Jam Cruise 2020 Day 4: moe. Play the Intimate Atrium, Turkuaz Cover P-Funk and More
“We’re going to take a short break for mother nature,” Skerik said in the midst of Original Garage A Trois’ Friday pool deck set, following a sit-in by Chali 2na and just before debuting a new original dubbed “Calm Down Cologne.”
Sadly, due to strong wind the pool deck did not reopen for the rest of the night, forcing moe.’s 10:45 p.m. main stage outing into the intimate Atrium, and Dumpstaphunk’s late-night gig to the following evening.
moe. certainly made lemonade out of lemons, however, using the small space to charge up the displaced music fans.
After moe. fans sung guitarist Al Schnier “Happy Birthday,” the band opened with a pairing of nautically-themed tunes, “Water” and “Crab Eyes.” For the latter tune, Schnier, guitarist Chuck Garvey and bassist Rob Derhak took advantage of the nearby couches, shredding their guitars while jumping/lounging on them.
“Couch tour!” Garvey exclaimed afterwards.
The band later covered “The Pina Colada Song,” with Derhak noting, “The next song here is a song we’ve continued to prove we don’t know how to fuckin’ play.”
moe. closed out their rocking Atrium set with a jammed-out version of fan favorite “Recreational Chemistry.” (It’s also worth noting that the band performed on the beaches of Mexico earlier in the day as a part of Jam Cruise’s Positive Legacy charity outing.)
Earlier in the day, highlights included Tank & The Bangas’ main stage debut, including a closing cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with The Soul Rebels.
In a day full of schedule changes, members of Love Canon covered Jay Starling’s Atrium set (Starling missed the boat due to illness), and played jazzy versions of the Andy Griffith Show theme song and Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing.”
Afterwards, Turkuaz surprised fans with a full-album recreation of Parliament Funkadelic’s 1977 LP Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome, with guests like Karl Denson and Ivan Neville on the opening track “Bop Gun.”
For those looking for more a more experimental option, Aron Magner’s Spaga offered a set in the Golden Jazz Bar, even teasing Boards of Canada’s “roygbiv” at one point.
As late night turned into early morning, the Jam Room acted as an open forum for musicians of all stripes to collaborate, including a standout “Shakedown Street” with Nikki Glaspie of the Nth Power, Marcus King, host Joe Marcinek, Jeremy Schon of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Tony Hall of Dumpstaphunk.
Jam Cruise continues through Jan. 11.