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As their set finished I was pleased to see Papa-Bear George Barber set up with an acoustic band just to the right of the center stage. Elm City Orchestra is a quintet comprised of Barber, Morgan Little, Adam Hogue, Marc Perreault, and Corey Stein. An acoustic guitar trio with banjo and percussion, they were playing a selection of their original folksy songs while bands were breaking down and setting up all day. Nicely harmonizing vocals along with very nice guitar work mixed with Hogue’s banjo make for a potent blend of roots music. Barber’s main focus for now seems to be on his band The Lake and The Lion, but I hope he finds the time to continue his work with ECO.
Company Green took the stage next, another regional band with members from several local colleges. The lead vocalist said that the last time they played together was at last year’s Solar Fest. Playing a straight ahead jammy rock, plenty of covers songs with a couple originals thrown in. Musically they are a tight and talented unit and if circumstances would provide them the ability to perform more live, I think they would easily develop a larger following.
The McLovins ran through a quick 2 or 3 minute soundcheck and as they launched headlong into Conundrum while a throng of dancers formed in front of the stage, urging the band on. Deep Monster Trance was just the ticket to throw the set into overdrive as Jeff really started to test the limits of his new pedalboard. The band’s sound was pitch perfect right out of the gate, with fantastic separation and power from both Jefff and Jason as Jake settled right into the middle. I was very pleased to see how many people actually knew the words to so many of the new songs, this was The McLovin’s second trip to
The band then started into an almost 30 minute long Purple Trees, just ripping the song’s structure to shreds, just when the train seemed to be off the tracks, some split second transitions brought things back into the main theme. This truly was a revelation as this song has seen some altering in its basic structure in the past few weeks, mostly as a breather with the chance for band intros. Today though, they went for broke and chose to slide straight into Rapper’s Delight, turning this epic on its ear and creating Purple’s Delight.
Barefoot Truth, a Mystic Connecticut band on their way up followed The McLovins. The group features a former member of Dispatch and sounds like a hybrid of Jack Johnson with a little DMB and State Radio thrown in. All in all it was another great day for the band, they met a ton of new friends and saw some old ones so I'm sure they'll be back up @ Keene State again very soon.
Big thanks to Dan Tyler who taped these.. it was an awesome day!