Mulberry Mountain Harvest Festival, Ozark Arkansas

Real magic happens on Mulberry Mountain and anyone who has been can attest. This was my first time to attend Harvest festival but not my first festival on Mulberry Mountain, in fact its now my fourth festival on the grounds and I had possibly the most magical time. I say that after every festival up there but it always gets better. My involvement with the production , the people, the pure power of nature there grows deeper each time. Mulberry Mountain was the first place where I found my niche, my people, my self.  I simply cannot stay away. I could write forever on the way the mountain made me who I am today but enough about that, how was the music you say?! Well I volunteered this time around to earn free admission so I missed a lot of the music. These are the groups I was able to see: Les ClayPool’s Duo de Twang, Dirtfoot, SpaceCamp, Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Beats Antique, Everyone Orchestra, Andy Frasco & The U.N.

But out of those groups these deserve a review:

Everyone Orchestra- This review goes at the top of the list because it was by FAR my favorite set, favorite idea behind a group of musicians, and really everything I love about living life organically. Everyone Orchestra consists of conductor Matt Butler, who invites different artists from various groups to play together improvisational style with no pre-written material, thus truly organic music. I danced, jived, spun, and possibly cried this set was so good. The musicians feed off the crowd to determine the energy and Butler gives musical direction by means of a whiteboard. So no two shows can ever even be similar based on the artists invited to jam.

Les ClayPool’s Duo de Twang- My only questions is why didn’t you play any of your handmade instruments Les?

Dirtfoot- Gimme that sax baby. This band right here converted me into a bluegrass lover. They come from Shreveport, LA and I can’t wait till they make it big.

Yonder Mountain String Band- Yonder are the headliners of the whole festival so they play all three nights of Harvest. We went to see them all three nights. If only my parents could have had faith I’d be a country convert in time they might not have tortured me with it as a child. Their ability to pick and fiddle will spin your head, I swore they all had eight fingers playing that quickly.

Railroad Earth- RRE played two sets and I caught them both. The set held inside of the Harvest Tent late Friday night was by far the better of the two for me. It was heavily influenced by the Eastern scale and I danced danced danced the night away.

Beats Antique- Review to come after their 11/6/13 show.

Andy Frasco & The U.N.- OK,OK,OK, I have to give Andy a big ole’ two thumbs WAY up. Don’t watch his videos on youtube, they’re terribly corny and that isn’t how his live shows are in the least. Andy closed out the festival Saturday night/Sunday morning and his time slot was a perfect end to the festival. They brought the most energy and good time party vibe you could want at 2:00 am to end a great festival, it was funky jam central.

Mount Kimbie at Club DaDa Dallas TX 10/20/13

What can I say, this show was everything I expected it to be. I’ve been nothing but obsessed with this group since I listened to them at Burning Man. I had spent the last 5 days on the road at a festival up in Arkansas and had to stay over-night in Dallas just to catch them. Dallas isn’t my favorite city having grown up in Houston but I would follow this band to the stars and back. I was able to stand still long enough to shoot a few videos and pictures. The last picture is of a speaker that was knocked off its stand because the bass was just that deep. John Wayne came out and sung the rap for “You Took Your Time”. They mostly stuck to their new album “Cold Spring Faultless Youth” but came back with an encore I hadn’t yet heard. Overall I was deeply moved by the emotion this group invokes and I may have even shed a tear or two during “Home Recording.”

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Flume & I should probably move to Australia right now

I may just be stuck on FutureClassic but all my favorite new tunes seem to be coming out of Australia or I’ve been sleeping under an American rock. Either way Flume drops his self-titled debut Nov. 8th and I couldn’t be more excited. He is collaborating with a few artists dear to my heart, Twin Shadow (George Lewis Jr. swoon) & Ghostface Killah. This track with Freddie Gibbs in on point. I had the pleasure of seeing Gibbs a few years  back as a supporting act and the man brings fire.

And if my love and obsession for Chet Faker could get any bigger my heart might explode. He has been added as a replacement for Delorean’s cancelled set at FUN FUN FUN Fest this November and I couldn’t be more exited to see him again. Also it appears Flume also has a bromance with the beardy man himself.

Red Baraat blew Houston away last Monday but I’ve been too busy to post pics and videos. Until next time, I’m off to Mulberry Mountain for Harvest Music Festival, bluegrass and fiddlin here I come!

CocoRosie & Red Baraat come to town

I’ve been preparing for my favorite weird sisters, CocoRosie’s show by constantly listened to their music. Yay feminism! Also getting ready to see Red Baraat on Oct. 7th at the House of Blues. I had the extreme pleasure of seeing them this summer at Wakarusa Music Festival held on Mulberry Mountain Ozark, Arkansas. They are a New Orleans brass band meets Indian wedding marching band meets NYC hip hop, they are all energy and pure love. Also of note, I managed to scrape a ticket to the sold out Neutral Milk Hotel show in February. There was no way I’d miss Jeff Mangum in my own city, swoon.


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Portugal. The Man- Modern Jesus Alt-J Remix

I just love artists and this artist in particular.

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