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No Sir.

I have a firm belief that the cat was with a loving home, and allowed to roam.

We were the last people out of that area, and i spent some time calling for it. The cat was not shy, and knew when i made those noises food and heavy petting ( :lol: ) were near. No response.

I called an employee of the park that befriended me, and he said there was no cat wandering around that end of the park. It certainly would have sought aid closer to the permanent buildings once the campers left.

*sigh* For the best, but selfish me :twisted: sure did want to capture that cat and bring it home!!

BTW, showed your 'Purple Day' outfit to Whole Lot Of Love at the Marley concert last night... :lol: NOW he knows what you look like.. :P :) :lol: :D :lol:

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BTW, showed your 'Purple Day' outfit to Whole Lot Of Love at the Marley concert last night... :lol: NOW he knows what you look like.. :P :) :lol: :D :lol:


That was my incognito outfit! Damn, now I can't roam around anonymous! :o :o 8-) :lol: :lol: :lol:

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If you look beyond the lovely lady in the foreground, I highlighted who i think is Capt. Brian.

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NO photoshop or other editing. Just resized.
The Bernie/Bootsy pic was just a lucky shot, and the Bootsy Lights pic was a long exposure, my second try.

These are reduced ~80% quality for upload.


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BEAR CREEK 2013 FRIDAY

This is insanity. There were 23 sets of music on Friday, and I hit 19 of them. Again, NOT RECOMMENDED, but I cannot seem to help myself. Eight groups were playing again after performing on Thursday, all so good I wanted more, more, more.

Ron Haynes and his Game-changers opened the festivities at noon, delivering another excellent, kick-ass set of jazz and funk in equal measures. From there, I got to see the Austin band Brownout briefly. I definitely want to see them again. Then it was back for another dose of Toubab Krewe, again sending their sweet African-influenced vibes into the air.

I also caught bits of enjoyable sets by Flow Tribe and the Revivalists before heading back for another disco funk extravaganza with Space Capone, confirming my late-night suspicion that these guys were right up my alley. I did not get to see the Werks this time but will certainly look forward to their two sets at AURA, and I missed Jennifer Hartswick’s band, but I made up for that omission on Sunday.

I enjoyed seeing the soul revue of Lee Fields and the Expressions before heading to get a second shot of Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, again slamming it hard Nawlins-style.

The first band I saw at Wanee last year was Monophonics, and I have opined that it was my favorite set of the festival (and I wrote an Amazon review of their superb CD). They did not disappoint. Kelly Finnigan again starred on organ and vocals, and I learned he is the son of Mike Finnigan, the organ player on “Electric Ladyland.” Their psychedelic soul sound harks back to the early 70s. And it was P-Funk day a day early, as Monophonics covered “I Got a Thing.”

Next up was a second helping of the Pimps of Joytime, again rocking the Music Hall in fine fashion, followed by a great set from Antibalas with a beautiful full sound filling the Amphitheatre.

I was so thrilled to get a second shot at the Motet, and again they brought the funk and jazz and then some more funk. And by this time artist-at-large Roosevelt Collier, “The Doctor,” had popped in on numerous sets. Roosevelt can match up with anybody (which was fully proven Saturday!). Second dose of P-Funk: an amazing cover of “Getten’ to Know You.”

I ventured back into the Music Hall for more from the Malah, and, as promised, this was an even funkier, more danceable set than Thursday’s. From there I headed back to the Amphitheatre, where Galactic was blowing it up. They have been on fire the past year or so for me, and this was no different. They closed with “When the Levee Breaks,” and it seemed like they were finished, but I knew they weren’t, because Stanton Moore had not done his stand-up drum thing, which knocks me out every time! Wow!

Greenhouse Lounge, a great electronic trio, were having a great time on the Porch stage, and then it was back inside for a second helping of Kung Fu melting faces as they just killed it. Tim Palmieri is truly unsung as a guitar player, but every member is a monster. And one more P-Funk tune: “Sexy Ways.”

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe held sway at the Purple Hat stage for some late-night magic, with numerous guests and his vocals and tenor soaring into the night air. Meanwhile, Bonobo with a full band was topping off the evening, or so I thought. By the time I got back to the music hall, I wasn’t expecting much from Robert Walter’s 20th Congress.

Wrong again. Walter and his band were perfect for the real late-night slot, with jazz and funk expertly intermingled. Walter’s work on the B3 is superb. Somehow, I managed to make it to the end of the set and back up the hill to the silent disco.

For those unfamiliar with the silent disco concept, each audience member gets a pair of headphones. You can control the volume, AND you can choose from two DJs or bands on stage. The eerie experience is taking your headphones off and watching all the heads bobbing up and down in (near) silence. Jeff Randall was pumping out a nice DJ set, but I was attracted to Squeedlepuss, a great jazzy quartet and a perfect fit for this extremely late-night slot.

Music raged on until 5:30, or sun-up, or something. I did not.

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NICE!

Thanks t.y.s. for your fine writeups. I haven't been to Bear Creek, and may never, but I dig your perspective and views of all the various acts. Gives me a bit of an idea of some of these less well known acts I may stumble across elsewhere. And I definitely get a feel for that fest's vibe!

Good work. Looking forward to more ... STUFF, as Chuck Barris used to say on the Gong Show. I trust no acts at the Barr Crick got gonged :D


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beach bob wrote:
NICE!

Thanks t.y.s. for your fine writeups. I haven't been to Bear Creek, and may never, but I dig your perspective and views of all the various acts. Gives me a bit of an idea of some of these less well known acts I may stumble across elsewhere. And I definitely get a feel for that fest's vibe!

Good work. Looking forward to more ... STUFF, as Chuck Barris used to say on the Gong Show. I trust no acts at the Barr Crick got gonged :D



Thanks for the very kind words. Some people might say I am full of it. To paraphrase Clinton (not George), it depends on your definition of "it."

I LOVED Chuck Barris and the Gong Show. Nothing for me below a B. Music is so subjective, of course. As my former mother-in-law used to say, "That's what makes a horse race."

My favorite Gong Show story (well, one of two): the Unknown Comic was auditioning for the show (this may be apochryphal, but it is still a great joke). So here was his joke, delivered in his semi-inebriated style:

"Hey, Chuckie Baby! Have you ever made love to your wife in the shower?"

"No? Well, you ought to. She LOVES IT!"

ba-DUMP-BUM **rimshot**

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tieyourshoes51 wrote:
Some people might say I am full of it. To paraphrase Clinton (not George), it depends on your definition of "it."


Well the obvious thing to do, if you happen to be *full of it*, is to let it all out.

Mission accomplished! :D

Keep on doin' what you're doin'. It's workin'.


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BEAR CREEK SATURDAY

If I thought I’d had my money’s worth after Thursday, I certainly knew it after Friday’s performances. In fact, throughout the entire weekend, I never saw one band I wouldn’t want to see again. How would Saturday unfold?

Through the oddity of the schedule, the two biggest events for Saturday, to my mind, were early. Bootsy was scheduled for 5:15, and fellow Funkateer Bernie Worrell led off at noon! Bootsy is certainly more identifiable, but Bernie Worrell is one of the chief architects of the Parliadelicment Thang, often overlooked for his contributions and his massive talent. Recently, he had been touring with Steve Kimock in a killer quartet setting.

Worrell came out with a solid band and sounded great, if not spectacular. That changed, however, when Freekbass stepped on stage as Bernie tore into the only P-Funk tune of the set, “Red Hot Mama.” Freekbass committed murder. He absolutely KILLED it. I acknowledge I am an unabashed fan, but even so. [Hey, support his Kickstarter project already!] Video evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn5heJa3408 Emotionally, this was a peak for the festival for me.

Then it was, once again, decision time. George Porter, Jr., or Cope, the hometeam (Home Team) favorites? I just HAD to see Cope bust it out at the Porch stage. Right decision. I have seen them 20+ times, but this was truly incendiary. For the Home Teamers, the best part was hearing so many first-time Cope admirers raving about the set. Their shows are stuffed with originals, but a marvelous cover of “Money for Nothing” with Roosevelt Collier on his lap steel was stratospheric. DJ Williams of KDTU and Clay Watson of the JCs also sat in. And the new secret sauce? Michael Garrie on drums! Cope used to run on jet fuel; now they run on rocket fuel. That man is SICK!

From there I hustled over to catch the remainder of George Porter’s set, magical as always. Fortunately, I would get to see him in phenomenal form on Sunday. I then zipped up to the campground stage to check out the Resolvers. Need to see them again, too. Then it was time for more Galactic.

Galactic turned in another superb set at the Amphitheatre, with guests, and a dynamite set-closer “Gimme Shelter.” By this time, everyone was thoroughly funk-drenched. Perhaps some needed a moment of relief, a smile, something completely different.

Enter the Mike Dillon Band. You can call it what you want. Ever since I witnessed him with the Dead Kenny Gs, I dubbed it punk-metal-jazz, at 78 speed (for you old folks). Dillon is a manic visionary, a genius on percussion, and he had the best song title of the entire festival: “I Saw George Porter Playing Punk Rock on the Jam Cruise Pool Deck.” His whirling dervish, Carly Myers, played percussion and trombone and danced like a woman possessed throughout the set. Things got even more manic when Garage a Trois bandmate Stanton Moore of Galactic jumped on the drumkit for “Omar” and the Stooges’ “1969.” The latter tune also featured uberman Roosevelt, who also played on the set closer, “Carly Hates the Dubstep.” WHEW! Speaking to Roosevelt later, he said, “I’m a punk rocker now!” with a huge smile on his face. He really CAN do anything!

I slide over to the Purple Hat for another dose of Robert Walter, and again he and his bandmates nailed it, a great performance, what I managed to see. And then back to the Amphitheatre for Bootsy. Bear Creek runs like clockwork, Paul Levine and his crew be praised, so why Bootsy was channeling his inner Sly Stone I don’t know, but it was an awesome entrance, even if 25 minutes late.

The Funk Unity Band filed on stage first in white astronaut outfits – with helmets. Must have been a dozen (as if I could count by this point). After an introductory tune, the head Funkateer arrived in stunning costume. I saw the first Bootsy’s Rubber Band tour in 1976; this was equally great. And Bernie Worrell joined his former mate for a few tunes. And he played “Rubber Duckie!”

I missed Ghost Owl (again, but I get to see them next week) as I went to check out number one cool guy Eddie Roberts and the New Mastersounds again. This was a magical set featuring a dozen guests and lots of superb vocals on “Who’s Making Love,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “Treasure” (Space Capone!). And I knew Roberts had to be a Grant Green fan, but any doubt was erased with a long take on Green’s “Flood in Franklin Park.”

Almost everyone crowded into the Amphitheatre area for the marquee stars, the Roots. As I stated earlier, I am just not a hip-hop fan, but that did not prevent me from enjoying their superb instrumental talents. Of all of the sets and musicians I saw, this was for me the least compelling, and yet I would like to check them out again.

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe was having another great night on the Purple Hat stage. Tonight featured more flute work from Karl, which I always enjoy, and lots more from DJ Williams on guitar. By now, the schedule was a bit off because of the late Bootsy entrance, so I caught all of the Dopapod set on the Porch stage.

Dopapod only came on my radar screen 18 months ago, but this jamtronica quartet is superb, and they really did themselves proud for this set with a new drummer/fill-in drummer(??). You would never have known; it was seamless. I am really looking forward to a double-dose of Dopapod at AURA in February.

What followed next was extraordinary. The Bear Creek All-Stars were slated for the next two-and-a-half hours. How would that work out? It was anchored by Dumpstaphunk and Lettuce, so you knew it was going to be great, but, I mean, what could they do to top off this day? Plenty, it turns out, and all credit goes to the rhythm sections. No matter what else was shaking, the bass and drums were absolutely incredible. It was positively hypnotic, it was so powerful. That started with Dumpstaphunk’s Nicki Glaspie on drums and their dueling basses, Tony Hall and Nick Daniels. Others likely popped in and out (it had been a loooong day), and I’m certain Adam Deitch and E.D. Coomes from Lettuce were in the mix, probably closing it out.

The set featured a spirited “Bop Gun > Dr. Funkenstein” and one of my favorite Meters’ tunes, “You’ve Got to Change (You’ve Got to Reform),” at that point with George Porter, naturally. And speaking of shaking, the set closed with “Shake Everything You Got” and “Africa.” Pure heaven.

That sent everyone scurrying back to the music hall to check out rumors about a new collaborative project, Nth Power (a math name!!!). Nicki Glaspie (Dumpsta) and Nigel Hall (Lettuce) lead this new supergroup, and they earned that title with a dynamic show, highlighted by the incredible guitar work of Nick Cassarino, who also plays with Jennifer Hartswick.

As I made it up the hill toward the silent disco, who was there tucked in the trees with an impromtu really late-night set but Zach Deputy, who had sets Friday and Sunday. But I was anxious for another one of my Bear Creek highlights, a third year of Skerik and Freekbass together on the silent disco stage. And then it got even better! They had Dennis Stadelman of Cope adding guitar colors to their set. It was like something out of a dream. My dream, anyway. And then to bed, but only after a ride with Dennis back to visit with the HomeTeam first.

One other highlight of the day: watching Savi Fernandez flash that Savi grin when he spotted me wearing my Savi Fernandez Band shirt!

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

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BEAR CREEK 2013 SUNDAY

Which brings us, finally, to Sunday. First: full disclosure. I have never made it to Bear Creek Sunday night. And I know what you’re thinking: IDIOT! Missing the Dumpstaphunk and Lettuce rave-ups is a BIG mistake. The problem is this: missing two days of a school as a teacher is difficult; missing three days is exponentially worse. I don’t want to miss Thursday, that’s for certain. I need to retire. This job thing keeps getting in the way (read: Jam Cruise).

Sunday morning started early, as Eugene Snowden and his band of madmen (and women), the Legendary JCs (Joint Chiefs), kicked out the soul gospel jams with “I’ll Fly Away > Save Me > New Man > Lifted Me.” Took us all to church. Eugene is an incredible frontman who… [I was going to make an age-ist comment. Not necessary. Just incredible.]. The JCs also feature Clay Watson on trombone, a BC artist-at-large, and great vocals from Katie Burkess. [Watson, by the way, also has another new collective: Paddington Ambush. Check ‘em out!]

I was focused on Skerik’s Orchestra At Large. I’m not sure where I put Skerik in the saxophone hierarchy before this show, but I certainly know now. I have hundreds of records by Coltrane, Dolphy, Bird and others, so I know what I like. And Skerik belongs in the conversation. The set started off with Skerik on solo tenor, incorporating sounds and reverberations from his sax mike. He was joined by Dead Kenny Gs/ Garage A Trois bandmate Mike Dillon on traps, and it started to explode. It appeared that Freekbass was going to start on bass, but he courteously let the senior statesman, George Porter, Jr., step up instead. I’ve seen George lots of times, but this one was, for me, legendary. What started as sort of Afropop (I have not listened to the download yet) continued to grow and expand into this 40+minute extravaganza, as a slew of horn players paraded on stage. Then Freekbass came out, and more insanity ensued. It was stunning.

Although I definitely wanted to make it to the Gospel Surprise, I could not imagine what could still grab what was left of my brain. I spoke earlier about seeing a band or performer before but not REALLY listening. Shame on me. Again. I have SEEN Jennifer Hartswick before, but apparently I had not REALLY listened. I love her trumpet playing, but what a spectacular set of pipes she has! She is one of the best female singers I have ever heard. Her set Sunday, like Friday’s, featured original tunes and massive covers. My favorites were Jennifer Paige’s “Crush” (WOW) and Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody” (WOW squared). I guess I just needed a bigger 2x4 to the head.

With everything packed up and ready to head back to Tampa, I walked one last time down to the Amphitheatre to see the grinning tandem of Roosevelt Collier and Nigel Hall (and their bandmates). These guys popped up so many places I am convinced there must be underground tunnels somewhere. When you start with “Standing on Shaky Ground,” how you gonna lose? It was deluxe, perfect for this late-afternoon set that covered “Higher Ground” (a Hall specialty), “Uncle Remus” (the George Duke-Frank Zappa collaboration), and “Spirit in the Dark.” AMEN.

It got me home, safe and sound. Music, friends, the park, the weather. That’s close enough to planet alignment for me.

So I’m thinking. How can Paul Levine and friends POSSIBLY top that? I know just one thing: Only a fool would bet against him!

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