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.