New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest nights of the year for music. Some of the best memories of my life come from the times I’ve spent with friends and family getting down at a New Year’s Eve show. You can’t beat the atmosphere, the people, or the unbelievable 3 night runs so many of the artists put together. I thought I’d share where I think the top places to be this NYE as well as some clips from some of the great NYE shows of the past.
#1 – String Cheese Incident – Broomfield, CO
The photo above is from one of the greatest shows I’ve ever witnessed. String Cheese at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO a couple years back in 2012. Unreal! The atmosphere was amazing and the vibe in Colorado was jubilant. The three night run included an unforgettable light show, guest spots, on stage performances, and the best people in the world all gathered to bring in the new year in the most exhilarating way possible. The three night run ended with a nearly 4 hour long, 3 set show that was truly unforgettable. My favorite part of the show is the “Sweet Emotion” cover towards the end of the first set. I was in another world listening to the reverberations of the bass as the tune echoed through the crowd.
This year promises to be even better! People who have been before have been geared up for this event for months. One of my good friends even organized a trip with over 100 people and took over an entire hotel floor! Go Steve Bannister! The video below from 2012 will rock your world! “Sweet Emotion” is about 20 minutes from the end.
#2 – Umphrey’s Mcgee – Denver, CO
Colorado is the place to be! Broomfield is only a short drive from Denver so you could hypothetically check out part of each band’s run this NYE. I came into my own as a person and passionate music fan during the early 2000′s in Chicago and I’ve attended UM on NYE at least 5 times without counting. They really bring it and you can expect something unique and special every time. They used to do a 3 night run at the Aragon EVERY YEAR much to the delight of Chicagoans, but the story is that the Aragon cancelled on them a couple years back to make way for the Black Keys. Bad move. UM has never been back and they’ve continued producing epic shows each year since. Highlights that I can remember from off the top of my head include UM playing with a full brass band, they brought an entire chorus with them another time, stage performances, and some covers I’ve only gotten to hear them do once.
UM has 4 nights in Denver so hopefully you can get into one of the shows. Here they are they Pageant in 2011, the first year they didn’t play Chicago.
#3 – Widespread Panic – Atlanta, GA
The photo above from December 31st in Charlotte last year pretty much says everything you need to know about how great the 30th and 31st are going to be in Atlanta this year! It’s been awhile since I’ve seen these guys, actually, all the way back to 2011 Summer Camp. But I’ve been in the mood for listening to NYE shows and I came across this from 2005. I immediately knew I had to add this year’s show to the list.
#4 – Sun Stereo – Urbana, IL
Personally, I’ve been doing a lot of traveling and I decided to stay closer to home. I’ll be checking out Josh Houchin, Kelly McMorris, and the rest of Sun Stereo rock the Canopy Club. This local band rocked Summer Camp and Hangout Festival last year and will without a doubt be the best show in town come NYE.
Happy New Year’s Everyone!
Lotus is one of my favorite bands and has had several amazing sets at Summercamp so I was pumped for them to be at my favorite venue, the Canopy Club!
I probably say this every other post, but the Canopy Club is one of the most intimate and impressive places to see a show. There is hardly anywhere I’ve ever been (excluding tiny places) where you can get so close to the artists without even trying. This show didn’t disappoint and I decided to take a different angle with this post and just show you the light show.
We weren’t lucky enough to have Lotus in 2013 but I found a couple of awesome clips of their performance from 2012 which was great. They played the Sunshine stage and totally tore it up with set that included some crowd favorites and a lot more metal than we are normally used to from Lotus.
As far as this show, I vividly remember all the purples, blues, and greens and the way the colors put me in a perfect place. The light show and the music are always one with Lotus and they always seem to top themselves. I also got to hear a few of my favorites Uffi and Bush Pilot from the Encore.
I included the set list below, but I haven’t found a place where you can download the show for free…
Set One: Harps, Break Build Burn, Wax, The Oaks, Bubonic Tonic > We Are Now Connected, Uffi
Set Two: Through the Mirror, Lucid Awakening, Different Dream, Umbilical Moonrise, Flower Sermon
Encore: 72 Hours Awake, Bush Pilot, age of Inexperience
I have been in touch with Mahk Brizzy and Joe Substreight from Positive Vibr8ions since I took photos for their show (see below) at the Copper Dragon in Carbondale Illinois. Since then I traveled up to Champaign to take photos at the Canopy Club and I thought “these guys need an interview.” They have been putting together an awesome musical community to serve as a platform for amazing musical guests. They call this the Chalice Dubs Masquerade. They are very kind people and if you see them at a Masquerade be sure to say hello and send them some positivity.
What is the masquerade and how long has it been going on for?
The Masquerade is an event that Chalice Dubs and Jay Goldberg Events produce together, which is meant bring people together who are interested in electronic dance music (EDM) and EDM culture. At each show the venue is decorated and transformed to represent a theme, which our audience will often participate along with through costume and makeup. The music at our event features high energy, bass heavy, grimy EDM, which develops over the course of the night to create a special vibe that is halfway between a party and a show. The Chalice Dubs Masquerade is in its fourth year, however we have technically been throwing this party at The Canopy Club for five years now. Additionally, the Masquerade is somewhat of an evolution from a previous event know as Dubstep Massacre, which began back around 2008-09. That event began in downtown Champaign, but when the party moved to campus, it was re-branded to be more accessible to students in its new home at The Canopy Club.
Our artist selection process is an ongoing process that involves working with artists on a local, regional and national level. We work with various talent agencies to find artists that fit the vibe of the party and who can deliver a reliable performance. With the explosion of artists in the EDM scene, we find it important to ensure that our party has a reputation is based on quality and not just hype. We know that there are artists out there who can really rock a full house and we try to support those artists with our event and pair them up with our reputation of providing great music to some truly awesome fans.
Dj Solo has been pretty consistent with the Masquerade, what has tied him in with the Masquerade crew?
DJ SOLO is Awesome! Seriously, its not just his website’s name, he really is awesome. Chalice Dubs and DJ SOLO have been working together for awhile now. DJ SOLO supports the Masquerade as an musician as well as through other artistic avenues such as graphic design and promotion. We are good friends and we cooperate well together.
Where do you guys plan on taking the Masquerade?
We plan on taking the Masquerade on the road to other college towns and other cities where we can either help build the EDM culture or support the EDM culture that already exists.
As for Positive Vibr8ions, what is the next step?
Positive Vibr8ions is currently working on their first set of releases, which should be out in the next year. We have tried to be very patient whilst developing our sound, careful not to release anything prematurely. We are really excited to share our music with the world, and while close, its still not quite complete yet. We want to offer our fans some original music that represents our live sound, the Pos Vi8e sound that our fans have become accustomed to.
Night one of a two night stand at the Canopy Club in Urbana, IL was all you ever want from Yonder. It took me awhile to get this posted, so as I write we’re only about a month from Yonder Mountain at Summer Camp, I CAN’T WAIT. But back in March I was in great need of a Yonder fix having not seen them since last year’s Summer Camp which because of my counselor “duties” I only got to see half of!
Anyways, it was a great show. Fun atmosphere and great energy from the band as is the usual with YMSB. The set list was great and included a few of my favorites like 40 Miles from Denver & Shake Me Up. Follow the link at the bottom for the download to a truly great show.
Set 1: Part 1> East Nashville Easter, Loved You Enough, Rain Still Falls, Illinois Rain, Strophe, Sometimes I’ve Won, Fingerprint, Another Day, Kentucky Mandolin, Raleigh & Spencer
Set 2: Ramblin In The Rambler> Shake Me Up> Ramblin Reprise, Pockets, Blue Collar Blues, Althea, Sidewalk Stars> All The Time, Southbound, Straight Line, And Your Bird Can Sing, Romance Blues, Traffic Jam> Elzic’s Farewell> Traffic Jam E: 40 Miles From Denver, Hill Country Girl
Check out the awesome recording done by Don Olker!
Therefore, last Sunday – tired from lack of sleep due to friends visiting for the holiday – both Derrick and I hit the road, driving over two hours to see Big G at the Canopy.
I had to be at work the next day – at 8am, so I was estimating I’d get about 4 hours sleep…did that in any way make me hesitate? No way. Nothing was going to let me miss this show.
The next day I was tired, cold, and had an aching, stiff neck. Was work on Monday painfully long and horrible? Yes. Was it torture? Yes. Was Big Gigantic worth it? F**K yes.
We entered the Canopy Club – one of our favorite venues- and Ana Sia was the DJ peering over her Mac. For me, it is always nice to see a female up on stage. She played some sweet beats – I especially liked her rendition of a forgotten high school favorite “What’s Your Fantasy” by Ludacris. She was focused the whole time – yet dancing the whole time as well. She definitely has talent – I am sure this is not the last time we will be seeing Ana Sia.
Ana finished up around 11. After a short break the place lit up and out walked Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken – or as otherwise known, Big Gigantic. This is a unique duo – based on sax and drums. A great mix. Throw in some bass and you got yourself a show worth driving 2 hours to see on a Sunday night.
Big Gigantic was stopping at Urbana as part of their Uprising Tour…ending with a New Year’s show in Chicago. The place was surprisingly jammed and even Gumby made it to the show. What really made this an especially fun concert was that they played many of my favorites – such as their Aloe Blacc “I need a dollar” remix and their Kanye West “Get em High” remix.
Some of the other great ones were “Sky HIgh,” “Lucid Dreams,” “Shine” (A Place Behind the Moon), and “Nocturnal” (Nocturnal). There were all kinds of fans, there was all kinds of energy and the whole place was just jumpin’. In case my pics aren’t doing it justice – I want to stress how great the light show was. They did a great job; it was original and perfectly synchronized.
One of the most amazing things about this band is that they are all about satisfying their fans – and one of the ways they do it is by giving us free music. That’s right – you can download their album “Nocturnal” for free on their website. So if you are not on the Big G party wagon then your missing out. Go to their site, download their music, come to a show and praise the ingenious drums-sax mix. If it’s just not going to happen in the near future, at least I can offer some consolation in telling you that they will be at Summer Camp next year. Yeah so if you didn’t get your tickets to SC yet – what are you waiting for?
It’s been 4 months since Summer Camp and as festival season winds down I’m getting the itch to see some of my favorite Summer Camp musicians again. Lucky for us the Canopy Club in Champagne, IL has a great line-up of music all through October that includes some of the best acts from this year’s Summer Camp and from Summer Camp’s younger years. I hope I’ll see some of you there!
October 11 – Victor Wooten & Paper Diamond
Victor Wooten is a Summer Camp veteran, gracing the festival with his presence many times throughout the years. He is a renowned bass player. He’s been named Bass Player magazine “Bass Player of the Year” 3 times and has collaborated with a lot of great artists including playing bass for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones since their founding in 1988. Check out Victor at the year’s festival: Victor Wooten – Summer Camp 2012
Paper Diamond (Alex B. of Pnuma Trio) has been touring like crazy lately and put on a great show when I saw him at Summer Camp in 2011. Here’s a short clip of Alex and Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic) throwing down at the campfire stage. This is AWESOME! I love Dominic! Alex & Dominic!
October 19 – Future Rock
Anyone that’s been to Summer Camp has surely seen Future Rock at some point over the years. Just to give you an idea of how long they’ve been around at Summer Camp and how far they’ve come, compare their 2006 set at the Camping Stage to their 2011 performance in the Red Barn, late night.
October 26 – MiMOSA
In a few short years, MiMOSA, has come from nowhere to share the stage with stars such as Summer Camp All Stars Lotus, Bassnectar, and Pretty Lights. Here’s a sample of what you are in for as MiMOSA rages in the barn in 2011: MiMOSA Red Barn Set
October 27 – Rebelution
Rebelution first played Summer Camp in 2010 and after a short hiatus they were back again in 2012. A raggae band hailing from Santa Barbara, California, Rebelution has been slowly gaining steam since their founding in 2004. Here they are playing “Feeling Alright” Saturday afternoon at this year’s Summer Camp: Rebelution on Saturday