Wakarusa brings out the best in people -- bands love it, campers love it -- everyone is having a grand ole' time.
Australian guitar virtuoso John Butler stopped at the Pageant on Wednesday night, along with bassist Byron Luiters and drummer/percussionist Grant Gerathy, who round out the John Butler Trio. Butler, a former busker from the small city of Fremantle in Perth, Australia, is touring in support of his band's recently released sixth album, "Flesh & Blood."
While driving home from a tough work day in miserable traffic this afternoon, I was seething, put to the point of explosion. But I maintained composure and saw through the impending fit of rage. After all, I had a ticket to see the Flaming Lips. And that put a huge smile on my face.
Anchored by Page Campbell and Dan Donahue, the Athens, Georgia band Dream Boat glides through the sun-broken, psychedelic haze for new vistas on the aptly titled "Way Out."
Neulore has defined its sound as "modern folk music from Nashville, Tennessee," and that's modest enough to be appealing, but it doesn't go quite far enough to capture the slightly psychedelic undertones and purely joyous pop overtones of the new single "Shadow of a Man."