Since I saw Rebelution at All Good in 2010 I had been itching to see them again. Unfortunately last year I was unable to catch their Summer Camp set but last night I finally got the opportunity to scratch and caught their show at Mr. Smalls Theater. As fortune would have it they stopped in Pittsburgh as part of their “Spring Greens Tour.”
Hot Rain kicked off the night. They are joining Rebelution for the tour. Hailing from Hawaii this upbeat reggae band stays true to their heritage and genre singing about love and beautiful women. They constantly interacted with the audience; uniting the souls which filled the venue in song. It was a fun way to start the show, check out their myspace page with free music here.
J Boog took to the stage next and kept the upbeat reggae jams flowing. Many people may not recognize him as the former B2K member that he is. He’s grown a bit since those days and so has his talent. J Boog maintains undertones of the R&B, hip hop background while bringing forth a new kind of sound.
Then Rebelution took to the stage, starting off their performance with one of my favorites: “Bright Side of Life” (check out the video!) Everyone started jumping and the whole place was jammin. The venue was the perfect size and so was the crowd. The vibes at the show were flowing peace and reggae love. It was spectacular. During the second half of the show they also played “Outta Control,” another personal favorite. Apparently a crowd favorite as well because the entire place beamed forth even greater energy for that song.
It is astonishing to think this band is almost 10 years old – haven taken off from Cali roots to become the great band they are today. Part of what makes them so special is their political consciousness and their call to action. If you haven’t yet, listen to “Courage to Grow.” You will find yourself inspired with new feelings of hope and desire for fulfillment. The band consists of Eric Rachmany (vocals/guitar), Rory Carey (keyboard) Wesley Finley (drums), and Marley D Williams (bass). I was actually lucky enough to meet and spend some time with Marley after the show. He was extremely nice and super down to Earth (not to mention very attractive!)
Rebelution has tons of music available to listen to and even download for free on their myspace page. The band will be touring in the US throughout the month of May and is then heading over the Atlantic for a United Kingdom run with one stop in Portugal. They will be back in Cali and Oregon in August. If you can make it to a show – do not miss out! It only took one show to make me a giant fan and I know it will only take one for you as well.
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
I have come to find out that Summer Camp is much much more than just the music, as each day goes by I realize the importance of community and the connection we all have with each other. I woke up in a daze, with only about 2 hrs of sleep and basically stumbled on over to finish up another days worth of blogging. About mid way through I found that Rebelution was playing over at the Sunshine stage. I was only able to catch 20 minutes of them but man, they were great! I really love Rebelution. They have that super catchy sound that can make anyone groove. I spent most of my day just chillin at the campsite playing at my practice pad watching the beautiful people go by. I went and checked out Gigantic Underground Conspiracy and wow, their drummer just tears it up! After that I was able to see both sets of Moe. and Umphrey’s McGee. Umphrey’s played a kickin’ cover of Tom Sawyer. Overall, Saturday was quite relaxing. Summer Camp is really what you make of it. If sitting around and relaxing is your thing, cool. If your really into show hopping, go for it. There are so many things to be doing that there’s no way you can be bored here. There’s just no way! As for Sunday, I think it shall be my day to just live and let go. It’s the last day of Summer Camp. Gonna take it for what it is and live it like there’s nothing else. I hope all you Scampers will do the same!
Hello fellow music lovers! I’m sure everybody is just as excited as I am for Summer Camp. I can’t believe my luck in getting the opportunity to be a CIT in just a little over a week before the festival after somebody dropped out! Whoever that may have been for whatever reason, thank you, thank you, thank you! For those of you who have seen my video, I will unfortunately NOT be riding my pedal bike all the way from North Dakota to the fest. I am sorry if there is any disappointment. Trust me, I really wanted that journey.
This will actually be my first year at a music festival and I am extremely excited. I am also very humbled that I can come and experience it as a CIT! Here’s a list of a couple things that I am most excited for…
- Gogol Bordello, Rebelution. Two of my favorite bands that I have not yet had a chance to see. I’ve been listening to Gogol for years now and finally get to go see them! From what I hear they are nucking futs on stage! Rebelution is just solid, their sound is extremely likeable and always a good spirit lifter. All good dancin music!
- Drum circles? There has got to be some drummers out there bringin their drums. We shall unite, jam down and groove on! I will be buying a drum this week!
Soon these things will happen, soon. Until then… Party on Garth.