Welcome. Open the door to the van. Get in. Please close the drapes and moon roof. Lie down. Relax your eyes. Breathe in deeply. Notice the musk left behind in the deep rugs and sensuous decor. Now exhale. Feel your eyelids getting heavy. Your whole body is feeling heavy, you are sinking deeper....deeper..... Letting your mind drift with no need to focus or think, just drift. Notice a soft, warm, relaxed feeling. Remind yourself that it feels good to surrender to the heaviness of the top 10 list.
Out of the tent, fed, coffeed-to-the-gills, and loaded for bear. Saturday’s lineup lead to a LOT of difficult decisions, but also highlighted one of the best things about living on the east coast - the constant influx of great bands in our area ensures that if you miss someone performing at Firefly, there’s a good chance they’ve either recently played in the DMV area, or will play at a venue in D.C./Baltimore/Philly within the next month or two. So Game On:
On the Road with Chunky Glasses: Firefly Music Festival
Dover, Delaware 7/20 - 7/22
Part Two: Saturday, July 21st
11:15 -11:45 a.m. Moon Taxi
Everything was off to a good start with 80-degree temperatures and Nashville’s Moon Taxi. Known as much for live jam-rich performances as for anything on their two albums, MT did a great job warming up the crowd with driving, super-catchy songs like “Hypnus.” While they were jamming the hell out a song at 11:24 in the morning, four guys in front of us were getting completely baked. Oh yeah, festival life.
Charles Bradley is the motherf@$#ing TRUTH.
I could just end this review right there and that would be all you ever need to know about Charles Bradley, but that would be selling his story short. In 1962, Bradley saw James Brown for the first time at the legendary Apollo Theater, and that performance would kick start Bradley’s life long love of music. But it wouldn’t be until 1996 when he returned to Brooklyn after travelling the country working odd jobs for 20 some years that he would see that love realized.
2011 saw the release of Charles Bradley's No Time For Dreaming, one of the sweatiest, and best, records of that year. Well now it's 2012 and Charles Bradley is hitting the road with is band The Extraordinaires to bring his funky sweaty soul to your town so he can rock you all up close and personal like and it all starts right here in DC TOMORROW when Bradley will join the Budos Band at the legendary 9:30 Club to shake it to its funky foundation.
It's a show we guarantee you're not going to want to miss. But why believe us? Let's let Mr. Bradley testify!