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Published: 2007/03/14

The ‘Lowdown’ on Langerado

Over the weekend, Sunrise, FL, played host to the fifth annual Langerado Music Festival. While last years headliners strayed from the festivals jamband core, Langerado returned to its roots this year, with Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio and moe. serving as three of the festivals primary anchors. The multi-day gathering also dipped its toes into a variety of other genres, boasting appearances from such varied artists as Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Matisyahu, My Morning Jacket, Blackalicious, Cat Power and Pepper.
The weekends festivities kicked off Thursday night with a series of late night shows throughout the greater Ft. Lauderdale area. Trey Anastasio and Sound Tribe Sector 9 performed simultaneous shows on Revolutions two stages (Anastasio played inside, while STS9 offered two sets in the venues outside stage). During his first performance since last months arraignment, Anastasio appeared visibly emotional and told the audience he is feeling great towards the end of his set. Meanwhile, San Francisco natives Tea Leaf Green and New Monsoon offered a co-headlining performance at the nearby Culture Room. Tea Leaf Green played first and guitarist Josh Clark later sat in with New Monsoon for a version of Derek and the Dominos Bottle of Red Wine, while keyboardist Trevor Garrod sat in for Stagger Lee.
Langerado proper opened Friday and featured conflicting headlining performances from Trey Anastasio and Sound Tribe Sector 9.While last years performers shied away from sit ins, a number of musicians collaborated throughout the festivals first day. In addition to delivering a full set of material with the Flecktones on Langerados Sunset Stage, Victor Wooten stopped by Assembly of Dusts show to play bass on Filter, while Jeff Coffin appeared with New Monsoon on Velvet Pouch. Meanwhile, Assembly of Dusts Nate Wilson played keyboards with moe. and Ivan Neville jammed with Anastasio on Mud City. The North Mississippi Allstars surprised the crowd by bringing sacred steel aces the Lee Boys—-who were not booked for the festival—-onstage during their set. Luckily for the pedal steel aces, after Rodrigo y Gabriela pulled out of its scheduled spot, the group was awarded an hour set. Later, local heros JJ Grey and MOFRO hosted a late night jam session at the Culture Room, welcoming such varied guests as Stanton Moore on Lazy Fo Acre, Luther Dickinson, Galactics Ben Ellman and Ivan Neville on Lochloosa, Matt Grondin on JookHouse, Sharon Jones on an extended soul medley segueing out of Gotta Know and Eric Krasno on Harp & Drums.
Saturdays festivities featured a similarly eclectic mix of bands, including My Morning Jacket, the Disco Biscuits, Toubab Krewe, Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Slip, Blackalicious, Apollo Sunshine and Keiren Hebden (Four Tet) & Steve Reid. After catching part of My Morning Jackets set, Matisyahu wondered by the Disco Biscuits tent and jammed with the group during Orch Theme. He also delivered the Jewish peace prayer Sh’ma Israel. Cold Turkey was also onsite, leading a pair of artist press panels and recording a number of musicians for Relixs podcast the press panels. During Apollo Sunshines segment, The Slips Brad Barr wondered by and played percussion and guitar with the group on Elvis Presleys Hound Dog and the Beatles Birthday.

According to the official festival handbook Sunday is roots and reggae day and Langerado proved no different. After some Miami vice from the Spam Allstars and some Sublime-style ska-punk from Pepper, longtime friends Taj Mahal and Los Lobos pinpointed the exact spot rock and the blues meet. Taj Mahal also joined Los Lobos for a blues medley which segued out of an equally enjoyable tribute to the Grateful Dead. Matisyahu and Toots Hibbert both played for sprawling crowds, with the latter singer inviting out a Cohen, a descendent of the Jewish high priests, to bless the crowd. In addition, Langerado booked an impressive indie-rock lineup in the Everglades Tent featuring Band of Horses, Cat Power, Explosions in the Sky, the New Pornographers and dance DJ Girl Talk
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