OK, where was I? Oh right, Binger had just finished a killer set on stage 1 at the Eat More Kale Festival. I headed over to stage 2 and though it would be Mothership-SoulBrotha but it turned out to be a woman named Andriana Chobot. She sang and played keys and had a dark and very intense sound. I was captivated from the first note. She only played four songs, including Not I and Neon, but I loved what I heard so much I had to buy a CD. I’m sure you will hear her music soon on my local music radio show on Thursday nights from 9-11 on WBKM.
After her much too short set, I headed back to stage 1 for The Aerolites. They are a quintet with two electric guitar players, bass, drums and keys. One of the guitar players sang most of the songs but the bass player sang some too. They had a nice rocking jam sort of sound. They played about 10 songs over an hour long set and rocked hard at times. They sang songs about The Only Way, TV Is Bad and Smoking Them If You’ve Got Them. Some of the guitar work was brilliant and it was fun to watch the guitarists toss the leads to each other. One song had just a hint of Floyd to it and I really loved their set.
When they finished up I raced over to stage 2 for one of the highlights of the day. Aaron Flinn played solo on the acoustic guitar and sang with his deep yet warm voice. His guitar playing is spectacular and sometimes I’m not sure if he is really playing or just holding his hands close to the strings and willing the notes to incarnate themselves. He played eight songs including Miss Ready Blossom, Raise Your Hands, Scattered Birds and his take on Here Comes The Sun. That was especially appropriate considering that the entire day was so warm and sunny. He created and played over some fun loops. He played the guitar behind his head. In the closing fast rocker he threw his hands around the guitar in a way that makes you wonder how a person can play like that. It was a truly stunning set.
I headed back to stage 1 for the massively percussive set by Afri-VT. With a bass player, a regular drummer, a bongo player, a guy with three traditional looking drums and a singer/bongo player, they created some happy grooves that made your body move. The beat was infectious and delightful. I hung out for a few songs but since it was 5pm and I had been standing and rocking all day, I found a place to sit in the shade for a few minutes. I enjoyed the rest of their set from afar but could hear it clearly.
Up next on stage 2 was a band called Brickdrop. With electric guitar, bass, drums and two saxes they played some instrumental jazzy funky grooves. As they worked through the four song set the music became increasingly complex. The grooves were easy to dance to until the last song where they dared us to try. Some of the changes were exceptionally tricky and fun to try and follow. The bass player spent the set looking like he was having the time of his life and continuously bounced around as they jammed out their songs. The drummer was quiet and steady until the last song when he really took off. They were just fun.
After they wrapped up I headed back to stage 1 for what I knew was going to be another highlight of the day. Haley Jane And The Primates had a huge full sound as they rocked and jammed out their easy to love songs. They are an electric guitar, bass, drums, keys band with Haley singing and playing front woman. They were joined by a woman named Annie who had a gorgeous voice. The first song ended with an emphatic I Know That I Can Do It. The second had a great line about doing somersaults in your head. The third one was about Mother Making It Good. The next song was about powering down you engines and getting into the flow. The fifth song featured Nate from Gang Of Thieves on trombone as Haley let us know that mama’s gonna make it all alright. The next song was about a girl who may be a weasel but she has a good heart. They capped the set with a rousing Hurricane Jane. Throughout the set Haley used her body to pull every note and meaning out of the song and she is easily one of the best people to front a band that I’ve ever seen. Their show was brilliant from first note to last.
After that I headed back to stage 2 for the New Nile Orchestra. They had an interesting mix of jazz fusion and traditional East African music. I’m not sure what language the singer let us enjoy but it was really nice. His voice was high and pure and the electric guitar, bass, drums, keys, bongo band were super tight. I hung out for a bit then wandered around for a bit and it was nice to hear their lovely music rolling over the Vermont hills.
OK, that takes us to about 7:15 pm. I’ll stop here and write up the end of the night soon.