The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band delivered a strong dose of hootin’ ‘n’ hollerin’ raucous blues on tunes such as “Devils Look Like Angels,” “Clap Your Hands” and “Two Bottles of Wine” on Friday (July 19). The performance and unbearable hot weather was enough to cause the slimmed-down Reverend Peyton to seek medical treatment afterwards due to heat frustration.
Thousands of others would probably have wilted at some point the day but a storm front came through which made the temperature and humidity significantly drop. That was the good news. The bad? The Bright Light Social Hour’s strong set of psychedelic and disco jams was cut short and All Good closed down the concert area for over an hour as a precautionary measure.
Sets by Everyone Orchestra, which included Jay Lane (Primus), Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Joel Cummins (Digital Tape Machine) and members of Kung Fu as well as an special acoustic set by Dark Star Orchestra and the Stepkids took place after the break and quickly resumed the “It’s all good” spirit of the festival.
Leftover Salmon played a strong set of its self-described “slamgrass” with a little help from the fest’s Artist-at-Large, sacred steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier.
The fest took an indigenous people turn with Nahko and Medicine for the People, who performed a exuberant set that gained thousands of new fans, followed by John Butler Trio, which started with an invocation by Butler that recognized those who originally walked upon the land where All Good is staged.
Butler mixed the party tunes such as “Don’t Wanna See Your Face,” “Better Than” and “One Way Road” that are just right for a festival atmosphere with thoughtful material (“Revolution” and the dramatic solo instrumental “Ocean”). Collier joined during “Zebra.”
I couldn’t help but smile during Primus’ set. Not only were some of bassist extraordinaire Les Claypool’s comment hilarious but it struck me how the trio transitioned from an underground alternative rock sensation to its current status in the jamband world without having to refine its approach one bit. Highlights included Les’ take on the Tom Waits vocals during “Tommy the Cat” as well as “Southbound Pachyderm,” “Over the Falls” and “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver.”
The Bridge reunited for a set of rock and funk that took place during a fireworks display, while STS9’s jamtronica kept everyone dancing ‘til past 3 a.m.