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On occasion I volunteer for a company called Clean Vibes, which works to clean up after several music festivals across the country. I had the pleasure of working for Clean Vibes at the All Good Music Festival this July. The highlight of the festival was finally getting the chance to see Buckethead perform, and despite the fact that I was severely dehydrated, had a migraine headache, was barely able to stand and had just finished puking my brains out for 30 minutes straight, it was one of the best shows that I have seen in my life.
During the day our time was spent cleaning up the festival, but we were fortunate enough to make a few trips backstage in order to tidy things up there. On one such occasion Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews & Orleans Avenue were in the middle of their performance. I was unfamiliar with their music up until this point, but I was immediately captivated, and made it a point to work at a slower pace so that I could catch more of their set. Since I don't have enough time to give intricate details, I will simply say that their music is a lively fusion of funk, jazz, rock and even hip-hop. Unfortunately I only managed to catch a couple of songs before we had to move on to a different location, but I made a mental note to look these guys up when I returned home.
Shortly after arriving home I did a search for these fellows, and I was surprised to discover a torrent for an amazing bootleg recording of the show. You won't find this posted on any other blog. The quality of the recording is excellent, with only minor noise heard from the crowd, while the vocals and instrumentation can be heard very clearly. I wasn't able to obtain a setlist, which is why the tracks are simply tagged "track 1, track 2" etc; however, I can give you a few tidbits of information. The first track is the intro. Track 3 is an excellent cover of "American Woman" by The Guess Who, which blows away the original in my opinion. The 5th track is an absolute scorcher and my favorite of the bunch. The guitar solo on this track absolutely slays. Track 8 is a wonderful cover of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On".