Tour Life Returns; Talking Dreads Burn Down the House; FirkStock Honors Summer of Love



Exercising IN DISGUISE: Mystic Bowie invites his viewers to occur nearer to the phase and dance. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
Hoards of jam enthusiasts expended the weekend finding tuned up in Atlantic Metropolis during the a few-evening Phish operate, each and every night show sandwiched among pre- and post-performances featuring a rich wide variety of dwell audio from all more than the earth.
PIECE OF MY Heart: Mystic Bowie ways apart as Tracy Jo usually takes the guide on a Janice Joplin hit. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
For Deadheads, Monday marked tour kickoff, with Dead & Company’s Raleigh, N.C., effectiveness. For their first concert again considering that pre-pandemic, they selected a most acceptable opener: “Touch of Gray.”
“… Dawn is breaking in all places
Mild a candle, curse the glare
Draw the curtains, I never care
’Cause it’s alright
I will get by
I will get by
I will get by
I will endure
I see you obtained your checklist out
Say your piece and get out
Certainly, I get the gist of it
But it is alright
Sorry that you sense that way
The only thing there is to say
Just about every silver lining’s obtained a
Contact of grey”
Environment the tone for the weeks to arrive, they billed into one more optimistic, unifying tune for dim moments – the at any time funky “Shakedown Road,” with its reassuring promise: “Don’t inform me this town ain’t received no heart. You just gotta poke all over!” In the meantime, proper below at household, it didn’t choose significantly poking all over to get straight to the heart of tunes.
ENCHANTING: (From left) Tracy Jo and Mystic Bowie share a stunning harmony. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
Mystic Bowie’s Conversing Dreads: “You got to make way for your destiny” was one particular of the extremely first affirmations Mystic Bowie made throughout his job interview with The SandPaper just in advance of his Tuesday evening efficiency at Chook & Betty’s. He then proceeded to give a humble account of the study course his lifetime has taken, and continues to get, toward the manifestation of his future.
Charged UP: Mystic Bowie and bassist Rupert McKenzie get their general performance to eleven. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
Bowie was born Fitzroy Alexander Campbell in a tribal community referred to as Accompong, in the parish of St. Elizabeth. He was born into the Maroon Tribe, the only remaining unified tribe in Jamaica. Maroons are Africans who escaped slavery in the colony of Jamaica, establishing totally free, impartial communities in the mountainous inner location. “We’re mountain people today, in the next greatest peak of Jamaica,” Bowie elaborated. Utilizing altitude to their edge, the Accompong have preserved their land since 1739, are solely unbiased of bigger Jamaica, and however follow their first traditions. In point, Mystic Bowie is not a stage identify but a tribal identify supplied to him by his elders. He was brought up with a love for indigenous people songs, and adhered to their principle of abstaining from alcohol, medications and any other actual physical and spiritual impurities. “Music is my drug of preference,” he has been regarded to say.
Bowie started off performing at many resorts as a youthful boy or girl, and built his initial few recordings concerning the ages of 9 and 14. Simply because of his tribal upbringing, he would sing mendo and calypso, which was common Jamaican folks music. He discussed several resorts desired to showcase a assortment of Caribbean music, and presented that he was 1 of the only performers not singing reggae, he was routinely billed. Finally, he did include reggae songs into his functionality.
SHREDDING: John DeCarlo highlights the upbeat reggae set with an electrifying solo. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
By age 15, Bowie moved to Negril on his have and was opening for major worldwide functions at resorts and new music festivals in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Cancun, Peru, Brazil and the U.S.
“Me, as a kid, hanging out with all individuals persons, I had no clue who they were being. I experienced no fascination in realizing who they ended up. All I desired was to be all-around this musical scene … with all this musical gear I’ve never viewed in advance of, all these buttons and dazzling lights.”
Superior Strength: Bassist Rupert McKenzie gives the viewers a operate for their cash, jumping alongside to his have bass line for 90 straight minutes. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
It was not till years later on that Bowie would recount his serendipities and identify he had been doing the job among the some of the world’s most influential musicians, like Keith Emerson, Grace Jones and Ringo Starr, to identify a couple.
In 1991, even though Bowie was staying in Connecticut, he was billed as the only reggae act for a Mardis Gras party to be held at Tramps, a Manhattan location that has lengthy given that closed. Bowie stated to the organizer that he experienced no band with him. “We have a backing band for you,” he was told. “I termed the range,” he explained. “It turned out we practically lived within just a bicycle trip of each other. So we designed the appointment and – I experienced no thought – guess who came and satisfied me in the driveway but Chris Frantz and Tina (Weymouth) from the Conversing Heads?!” Bowie instantly remembered getting met them in Jamaica.
ALL SMILES: Tracy Jo blushes as Mystic Bowie encourages her to take center phase. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
“That proper there was a re-ignition of something mystical,” he beamed. Bowie commenced creating and recording with them “and the relaxation is heritage,” he claimed, alluding to his becoming a member of The Tom Tom Club, a facet challenge which formed after all the customers of the Talking Heads parted techniques with their great but hard frontman, David Byrne.
“Those decades formed me in quite a few diverse constructive approaches,” claimed Bowie. “In just one way, it made me a greater composer.” He discussed Frantz and Weymouth, who had been a lot older than Bowie, handled him a lot more like a “blood relative” than simply another expert musician. “From an ethical standpoint, they guided me a ton in that feeling. Musically, it’s wonderful how a great deal I’ve realized from these individuals.” He credits Frantz and Weymouth for location his lifetime and career in a beneficial path. “To this working day, when I document a music, I even now mail it to them due to the fact I have so a lot regard for them and what they do.”
SOULFUL: Nerada ‘Nerry’ Brissette can take direct to serenade the audience. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
While on tour with the Tom Tom Club, the potential of the Chatting Heads became apparent to Bowie. “I’ve observed the conversations. People have been attempting to get a Conversing Heads reunion tour, or reunion album,” Bowie claimed. “But David Byrne would hardly ever go for it.” After it was very clear that his aspiration band would under no circumstances reassemble, he was influenced to reimagine the do the job in his possess genre, but not without the need of first trying to get acceptance from his mentors. Frantz and Weymouth supported him wholeheartedly. “They reported ‘we help you 100%’” he emphasised. Therefore birthed Mystic Bowie’s Speaking Dreads.
It was vital to Bowie to breathe new life into the undertaking, honoring the new music though maintaining it totally steeped in reggae. “I definitely preferred to history this in Jamaica, with Jamaican musicians … with individuals I appeared up to as a kid.” Among the the enormous expertise highlighted on his debut album had been Freddie McGregor and Tarrus Riley. The only non-Jamaican on the report was Cindy Wilson, of the B-52s, who was captivated by the plan and served to deliver a new wave-vibe to the task. “Now I felt I experienced the global legitimacy of this undertaking,” claimed Bowie.
A person Appreciate: Tracy Joel wound up in Mystic Bowie’s audience at the age of 5. Now developed, she joins him on stage with a charming voice. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
“I wanted to make confident the integral part of this project not only options but continue to displays the utmost respect to Chatting Heads’ craft – but also make sure it is not just a deal with act,” he elaborated. “I want to reimagine their songs, their lyrics, in my personal type … the way I interpret and the way I truly feel it.”
Bowie introduced a stellar ensemble with him to Fowl & Betty’s Reggae Night time very last Tuesday, comprised of his initial bassist Rupert McKenzie, backup (and co-direct) vocalists Tracy Jo and Nerada “Nerry” Brissette, Pierre DuBose III, on keys, John DeCarlo on guitar and Jean Paris on drums.
When requested what his much larger mission is in daily life, he explained, “I want to be remembered as a particular person who gives back again. I want to be remembered for my contributions to my neighborhood and to the world.” As this sort of, he crafted a charity organization referred to as the Mystic Bowie Cultural Middle, committed to enriching the life of Jamaican young children as a result of multi-cultural packages making use of the arts, audio, drama and sports. To donate, go to mysticbowieculturalcenter.com.
“Remember me as the humanitarian – and as the man or woman who designed you dance, even before you knew you arrived to dance,” he elaborated. “I want to encourage via audio. I’m not just chatting about verbally, I’m talking about bodily.”
Prior to getting the stage, Bowie effused, “We are significant electricity! Leave your footwear at dwelling. Never bring your extravagant footwear. Convey your dancing footwear!” He reiterated the sentiment right away when on stage, inviting the crowd to the dance flooring. “When I go back to Jamaica, I will say Beach Haven was one of my areas,” he promised the audience. “But I require you to not be frightened of me. Come nearer and dance!”
Viewers members had been hard-pressed to maintain up with Bowie and McKenzie, who saved his pocket on lock, all whilst jumping along to the beat for 90 minutes straight. This exhibit is, in point, exercise in disguise.
As envisioned, there was a mega dose of Speaking Heads hits, these kinds of as “This Will have to Be the Spot (Naïve Melody),” “Burning Down the House” and “Life For the duration of Wartime.” Apart from urbanely peculiar lyricism, the tunes ended up scarcely recognizable, as they were being performed in a reggae time signature, with island melodies and soulful harmonies, supplying an all round indigenous (and of system, tropical) audio.
They also did a handful of other covers, diligently picked dependent on their affect on Bowie and his band. For illustration, Jo (who fronts her possess band, Tracy Jo and the Toads) took the direct for a display-halting effectiveness of Janice Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” The number traces back again to Bowie’s childhood, when his mother would often sing when working.
They also performed an islander’s tribute to the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Avenue,” ahead of which Bowie advised a charming tale.
As a 14-12 months-old performer, he spelled out, he came on a gentleman participating in guitar on the beach front all around sunrise. “I had no clue who he was. I had no interest to know I was a youngster. All I know is he would dangle out on the beach at dawn. And if I see an acoustic guitar – my curiosity – I’m likely to go up and hang out with that person on the beach.” The secret man taught Bowie a couple of chords on the guitar, which he gifted to him prior to leaving.
Many yrs later on, Bowie spotted that pretty man’s encounter on a shirt in Miami. “I said, ‘Oh my God, I know that male!’” That was the moment he acquired the man who experienced gifted him his 1st guitar was none other than famous Jerry Garcia. “He was so generous and so first rate and so respectful to me as a baby,” he remembered fondly. And so he honors him by his personal rendition of “Shakedown Road.”
Bowie handled the audience to a few of his initial tunes as very well. One inspiring amount was titled “Aim Higher,” which he wrote 17 years back for the youth in Maroon Town. Another 1, titled “Itty Bitty Residence,” he wrote on an plane, instantly right after shedding his residence and all of his content belongings in a natural catastrophe. He did not hope the song to go any place, but when he landed in Japan for a functionality, he discussed, the individuals there ended up signing his lyrics in a demonstrate of support. Their palms arrived alongside one another higher than their heads to variety the apex of a residence, and then, in a grand gesture, they swept out and down to symbolize sunshine.
“Give me my sunshine
On the mountain major
Give me my sunshine
A single really like, nonstop.
I never need no extravagant automobile,
Hold your anger and your war.
Never want no mansion by the sea,
These days for you, but life’s for me.
So I’m telling ya
Some have taken on your techniques,
Just to get trampled by the working day.
But I will retain my straightforward daily life.
You keep your guns, I’ll hold my existence.
I’m likely to the mountain.
To my itty bitty residence and a great deal of sunshine.”
BERTHA: Lovelight guitarist Michael Jaskewics performs out of a custom Grateful Lifeless twin cab. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
FirkStock: Sunday afternoon, local musicians got with each other outdoors of Manafirkin Brewery to spend homage to the Woodstock Music Competition. Manafirkin’s bartenders even dressed for the occasion, sporting tie dyes and significant wigs.
The function was organized by Chris Fritz with Bruce “Rocker” Ciangetti in brain. The moment upon a time, Ciangetti was proprietor of Stafford’s beloved vinyl shop Purple Rocker Documents. The honorary Rocker was also at the original Woodstock at Bethel Woods in 1969. “I have no idea how we got there, but we were there,” he laughed. He recalled the mayhem which took location at the mainly unprepared venue, overtaken by oceans of barefooted humans, flooding the streets. He explained the roadways as entirely void of vehicles, except for those people which experienced been deserted on their perimeters. “Even the New York Thruway was shut down,” he claimed, huge-eyed. “Imagine?”
Living LEGEND: Bruce ‘Rocker’ Ciangetti was the proprietor of Crimson Rocker Report Store, again in the day. He was the inspiration powering Firkstock. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
Fritz (bass, vocals) and Ciangetti (acoustic guitar, vocals) have been joined by Neal Petti (hollow overall body electric powered guitar, vocals), Ty Mares (electrical guitar, vocals) and Tommy Allen Jr. (cajon, vocals) for an epic tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Younger. They opened with a challenging-hitting “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” penned by Stephen Stills for his lover, Judy Collins, as they approached an imminent break up. CSNY opened their Woodstock ’69 established with the bitterly gorgeous really like letter.
SPIRITED: (From left) Ty Mares, Tommy Allen Jr. and Chris Fritz are 3 of a five-piece ensemble to honor Crosby Stills Nash and Young’s Woodstock efficiency. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
The song reached its climax with Ciangetti scatting an improvised, non-sensical version of Stills’ poetic Spanish lyrics, which Stills has admitted to composing deliberately to be elusive. There is ongoing debate as to what the precise lyrics are, and what they counsel. Until finally Stills speaks to it, really should he at any time decide on to, we may settle on this:
“¡Qué linda! Me recuerda a Cuba,
(How lovely, reminds me of Cuba,)
La reina de la Mar Caribe.
(Queen of the Caribbean Sea.)
Quiero sólo visitarme allí
(I want only to invest some time there)
Y qué triste que no puedo. ¡Vaya!
(So unhappy that I cannot. Ah!)”
 
“That was committed to Richie Havens, who was the opening act at Woodstock, almost certainly right close to this time,” Ciangetti announced.
Fritz shared his imagined method driving the setlist with the viewers. “The explanation I chose to do so several CSN(Y) tracks is simply because they performed each ’69 and ’94 Woodstocks,” he stated. “This is variety of a mix of both those people sets.”
In addition to all those figures, which included “Love the 1 You are With,” “Woodstock” and “Carry On,” they threw in a Beatles go over to mirror what CSNY had accomplished in the course of their Woodstock functionality. Fittingly, they chose “Revolution.”
Summer season OF Enjoy: (From still left) Bruce ‘Rocker’ Ciangetti, Ty Mares, Tommy Allen Jr., Chris Fritz and Neal Petti execute a CSNY tribute set. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
They also executed The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Once again.” Pleasurable actuality: During The Who’s Woodstock general performance, Abbie Hoffman (a radical political activist) leaped on the stage and interrupted the present to protest the imprisonment of John Sinclair, of the White Panther Get together. This transpired between tunes and was not captured on film. Pete Townshend, who was adjusting his amplifier, caught a glimpse of Hoffman more than his shoulder. According to a number of people in attendance, Townshend struck Hoffman from guiding with his guitar and sent him toppling into the pit.
Glow ON ME: Lovelight let us it shine, shine, shine, throughout their Firkstock set. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
Lovelight was subsequent to choose the FirkStock phase, executing their own very carefully curated record of Grateful Useless admirer favorites. This 12 months marks 10 yrs of Lovelight as an official band, although the lineup has progressed more than the ten years. The FirkStock lineup consisted of Steve Sprague Jr. on rhythm guitar and vocals, Dana Carroll on bass and vocals, Marty Schearer on keys and vocals, and Judd Davies on drums. They were joined by special visitor Michael Jaskewics on guide guitar.
LAY IT DOWN: Dana Carroll locks into a pocket with drummer Judd Davies, even though Marty Schearer receives incredibly odd on the keyboard. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
It was to begin with proposed that they carry out the exact setlist from Woodstock ’69, but Carroll spelled out “that set definitely is not the finest set to get all people dancing.” For that reason, they determined to throw in some other individuals to get the group moving, and not just the diehard Deadheads. It just so happens that the vast majority of the viewers was comprised of diehard Deadheads – and dance, they did.
NOT FADE Away: (From still left) Steve Sprague Jr. and Dana Carroll of Lovelight keeping down a extensive jam. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
They played a cheerful “Scarlet Begonias” and “Mississippi 50 %-Stage,” conjuring dancers from their seats. Some of the deep-cut gems worthy of honorable mention had been “Feel Like a Stranger,” “Throwing Stones” and “Let It Increase.” At Carroll’s ask for, Fritz took over on bass, joined by Mares on a 2nd lead guitar for upbeat crowd-pleasers “Althea” and “Deal.”
Just about every tune was a perfectly-spiced stew a end result of sweet and savory solos. Carroll, who is surrounded by an aura of badass female electricity, held a limited groove throughout, into which Sprague Jr. and Davies would weave the rhythm, and over which Schearer and Jaskewics would throw down voltaic solos.
LOVELIGHT & Good friends: Ty Mares and Chris Fritz just take the stage to perform “Althea” and “Deal” with Marty Schearer, Judd Davies and Michael Jaskewics. (Monique M. Demopoulos)
For quite a few, FirkStock was the initially and remaining desired destination of the weekend. But for some, it served as a pre-video game for a Phish finale, which was followed up by an afterparty performance showcasing none other than Mystic Bowie’s Speaking Dreads.
For audience suffering from FOMO (panic of lacking out) on possibly the reggae or jam front, Verdict normally takes the stage at 68th Road Beach on Friday night, and Grateful Lifeless tribute band Brother Pete will consider on Tucker’s Tavern (Seashore Haven) Saturday and the Waterfront (Forked River) on Sunday! Of course, many Heads will be throwing these displays, a la carte, all over Dead & Company’s 2nd tour quit on Saturday night in Philadelphia.
The good news is, for the locals, the audio under no circumstances stopped, and consequently, we are seasoned and prepared to go. Nevertheless, producing the vacation from LBI to Philadelphia after just about two many years may well induce a little bit of a social shock. Right here are some useful reminders:
Initially, remain hydrated – it is August! Next, get to the location early to make time for temperature, website traffic, parking and Shakedown Street. Of course, bring income for parking … and Shakedown. Provide a raincoat rain is on the forecast. For all those coming into the pit, keep in mind the vaccination card or PCR examination end result. Anyone choosing to offer tickets at the final minute, do not write-up an impression of mentioned ticket online. The ticket’s barcode is very good more than enough to go for virtual entry, and will be promptly stolen and rendered worthless to the two purchaser and vendor.
Finally, we are all navigating the globe anew. Anyone has different conditions and unique concentrations of comfort. Let us head our distance and our small business. Be kind. Have enjoyment. Stay grateful.
monique@thesandpaper.net

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