Oh what a difference 10 years can make on one’s soul. 10 years of change, 10 years of music, love, life and the pursuit of happiness. It seems as though, 10 years have got behind me but I strive forward. I want to thank each and everyone of my faithful readers here at www.jambandpurist.com I have watch this site grow from literally, 1 reader to over 10,000! It has been a dream come true but now is as good a time as any to announce big changes coming.
While being the self-proclaimed, Jam Band Purist has been fun, I need to expand my horizons and will be working on changing this site in hopes to encompass many more aspects of the music world. My main goal as JBP was to express honest and forthright opinions of concerts, music festivals and the Jam music that I love but the every day politics of the music industry including but not limited to, publicist, artist relations, managers and the ever encroaching Live Nation type conglomerates have made it almost impossible for me to express my honest opinions. For example, say I ranted about John Mayer being a douche bag, I wouldn’t be able to get Dead and Company tickets but do I really want them if it comes with that price? At what cost do I give up my integrity? I will still of course, be writing on great festivals like, Floyd Fest, LOCKN’ and many other Jam festivals/concerts but perhaps in a different way or for another publication.
Jam Band Purist will survive however, it will be integrated into the next evolution of my writing dreams. Who knows, I may start covering the latest Rap or Pop music, at least then, I can be completely honest without worrying about hurting anyone’s feelings. I truly do not want any of this to sound negative because I have learned so much about Freelance Journalism, the music industry and reviewed some amazing shows and even interviewed some amazing bands. This has been a dream come true and I look forward to the evolution of a dream. 2020 will be the beginning of something grand. Anyway, the show must go on. I’ll be pumping out reviews here at Jam Band Purist. Until further notice. So look out for Jam Cruise reviews soon and for now for No BS New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Thanks to everyone for the support!
No BS NYE Specacular!
Picking a New Year’s Eve show this year seemed more difficult than it should’ve been. I had lots of musical choices but truthfully: limited funds, a broke down car and the always prevalent, procrastination. Looking at the local choices, it was either the Infamous Stringdusters in Richmond, Virginia or No BS brass and some other acts in Charlottesville. While I love the Infamous Stringdusters, I have previously seen one of their New Year’s Eve shows with one of my exes and prefer not to relive that experience. The only choice remained, No BS Brass, the high-energy act from Richmond who I have seen a few times before. I couldn’t make it to New Orleans this year so, I had to get a taste of those horns. To say 2019 hasn’t been an easy year is an understatement. Wild, crazy and completely unpredictable. I was looking forward to leaving it all behind and mustered up enough strength to proceed to Charlottesville, Virginia. The Jefferson Theater is easily one of the finest venues in all of Virginia. I have been to countless shows over the past 10 years, a decade of music at this venue from Little feat to Marcus King. This venue has become a part of my history.
I arrived at the venue in time to see the tail end of Shagwuf and when I mean “tail-end“ I mean the lead singer’s backside. I can’t can’t comment on the music but enjoyed what little I did see. The Falsies came on directly afterwards and I was not prepared for what I was about to witness. Charlottesville Natives, The Falsies are a raw, wild and at times, incoherent group of misfits. The lead singer/drummer came out on stage in a chicken suit and began to hack balloons reading 2019 with a butchers knife. What a way to begin their performance and really caught my attention. The onstage antics continued from there with a hotdog, lobster and bright swinging balls of glory. There songs like “My Balls,” “We Want To Fuck” and “Are You Sexually Available?” remind me of some of Frank’s Zappa’s later performances, chaotic and sometimes, nonsensical. The Falsies walk the line between Art Rock, Glam Rock and Punk. There were 11 people onstage and at times, it was a bit much to focus on. The spectacle takes away from the music itself. I was most impressed with the guitarist, Carter and her rock star vibes and obviously the lobster. The Falsies are quite the musical circus and could be someone’s strange ethereal dream or someone else’s existential nightmare. The entire band ended the show writhing in an orgasmic pile onstage. I can say this was perhaps one of the strangest shows I have seen to date and really sets a precedent for what 2020 will bring.
The main event, No BS Brass is just as the name implies, no bullshit, straight Funk Rock, Jazz and Hip-Hop all combined into an energetic mixture. Reggie always brings the energy and the inclusion of the female singer really completes this group. I was not disappointed with the level of excitement and musicianship onstage. I would recommend anyone who has the chance to see No BS take the opportunity to get down with this group of outstanding musicians.
The end of 2019 came to a conclusion with little to-do, I watched drunken couples mash faces together in some wretched display of tradition. Others slam alcoholic beverages into their gullets in hopes to drown their lost dreams and sorrows. I make it a point to try to see a concert every New Year’s Eve but decided not to stay out much past 12 because a lot of the people who go to concerts during holidays are just there to get drunk and talk to each other. Somewhere in my mind, I was still preparing for the upcoming Jam Cruise and the amazing music that I was about to see aboard the best ship in the world. So, fuck it! Bring on 2020!
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Editor: Robert (R.A.) Fadley
Freelance Writer, Musicologist, Music Journalist, Music Critic, Music Writer, Author, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Guitarist.