Garcia Peoples’ “I Ain’t Hurt” is a heady slice of jammy, bratty, and cosmically-catchy psych-pop that’ll have you feeling the vibes and (reaching for the bong.)
Yesterday we gave you five of our favorite moments from Equifunk. Today we continue with three of our favorite acts, some of our favorite covers, and a marathon jam session by one of the most fun performers around.
The Main Squeeze
Chicago-by-way-of-Indiana’s The Main Squeeze played their third Equifunk, and each time they’ve added more time and more sets. This year they played two, Friday night in the E-Rena and Sunday by the main pool stage. Both shows were blow-your-doors-off badass (their Friday night cover of Zeppelin’s “No Quarter” was astounding) and illustrated that this band can rock any stage they set foot on. (Last year they even played an impromptu show in the camp dining hall at about 3 a.m.) And those stages keep getting bigger – by way of example, one of the band’s first ever stops in the DC area was at Whitlow’s in Arlington; next month they’ll headline at the Hamilton (September 22 – don’t miss it).
There are many things that make the Squeeze such a fantastic live act, the most obvious being vocalist Corey Frye’s honey smooth voice, nonstop movement, and infectious enthusiasm. Max Newman is astounding guitar player, able to switch from funk to metal at the drop of a dime. And keyboardist Ben “Smiley” Silverstein earns the nickname; he consistently looks like the happiest guy in the room as he conjures up sounds ranging from Rick Wakeman to Stevie Wonder and everything in between.
Speaking of Stevie, one of the highlights of Equifunk was Arleigh Kincheloe, aka Sister Sparrow, jumping up on stage for a version of “Higher Ground” that was tighter than a snare drum. And speaking of covers…