Heady Entertainment Presents Broccoli Samurai at The Bungalow with Special Guest Chris Lee of Moogatu.
Saturday 10/25 at The Bungalow in Chantilly VA was a truly magnificent event. Broccoli Samurai played for an eager crowd, and laid down some incredible grooves. Despite having recently lost their guitar player, they didn’t seem to miss a beat. Chris Lee, one of the guitarists from Moogatu , joined them on stage during both of their sets and flowed seamlessly.
Broccoli Samurai has a very intense and forceful sound that will get you moving as much as you can. Having bands like these come through a venue like the Bungalow means you are practically face to face with the band, and in perfect position to receive their sonic assault. Intimate shows like these are what it’s all about, in my opinion. I live a good hour away from the venue, but knew a week in advance that the trek was going to be made. Some incredible shows come through this venue, courtesy of Heady Entertainment, but this one was nearly the summit for me. If you decided to stay home for this one, I can safely say you missed a rager. The crowd was into the sound and people were dancing wherever they could, even at the back bar. A special mention goes to Dustin Klein with VIDEOmetry for his amazing visual projections during both sets. It gave the impression of being at some special late night set at a festival. Did I mention this show was free? Yeah...Get your butts out there and get them moving next time.
They played two amazing sets which consisted of:
Stairing Up a Brick Up
More Than Acceptable
Up For Debate
Loch Ness Lobster > Back To The Middle (New Deal) (This was my personal favorite of the evening)
* with Chris Lee
Town Mountain and Grand Ole’ Ditch
Honky-Tonk Bluegrass Bonanza
By Jim Mcwalters
Hot on the heels of their new release, ‘Live at the Isis’ Ashville, NC based bluegrass band, Town Mountain performed a memorable shindig at the friendly confines of Gypsy Sally’s. The band showcased much of their new material highlighting the bands outstanding song writing abilities and exceptional musical talents. Town Mountain is one of several bands that have emerged over the recent years to help create a resurgent in bluegrass, offering exciting new tangents that stretch the boundaries of traditional bluegrass.
The bands high energy and playful feistiness provide fans a unique and fun-filled musical experience with lead singer and guitarist Robert Greer’s old-timey country twang and crooning reminiscent of a modern-day version of Bill Monroe. The bands exuberance had the packed house hooting and hollering all the way through the two set performance.
Opening the set was the short but rowdy fiddle tune “Grey Eagle,” featuring IBMA nominee Bobby Britt. Fans got into the hootenanny groove quickly as the band launched into the “Whiskey With Tears” with Phil Barker on mandolin. The Irish-folky instrumental “Four Miles,” was quickly followed by the knee slapping three-part harmony of “Struck It Rich.” The country-fried romp, “You Ain’t Gone Worry” was indicative of the bands honky-tonk bluegrass style. A really fun cover of the George Jones’ “The Race Is On” was quickly followed by the Ralph Stanley instrumental banjo number “Clinch Mountain” before the band fired up the crowd again with “Southern Crescent” inspiring many “yee-haws.” The second set included a country cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” leading into the popular “Lawdog.” Rounding out the set was a smashing version of “Sugar Mama,” followed by a rollicking “Deadman’s Cove” and the always popular traditional bluegrass tune “Orange Blossom Special.”
Town Mountain "Lawdog"
Cumberland Maryland based Grand Ole’ Ditch opened the evening up with a really fine set. The performance included the song “Dark Rider” a tribute to the Grateful Dead’s “Jack Straw.” The band closed out their all too brief set with the lively “Open Road,” and as the title implies, would be a great listen while rolling down the highway. I couldn’t help but hear similarities of Grand Old Ditch to that of another favorite jamband, Greensky Bluegrass led by dobro player JodyMosser.
Grand Ole Ditch
I’m sure looking forward to catching both these bands again next time they roll into town.
- Town Mountain Set 1
- Grey Eagle
- Tick on a Dog
- Whiskey With Tears
- Tarheel Boys
- Four Miles
- Struck It Rich
- Ruination Line
- House With No Windows
- You Ain’t Gone Worry
- You Weighed Heavy On My Heart
- The Race Is On
- Clinch Mountain
- Southern Crescent
- Greenbud on the Flower
- Long Time Comin’
- Town Mountain Set 2
- Up The Ladder
- I’m On Fire
- Comin’ Back To You
- Midnight Road
- Long I Ride
- Sugar Mama
- Deadman’s Cove
- Orange Blossom Special
- Sparkle City
Town Mountain Are:
Robert Greer – Guitar, vocals
Bobby Britt - Fiddle
Phil Barker – Mandolin, vocals
Jesse Langlais – Banjo, vocals
Nick DiSebastian – Bass
Grand Ole’ Ditch Are:
Jody Mosser (dobro),
Ryan Hohing (guitar),
Jacob Matthews (bass),
Craig Miller (Banjo)
Lucas Matthews (mandolin)
Tellico is Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle & vocals), Stig Stiglets (bass & vocals),
Aaron Ballance (dobro), and Jed Willis (mandolin & clawhammer banjo)
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Assembly of Dust
Photo by © Richele Cole
I’m an unabashed fan of Assembly of Dust. Based out of New York, the band rarely ventures this far south so it was a real treat to see them back in the area. As guitarist Reid Genauer noted, it had been ten years since the band last played in DC. The “Dust Bunnies” were out in force, as the sold out show at Gypsy Sally’s proved why the band needs to come down this way more often. To be honest, I can’t understand why AOD isn’t on everyone’s radar. Tonight’s show was one of the most enjoyable shows I’ve seen all year, and with a $15 cover charge, saying it was worth the price is an understatement. The music has a timeless feel with tight jams, clever lyrics and three-part harmonies that is reminiscent of a lot of those great bands from the 60’s and 70’s (The Band, Neil Young come to mind). Genauer’s country-tinged vocals and intelligent song writing are back by the impressive riffs of Adam “Squeezer” Terrell’s electric guitar and the powerful bass of John Leccesse. Rounding out the band is Dave Diamond on drums and new-comer Jon Bevo (God Street Wine) on keyboards.
Photo By © Richele Cole
The band performed a few songs from their latest album the very fine, “Sun Shot” including the well-constructed “Cluttered” and craftily written “Arkansas Down.” The band also treated the audience to fan favorite, The Second Song” (dedicated to the opening act Second Self), before starting the second set with the timeless “All That I Am Now.” The set was laced with great songs from the bands growing catalog including a jammy-good version of “Speculator.” The encore saw Adam Terrell joining Genauer on an emotional rendition of “Things That Fly” before the rest of the band joined in for buoyant “Telling Sue” to close out a truly magical evening. Next time Assembly Of Dust rolls into town, put them on your calendar as a “must see” band. Here's a nice video from the AOD set
The Maryland-based power trio Second Self opened for AOD with a tight set of rock and funk jams. Check out this video from their opening set.
Photo By © Richele Cole
AOD Set List
Zero To The Skin
The Second Song
Man with A Plan
All That I Am Now
Little by Little
Things That Fly
Town Mountain Released ‘Live At The Isis’ on August 19th, 2014
Recorded at Isis Music Hall in the Band’s Hometown of Asheville, NC
ASHEVILLE, NC -- Town Mountain’s hard drivin’ bluegrass sound, tight harmonies, and stellar in-house songwriting have become the band’s trademark. They light up the stage with their honky tonk edge and barroom swagger, featuring a Jimmy Martin-style bounce and confidence that is countered at times by a laid-back John Hartford-esque groove. Town Mountain includes Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals, and Nick DiSebastian on bass.
They released their first official live album, Live At The Isis, on August 19th, 2014. The concert was recorded in their hometown of Asheville, NC at Isis Music Hall. The album features live versions of previously released studio material including crowd favorites “Lawdog,” “Tarheel Boys” and the fiddle tune “Four Miles.” Amidst the original songs are a couple of lively Town Mountain-tweaked covers such as “The Race Is On” and “Orange Blossom Special.” The audio was mixed by Scott Vestal, acclaimed banjoist with the Sam Bush Band, who also mixed their fourth studio album Leave The Bottle [Pinecastle Records 2012].
The members of Town Mountain have thought long and hard about their cultivated roots music groove with strong focus on crafting original material. “Without doubt, this band has fine writing chops,” writes Donald Teplyske in the Lonesome Road Review.
“I feel like we’re closer to original bluegrass than a lot of bands out there today,” says Langlais. “I listened to a radio show recently that featured Ricky Skaggs and he flat-out said that Bill Monroe influenced rock and roll. He said that folks like Elvis and Carl Perkins and those guys were looking up to Bill Monroe. So, I feel like our band has a lot of that influence as well, of the blues and early rock. If you go back and listen to Monroe pre-Chuck Berry, those are Chuck Berry licks. A lot of music in the 1940s and 50s was so over-lapping. It is easy to put genre labels on it today, 60 years later. But to be honest, it was all so new and it was influencing each other at the same time.”
The group has focused on the goal of creating a unique sound and brand while still giving a nod and a wink to the traditional side of the bluegrass genre. Juli Thanki of Engine 145 says, “Phil Barker’s ‘Lawdog’ sounds like an unearthed classic, and the group’s tight harmonies alone make this record [Leave the Bottle] a treat for any bluegrass fan.”
Town Mountain has been busy writing new songs for their next studio effort for 2015. For a sneak peak at what to expect for their future recording, watch the band perform some of their new original songs in this wonderful session filmed by Boulder’s Second Story Garage while the were in the area to perform at this year’s Rockygrass. Watch them perform "Long Time Comin’” written by Jesse Langlais: http://secondstorygarage.com/second-story-garage-town-mountain-music-video/.
The past two years have pushed Town Mountain into the upper tier of acoustic bands and they have found themselves along the side of some of the best artists today at some of the most prestigious festivals in the country such as MerleFest, Grey Fox, Rockygrass, Suwannee Springfest and the Targhee Bluegrass Festival just to mention a few.
Town Mountain is in it for the long haul... check out out where they’ll be travelin’ to this year and keep and eye onTownMountain.net for further dates and updates from the road at facebook.com/TownMountain andtwitter.com/TownMountain.