Trapper Creek Bluegrass fest has come and gone again.
I played to many appreciative teenagers who don’t usually get to see shows like mine as they are in bars. Please people, help me get more all ages shows. Teens love the live comics.
Ukulele Russ played Friday night, His fun mix of TV show themes, 70s rock covers and wacky originals played with plenty of wah wah entertained the crowd. It was nice to hear him play with Pat the Rat, an excellent bass player.
The super saturated sugar strings play strange wonderful music that combines jazz and classical with pop and rock, with a bit of gypsy, circus, prog and the kitchen sink thrown in. They have a ridiculously talented keyboard player and the frontman and her play a drumset together, on top of that they have a cellist and a violinist. I was told this was a hot act and they didn’t disappoint. They were also kind enough to give me a cd, I hope I can someday play a show with them.
The Overby Family hail from Sutton and played charming old timey music, covers of Hank Williams and others that I recognized but have no idea who wrote. The Clarinet and Trombone sure added a vaudeville, jazzy flavor. All three girls sing harmonies and have such expressive faces. This is an act to see live. They should be on TV… golly, those smiles were bigger in real life. They will play again at the Granite Creek Festival in June.
Tara played her hits as well as classics from Dolly Parton and the Texas meat Perveyors with a crowd on stage with her including Kat from the sugar strings and members of The Goat Rodeo. She brought the house down with an absurd closer that got everyone singing along, “Feliz Navidad.” Can I request “Mele Kalikimaka” for next year?
There are always fire jugglers at the festival courtesy of the Alaska Fire circus.
Big Mama Lele and her Juicy Jugs hails from the Yukon where she worked as a sexual health educator, she plays ukulele and sings songs filled with innuendo and a lot of heart. She is playing Angry Young and Poor and Clucking Blossom.
There were also great performances from The Austin Steamers, but I was too tired to draw them. I just stared as they played the fastest bluegrass I ever saw, and watched the smoke waft off their fingers.
Alas, I missed performances from Saucy Yoda and Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt as well as anyone else who played on Sunday, but I look forward to August where we get to do it all again, and try to stay dry.