My Life as a Dog

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Jamboree Music Festival

So yesterday was the big Jamboree Music Festival 2007. Seeing how this is the first year of teh festival, I wasn't quite sure how it was going to work. I had never been to a show (or much of anything) at Thanksgiving Point. The stage and all was set up in the north west corner of the Electic Park. We had VIP tickets, so we entered in the west entrance. Where we picked up our free t-shirts, limited edition posters, and our VIP passes. We got there about 3pm expecting that we'd probably still get to see all the bands except for maybe the local band (who's name I don't remember) and maybe one other band. Instead we got there right at the end of Limbeck's set. So we missed Piebald, Steel Train, Limbeck, The Stella Brass, and the local band. Suprising since the show started at 1pm. Apparently in 2 hours they were able to zip through five bands. Oh well.

As I mentioned already, when we go there Limbeck was already playing. I'm not familar with their music at all but I enjoyed the few songs that they played while we were there.

Next up was Lucas Reynolds formerly of Blue Merle. Now I gotta say that I'm a Blue Merle fan and have been them twice in concert and really enjoyed both times. I kind of thought that Lucas was the keystone of Blue Merle and that he would be just as enjoyable on his own. I wish I wasn't saying this but I was not impressed by his solo act. Maybe he's still figuring it out or something but by himself, he leaves a lot to be desired. Of the songs he performed, his lyrics were comedic at best. I'm still hoping that he gets it together though. I'm rooting for you Lucas!

Colbie Caillat was the next to grace us. Now I had heard Bubbly and I had seen the video on VH1. Thus I was expecting her to come out and look a little folksy. So it was a little shocking to see her come out wearing what Stacy and Clinton would call a pot holder (mini skirt) and a halter top. It just made me think Mariah Carey. (and that's not good.) Fortunately Colbie is very talented and it showed in her voice.

Now here's where the show got really interesting for me. Another band that was new to me, The Format. Good stuff! I thought the lead singer looked like Stephen Tyler of Aerosmith until my friend suggested Mic Jagger. He was right. The band was very entertaining and had a great sound. I'll be adding some of The Format to my collection.

Toad the Wet Sprocket was after The Format. Now Toad has been a favorite of mine for years now. It was nice to see them playing together again. (In case you didn't know, they have "broken up.") I've seen them perform together several time now as well as Glen Phillips on his own. These guys are amazingly talented. Too bad the high schoolers standing behind just didn't get it. We wanted to deck them after several comments. I think they were just interested in crowd surfing anyway. Hard to do that while listening to Toad.

The headlining band was Dashboard Confessional. This was the second time for seeing them live. Chris Carrabba is amazing! What big talent in such a small package. That doesn't bother the girls though. They were going crazy the whole time. I felt like I was at a Backstreet Boys concert. (Other than I actually love the music.) If you've never seen Dashboard live, here's what you need to know: The audience will be singing every lyric. So be prepared!