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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.

And ANOTHER bonus, here is an MP3 ZIP download of Stevie’s 2010 Bonnaroo audio, from a radio broadcast: HERE.

Dr. Klaw’s epic funk throwdown with Ivan Neville & guests at Bear Creek Music Fest 2011

Dr. Klaw is a funk super unit: 2 parts Lettuce, 2 parts Dumpstaphunk. The other part is usually the soulful keys man extraordinaire Nigel Hall, but on this occasion Nigel was replaced by Sir Ivan Neville since Nigel was out on the road making that big money with the Warren Haynes Band. (Although Nigel did get Warren to drop him off the next day so he could briefly rage Bear Creek with Eric Krasno’s Chapter 2 and Lettuce).

Anyway, Dr. Klaw mixed it up with several guests. They welcomed sit-ins by the Shady Horns (Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis) augmented by artist at large Jonathan Lloyd on trombone. Robert Walter snuck in on the organ a few times, and up-and-comer Jamie McLean added some very tasteful shredding guitar parts on several tunes. (Check Jamie out on these videos of the secret Tree House After Party Jam Session). It was also nice to hear Ivan Neville get down on a synthesizer, an instrument he doesn’t take on the road and you don’t hear him play very often.

By the time this performance ended at 3:30am Saturday morning our ears were exhausted by over 12 hours of literally non-stop funk, yet we had 2 more days of blissful aural delights forthcoming….

Dr. Klaw
November 11, 2011
Live Oak, FL @ Bear Creek Music Festival
(1) I Believe It
(2) The Same Thing [Sly Stone cover]
(2) The Lost Rager (w/ Jonathan Lloyd, Ryan Zoidis & Sam Kininger)

Dr. Klaw
November 11, 2011
Live Oak, FL @ Bear Creek Music Festival
(1) God Made Me Funky [Headhunters cover] (w/ Robert Walter, Jamie McLean, Jonathan Lloyd, Ryan Zoidis & Sam Kininger)
(2) Hercules [Aaron Neville cover] (w/ Nikki Glaspie, Robert Walter, Jamie McLean, Jonathan Lloyd, & Ryan Zoidis)
(3) Higher Ground [Stevie Wonder cover] (w/ Andrew Block, Jamie McLean & Sam Kininger)
(4) Beef (w/ Jamie McLean)

Dr. Klaw:
Nick “Dr. Klaw” Daniels III: bass, vocals
Ian Neville: guitar
Adam Deitch: drums
Eric Krasno: guitar
Ivan Neville: keys, vocals (replacing Nigel Hall)

VIDEO 1: Canon Vixia HF21 by RLBayers
VIDEO 2: Zoom Q3 by Adam Firtel of CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS
AUDIO: Sony ECM-MS908C (front row on video camera) + LiveMusicNola‘s mix (32 channel multi-track using all channels from the stage + 2 rooms mics)

P.S. If these videos aren’t enough, check out more videos of Dr. Klaw on the Creole Queen Riverboat during Jazz Fest 2011.

Funk It’s Bear Creek Music Festival 2011 teaser video

As you can image, Bear Creek Music Festival was magical! The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park was amazing, the artists were amazing, and the people were amazing (and my close friends know that I don’t use that word often).

The music park is perfect, all of the stages are very close together yet there is very little audio bleed through. The vibe is loose and open and everyone is there to party and have a great time. I met a ton of people and I have never seen soo many audio and video tapers in one place. I was very surprised by the amount of people shooting video on either video cameras or SLR cams with external mics. From what I hear, this is one of the only festivals that is a complete free for all as far as shooting video is concerned.

Needless to say, I was a wild man and I ended up shooting 14 hours of video over the course of 3 days. I could have done much more, but I ran out of space and had to borrow a memory card on the last night (thanks Bob!).

Over the next few months I will be featuring many of these videos here. For now, check out this teaser video to whet your appetite.

Funk It’s Bear Creek Music Festival 2011 teaser video:

Funk It’s Bear Creek Music Festival 2011 teaser video:
01. The Funky Meters – Cissy Strut
02. Marco Benevento Trio with Johnny Vidacovich – Junco Partner
03. The Trio: George Porter Jr, Johnny Vidacovich & Jennifer Hartswick with Freekbass – Don’t Be Squeezin’ My Heart
04. Jon Cleary’s Piano, Bass & Drums – Tipitina
05. Eric Krasno’s Chapter 2 – Nautilus
06. John Scofield’s Piety Street Band – unknown
07. Freekbass & Skerik – Improv in the Silent Disco
08. Dr. Klaw with Jamie McLean & Sam Kinninger – Higher Ground
09. Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio – unknown
10. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey with Jonathan Lloyd, Chris Noonan, Mark Southerland & Skerik – The Burning
11. Orgone – Break In The Road
12. Medeski, Martin & Wood with Pee Wee Ellis – Where’s The Music?
13. The Lee Boys with Matt Grondin, Khris Royal, ?Shamarr Allen? & unknown trombonist – Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough
14. The New Mastersounds – Carrot Juice
15. Russell Batiste Band with George Porter Jr – Cissy Strut
16. The Coup – 5 Million Ways To Kill A CEO
17. Chali 2na Band – Get Focused
18. Snarky Puppy with Louis Cato – unknown
19. Garage A Trois – Rescue Spreaders
20. Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood – A Go Go
21. Anders Osborne, Eric Bolivar, Jamie McLean & George Porter Jr – Ya-Ya
22. Breakestra – unknown
23. Dumpstajam with Nigel Hall, Louis Cato, Eric Krasno, Freekbass & The Shady Horns – What Is Hip?
24. Lettuce – Sam Huff’s Flying Ragin’ Machine
25. Dumpstaphunk – Put It In The Dumpsta
26. Robert Walter, Eddie Roberts, Jamie McLean, Louis Cato & Ivan Neville – Standin’ On Shaky Ground