Concert Sutra’s 2004 Ode To 311

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Concert Sutra’s 2004 Ode To 311

by terri sapp

Photographs by terri sapp

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Tim Mahoney 2004

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            Oh, how I love 311, let me count the ways!  If I had the choice of ANY concert to attend with any living artist, I would choose 311 with NO hesitation.  One sign of a great band is that they sound just as good, if not better, live as they do on their studio albums, which you would think to be unbeatable.  Since the first time I saw 311’s perfect ensemble of musicians play their music live, I have made every effort to catch as many of their shows as physically and financially possible, because they have everything that makes a great band (including great fans)! 

July 31, 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre was a true 311 “Unity Tour” Atlanta show.  For those of us fortunate enough to have caught the 311 shows in Atlanta understand the love and positivity that flows between the two.  Sometimes, like July 31st, they seem to make excuses and reasons to play extra special shows when cruising through Atlanta.  This night was deemed the “anniversary of the first sold out show they ever played, 10 years ago here in Atlanta.”  Because of this fact, we got “the longest set list of this entire tour!” I LOVE that!  I later found that I had my own anniversary to celebrate…this night turned out to be approximately my 40th 311 concert over the past ten years!  No doubt, a reggae filled night worth writing home about… Read More »

Concert Sutra Camping Out At High Sierra

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Concert Sutra Camping Out At High Sierra

by terri sapp

Photographs by Leah Yetter

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Al Howard

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            From the time I got on the plane in Atlanta, Georgia (even through the extended overnight Vegas layover…thanks America West for the hotel, cab, hot bath, bed, and breakfast), to the time I saw my girls in the family filled Reno Airport, my stomach was in knots with anticipation (and motion sickness) for the good times about to ensue.  As we made our way to the campsite, we could automatically feel the tension melting off of our stress filled shoulders.

            High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, California (this year on July 1-4, 2004) at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds is the most laidback camping/music festival I had ever attended.  The Northeast California mountain air must really work as an opiate to all that enter.  First thing Thursday evening upon arrival, the first order of business was to catch Tea Leaf Green.  However, much to our dismay, our time limits kept us creating our campsite, since our delays at the airport.  Sorry Plateface…The beauty of High Sierra Music Festival is that we were camping right in front of the Grandstand Stage on the artists row, so we could hear everything from the Grandstand.  So, we got to hear a good deal of Tea Leaf Green, anyway. Read More »

Concert Sutra Smokin’ With Chris Robinson & New Earth Mud

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Concert Sutra Smokin’ With Chris Robinson & New Earth Mud

by terri sapp

Photographs by Leah Yetter

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Chris Robinson, YUM!

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After many delays and layovers in the journey between Atlanta, Georgia and Quincy, California, Chris Robinson and the New Earth Mud was the perfect show to get Leah and I relaxed and in the High Sierra mood.  My first experience with High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, California was full of good times from start to finish.  I could not have asked for a better start to our 2004 High Sierra than the New Earth Mud late night show on Thursday night.  I do believe I have a new forth of July tradition in this wonderfully laid-back fest!

Once I got my first taste of Chris Robinson and New Earth Mud at Music Midtown in Atlanta, I took notice to the fact that these guys would be offering a late night performance at High Sierra on Thursday, July 1, 2004.  These tickets were sold separately from the general festival ticket, so the number of tickets sold was significantly less than the over all tickets.  This made for a truly intimate feel that comes once in a lifetime.  I can’t say enough how special this show felt.  We were lucky to have been a part of the fun(k) (all up in Mr. Robinson’s and Mr. Reiff’s grill)! Other than the obviously fantastic Georgia boy, Chris Robinson, on guitar, lead vocals, among other instruments, there were four extremely talented musicians.  Audley Freed on guitar, George Reiff on bass, Steve Distanislao on drums, and Rob Barraco on keyboards rocked and rolled all over the Funk’n’Jamhouse. Read More »