Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Pure Imagination Music Festival recap: The Flaming Lips, Michael Front & Spearhead, Tanya Tucker, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, more

Michael Franti at the Pure Imagination Music Festival.


What: Pure Imagination Music Festival

Who: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ozomatli, Ponderosa Grove, more (Friday); The Flaming Lips, Sylvan Esso, The Pharcyde, Tanya Tucker, The National Parks, Hopi Tribe, more (Saturday)

Where: Watson Lake in Prescott, AZ

When: Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, 2024


Review by Robert Kinsler; Photography by Daryl Weisser


Concertgoers at the Pure Imagination Music Festival in Prescott, Arizona.


Since I caught the US Festival featuring David Bowie, U2The Pretenders and Stevie Nicks in the Southern California desert May 1983, I have been fortunate enough to attend countless music festivals over the years. 

The majority of these marathon-length music events focused primarily on only one or two genres of music  alternative rock, country, blues, Cajun, punk and rap immediately come to mind  and attracted a specific demographic-minded concertgoer. 

A truly wonderful lure of the Pure Imagination Music Festival staged at Watson Lake in Prescott, Arizona over the weekend (May 17-18, 2024) was the strong and diverse field of artists who performed in a truly wonderful setting set on a grassy field with massive otherworldly granite boulders serving as a dramatic backdrop to the musical action. Rock, electronica, country, Americana, rap, Native American, world fusion and more styles were all on tap courtesy of the wide-ranging lineup of celebrated veterans and rising names; a wealth of food and art vendors added to the welcoming environment. Talented acrobats performed in an area near one stage and there was even a fun parade on Saturday afternoon.

Friday's half-day lineup featured four artists, while Saturday's full day offered up another dozen performances that played out on two large stages. 


Slim Gambill at Pure Imagination on May 17, 2024.

Kicking off the action was virtuoso guitarist Slim Gambill and his four-man band; the ensemble delivered 30 minutes of modern jazz-anchored instrumentals. Gambill (who is also lead guitarist of country music hitmakers Lady A) proved to be a truly incredible master of his instrument, showcasing fretwork that was both dramatic and artful at every turn.


From left, Ponderosa Grove's Candace Devine and Drew Hall.


Ponderosa Grove thrilled in their performance at Pure Imagination back in 2023, and it was wonderful to see the band return to Watson Lake this year. The Prescott-based collective offered up a perfect blend of '70s-styled folk rock and modern day Americana with the lead vocals of singer Candace Devine a perfect blend with the stylish musicianship and rich harmony vocals of her band mates propelling the 50-minute performance.

Highlights of the group's set included the melodic folk rocker "Waterline," intoxicating R&B foray "Don't Worry Child" and rousing "Save My Soul," the latter showcasing Devine's powerful soprano and the exciting lead guitar work of Drew Hall.  


Ozomatli performing in Prescott, AZ.

Los Angeles-spawned Ozomatli brought a party-minded approach to their set effortlessly blending rock, funk, salsa, hip hop, reggae and other styles.  The seven-member outfit's energetic performance frequently fueled dancers in the field. Noting that Ozomatli is celebrating their 29th year performing together, the group has performed in an impressive 65 different nations over that span. Among the memorable cuts performed was "Saturday Night" and a marathon-length take on "Cumbia De Los Muertos." The band completed their set with the members marching through the crowd in a celebratory style.


Michael Franti engaging with the crowd on Friday, May 17, 2024.

Closing out the first day of the fest was Michael 
Franti & Spearhead; the quintet fully captured the spirit of Pure Imagination with a setlist centered on songs that celebrate the idea of a better world free of the war, crime, hate and violent conflict that have increasingly been seen overseas and across America over the past several years. 

Michael Franti brought up children to the stage
during his energetic set on May 17, 2024.


Franti opened with "Meet Me When The Sun Goes Down" and even walked into the field to more fully connect with the crowd; he followed that up with the rousing rocker "I'm Alive" and feel good sortie "Good Life." Shortly after, Franti explained the Prescott performance marked the opening night of his "Togetherness Tour," which will run through late August. 

Franti's winning and authentic personality and strong vocals powered the 130-minute set to be sure, with great sing-along material winning over the crowd. "The Sound of Sunshine," "Happy is the New Sexy," "Life Is Better With You" and "Say Hey (I Love You)" all impressed. Especially poignant was his moving performance on the acoustic aptly-titled original "Hey World (Don't Give Up)."



Saturday offered up an even greater number of performances, with members of Arizona's Hopi Tribe offering a musical blessing to open the day. Several members of the tribe chanted to the bewitching rhythm of a drum while a trio of young dancers in traditional attire danced. 


Znora rocking the Pure Imagination Music Festival.

Next came Znora, an Arizona-based power rock trio headed by singer-guitarist Adrian Negrete whose approach recalled classic acts such as Jimi Hendrix and Cream. Particularly impressive was the band's original 2023 single "Sweet Baby Rae." That driving cut featured Negrete's dazzling electric guitar work.


Galactagogues performing on May 18, 2024.


Galactagogues' fun performance marked another chance to celebrate Arizona's thriving original music scene. The area quartet performed a 30-minute set of alternative folk-meets-Americana material bolstered by great harmony vocals. Originals like "Something in the Plumbing" and the set closer "HeyHeyHey" showcased their unique sound.


Brian Chartrand at the Pure Imagination Music Festival.


Brian Chartrand performed a breezy set of songs blending jazz, rock and R&B stylings. Along with his four-member backing band, he impressed with his soulful vocals and an original reworking of Steely Dan's "Dirty Work" as well as originals including "Miss You Now."


Sarah Shook rocking out at the Pure Imagination Music Festival.

Like talented singer-songwriters Lucinda Williams and Courtney BarnettSarah Shook occupies her own marvelous corner of the musical universe. At her showcase on Saturday  first-time ever visit to Prescott 
 the Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based singer-guitarist and her backing country-punk outfit the Disarmers bravely delivered the same rollicking brew heard on the troupe's recent full-length release Revelations (available via the Thirty Tigers). 


Brady Parks of The National Parks.

The National Parks, from left, Cam Brannelly, Sydney Macfarlene, Brady Parks
and Megan Taylor Parks performing on May 18, 2024.


Sydney Macfarlene enjoying the moment during
The National Parks' set at Pure Imagination.

The National Parks
ignited the crowd with a fast moving 35-minute set of original Americana that fired up the audience from the opening notes of the euphoric "Angels," a track showcasing the chemistry and strong talents of Brady Parks (guitar, lead vocals), Sydney Macfarlene (keyboards, vocals), Cam Brannelly (drums) and Megan Taylor Parks (fiddle, vocals).

The Utah-based band's efforts to get the audience to sing and move along on cue were a big part of the set's momentum and original gems such as the dynamic "Time," "Wildflower" and set-ending "As We Ran" were elevated by the energy of the moment. Only a day after its official release, the band's new single "Wild Spirit" was performed; the enticing title track from National Parks' forthcoming album is a glorious celebration about "getting lost" and the rugged setting was the perfect locale for the performance of the track.


Danielle Ponder performing in Prescott on May 18, 2024.


One-time Rochester, NY public defender turned professional singer Danielle Ponder delivered a riveting set of soul music. Among her strong vocal performances was her inspirational original "So Long" and a heartfelt reworking of Radiohead's "Creep."


Tanya Tucker performing in Prescott, Arizona.

One of the most anticipated appearances of the weekend was from legendary country music icon Tanya Tucker. The 65-year-old brought a lifetime of country hits to her 50-minute set and her voice sounded excellent in the delivery of favorites such as the mid tempo "If Your Heart Ain't Busy Tonight," beautiful "Hangin' In," a terrific medley blending Bruce Springsteen's "Fire" and Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," the winning country rocker "Hard Luck" and set closer "Delta Dawn," the latter a Alex Harvey-penned hit recorded by Tucker in 1972 when she was only 13!


Sylvan Esso performing at the Pure Imagination Music Festival.

Durham, North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso made their first performance of 2024 at Pure Imagination on Saturday night; the 55-minute set also coincided with the 10th anniversary of the release of their eponymous debut album (released May 12, 2014). Singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sunburn turned in a terrific set that had many in the audience moving to their electronic dance-minded tracks.


The Flaming Lips headlining on Saturday night, May 18, 2024.

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips.

Headliners The Flaming Lips brought their groundbreaking Neo psychedelic modern rock to Prescott, kicking off their lengthy set with a performance of the Oklahoma City-launched band's acclaimed 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots in its entirety. Headed by singer-founding member Wayne Coyne, the rock quintet came armed with more than great songs; colorful rear-screen projections and inflatable robots and other elements (including the tossing of gigantic balls into the crowd) added to the festive atmosphere.

"You live here," Coyne said early in their set; he noted the band was fascinated with the concert location and the natural beauty of Watson Lake. "You are very lucky."


Other performers who appeared at Pure Imagination included reggae rocking trio Irie, Louisiana-based soul singer Durand Jones and '90s rap outfit The Pharcyde. Between sets, DJ BG NFTY kept the music going strong.


The Pure Imagination Music Festival is quickly becoming an essential part of the area's thriving music and arts scene. 


Below is a gallery of additional photographs taken by Daryl Weisser at the Pure Imagination Music Festival. 

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips.



DJ BG NFTY keeping the music going.

The team from Lighthouse Coffee Company served up drinks throughout the event.


From left, Ponderosa Grove's Candace Devine and Drew Hall.


An acrobat at Pure Imagination Music Festival.


From left, Emily and Alvaro of "Peace, Love & Halos."




Friday, May 17, 2024

The National Parks releases new single “Wild Spirit”; catch the quartet at Pure Imagination Festival on Saturday, May 18

Listen to The National Parks' new single "Wild Spirit" released this morning. I am looking forward to catching the band at the Pure Imagination Festival in Prescott, AZ this weekend...Robert Kinsler


THE NATIONAL PARKS

Releases New Single “Wild Spirit”  

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN 

New Tour Dates Announced

 

May 17, 2024 – Indie rock band, The National Parks are thrilled release their new single ”Wild Spirit” that is out on all platforms now.

The band says, “Over the last year or so I felt lost in a lot of ways. It felt like I was on a journey, navigating a forest I had never been through before and feeling unsure of where I was going. I would lay awake at night feeling the weight of the unknown and the insecurity of being in a place in my life that felt so foreign and vast. I found that process to be truly scary, but through it I was able to also find it beautiful and freeing as I let go and embraced the journey and stepped into the unknown. Wild Spirit is about how life changes. We’re all hiking our own paths, constantly evolving, learning, growing and taking uncharted steps in the ever-changing wilderness of our lives. I guess I came to the realization that sometimes getting lost is the best way to find yourself.”

In support of the new music the band has also announce the Wild Spirit Tour. See all tour dates below

 

About The National Parks
You know the feeling when the clouds part and the sun shines down on you, the rush you get when you run and jump into a lake at full speed, or the moment a gust of morning air brings new life as you step outside and look at the world around you? The National Parks translate these sensations into songs. The Provo, UT quartet—Brady Parks [vocals, guitar], Sydney Macfarlane [vocals, keys], Cam Brannelly [drums], and Megan Parks [violin]—breathe in inspiration from the world around them and exhale cinematic indie folk-pop powered by soaring harmonies, organic orchestration, and luminous electronics. Emerging in 2013, the musicians have consistently captivated audiences. They’ve generated over 150 million streams across Young [2013], Until I Live [2015], Places [2017], and Wildflower [2020]. As one of many highlights from the latter, “Time” amassed over 9.3 million Spotify streams as the album incited widespread critical applause. The four-piece maintained this momentum with a sold-out headline tour and 2021’s A Mix for the End of the World pt.1. Now, the group expand their vision yet again on their fifth full-length offering, 8th Wonder.

Tour Dates
Saturday, May 18, 2024 - Prescott, AZ - Pure Imagination Music Festival
Friday, August 2, 2024 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
Sunday, August 25, 2024 - Leicestershire, England - The Long Road Festival
Monday, August 26, 2024 - London, England - Lexington
Tuesday, August 27, 2024 - Glasgow, Scotland - King Tuts
Thursday, August 29, 2024 - Dublin, Ireland - The Grand Social
Friday, September 6, 2024 - Steamboat Springs, CO - Strings Music Pavilion
Saturday, September 7, 2024 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
Tuesday, September 10, 2024 - Billings, MT - Pub Station
Wednesday, September 11, 2024 - Great Falls, MT - The Newberry
Thursday, September 12, 2024 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Hall
Saturday, September 14, 2024 - Sandy, UT - Sandy Amphitheater
Thursday, September 19, 2024 - Idaho Falls, ID - Colonial Theater
Thursday, September 26, 2024 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
Friday, September 27, 2024 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
Saturday, September 28, 2024 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
Wednesday, October 2, 2024 - Berkeley, CA - Cornerstone
Thursday, October 3, 2024 - Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room
Friday, October 4, 2024 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Friday, October 11, 2024 - Omaha, NE - The Slowdown
Saturday, October 12, 2024 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly's
Sunday, October 13, 2024 - Milwaukee, WI - Vivarium
Tuesday, October 15, 2024 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note
Thursday, October 17, 2024 - Oklahoma City, OK - Beer City Music Hall
Friday, October 18, 2024 - Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theater
Saturday, October 19, 2024 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn
Sunday, October 20, 2024 - Houston, TX - The Heights Theater

“Wild Spirit” is streaming everywhere now - https://thenationalparks.os.fan/

LINKS:
https://thenationalparksband.com/
https://www.instagram.com/thenationalparksband/
https://www.facebook.com/TheNationalParksBand/
https://twitter.com/TheNatlParks

New Music: Peter Gabriel, Blue Öyster Cult

 Groundbreaking rock is on full display via several new titles available now.



Artist:
 Peter Gabriel
Title: Back To Front - Live in London (Mercury Studios)
You might like if you enjoy: Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, elbow
Tell me more: Available in 4K Ultra High Definition for the first time ever, Peter Gabriel's Back To Front - Live in London (released on May 10, 2024) is a marvelous showcase of how top-tier music making and state-of-the-art technology immerse and capture the power of a perfect concert. Filmed over two nights at The O2 arena in London on Oct. 21 and 22, 2013, the Hamish Hamilton-directed 142-minute Back To Front - Live in London was shot on Gabriel's tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking 1986 album So. Gabriel embarked on that tour with his original 1986-87 touring band members drummer Manu Katché, bassist Tony Levin, guitarist David Rhodes and keyboardist David Sancious, who collectively played So in its entirety for the first time ever. The stellar visuals and audio quality on Back To Front - Live in London only bolster the power of the setlist. After opening with a previously-unheard and unfinished selection ("Daddy Long Legs" which would be further developed into "Playing For Time" for the artist's long-awaited 2023 full-length return i/o), Gabriel and company (including backing singers Jennie Abrahamson and Linnea Olsson) perform favorites and deep album cuts. Early standouts include the nuanced "Come Talk To Me," propulsive "Shock The Monkey," luxurious and poignant "Family Snapshot" and breezy crowd-pleasing track "Solsbury Hill." 

The performance of So selections includes a stunning "Red Rain" (enhanced by Katché's dynamic drum playing), euphoric "Sledgehammer" and "Don't Give Up," the latter teaming Gabriel's affecting vocals with Abrahamson's soprano. Gabriel shows off his theatrical talents and dance moves on an especially infectious version of "Big Time." The encore includes a performance of the ambitious art rocker "The Tower That Ate People" and impactful "Biko." 

Among the bonus features on the title is an interview with Gabriel and light show designer Rob Sinclair. A colorful 16-page booklet included with Back To Front - Live in London features a slew of photographs from the concert film as well as insightful liner notes penned by Mark Beaumont. Information: https://www.mercurystudios.co/.



Artist:
 Blue Öyster Cult
Title: Ghost Stories (Frontiers Music s.r.l.)
You might like if you enjoy: Blue Öyster Cult, the Animals, Raspberries
Tell me more: Leave it to the technological magic of artificial intelligence and 21st century digital technology to assist one of rock's great enduring acts to complete a collection of choice cuts in 2024. Blue Öyster Cult's Ghost Stories is a full-length album of "reimagined and newly completed songs" that span from 1978-2016. The "lost gems" featured on the album were recorded mostly between 1978 and 1983 — the exception being 2016's heartfelt cover of the Beatles' beloved "If I Fell." Now the archival recordings originally tracked on reel-to-reel analog tape by audio engineer George Geranios have been completed. Produced by Steve Schenck and Richie Castellano, original band members Eric Bloom and Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser as well as Albert Bouchard, Rick Downey and Castellano worked to complete the tracks heard on Ghost Stories. Early highlights on this new disc include the blues-rock opener "Late Night Street Fight," haunting "So Supernatural," a winning cover of the Animals' "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place," Neo-psychedelic nugget "Soul Jive," and rousing rocker "Gun." The dreamy "The Only Thing," a freewheeling lead guitar-fueled version of MC5's "Kick Out the Jams," the classic rock flavored "Money Machine" and melodic prog rocker "Don't Come Running To Me" are among the standouts on the disc's last half. Order Ghost Stories HERE.



Robert Kinsler


ABKCO Music & Records reissues classic Animals albums in the Dolby Atmos® audio format

 


EXPERIENCE THE ANIMALS LIKE NEVER BEFORE: 

ABKCO RELEASES EARLY CATALOG IN DOLBY ATMOS FOR 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF "HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN"



US Albums The AnimalsThe Animals on TourAnimal Tracks and Animalization, As Well As Best of Collection The Animals Retrospective, All Newly Remixed In Dolby Spatial Audio, Will Be Available On Apple Music, TIDAL, Amazon Music

 

On May 17, ABKCO Music & Records will release five albums by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Animals in the Dolby Atmos® audio format for the first time ever. These include the British rock band’s first four US full lengths The Animals (1964), The Animals on Tour (1965), Animal Tracks (1965) and Animalization (1966), as well as the 22-track career-spanning collection The Animals Retrospective, originally released in 2004. Every title will come out simultaneously on the streaming platforms Apple Music, TIDAL and Amazon Music. This will happen 60 years almost to the day of the recording of their intercontinental chart-topping single “House of the Rising Sun” on May 18, 1964. 

 

Developed by Dolby Laboratories in 2012, Dolby Atmos® is a patented technology that is a leap forward from surround sound. It goes beyond the ordinary listening experience and puts you inside the song in a spatial way, revealing every detail of the music with unparalleled clarity and depth. Grammy-nominated recording engineer Kenta Yonesaka helped mix The Animals albums in Dolby Atmos® with the utmost attention to detail. Yonesaka has worked with a wide range of artists including The Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Mark Ronson, Mariah Carey, Pharrell Williams and Kendrick Lamar. 

 

“The idea of hearing our earlier work in Atmos spatial audio, it’s like stepping into a whole new dimension for me,” said The Animals frontperson Eric Burdon. “It’s like rediscovering the magic all over again. I mean, we poured our hearts and souls into those recordings, and now to hear them brought to life in such an immersive way, it’s like a dream come true. The quality and depth of the playback experience, it’s everything.” 

 

Formed in Newcastle by Eric Burdon from the ashes of the Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, The Animals were known for their hard driving, R&B-influenced sound and became a hit-making machine on both sides of the Atlantic right out of the gate. Their self-titled 1964 album includes the #1 US and #1 UK charting “House of the Rising Sun,” and was made in an era when they were “the most important and successful British export after the Beatles,” as asserted by Rolling Stone’s David Fricke. Despite its title, their February 1965 follow-up The Animals on Tour contains studio recordings and features the Top 20 single “I’m Crying.” Animal Tracks was released just six months later, in the same calendar year. As was customary for American versions of British records, hit singles were packed into it—“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” (originally recorded by Nina Simone the previous year), Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me” and the Mann/Weil-penned “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” the latter of which became a de facto anthem for U.S. Armed Forces G.I.s deployed to Vietnam. 1966’s Animalization, released during the band’s final year of existence, saw original producer Mickie Most replaced by Tom Wilson (Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, the Velvet Underground, The Mothers of Invention). There is no shortage of Top 40 material, from “Don’t Bring Me Down” (written for The Animals by Gerry Goffin and Carole King), Ma Rainey’s “See See Rider” and the Animals’ re-imagining of a prison work song originally recorded by American folklorist Alan Lomax, “Inside-Looking Out.”   

 

Spanning the years 1964-1970, The Animals Retrospective contains all fourteen US Top 40 hits by The Animals and late ‘60s lineup Eric Burdon & The Animals, including “When I Was Young,” “San Franciscan Nights,” “Monterey” and “Sky Pilot.” The set is capped by the 1970 smash hit “Spill the Wine” by Eric Burdon & War. 

 

The Animals (US, 1964)

  1. House of the Rising Sun
  2. The Girl Can’t Help It
  3. Blue Feeling
  4. Baby Let Me Take You Home
  5. The Right Time
  6. Talkin’ ‘bout You
  7. Around and Around
  8. I’m in Love 
  9. Gonna Send You Back to Walker
  10. Memphis, Tennessee
  11. I’m Mad Again
  12. I’ve Been Around
  13. Talkin’ ‘Bout You (unedited) (Bonus Track)

 

The Animals on Tour (US, 1965)

  1. Boom Boom
  2. How You’ve Changed
  3. Mess Around
  4. Bright Lights, Big City
  5. I Believe to My Soul
  6. Worried Life Blues
  7. Let the Good Times Roll
  8. I Ain’t Got You
  9. Hallelujah, I Love Her So
  10. I’m Crying
  11. Dimples
  12. She Said Yeah
  13. Baby What’s Wrong (Bonus Track)
  14. F-E-E-L (Bonus Track)
  15. New Year’s Radio Spot (Bonus Track)

 

Animal Tracks (US, 1965)

  1. We Gotta Get Out of This Place (US single version)
  2. Take It Easy
  3. Bring It On Home to Me
  4. The Story of Bo Diddley
  5. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
  6. I Can’t Believe It
  7. Club A-Go-Go
  8. Roberta
  9. Bury My Body
  10. For Miss Caulker
  11. Roadrunner (Bonus Track)
  12. Don’t Want Much (Bonus Track)
  13. We Gotta Get Out of This Place (UK Single Version) (Bonus Track)
  14. It’s My Life (Bonus Track)
  15. I’m Gonna Change the World (Bonus Track)

 

Animalization (US, 1966)

  1. Don’t Bring Me Down
  2. One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show
  3. You’re On My Mind
  4. Cheating
  5. She’ll Return It
  6. Inside-Looking Out
  7. See See Rider
  8. Gin House Blues
  9. Maudie
  10. What Am I Living For
  11. Sweet Little Sixteen
  12. I Put a Spell on You

 

The Animals Retrospective (2004, containing material from 1964-1970)

  1. House of the Rising Sun
  2. I’m Crying
  3. Baby Let Me Take You Home
  4. Gonna Send You Back to Walker 
  5. Boom Boom
  6. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
  7. Bring It On Home To Me
  8. We Gotta Get Out of This Place (US single version)
  9. It’s My Life
  10. Don’t Bring Me Down
  11. See See Rider
  12. Inside-Looking Out
  13. Hey Gyp
  14. Help Me Girl*
  15. When I Was Young*
  16. A Girl Named Sandoz*
  17. San Franciscan Nights*
  18. Monterey*
  19. Anything*
  20. Sky Pilot*
  21. White Houses*
  22. Spill the Wine**

 

*Eric Burdon & The Animals

**Eric Burdon & War

 

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