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The Nth Power/Corey Henry And The Funk Apostles Tax Day Funk-A-Thon Terminal West, Atlanta GA



There are actually three certainties in life…Death, Taxes and a funky good time whenever The Nth Power takes the stage, and Tax Day at the Terminal West in Atlanta was no exception to that rule.  Hot off their nationally televised performance on VH1, the band came into town with a head of steam and a co-headlining band, Corey Henry and The Funk Apostles.  The bands have been taking turns opening and closing each night, with The Funk Apostles lined up to close this evening’s show, and it’s almost uncanny how well the two acts compliment each other.


The Nth Power has had a couple of moments in the media of late, with their aforementioned TV gig and the departure of founding member, vocalist and keyboard player Nigel Hall.  Hall’s departure to finish his solo album left the band in quick need of a replacement, and they couldn’t have found a more able replacement than  Kreative Pandemonium’s Courtney Smith.  Smith harmonized and sang leads, rolled massive organ runs and crisp chords and fit in as if he had been there all along.  Quite a feat for a last minute addition, and his ability to seamlessly insert himself spoke volumes to his overall talents and humility.


The Nth Power has always been about love, unity and soul and guitarist and lead vocalist Nick Cassarino fronts the band with an infectious twinkle in his eye and a passionate edge to every thing he does.  While his is a strong presence, one of the things that is most remarkable about The Nth Power is their balance, both musically and onstage personality wise.  While Nikki Glaspie is one of the more versatile and powerful drummers on the funk scene, she and bassist Nate Edgar effortlessly cycle back and forth between the pocket and the foreground, making a statement by playing their parts.  Weedie Braimah took his percussion playing to new heights, with a solo section that had the packed Terminal West crowd cheering both his playing and his over the top facial expressions and antics.  No one person seems to be trying to make it “Their band” and that seems to have created a harmony that comes through easily, and is all the more impressive when you realize it’s being done with a new player added to the mix.


A stellar rendition of their TV broadcast hit “Only Love” and it’s contained and structured vibe was countered by a funky instrumental, appropriately named “420,” a tune that went on for a solid fifteen minutes of righteous interplay, round robin soloing and an obviously delighted audience.  While every band thanks the crowd after a show, the heartfelt appreciation from the players was a powerful scene, as they avoided all the cliches’ and told the attendees about their love for the city, and their hope to return soon.  Judging from the response to their moving message, I’m guessing it won’t be long before The Nth Power takes Atlanta by storm once again.



Snarky Puppy has made a huge, Grammy winning splash on the funk and soul scene over the last few years.  A musical collective, when they come together as a whole they create devastating dancable new funk standards.  When not working as a unit, the various members pursue their own side projects, and keyboardist Corey Henry brought his newest, The Funk Apostles, along for the tour.  featuring an unorthodox line up of two drummers, two keyboardists, a bass player and a guitarist, The Funk Apostles crowded onto the stage.  The anticipation in the crowd was interesting to watch, as most had never seen the band, and few had ever even heard them and were clearly ready to see what the fuss was about.


Opening with a droning, half time rendition of Prince’s signature tune “1999” was a bold choice, and the droning, plodding version gained an other-worldly atmosphere that was a revelation.  Taking his band through and hour plus set of tunes, Corey Henry took turns on the keyboards, a keytar and even did a lil break dancing to keep the crowd guessing.  Weedie Braimah came out and got his drum on for a sit in that took the drumming spectacle to a whole other level, and Henry showed a comfort-ability and versatility that comes from experience, such as touring the world with his other band.  The crowd stayed to the very end, and deciding to forgo the tired routine of leaving the stage, then coming back for an encore, The Funk Apostles simply rocked the house til the stage curfew in a show of both dedication and unwillingness to let the party stop, both traits any music fan should admire.



Flipping the calendar with Widespread Panic

Widespread Panic
Philips Arena
Atlanta, GA
December 31, 2013

The banner was updated:  Widespread Panic – 20 consecutive sold out shows.  No one quite really knows what defines “sold out,” but the banner hangs in the rafters of Philips Arena nonetheless. And, as 2013 turned into 2014, this New Years Eve added that 20th notch with a bang.

wpnye13aIn typical fashion, the band played three sets, the first of which was acoustic*. The asterisk is necessary, since it really signifies that John Bell performed seated with an acoustic guitar. The first set opened with a very special treat, a trio of  Neil Young covers from the album Time Fades Away. The band opened with “Journey Through the Past;” even those not familiar with the song could not mistake it as a Neil Young cover, as JB has a beautiful way of covering his songs. Next up was “Don’t Be Denied,” always a treat and always a crowd favorite.

When they moved into “Time Fades Away,” it left a lot of people wondering if it would be a full set of Neil. However, those hopes were short lived with the arrival of “And It Stoned Me.”

The second set brought increasing energy opening with a fun “Holden Oversoul > Who Do You Belong To,” and “You Got Yours” will forever be special, if not for the Mikey aspect alone.

As the New Year approached, Steve Lopez counted it down, fireworks exploded, confetti dropped, champagne was toasted, and “Auld Lang Syne” played over the PA. The energy escalated from there with Kool and the Gang’s version of “Celebration,” with the crowd singing along.

wpnye13bThe band came back in, and the third set started with something that fans have talked about for years. The opening notes from the Megablaster horns were unmistakable, and from the opening lyrics of “Burning Down the House,” the crowd was in full rage mode. The excitement was so high that most seemed to not care that the song’s execution was far from perfect. The vocal range of that song is hard to pull off anyway, but the tempo was a bit too fast and there was not a lot of coherence amongst the band and added horns. However, that was not really the point – they finally played “Burning Down the House!”

The next cover of “Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)” was played much better and was a very nice segue to keep the energy high while sticking to the party theme of the New Year. The rest of the set played out with “classic new” and “classic classic” Widespread Panic, with a well placed and well played cover of “Spill the Wine.”

They ended the show with “Ain’t Life Grand,” the song that was the standard first song of the New Year for many years’ past, and as the house lights came on, most did believe that life was grand.

Set I: Journey Through The Past^, Don’t Be Denied, Time Fades Away^, And It Stoned Me, Expiration Day, Pickin’ Up The Pieces*, Blue Indian, Climb To Safety

Set II: Holden Oversoul, Who Do You Belong To?, You Got Yours, Papa’s Home, Old Neighborhood**, Angels On High**, Devil In Disguise**, Tail Dragger**

Set III: Burning Down The House**^, Come On**^, Bust It Big**, Jack ~> Chilly Water ~> Surprise Valley, Pilgrims, Surprise Valley***, Spill The Wine****, You Should Be Glad**, Love Tractor

Encore: Stop Breakin’ Down Blues, Ain’t Life Grand

* w/ Randall Bramblett on sax
** w/ the Megablasters on horns
*** w/ the Megablasters on horns & Paul D’augustino on keys
**** w/ the Megablasters on horns & Paul D’augustino on keys & Madison Smith, Eric Bice, John Switzer on percussion
^ First time played

Click the thumbnails to view more photos, courtesy photographer Michael Saba

Phish, 7/16/13

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Alpharetta, GA
July 16, 2013

Set I:  Kill Devil Falls, Mound > Bathtub Gin, Army of One, Rift, Horn > Possum, Pebbles and Marbles, Ocelot > Cavern > Run Like an Antelope

Set II:  Rock and Roll > Heartbreaker > Makisupa Policeman > Chalk Dust Torture > Wilson > Tweezer > Silent in the Morning > Birds of a Feather, Joy > Harry Hood > Character Zero

Encore:  A Day in the Life > Tweezer Reprise

Click on the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Brad Kuntz…

1st Annual Shaky Knees Music Fest line-up released


Atlanta will welcome a brand new music event, Shaky Knees Music Festival, to the Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Masquerade Music Park on May 4 and 5th. The two-day festival will feature 28 bands across three outdoor stages as well as local food trucks, artisans and vendors. Two-day general admission tickets as well as VIP passes go on sale on February 7 at Ticketmaster.

Shaky Knees

The lineup for Shaky Knees includes everything from up-and-comers The Orwells to “Best New Artist” Grammy nominees The Lumineers, with an eclectic lineup that includes Band of Horses, Jim James, Welsh rockers the Joy Formidable, Kurt Vile & the Violators and more. Curated by longtime Atlanta promoter Tim Sweetwood, the fest offers live music fans two days of music in an urban outdoor setting.

“I’m not trying to appeal to every music fan or break into territory that has already been well covered by other festivals,” Sweetwood says. “I’d love for people to be able to find enough of a connection in the lineup to be familiar with several of the artists. But I wanted to offer enough of a range musically that they could get turned on to an artist they might never have heard of but end up loving.” 

Though the Masquerade Music Park has hosted concerts and festivals for years, including The Lumineers’ sold-out Atlanta show last fall; this will be the first major festival in the recently completed Historic Fourth Ward Park that runs adjacent to The Masquerade club.

“The Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy and Atlanta BeltLine did such an amazing job putting together the park and it’s brought so much more life to the area,” Sweetwood says. “We’re really excited and grateful to be able to have access to the park’s event lawn for our festival site.”




2013 Shaky Knees Line-up:

The Lumineers

Band of Horses

Jim James

Drive By Truckers

Gary Clark Jr.


Dr. Dog

Delta Spirit

The Antlers

Kurt Vile & The Violators

The Black Angels

The Joy Formidable

Heartless Bastards


Frontier Ruckus

Murder By Death

Shovels & Rope

Moon Taxi


Hanni El Khatib

The Orwells

J. Roddy Walston & The Business

Vintage Trouble

Robert Ellis

You Me & Apollo

Roadkill Ghost Choir

T. Hardy Morris

Death On Two Wheels.




Wilco, 9/29/11

The Cobb Energy Centre 
Atlanta, GA 
September 29, 2011 

On the heels of The Whole Love, Chicago based rock outfit Wilco forcefully rolled through Atlanta, playing two sold out nights at The Cobb Energy Center just north of downtown. This night, the second of the two, the show boasted many old favorites mixed in with new classics off the aforementioned recent studio effort.

Wordsmith Jeff Tweedy took the stage with the remainder of the band and began the show with an amazing version of “One Sunday Morning,” a track of music beauty from the new album that is not to be overlooked.

The show rolled on with more new material — including the opening track from The Whole Love–  followed by “…I Might.”

Upon the closing notes of “…I Might,” guitarist Nels Cline was handed a 1957 Les Paul Gold Top to play for the next tune.

As Tweedy approached the mic with a grin, he muttered some words that got the crowd buzzing. With a quick explanation, it was clear to the crowd…this was Duane Allman’s ’57 Gold Top –a guitar that has certainly been making the rounds lately– that was brought to Atlanta for these two shows, on loan from The Big House in Macon, GA.

You could almost see the hair on each of the band members arms stand up as the first notes of “Muzzle of Bees” were struck by Cline, and the passion spewing through the air was nothing short of momentary musically-driven surreality.

The show continued on with a few other appearances of the Gold Top including one in an incredible rendition of “Impossible Germany” that seemingly had every fan in the venue on the edge of their seats.

For an encore, Wilco opted to trudge on with the new>old formula that had worked for them the entire evening  by providing a blissful version of “California Stars” from the Mermaid Avenue album that Wilco released with Billy Bragg in 1998.

The double-rocker closer of “I Got You” and “OuttaSite” had the room out of their seats and screaming for more, but alas, the house lights came up and the show was but a memory.



One Sunday Morning,  Art of Almost, … I Might, Muzzle of Bees, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, One Wing, At Least That’s What You Said, Capital City, Misunderstood, Jesus, Etc., Born Alone, Box Full of Letters, War on War, Standing O, Rising Red Lung, Impossible Germany, Dawned on Me, Shot in the Arm, Whole Love, Cali Stars, Hate It Here, Walken, Red-Eyed & Blue, I Got You, OuttaSite


Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Ryan Swerdlin

Reveling with Derek Trucks: an Honest Tune Interview (VIDEO)



imr_6019.jpgAges ago, Derek Trucks was known by many as “that kid who can play!” That was then. Since those days he  has moved from being known as a child prodigy to being recognized and appreciated as a seasoned musician who takes any project that he becomes involved in to a level that few, if any, could do as proficiently. He is respected, and even admired, as a peer by his childhood heroes… from Clapton to B.B. King (to name a few). And yes, he has also played for President Obama with wife Susan.

His most recent project is a conjoint effort between him and his aforementioned wife, Susan Tedeschi, and what was born from a mutual respect and standard sit-ins has grown into a 11 piece group – Tedeschi Trucks Band – that along with its namesake talent has genius oozing from every corner. With a debut record out (Revelator) that debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 and #4 on the Blues chart of the same, it seems that even the sky may not be the limit for this commander-in-chief worthy family affair.


Leading up to the Tedeschi Trucks Band homecoming in Atlanta, Ian Rawn had the opportunity to chat with Trucks on topics as varied as the Allman Brothers, his relationship with Jimmy Herring, the inherent difficulties that a mother and father touring ensemble brings to the parenthood table and of course, his take on Tedeschi Trucks Band.


Reveling with Derek Trucks : an Honest Tune Interview

For more on Tedeschi Trucks Band, log on to www.DerekAndSusan.com