The Latest From Langerado
Over the weekend, just under 15,000 music fans descended on Sunrise, FL for the fourth annual Langerado Music Festival. Expanding its stylistic boarders to include choice live acts from a number of genres, including Ben Harper, the Black Crowes, the Flaming Lips, Burning Spear, the Meters, Umphreys McGee, the Disco Biscuits, RSJ2 and Wilco, Langerado opened festival season in fine form. Nodding to its roots, Langerado also offered a Florida natives stage boasting performances from the Spam Allstars, Jesse Jackson, Crazy Fingers and The Legendary JCs.
A sharp departure from many of its peer festivals, Langerado seemed to emphasize tight song writing over loose sit-ins. Wilco offered up a new number, Walken, between longtime road staples like Heavy Metal Drummer and War on War, while the Black Crowes turned in a greatest hits set featuring Remedy, She Talks to Angels and Hard to Handle (which gradually uncoiled into a Pigpen style blues-rap referencing Chris Robinsons bride, actress Kate Hudson). Ben Harper also used his extended headliner spot to offer selections from his new double studio disc Both Sides of the Gun.
But thats not to say a few notable sit-ins didnt transpire throughout the weekend. During his Sunday afternoon performance, Robert Randolph invited Rose Hill Drive guitarist Daniel Sproul onstage for a version of Nobody, before bringing G. Love out for a free-form harmonica jam. In addition, while by no means a traditional Jambands.com-style guest appearance, costume-clad members of Lake Trout, Rose Hill Drive and the Drive-By Truckers were also spotted dancing onstage with the Flaming Lips throughout its Saturday afternoon performance. The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne returned the favor, citing Lake Trout as the band he was most excited to checkout during Langerado (both bands have worked with producer Dave Fridmann). The following day, Slightly Stoopid also brought out members of John Browns Bodys horn section during its Sunday afternoon set.
After festival hours, a number of acts also delivered inspired shows at venues throughout the greater Ft. Lauderdale area. During Umphreys McGees Saturday performance at the Revolution, the Disco Biscuits Marc Brownstein and Jon Gutwillig both emerged for a version of Pink Floyds Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2), a number Brownstein performed with members of the Chicago-sextet aboard Jam Cruise in January.
On Sunday, Jammy nominees Brothers Past also shared a bill with Marc Brownstein and Aron Magners Conspirator project at the Culture Room, setting the stage for a livetronica family reunion of sorts. After Brothers Pasts performance—-Electron, Brownsteins longtime side-project with Magner, Tom Hamilton (Brothers Past) and Joe Russo—-offered a stealth set highlighted by a rendition of Pink Floyds Fearless. Conspirators set also unfolded into a power-jam of sorts, featuring appearances by Hamilton, Rick Lowenberg (Brothers Past) and Lane Shaw (Pnuma Trio). For the evenings encore, the Disco Biscuits took the stage for a show closing version of Aceetobee, off 1998s Uncivilized Area.
Throughout the weekend, Relixs Cold Turkey was also on hand podcasting the weekends festivities. Selections from Cold Turkeys press conference, as well as acoustic sets from Keller Williams, G.Love and Michael Franti, among others, are now available at www.relix.com/radio.