Tuesday, October 31, 2006

What happens at Vegoose...

...gets written up on this blog, and others.

Sunday was another hot day on the festival grounds, and people were moving a little slower given the night before's adventures.

I saw The Band of Horses, Jamie Lindell, The Rhythm Devils, Ben Folds and Jim James. All were stellar, in their own little way...such diversity and appreciation, ease of access between stages and an all around great vibe.

Walking out during Widespread Panic's "Climb to Safety", it felt appropriate as my feet were done and my head was in need of rest.

Vegoose 2006 is in the books, and I've got to give props to the promoters for putting out a stellar event and bringing a lot of joy to everyone's days.

See you back for Vegoose 2007!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Vegoose Baby

Friday was a great day in Vegas. Beautiful weather, friends arriving, generous blackjack tables (bet the pair square!) and the anticipation of quality musical adventures to come.

Around midnight I found myself entering the Orleans Hotel - an eerie facade of New Orleans built up in the desert a few blocks off the strip. Through slot machines and bug eyed wanderers, we made my way through a long corridor and came upon the Orleans Arena. It's a medium sized arena in the back of a casino hotel - amazing. Trey was already playing, and I could tell from the intensity pouring out of the portal entrances that it was going on. Entering the room, the music was already at a peak, big and bright. He kept the energy up for most of the night and was able to leap frog expectations and keep me there until late in the evening.

I managed to enjoy some crap table time before the encore and as our one shooter hit his 5th point in a row, we celebrated, and the streams of fans poured out of the arena to cheer on with us.

Saturday was the longest day of all time. Toubab Krewe started it off impressively, and Gomez played their hearts out to an early crowd. From Praxis to Cat Power, The Coup and Yard Dogs - the day was starting out with an electric array of bands. MMW layed the grooved down as Yonder Mountain played their last show of the tour.

Ranconteurs are the the rockingest band of all time. Keller Williams Incident brought some heat and clever covers -- The Mars Voltra shreaded, The Black Crowes and Petty played all the hits.

A great day on the grounds.

Passing out for a few hours was a requirement before going back to the Orleans for the Trey and Phil shreadfest. Peak moments of out there exploration kept everyone wide eyed and happy until at least 4am (the new 4).

Back here for Day 2, it's hot hot hot and things are just getting started....

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

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The big top tent

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The day prepares..

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Trey band ragin...

Friday, October 27, 2006

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It Begins...

Arriving last night, time seemed to shift once we passed through the desert sky and into the bright lights of the city of sin. The flow began immediately once the plane hit the ground and i breezed through the airport, into a cab and to my hotel.

Already I feel a sense of being taken care of, like everything here is designed for your comfort when you arrive, but then of course spits you out on the other side. After being here several times in the past hopefully I can draw upon experience to stay on top of the game.

Friends will start arriving within in the hour and the weekend known as Vegoose 2006 will start to take shape...

it begins...

Monday, October 16, 2006

Blogoose '06

I'll be headed to the 2006 Vegoose Music Festival this year in Vegas ... if cell phone reception is available, i'll try to beam back some pictures and thoughts from the experience.