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Lettuce, Dumpstaphunk & Bear Creek Allstars come together at Bear Creek Music Fest 2013

Bear Creek 2013

Bear Creek All Stars (Part 1 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival
Dumpstaphunk plus Eric Krasno, Nigel Hall, Ryan Zoidis, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik:
Bop Gun (Endangered Species) [Parliament cover] , Dr. Funkenstein [Parliament cover]

Bear Creek All Stars (Part 2 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival
Lettuce with Nikki Glaspie, Nigel Hall & Alecia Chakour:
Baby, I Do Love You [Greg Phillinganes cover], For My Friend [Bill Withers cover]

Bear Creek All Stars (Part 3 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival
Lettuce with Nikki Glaspie, Nigel Hall & Alecia Chakour:
Need To Understand > Jam (with Ivan Neville, then Andrew Block joins and Dave Watts swaps with Nikki, then Wil Blades swaps with Neal Evans, then Eric Vogel swaps with Jesus, then Robert Walter swaps with Ivan Neville, then Joey Porter swaps with Wil Blades, then Matt Grondin joins on guitar.)

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Lettuce - Bear Creek 2013

Lettuce 11/17/13 (Part 1 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
Mr. Yancey > Workinonit > Body Movin (J Dilla Tribute)

Lettuce 11/17/13 (Part 2 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
Salute (with George Porter Jr, Cheme Gastelum & Weedie Braimah)
Lettsanity (with Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman & Cheme Gastelum)

Lettuce 11/17/13 (Part 3 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
Do It Like You Do (with Nigel Hall, Jennifer Hartswick & Natalie Cressman), Making My Way Back Home (inc. P-Funk Do That Stuff remix) (with Nigel Hall, Jennifer Hartswick & Natalie Cressman), Encore: Madison Square

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Dumpstaphunk - Bear Creek 2013

Dumpstaphunk 11/17/13 (Part 1 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
I Know You Know (with Cheme Gastelum, ???, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik)
Raise The House (with Natalie Cressman, ???, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik)

Dumpstaphunk 11/17/13 (Part 2 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
I Wish You Would (with Natalie Cressman, ???, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik)

Dumpstaphunk 11/17/13 (Part 3 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
If I’m In Luck I Just Might Get Picked Up [Betty Davis cover], Put It In The Dumpsta

AUDIO: Stevie Wonder 11/28/88 Atlanta, GA

Today I want to share with you a truly amazing live recording of Stevie Wonder from his 1988 tour. This is Stevie at the height of his powers and influence. What we have here is nearly 3 hours long and is still likely incomplete. Quality is an A+ soundboard feed with a great mix, albeit with some quality dips in the second half of the show probably due to the limitations of the cassette tapes it was likely stored on.

Stevie plays with passion, joy and playfulness. Besides having a massive trove of hits and classic songs up his sleeve, Stevie goes off on heart wrenching solo tangents and even plays a still unreleased gem (Not The Human Race). He plays a tune he wrote for Dionne Warwick (With A Touch), he covers I Want You Back by The Jackson Five in high pitched “Little Stevie Wonder” voice, and even squeezes in 5 songs from the 1987 Characters album he was touring behind. This is a recording that truly deserves to be liberated and heard far and wide, so please share this!

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder
November 28th, 1988
Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre

SBD > ? > unknown gen. cassette > ? > CDR > FLAC > CDR > EAC > FLAC

FULL AUDIO DOWNLOAD HERE: FLAC TORRENT or MP3

Disc One:
1. (fades in) I’m A Man 4:13
2. Master Blaster (Jammin’) 3:27
3. Bird of Beauty 4:47
4. Reality Check (Improvisation) 8:16
5. Higher Ground 4:02
6. That Girl 4:55
7. You Will Know 12:17
8. All I Do 4:31
9. With A Touch (solo) 5:45
10. Superwoman (Where Where You When I Needed You) (solo) 5:36
11. Creepin’ (solo) 4:54
12. You and I (solo) 2:30

Disc Two:
1. Ribbon in The Sky 4:41
2. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing 3:23
3. My Cherie Amour 3:18
4. Signed, Sealed, Delivered 1:35
5. I Was Made to Love Her 2:47
6. Living For The City 4:28
7. Do I Do 8:13
8. Do I Do (continued) 4:25
9. Free 4:29
10. Band Introductions 6:31
11. Sir Duke 2:41
12. I Wish 2:10
13. You Are The Sunshine of My Life 1:43
14. Superstition 4:38

Disc Three:
1. // My Eyes Don’t Cry 5:36
2. Not The Human Race (solo) 3:23
3. Saturn 4:26
4. Dark ‘N’ Lovely 7:31
5. Fingertips 3:44
6. I Want You Back [Jackson Five cover] 4:45
7. I Just Called To Say I Love You 5:06
8. Part Time Lover 5:41
9. Skeletons // 8:01

Stevie Wonder – Keyboards, Vocals
Bass – Nathan Watts
Percussion – James Allen
Guitar – Ben Bridges
Keyboards – Isaiah Sanders
Keyboards – Brad Boxer
Drums – Dennis Davis
Backing Vocals – Keith John
Backing Vocals – Kimberley Brewer
Backing Vocals – Bridgette Bryant

Notes: cassette flips/breaks at the beginning of All I Do, the middle of Do I Do, and at the beginning of My Eyes Don’t Cry.

Stevie Wonder - Atlanta 1988

As a bonus, here is a FLAC ZIP download of Stevie’s 5/1/08 New Orleans Jazz Festival audio: HERE.

Bootsy Collins & Bernie Worrell at Bear Creek

Bootsy Collins

Saturday, November 16, 2013 went down as a huge day in Bear Creek Music & Art Festival‘s history. The main stage lineup at the Big IV Amphitheater was STACKED for nearly 14 hours. Opening at noon with the Bernie Worrell Orchestra (as seen in the videos below) and proceeding with a strong set by Galactic (including a Bernie Worrell sit-in). Elsewhere at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, festival-goers were treated to mid-day sets by George Porter Jr. & His Runnin’ Pardners, Robert Walters’s 20th Congress, and the Mike Dillon Band.

Bernie Worrell Orchestra (Part 1 of 2) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival:
So Uptight (Move On), BWO Is Landing

Bernie Worrell Orchestra (Part 2 of 2) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival:
Red Hot Momma (with Freekbass)

Bootsy Collins

As the sun set, Bootsy Collins & The Funk Unity Band took to the Big IV Amphitheater and funked and rocked us till the sun went down, as you can see and enjoy in the video clips below.

Bootsy Collins (Part 1 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival:
Ahh…The Name Is Bootsy, Baby (inc. Bootsy? (What’s the Name of this Town), Bop Gun & Give Up The Funk), The Mothership Connection Is Here > Psychoticbumpschool > The Pinocchio Theory

Bootsy Collins (Part 2 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival:
Swing Down Sweet Chariot (with Bernie Worrell)

Bootsy Collins (Part 3 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival:
Roto-Rooter, I’d Rather Be With You (inc. What’s A Telephone Bill? & Everything Good is Nasty)

After Bootsy finished his 90 minute set, the crowd looked both exhausted and invigorated (if that’s possible), and clearly ready to explore and party into the rest of the night. Only a few feet away at Uncle Charlie’s Porch Stage, the always salient and superlative MC Chali 2na hit the stage with his House of Vibe Band (albeit with Nikki Glaspie subbing on the skins). Videos coming soon, I promise.

Then it was right back to the Big IV Amphitheater for a contender for one of the absolute best sets in Bear Creek history, The Legendary Roots Crew. The Roots proceeded to burn it down for 100 minutes without pause, as evidenced in the videos here.

After The Roots, the evening continued for no less than 5 more hours with sets by Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Bear Creek All Stars (aka the annual Dumpstajam featuring members of both Dumpstaphunk and Lettuce), and a late night set by The Nth Power.

If you haven’t been to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park or Bear Creek Music Festival to experience an exhilarating day such as this, all I can do is highly recommend such as an experience.