Waking up to a beautiful blue sky, Day Two of Dark Star Jubilee continued with one memorable musical moment after another.
–David Gans’ set with special guests the Rumpke Mountain Boys. He mixed originals such as “Life Is a Jam” with covers such as “Shakedown Street,” “Promised Land” and “Big River.”
–Elephant Revival’s elegant take on folk, roots sound is the closest thing I’ve heard similar to David Grisman’s Dawg Music; just a mongrel of styles that come together so nicely. The 90-minute set include Little Feat’s Fred Tackett joining the quintet for a number.
–Donna Jean Godchaux Band featuring Jeff Mattson put together an hour’s worth of originals and covers that the onetime Grateful Dead vocalist made her own. Mattson, guitarist with Dark Star Orchestra, was joined by fellow DSO members Rob Koritz on percussion and Lisa Mackey on vocals. Standouts included covers of “She Said She Said” (The Beatles) and “The Maker” (Daniel Lanois) as well as the new number, “Back Around,” which should appear on her next album.
–The New Orleans Suspects showed that it was a pretty hot band, dropping a dose of rock ‘n’ roll spiced by Crescent City funk. Its set went up a couple levels after Little Feat’s Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett sat in play Feat numbers such as “Dixie Chicken” and “Candyman Blues.”
Then, Bonnie Paine and Bridget Law of Elephant Revival made guest appearances on Feat’s “Willin’” and a rousing cover of “Hey Pocky Way.”
While Yonder Mountain String Band didn’t produce the same sizzle as the members did at last year’s All Good Festival, the quartet did settle in with a solid, expansive set that included three numbers with DSO’s Rob Koritz on drums (“Criminal,” “Angel” and the Talking Heads’ “Girlfriend Is Better” ) plus covers of Bob Dylan (“Spanish Harlem Incident”) and the Beatles (“Only a Northern Song”) and ended with the band’s original “Peace of Mind.”
–Marco Benevento came on late and seemed agitated at the start of his set. (Definitely wasn’t the bit of sunshine that marked his 2011 All Good appearance.) His demeanor warmed up as the temperature dropped. Besides, it’s difficult not to smile when the trio kicks into “The Real Morning Party.” Afterwards, Benevento danced while wearing the Tiger Face mask that previously hung on his piano. He then shared it with his bassist who then put it on the drummer.
–Dark Star Orchestra ended the night with an original setlist based on material from the Grateful Dead catalogue. The three-plus hour set included guest vocals from Donna Jean Godchaux on “Franklin’s Tower” and “The Music Never Stopped” and Christina Wienke on bassoon during “Space.”