Primus was the talk of the town on Saturday from sunup to sundown. From excitement within my own group of friends and neighbors to conversations overheard walking through the campgrounds, Les Claypool and his band were one everyone’s brain all day.
Saturday at All Good began with morning sets from Fletcher’s Grove and Lubriphonic on the campground-located Grass Roots Stage. South Carolina native Zach Deputy and Ohio’s own The Werks played the first shows of the day on the two main stages, but I wasn’t able to muster the energy to get there until later that afternoon when Marco Benevento tickled the ivories during a short 30-minute set on The Crane Stage.
Lubriphonic opens Saturday at All Good on the Grassroots Stage.
Lubriphonic marches into the concert bowl from The Grassroots Stage.
A drastic change from last year’s late-night performance as one-fourth of Garage A Trois, Benevento was joined by Dave Dreiwitz on bass guitar and Andy Barr on drums. The “Marco Benenvento Acoustic Power Trio” played under the cover of the smaller stage while the attentive audience roasted in the afternoon sun. Still as eccentric and avant garde as when playing with the freakout jazz group, Benevento gave a slightly more uplifting show that this year’s audience appeared to find less confusing than last year’s. “Who needs a clean t-shirt?” Benevento asked as he took the stage around 3 p.m. “Where are the dirty hippies? Get the dirty hippies up front. “
Rebelution (a reggae/rock four-piece from Santa Barbara, CA) scored an hour on the main stage again this year, right between the popular Rex Jam and funk/soul group Orgone. The socially-conscious, forward-thinking group has cultivated a dedicated following since their forming in 2004, likely due in large part to their current and relevant subject matter. A strong representation of said fans showed up to wave their arms and sing along.
Later in the evning, Papadosio took full advantage of their prime time slot- nestled in between moe. and Primus for 45 minutes. Potentially one of their largest and best-attended shows ever, YouTube comments and blog reactions indicate that a lot of Papadosio fans were born after hearing them for the first time at All Good.
Primus proved to be worthy of all the talk and hype they’d received all day. Two giant astronaut figures towered over the band as they played, flashing video projections on the faces of their helmets. Claypool spoke with his typical interesting vocabulary and said lots of bizarre things, but ultimately rocked loud and hard.
The video below captures “Harold of the Rocks”, including a preface that divulges details behind the song. Shot from atop the hill, it gives a great view of the glowing concert bowl at night- including fireworks around the nine-minute mark that lead directly into the beginning of the funk-rock set with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with special guest guitarist Zach Deputy.
As satisfying as Primus was, Pretty Lights made an unexpected splash at the festival with a remixed version of the John Denver classic about West Virginia titled “Country Roads”. Situated atop his lofty, three-level DJ booth with towers of lights behind him, Derek “Pretty Lights” Vincent appeared to be playing for us from within a small city of skyscrapers.
“You know what I like about you guys,” he said during one break between songs, “…is that ya’ll seem to like all different fuckin’ types of music.” He added, “Good music is good music,” before moving into a Pretty Lights vs. Radiohead vs. Nirvana vs. NIN mix.
The obligatory Pretty Lights glow stick war.
Listen (and watch) this bumping remix of the Pink Floyd classic “Time”.
And for something a little easier on the eyes, a video of the “Country Roads” remix:
All photos by B.Hockensmith Photography.