Members of Ween, RANA, and Sam Champion Hop on the Carnival Parade
On Saturday New Yorks Knitting Factory hosted a two-floor late night event featuring Push and Carnival Parade. The latter is a rather unique one-man show which mixes live guitar, vocals, DJ effects, and computer mash-ups, touching on such varied styles as hip-hop, jazz, psychedelic-rock, and, of course, modern jam. During his set, Carnival Parade (who is known to civilians as Steve Urban) invited out RANA/Sam Champion drummer Ryan Thornton, who was at the venue for an earlier performance with the Sounds of Greg D, for a series of songs beginning with Can I Have it Like That? Soon after, Thorntons bandmate Scott Metzger joined in, playing percussion on Inspiration and Divine Moments of Truth. On Inspiration Weens Dave Dreiwitz, who also performs in the Sounds of Greg D, added his distinctive brand of bass. The evening ended with a progressive multi-media take on Lady with a Fan, which mixed versions of the song by The Grateful Dead and Phil Lesh and Friends featuring Trey Anastasio with Carnival Parades own hip-hop cocktail. Carnival Parade will stage his next event at New Yorks Knitting Factory on December 30. A Govt Mule post-party, the show will feature two sets of reworked Grateful Dead material, spawning the groups entire career.