Thinking Out Loud>More Than a Little>Feel Like a Stranger and Tell Me Something Good
Summer Camp 2011. Three Sisters Park Chillicothe, Illinois Memorial Day weekend. This was the 11th year, I think. I've only missed a few. This festival is the brainchild of the band MOE. after we were all there in 1999 for the summer sessions tour with Galactic, MOE., Govt Mule, The String Cheese Incident with Kevin Kenny, Radio Active, Gibb, Droll, and myself doing the tweeners. A handful of years ago, MOE. brought in Umphrey’s McGee as a partner in the festival along with Jam and Ian/Jay Goldberg Events who's been there from the start or at least close to the start. Each band has its own stage and does multiple sets over the weekend. There's also an electronica stage that brings serious energy. In the middle of it all is a big chunk of woods where all the early freeks camp. It’s truly a trip to walk the path in the woods at night. I try and make a point of it every year if I have time. This year I was lucky to be able to bring Kdubalicious which is my reggae/dub/funk trio featuring Jay Starling on keys, Mark D on drums, and myself on the bass. It’s an open airy type of music that flourishes in simplicity. We were on the MOE. stage so I took advantage of the fact that the band had their gear on stage and invited the MOE. guitarists to sit in. They accepted. The first one is 3 songs in one. The unreleased (other than a trippy YouTube vid I posted a while back) “Thinking Out Loud”. At the end of the song, when I start actually thinking out loud, I slide into “More Than a Little,” which slides into “Feel Like A Stranger” (author pub) featuring Al Shcnier. The other is tune I the funk classic "Tell Me Something Good" by Rufus ft: Chaka Khan. This track showcases Chuck Garvey on guitar with the groovy talk box. Both Al and Chuck are incredible guitarist and separately added immensely to these songs. Together in MOE., it appears to me that they read each others minds like only people who've been playing together for 20 years can. Every time I see MOE. play, I’m blown away at how mind blowingly together they are. Both mentally and musically. I didn't think they could get tighter. But they do, each time I see them.