|The photo festgrrl came to take -- It's Bootsy Baby!|
|Ian Neville rages the Sunday Dumpstaphunk show|
Boston power instrumental funk band Lettuce; Connecticut's blow-your-mind funk/jazz improv masters Kung Fu; The New Mastersounds, bringing their sound to us all the way from England; one-man band soul man Zach Deputy, who put a stage together on a borrowed trailer by the cypress lake and rocked a late-night pop-up show until the park shut it down; San Francisco's psychedelic soul-funksters Monophonics, Boulder, Colorado's hellaciously danceable The Motet; and a welcome parade of New Orleans' powerhouses: Galactic, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, George Porter Jr. and the Runnin' Pardners, and new NOLA supergroup, The Nth Power.
For funkateers, the star of the hour, with his star-shaped guitar, was, of course, the great Bootsy Collins and his awesome Funk Unity Band. So, if you don’t like Bootsy Collins, I’m sorry, but I’m just never going to understand you.Those glitter suits! That star-shaped guitar! Those GLASSES!
Life is for living, and Bootsy – who used to be known in his younger days for wearing nothing but a diaper onstage when he thwacked the bass with Parliament Funkadelic – is LIVING.
I was beside myself waiting for Bootsy to take the stage. But first, his giant crew of singers and players came on wearing… ASTRONAUT SUITS! Yes!
And then he and his funkateers gave a convivial funk performance befitting his status as a Funk Elder to us all, including Vegas-style hot dancing girls, a graphic, sexy-time sl-o-o-o-w song, and Bootsy making a dramatic foray right through the parted crowd ("So you can TOUCH Bootsy!") Ridiculous and fantastic.
As is often the case, festgrrl got the opportunity to see some bands which were new to her, and that was a blast. Particularly The Resolvers, a 10-piece powerhouse reggae band out of Miami. This show, on the campground stage Saturday afternoon, was one I was very, very happy I did not miss.
Just check out these pics:
|Cool electric cello - Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes|
|Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes|
|Brownout on the Purple Hat stage|
|Brownout's Aaron Johnson|
|Roosevelt Collier jams with Latin funk band Suenalo|
|Funk pioneer George Porter, Jr. (The Meters) sat in all over the place|
Haynes told the crowd that, like most first-time Bear Creekers, he hoped to be back next year.
Ron, we hear you on that! Bear Creek next year!
|Ron Haynes And The Gamechangers|