Oteil and Friends, Zach Deputy, Kung Fu and More Perform on Day One of Jungle Jam
Oteil & Friends featuring Dumpstaphunk drummer Nikki Glaspie, Max Creek guitarist Scott Murawski and percussionist Jamemurrell Stanley and a rotating cast of guest musicians brought collaboration to a higher level on Day One of Jungle Jam IV.
Oteil & Friends covered Jimi Hendri’x “ManicDepression” early in the set, before guitarists DJ Williams (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) and Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk) joined the band on stage to jam. Glapsie also called up her “musical uncle and hero”—Ryan Montbleau Band guitarist Jeffrey Lockhart—on stage. He played Allman Brother’s style harmonies with Murawski to end the song. As the set continued, Burbridge gently sang Bob Marley’s “Natural Mystic” as he laid down the legendary Family man bass line. The Friends’ ended the set with Murawski on vocals for The Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower” as Mark Mercier (Max Creek) joined them on keyboards.
Zach Deputy’s kept things light and fun during his set earlier in the day. Deputy took the stage with fou microphones, and array of turntables, sampler pads and a confusing maze of pedals. The one-man-band told funny stories with his lyrics, most notably with his remix of “Bikers Wearing Diapers” which went into the 69 Boyz’ 1994 hit “Tootsie Roll” that include a teases of Phish’s “First Tube” and Guns ‘n’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle.”
Deputy opened his set up to the crowd with call-and-response and even performed an audience request. In true Jungle Jam fashion, Deputy invited Oteil Burbridge, one of his musical idols, on stage to play bass with him. Burbridge also contributed his signature vocals, in which he mimics his improvised bass lines with his voice.
Day One ended with a late night/sunrise Kung Fu set at the downtown Jaco Theatre. Crowds of attendees and musicians, including Ryan Montbleau and Rob Compa (Dopapod), lined the street as they waited for the doors to open at 2am. Kung Fu kept things going with hour of shredding, with Todd Stoops acknowledging that, “We didn’t do any sit-ins and decided to just play until they shut us down.”
Day One of Jungle Jam IV also featured performances by Brett Wilson (Roots of Creation), who serenaded Kung Fu’s Tim Palmieri and Todd Stoops with Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come” during his second set on the Eclipse Stage. San Diego reggae-rock band Thicker Than Thieves also brought their soulful lyrics and edgy guitar to the main stage on Day One. Additionally, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers warmed up the Copacabana beach front stage earlier on in the day with Linda Ronstadt’s “You’re No Good,” as well as numerous originals from their recently released self-titled debut album.
Jungle Jam IV will continue today and tonight.