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Published: 2014/01/20
by Juliana Wilson

Jungle Jam Day Two: Max Creek, Nicki Bluhm, Kung Fu, Zach Deputy and More

Day two of Jungle Jam IV began with at a beachfront set from Zach Deputy that featured his popular Calypso-style song “Twisty Twisty,”—which he attributed to his Virgin Island heritage—while Kung Fu, Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers and Max Creek played the main jungle stage. 

Oteil Burbridge joined Max Creek on drums and percussion after Jamemurrell Stanley suddenly became ill. The group covered Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” and The Pointer Sisters’ “Yes We Can Can” with plenty of vocals, and they also played their popular song “Blood Red Roses.” In addition, Max Creek bassist John Rider officiated a marriage ceremony for a couple earlier in the day before inviting the bride on stage to throw her bouquet to the audience during their set. Rider jokingly advertised his marriage services to the audience as well.

San Francisco country-soul outfit Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers warmed the stage for Max Creek earlier in the day.  Bluhm, whose voice and style are similar to Grace Potter, performed many songs off her band’s new self-titled debut album, including “Little Too Late.” The singer also got the crowd involved during her tribute to liquor—“Beer & Booze”—and Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.”

Kung Fu also had a main stage set on the second of Jungle Jam. The mainly instrumental group came out ready to shred, despite bassist Chris DeAngelis’s run-in with a clawed ocean creature earlier in the day. The group played several funky songs with saxophonist Rob Somerville on main vocals, while guitarist Tim Palmieri and keyboardist Todd Stoops held down some backing vocals. Palmieri was fierce on his guitar, which doubled as a video camera throughout the set. As usual, Palmieri’s master guitar skills were a tough act to follow, but Dopapod’s Rob Compa met the challenge during their late night set at the downtown Jaco Theatre, which lasted until sunrise.

Comments

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ray vann January 20, 2014, 19:08:58

Does Nicki really sound like Grace? Certainly the Gramblers do not sound like the Nocturnals. Or maybe i am just wrong. They are both women with great voices. Is that the comparison?

kidman zeale January 20, 2014, 19:34:19

Nicki Bluhm’s voice and especially style sound NOTHING like Grace Potter’s. You called it “Country Soul” – accurate but that is not how I would classify the Nocturnals. pretty good review otherwise.

Ron January 21, 2014, 01:11:24

I look at Jambands.com everyday and I am very sick of people attacking the review in some way, shape or form in the comments section.
You sound like a bunch of trolls.
Thanks for writing another review.
I appreciate each and every one of them and love that you do what you do.
Sincerely,
Ron

steve b January 21, 2014, 09:33:09

Ron- Thank you for that. It is something that I have mentioned here as well. People think this site is fucking Rolling Stone with tons of money and don’t realize that MANY reviews on here come from VOLUNTEERS. People with no journalistic training or masters in English Lit. decide to review a show after it impacted them in a certain way. But, people always have to bash the shit out of everything. How about you CONTRIBUTE and review a damn show and show us some real writing? Its not that hard, and trust me, the editors and readers would love to hear what you have to say in the proper forum and not every review has to be positive- just accurate.

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