|Saturday dawned bright and beautiful. We didn’t have quite the urgency that we used to have on festival mornings, as we are no longer running a vending booth so we can get up, have coffee, and be more leisurely. So we greeted the day, as Erin Harpe was opening the main stage with a set of blues that mixes elements of the Mississippi Delta with elements of country blues and more- accompanied by Jim Countryman on the bass. (Photo gallery by Vinny Natale here.)
After that we wandered over to Vernville where WAKE up and RAGE was about to happen. It may have been an odd decision to have a Rage Against the Machine tribute band start the program in the woods at 11 AM on Saturday. Or it may have been brilliant- New England Rage tribute BOMBTRACK performed an amazing set and a crowd of hundreds quickly grew out of nowhere. The band consists of Kyle Heon on drums, Matt Mondell on bass, John Duffy on guitar, and Anders Warringer on vocals. They were more than sufficient, they were a great tribute to a band that demands real specific skill. I’m no expert, but they raged the Rage with one bomb track after another.
There was music happening at Riverworm and the main stage but I happened to stick around the Vernville stage for most of that day. Up next on the Vernville stage was rice an American Band. The band had Kyle Heon who played drums with Bombtrack stay up to be joined by his ricemates Tobey LaRoche on percussion and vocals, Steve Benson on bass and vocals, Phil Simon on guitar and vocals, and Brian DiMartino on lead guitar. The band just release their first album, a seven song collection that was featured throughout their set. (SPOTIFY or PANDORA.)
The set opened with the opening track of the band’s self-titled album, “Twenty Five Years” and rolled through a total of thirteen songs ending with the album’s closing track “Just a Name.” In between were mostly originals written by Steve Benson and Phil Simon, along with some covers that included Mike Doughty’s “Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well” as well as Warren Zevon’s “Lawyers Guns and Money.” The lead vocals were also shared around the band with Simon and Benson taking the lead on most tracks, and even LaRoche getting a turn with the song “Only a Dream.”
Here is a full gallery of photos of the rice set, with lots of fan shots, too. CHECK IT OUT. Photos by Vinny Natale.
There was so much music to be had at any given moment. While I was over at Vernville there were bands on other stages including things I would have loved to see like Kendall Street Company or Caylin Costello. (Photo gallery of Caylin Costello by Vinny Natale.) Mundo’s Crazy Circus took it to the Riverworm stage for instance, but one can’t be everywhere at once. Choices, Choices!