Our photo intern, Rob Sydor, hit up two great shows last week. Apologies for the lag in posting.
Sunday was another BEAUTIFUL day for a show at the Cuthbert.
BLK JKS were good. It seemed like it took them a minute to warm up but they had a great vibe going after a couple of songs. I wish they could've played longer.
Santi was fanfreakintastic. It's no secret that I was hype to see her play. She opened with tumbleweeds and Major Lazer's "Hold the Line" and blazed through the majority of her solo album. She also managed to work in "Get It Up" (from Top Ranking), a song from her old punk band Stiffed, AND sang "Happy Birthday" to one of her "Creator" dancers.
Sadly, no Spearhead or SOJA pics. My lil girl and I were running around the place doing laps during SOJA ... which put her on the verge of passing out right before Franti came on. So we had to split. We were walking out of the gates as he was walking on stage. I didn't even get to hear one "HOW YOU FEEEEEELIN?!" How sad is that? ; )
WMVF was a lotta fun ... props to all the performers & everyone who put it on!
I'll put up a gallery of 'em all later but here's a few for now:
Walker T & Papa Soul
Copy the Keytar GOD
Crowd at Guidance Counselor
Patty cake during Guidance Counselor
Superhero running through the dance floor during No Age
Nice (late) addition to this year's lineup. I thank you.
Wednesday was a beautiful evening for a concert at the Cuthbert. Thankfully, it was the only day this week it didn't rain.
Stephen Marley kicked things off about 7ish. (Sorry no photos per Mr. Marley's request. If you took some anyways, post 'em or links to 'em in the comments.) I wasn't all that hype to see Stephen. As I've said before, I reeeeeally wanted to see Erykah Badu open (since she's doing almost every other date with The Roots this tour.) But you can't be in a bad mood while
smoking some lying in the grass on a nice day listening to some Marley ... you just can't. It's impossible. The good vibes even lured ?uestlove (from The Roots) to the side of the stage to watch almost all of Stephen's set. But while the vibe was totally enjoyable, I felt like the song selection was a bit heavy on the Bob. It must be hard to be his son and play an entire of set of your own music 'cause you know the crowd wants to hear some Bob. Of all the Marleys, I would say I like Stephen's voice best but feel like Damian is the only one I've seen that has mostly stepped out of his father's shadow and has his own sound. (Damian's show at the McDonald Theatre a few years ago was incredible. I have seen very few shows since that could match its energy level.)
Next up: The Roots. It's been five years since they last played Eugene (on the Phrenology tour) but I had seen them in Portland a few times in between. & I have to say, I've NEVER seen a bad Roots show. Once at the Roseland (on their summer Okayplayer tour with Skillz, Dice Raw, & Jean Grae), the a/c went out and the environment was straight up MISERABLE but the fellas still came with it. Granted, Black Thought had to sit down a bit with towel over his head while doing some of the songs but the place was hotter than ass and the place lethally REEKED of B.O. I have to give it up to them for even performing that night. But anyways, back to this show ...
You really need to be up on your music to fully enjoy a Roots show. Their two-hour set is PACKED. Aside from their own material, they jump into a megamix of other artists' songs. & they hit you with so many different ones, it can be hard to keep up. Below are the songs I do remember (definitely not in the order in which they were played):
"I Can't Help It", "Proceed", "Rising Up", "Star", "Apache" (Incredible Bongo Band), "Made You Look" (Nas), "Flashing Lights" (Kanye), "Roc Boys" (Jay Z), "Hip Hop is Dead" (Nas), "Get By" (Talib Kweli), "Just a Friend" (Biz Markie), "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" (ODB), "Method Man" (Wu Tang), "Deep Cover" (Dr. Dre & Snoop), "This Is Why I'm Hot" (MIMS ... uggghhh I hate this song), "Sexy Back" (Justin Timberlake), "Sensual Seduction/Sexual Eruption" (Snoop), "Planet Rock" (Afrika Bambaataa), "Push It" (Salt-n-Pepa), "You Got Me" (with a bit of Outkast's "Spottieottiedopalicious"), "Act Too: The Love of My Life", "Get Down" (with a Kool & the Gang "Jungle Boogie" outro ... clever), "Next Movement", "The Seed", "Move On Up" (Curtis Mayfield), "Boom" & that's about all I can recall. If you remember more, help me out.
Also, ?uesto, Cap'n Kirk & Tuba Gooding Jr.'s power trio (Go Get Yourself A Late Pass) played a "halftime" set in protest of the war that seemed tailor-made for Eugene (even though I hear they've done this routine for a while now). They started off with Bob Dylan's "Masters of War" to the tune of the "Star-Spangled Banner" that turned into a lonnng superjammy (complete with drum solo) springled with bits of Band of Gypsy's "Machine Gun". Eventually, it morphed back into the original tune of the Dylan track and the place went ape shit ... hippies & heads alike.
Psyche ... but the show ended abruptly sorta like that. One minute they're playing a song, the next it's over and "Rising Up" starts playing on the speakers while The Roots exit the stage at almost 11 on the nose. No encore. Guess it must've been due to the Cuthbert's curfew.
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