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VIDEOS: A Royal Family Affair at Bear Creek 2012 feat. Soulive, Lettuce, Dumpstaphunk, Nigel Hall & Alecia Chakour, etc.

Eric Krasno & Chapter 2

On Saturday, November 10, 2012, the Royal Family Records artists took over the Purple Hat Stage at Bear Creek Music & Art Festival with sets by Nigel Hall & Alecia Chakour, Alan Evans Trio, Eric Krasno’s Chapter 2, Soulive, Lettuce and finally the Royal Family Dumpstajam.

Funk It was in attendance and is now able to bring a little bit of this action to the comfort of your computer/TV screen… Oh, and pay special attention to the massive George Porter Jr sit-in with Dumpstaphunk on the last video, which includes a 12 minute version of Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s “Down By The River”!

Also, scroll to the bottom for links to full audio recordings of each set on the live music archive.


Nigel Hall & Alicia Chakour – full set:
My Baby Specializes [William Bell cover] > Mighty Mighty [Earth Wind & Fire cover], For My Friend [Bill Withers cover], Signed, Sealed, Delivered [Stevie Wonder cover], Takes Two To Tango [Pearl Bailey / Louis Armstrong cover], Baby I Do Love You [Greg Phillinganes cover], God Bless The Absentee [Paul Simon cover], You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ [The Righteous Brothers cover], With a Little Help from My Friends [The Beatles / Joe Cocker cover]:

Alan Evans Trio – Authoritay:

Eric Krasno’s Chapter 2 – Be Alright:

Eric Krasno’s Chapter 2 – Love:

Soulive – Outrage, Turn It Out, Uncle Junior:

Lettuce – Madison Square, Blast Off, By Any Shmeeans Necessary (with Pee Wee Ellis):

Royal Family Dumpstajam – Part One:
Deeper (Tony Hall guitar solo)
Water [Graham Central Station cover] (with Ryan Zoidis & James Casey)
Paper Chasing Britney (with Skerik)
Give The People What They Want [The O’Jay’s cover] (with Alan Evans, Adam Smirnoff & James Casey)
One Nation Under A Groove [Funkadelic cover] (aborted after 1 minute, power was pulled)


Royal Family Dumpstajam – Part Two:
Stretch Your Rubber Band [The Meters cover] (with George Porter Jr, Adam Smirnoff, Wil Blades & Tony Hall on drums)
That Ain’t The Way To Carry On (with George Porter Jr, Adam Smirnoff & Tony Hall on drums)
Cardova (with George Porter Jr, Adam Smirnoff & Roosevelt Collier)
Down By The River [Neil Young cover] (with George Porter Jr & Jonathan Scales)
Welcome To New Orleans [Zigaboo Modeliste cover] (with George Porter Jr & Andrew Block)

Ivan Neville

Thanks to Ali & Mike Kerr of Southern Exposure Photography for the Dumpstajam photos!


The full sets are available as streaming audio from the live music archive:
Nigel Hall & Alecia Chakour: http://archive.org/details/Lettuce2012-11-10.NHallAChakour
Alan Evans Trio: http://archive.org/details/AlanEvansTrio2012-11-10
Eric Krasno & Chapter 2: http://archive.org/details/Lettuce2012-11-10.Chapter2
Soulive: http://archive.org/details/Soulive2012-11-10
Lettuce: http://archive.org/details/Lettuce2012-11-10
Royal Family Dumpstajam: http://archive.org/details/Dumpstaphunk2012-11-10

Eric Krasno’s Chapter 2 at Bear Creek Music Festival 2011

B. Getz, in his recent Bear Creek Music Festival review on JamBase, described Lettuce as Voltron: “individual vehicles joined together to form a giant super funk robot”. I, however, would give that moniker to Chapter 2.

Early Saturday afternoon at Uncle Charlie’s Porch Stage (arguably the best sounding stage at the festival), Eric Krasno, Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall, and Louis Cato joined forces to provide a wake up call to any Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park campers that might have overslept. WAKE UP! Chapter 2 at 2:25 p.m., The Funky Meters at 3:30, The New Mastersounds at 5, Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood at 6:30, Lettuce at 8, The Trey Anastasio Band at 9:30, and Dumpstaphunk’s Dumpstajam at midnight. There was no time to waste. And that was only 2 of the 7 stages operating that day! Not to mention that the music started at 11:30 a.m. and wouldn’t be stopping until 5 a.m.

I can’t say much about this group that you can’t find out by watching the videos. (Here at Funk It we like to let the content do the talking.) But I will point out that Louis Cato was the definitive all star of the entire festival. As far as I know, he played bass with Chapter 2, drums and percussion with fSnarky Puppy, trombone and bass at the Dumsptajam, drums with Dumpstaphunk the next night, and percussion and bass at the Tree House After Party Jam Session.

Seeing as this was the first full fledged Chapter 2 show with this lineup in over 7 months, they came out energized and at full force.

Here are the videos in raw HD with audio from my external mic:

Chapter 2 – 76 (end of the song):

Chapter 2 – Be Alright, Roll Out:

Chapter 2 – Roll Out (cont.):

Chapter 2 – Stratus (Billy Cobham cover):

Thanks to Bob Adamek & Dino Perrucci for the use of their photos.

And if you haven’t seen my Bear Creek teaser video, you should check it.

Dr. Klaw on the Creole Queen Riverboat, NOLA Jazz Fest 2011


Before I hit the road to my first Bear Creek Music Festival, I have to unleash my videos of Dr. Klaw on the Creole Queen Riverboat during New Orleans Jazz Fest 2011. The full video is on youtube in six parts, listed below. I recommend watching in HD in 1080p or 720p. Also, if you are so inclined, the DVD is available to download at The Trader’s Den.

I’ve posted about Dr. Klaw before. For those that don’t know, Dr. Klaw is a supergroup featuring Nick Daniels III and Ian Neville (both of Dumpstaphunk), along with Adam Deitch, Eric Krasno & Nigel Hall (of Lettuce, Soulive, Chapter Two, etc.). Basically, Dr. Klaw is a special conglomeration that only plays shows at Jazz Fest and Bear Creek (and sometimes Jam Cruise). Word is that they’ve been in the studio and will be releasing their new album at Bear Creek next week.

This video documents their only performance this year (until Bear Creek next weekend), and features several original tunes, as well as two Parliament covers that feature The Shady Horns (Ryan Zoidis, Sam Kinninger, & Rashawn Ross). The video was shot from right up front (because there really was no other way to see the band considering that the stage was only a few inches tall) with a Canon Vixia HF21 video camera and a Sony ECM-MS908C stereo mic. The audio is raw, dominated by Deitch’s cymbals and rim shots, but is still very listenable compared to the quality of most of the stuff you find on youtube. Enjoy, spread the word, and I’ll see you after what is sure to be an incredible Bear Creek Music Festival weekend!

Dr. Klaw – Part 1 of 6 – Beef, I Believe It:

Dr. Klaw – Part 2 of 6 – I Believe It (cont.), God Made Me Funky:

Dr. Klaw – Part 3 of 6 – Dr. Funkenstein, Do That Stuff:

Dr. Klaw – Part 4 of 6 – Do That Stuff (cont.), Rat Race:

Dr. Klaw – Part 5 of 6 – Lost Rager:

Dr. Klaw – Part 6 of 6 – Leave Me Alone:

Kirk Joseph’s 504 Brass Band w/ Steven Bernstein – Treme Theme Song:

Soulive – One In Seven (inc. drum solo):

Soulive – Tuesday Night Squad:

Soulive – Tuesday Night Squad (continued):