ARCO ARENA SACRAMENTO, CA.
ROCKTIME PRESENTS FAMILY VALUES TOUR 2006 KORN 8/20/2006 AT SLEEP TRAIN AMPHITHEATRE MARYSVILLE, CA.
ROCKTIME PRESENTS TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS 7/29/2006 AT CLARK COUNTY AMPHITHEATRE RIDGEFIELD, WA.
ROCKTIME PRESENTS LIVE 105's BFD 6/10/2006 AT
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA.
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