Saturday, August 12, 2006

I'm With The Band.

Last night, I pulled a total rockstar move with a friend and drove to Charlotte, NC to see The Last Waltz Ensemble play at the Visulite. The Last Waltz Ensemble is a tribute band for The Band. Now, if that doesn't ring a bell, then you probably need a refresher. The Band came from the 70's and had hits like "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Up On Cripple Creek" and "The Weight." If you're a Dave Matthews fan and ever noticed that song "Long Black Veil" off one of those live CDs he put out, well, that's also The Band. When I was in college, our group of friends would come home from the bar and pop in The Last Waltz DVD and drink some more. It's a really amazing show caught on film if you actually appreciate musicians and witnessing passion. A fun time, for sure.

Anyways, after the four hour drive, I stood back with my friend and watched this guy, Zach Deputy, open for the Last Waltz Ensemble. I didn't expect much, because the guy simply sits on stage with a guitar and some looping equipment and has a skinny dude to his left with bongo drums, but, man, I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked the melodies and high pitched vocals. The music reminded me of Ben Harper in some respect. Although the guy classifies himself as a jam band, and clearly boasts that dirty hippie look, I wouldn't exactly call it jam band. It wouldn't be thrown into the same mix as the Widespread Panics and Phishes of the world. The dude is soulful in sound, and it shows when he plays. I recommend checking it out, even though it's not typically what I would sit around and listen to, I think it's perfect for friendly gatherings and whatnot.

There's my display of hippie behavior for the year.
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