Well, I should have figured that the Telluride folks could be trusted. Not a mealy mouthed whiney group to be heard.
Arrived for Jackie Greene, fun stuff, they tossed in a couple well played Dead covers that had me realizing, well hell this could be good.
Yes the being live and being there for the music helped - the awesome mountain setting is always a treat,
and the Telluride musical events area, keeps improving. Their permanent stage is one impressive structure - no wind is going to blow that thing into the audience.
It was fun watching Temperance Movement taking my uppity attitude and shoving right it up my keister to make that backbone move and jive.
Good beat, strong vocal, fun music.
Kaleo all the way from Iceland with their blues and rock kept it going, I regretted not peeling off from my wonderful company of two ladies to get up front and go crazy dancing a little, they definitely had the music to do it. Then suddenly they were done - the one pisser of the evening they were scheduled to play 90 minutes but called it quits after 70 min. Don’t know what that was about, but I certainly would have enjoyed listening to a few more numbers by them.
Then came BECK. Obviously the “established” star with his air of entitled grandiosity - not that crowd which got on it’s collective feet to welcome them, weren’t encouraging him every bit of the way. Hell of a light and graphics show.
It was fun music, but seemed to me a bit of over reliance on volume and graphics to carry his show.
Originally I was thinking for the last band I would definitely go up front for some serious dance therapy - but damned with that extra couple notches of sonic wall of volume plus those lights, well they acted like a repellent and I was quite content back where we were. Also his show was more of a show, it didn’t have that I gotta dance power, I was fine to sit, or stand and tap my toes and wag my fanny. Not saying that musically it wasn’t first rate, it was, but it didn’t have that spiritual dimension, (or musical purity), that reaches into thee ol backbone zone the way the other three groups managed to do now and then.
Beck is obviously a good ol professional entertainer the way he schmoozed the crowd and kept returning to doting on the spectacular venue that he was playing at for the first time ever (“One of the three most beautiful venues”, he’s ever played at and he’s played around the world) - even managed to sing a ditty about it - though I could see it being a boilerplate song, fill in venue here - though up there in the mountains, it’s more heart felt than at other more mundane venues. Yeah, nothing like watching first time big time performers at Telluride - no one is not blown away by the entirety of the experience.
Besides the pure joy of spending time with my daughter and lady-love - the musical experience was wonderful and I loved the bands for taking that cynical chip on my shoulder blasting it away. Oh and for making the point to me that good music is alive and well, even if often lost within the swelling tide of garbage out there.
My take away, don’t trust that what you hear on the radio is representative of what’s out there.