And found it just as bizarre the second time around.
The performance this time was a “Ratrospective” of existing material. In some of the skits the music was recognizable from the group’s CD (i.e., “Hypocrisy in Democracy”), but some of it was new to the Old Lady. The writing is political satire and parody, the humor is edgy, and the music is catchy. A lot of the political references are Florida-specific but you’ll get the gist even if you do not hail from the Sunshine State.
Again, “The Trouble with Andre” broke the Old Lady’s heart.
The Old Lady and the Elf took to the woods for a weekend of camping and music at Fox Mountain Camp and Artist Retreat near Cherry Log in the mountains of north Georgia.
And what a fine weekend it was!
The campground is a lovely place to be, even in the rain.
It rained off and on but mostly at night, and not at all during the music. Arrie Bozeman, Barb Carbon, Hollin Gammage, Carly Gibson, Kato Estill, and special guests Jesse Hamilton and Jason Beaudreaux played far into the night, and as the hour got later the music just got better!
The Old Lady sends big THANK YOU to Jana Cargile and Sherrie Kelly who run Fox Mountain Camp and organized the festival. These wild women of the woods have worked tirelessly (or maybe they do get tired) to make the Camp a welcoming, comfortable place and to make this festival special.
If you are interested, find Fox Mountain Camp and Artist Retreat on Facebook or on the web at http://www.foxmtncamp.com/
Hall of the Elders, an electronic hardcore band born in Valdosta, Georgia but now gone to Atlanta, has released an EP titled Bioacoustic that distills the madness of their live performance into pure, sweet shots of 100-proof firewater.
From the first metronomic tones of the first cut, Option 2, the listener has no option but to remain.
Keven Hammonds-McArthur‘s controlled but manic lead guitar lines intertwine with Jonah Edwards’ deep hard bass, using the drummer Nick McLendon’s explosive percussion as a steel framework to build these tunes so they can hold up to vocalist Mark Jackson’s now wailing, now growling voice.
The Old Lady’s favorite tracks:
Don’t Mess with the Mayor sneaks up out of the darkness like a mugger, catching up and snatching up your attention, holding you hostage with grinding beats and lyrical interludes until you’re ready to give up that last twenty you have stashed in your shoe.
Undertoe washes in pleasantly over your feet, but brings on its sea breeze the despairing cries of distant drowned voices. Swim at your own risk!
Animal jumps on your back with all four paws, scratching and clawing at your ears with a smooth jungle viciousness that beguiles you into becoming willing prey. Lay down and die, and bon appétit!
Red Door Records hosted another ROCKIN’ show tonight, Saturday, August 23. 2014, in Valdosta, Georgia.
CUTTING TEETH is the latest incarnation of the band formerly known as STAY AT HOME. Their new material took the crowd by storm, causing much moshing and some crowd surfing. These Thomasville homeboyz are growing and getting better and better. Look forward to their next gig, gang, they are on their way to greatness!
KOCTOK is Valdosta’s newest band. Kelby Clark and Bradley Gandy have just released an EP titled “SLIMEY MOMENTS”, and you can get the download at http://koctok.bandcamp.com/releases These two guyz are monsterz; the Old Lady can’t wait to hear what they come up with next!
The Old Lady loves seeing family members of band members support these shows.
Much gratitude to Jessica Donaldson of Red Door Records… these shows are the bomb!
SUPPORT RED DOOR RECORDS… AND LIVE LOCAL BANDS… LISTEN TO THE OLD LADY!
BIG shout out to the Valdosta Wake Compound, and to Sin.
GREAT job, guys!
The Old Lady had a wonderful afternoon.
Wake Up Fest continues tomorrow – Sunday, August 17, 2014, at the Valdosta Wake Compound just off I-75 at exit 13 south of Valdosta, GA. If you missed it – here’s your second chance! Don’t blow it! LISTEN TO THE OLD LADY!
The world’s first, and only, weenie dog rapper roamed down to Gainesville, Florida, for QueerBall. The variety show was a fundraiser for the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida, and combined the former shows HairBall (for queens) and Show Bois (for kings) into one supercalafragilistic no-holds-barred all-gender-inclusive extravaganza.
And what a show it was!
WEEN E put on the dog and peed on a mic stand (passes for entertainment in the canine world), then enjoyed talented performances by drag queens and drag kings as well as the music of SisterSong and Flash and Pandora.
WEEN E loved everybody, but particularly enjoyed Stevie Sparkles aka Abi Gayle, whose performance piece included a shadowplay of the visibly pregnant Abi reacting to curious shadowanimal friends who wanted to know “Is it a boy or a girl?” Abi maintained that not only is the gender unknown, it is irrelevant and physically threw out the whole pink versus blue stereotype thing. The piece was not only creative but revolutionary in statement, and completely out of left field which is what WEEN E loves to see.
Did the Old Lady say it was hot, last time there was a show at the Elder House in Valdosta, GA?
Tonight was savagely hot. The Elder House sweated, and stunk, and smoked.
John Weeks stepped up when one of the scheduled bands flaked out. John puts out a big sound for one man and a guitar, with a heaping helping of angst in his lyrics. This was his last acoustic set; he promises he’ll be back in September with a full band. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, you can sample his acoustic history at http://www.reverbnation.com/johnweeksplays
In Life’s Wake is also in transition; after tonight a couple of the guys are moving on to other places. Tonight’s grinding set sent them off in fine style. Good luck, boyz! They’ve left a legacy for us to remember them by at https://www.facebook.com/InLifesWake/app_2405167945
Seems that Elder House is in transition too. The band Hall of the Elders is losing at least one member, and the future of this venue is up in the air. Everything changes, nothing remains the same, but it’s all okay kids.
SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC, NO MATTER WHO THE HELL IS PLAYING. Listen to the Old Lady!