Concert Sutra Wallows In Wackiness With Ween

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Concert Sutra Wallows In Wackiness With Ween

Written by terri sapp

Photographed by Leah Yetter

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Gene Ween

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In a 1984 junior high typing class, in New Hope, Pennsylvania, Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo met, called themselves Gene and Dean Ween, and started playing and recording music.  They came together like brothers from another mother, and have been doing their thing, THEIR WAY, ever since!  Even though they have been associated with such major projects as cartoons “South Park,” “Spongebob Squarepants,” “Crank Yankers;” TV show “Grounded for Life;” movie “It’s Pat;” and powerhouse band Queens of the Stone Age; released at least twenty recordings (studio, self-produced, and live); launching their own internet radio station, WeenRadio; and even forming their own label, Chocodog Records, their live show is by far their most sought after accomplishment.  In addition to the dynamic duo, Gene Ween (a.k.a. Aaron Freeman on lead vocals, guitar, etc.) and Dean Ween (a.k.a. Mickey Melchiondo on lead guitar, vocals, etc.), there are Dave Dreiwitz (on bass), Claude Coleman, Jr. (on drums), and Glenn McClelland (on keyboards) backing them up with style! 

When I think of Ween, I first think of their lyrical shenanigans!  These guys have been cracking me up for years, and the one thing I have always wanted is to experience them on a tour all their own.  Up to now, every time I was fortunate enough to catch them live, they had been part of a festival, or group tour that did not allow them to properly spread their wings for, and show what a REAL Ween headliner show was all about.  UP TO NOW…  April 10, 2006 at the Tabernacle here in Atlanta, Georgia was no doubt a full ON Ween show!  They did not even bother with an opening act!!!!  You know that when an audience is lucky enough to have the actual band they paid/came to see all to themselves all night, everyone is in for quite a time.  This was a prime example.  Fun for all ages.  Leah even spotted a little old lady!  Read More »

Concert Sutra & Dinosaur Jr, Going Back In Time

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Concert Sutra & Dinosaur Jr, Going Back In Time

written by terri sapp

photographs by terri sapp

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J Mascis

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When I was just a wee lass, fresh out of Brunswick High School in the Summer of 1993, a friend of mine and I were fortunate enough to make it down into the great state of Florida for this little tour called Lollapalooza.  We were outside in the hot Orlando sun, and loving it!  This day was a very special day for me, as it would be my first live experience with many of my most revered acts such as Tool, Fishbone, Alice In Chains, Rage Against the Machine, Arrested Development, Front 242, PRIMUS, and Dinosaur Jr.  Even though it was a festival, and many acts were cut short, in my opinion, I was still able to develop a deeper appreciation for the rock band in general.  Ever since that day, I have made it one of my many goals to see all of the aforementioned bands live in concert as many times as possible.  I lucked out on some of the groups and have been able to grab many chances with, but had to wait until 2006 for Dinosaur Jr to directly cross my path again.  Fate brought me to this show, with the help of a couple of friends (Dottie Blount and Seth Weiner, THANKS GUYS!)  who were able to make it happen, and I loved every loud minute of it.  Not even an old friend blowing me off forever could knock me from the cloud I was on at the end of this bit of rock and roll heaven! Read More »