Concert Sutra Attracts to Tori Amos’ Sin

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Concert Sutra Attracts to Tori Amos’ Sin

by terri sapp

Photographs by Leah Yetter and terri sapp

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Tori Amos

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Tori Amos is another of those Concert Sutra favorites that we always try to see whenever we can!  Until this tour at ChastainParkon July 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia, we had found that photo passes were nearly impossible to obtain for our girl Leah to be able to shoot photos with her major equipment of the lady!  Somehow at the last minute, and with the help on my fancy new iPhone, we were able to procure ourselves access with Leah’s photo equipment for only the first song!  Now, that is not much time, but we will take it!!!  The photographers were also asked to position themselves back by the sound board (where Tori’s husband was running sound again), which was even behind where we were sitting.  Thank goodness for Leah’s awesome huge telephoto lens!  We had Ginger with us, who was a Tori show virgin, so we felt that was a good omen for us.  To view Leah’s photos (and a few from my little Canon Elph), please either visit this link to our photo gallery: http://www.leahyetter.com/090727cstoriamos/ or click any of the photos within the story that are linked directly to the gallery.

Tori opened up with “Give” from the current touring album, Abnormally Attracted to Sin, which is a dark sounding song with an awesome vocal part.  It is hard to think of a Tori Amos joint without an awesome vocal track.  One of the Tori Amosthings I like the most about Amos, evident in “Give,” is that as many songs as she has released, they all have their own personality and charm.  Tori, like most artists, has her own sound, but I never find myself thinking the songs all sound the same.  I know I am not alone when I say that Tori was on fire at this show.  As always, Matt Chamberlain (drums) and Jon Evans (bass) rattled the Chastain Amphitheatre with their musical magic.

“Siren” from the Great Expectations soundtrack was written specifically for the movie, and played for us at Chastain.  What a special treat!  From Under the Pink, and an old favorite, “Cornflake Girl” is always welcomed by my ears.  It never gets old.  Like many of her classics, she always seems to give them a different spin live.  I realized when writing this piece that I have actually attended every tour Tori has come around with since her third!  My first show was her first tour with the band, and I have loved seeing them ever since!  I can’t imagine not seeing one of Concert Sutra’s favorite drummers, Matt Chamberlain at least every couple of years.  There have been tours when she left them at home, but having the boys adds so much depth to her always deep songs.  I have also noticed a pattern in many of these tours of running into the same familiar faces… Kendra Triesenberg, Rhett Thomas, and Caitlin Glennon (not necessarily together) being the regulars.  Read More »

Concert Sutra Sees Fireworks From 311

2009 No Comments »

Concert Sutra Sees Fireworks From 311

by terri sapp

Photographs by Leah Yetter

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chad 2009

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On July 4, 2009 at Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia, Nick Hexum, Tim Mahoney, SA Martinez, Chad Sexton, and P-Nut celebrated Independence Day with me, Leah, and thousands of screaming fans.  I love when Leah is available to take the photos, because she always gets such wonderful shots!  Her work is so beautiful, I have to start by directing you to check out the 2009 photo gallery here:  http://www.leahyetter.com/090704311cs/.  Her photos are fantastic!  It makes me even sadder at the thought that she will be going to Wyoming very shortly.  I am going to miss her very much, especially at the 311 shows!!!  At last year’s show, I was just out of a major back surgery, but now, I have had an extra year to heal, and feel even more ready to party and dance!  Ziggy Marley opened up the show, and being Bob Marley’s DNA, he always gives me a thrill!  In addition to many amazing Ziggy Marley solo originals like “Love Is My Religion,” “Still The Storms,” “Be Free,” “True To Myself,” and “Black Cat,” as well as Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers’ gems like “Look Who’s Dancin’,” he also blessed us with many Bob Marley covers including “Roots, Rock, Reggae,” “Africa Unite,” “Jammin’” (one of my all time favs!), and “Is This Love?!!”

311 began their set with a “3-11, 3-3-11” Intro, then right into “Never Ending Summer” from their latest album, sa 2009Uplifter.  A great new song to set the tone for a special 4th of July show.  “Beautiful Disaster” continues the show with perfect energy!  Another reason I really love when Leah is at the 311 show with me to take the photos is because during the beginning of the show, I get to enjoy the music!!  With disco style lights, and all of the re-mix fixins, “All Re-Mixed Up” continues getting the party started.  Keeping it going, 311 brings me my favorite from their newest album, “Mix It Up!”  This song rocks, and has sweet lyrics.  I adore rockin’ love songs!  SA and Nick’s harmonies also melt my heart.  After “Mix It Up,” Nick says people have asked him if the reference to Little 5 Points in the song “Never Ending Summer” is about Atlanta.  He says, “Hell yeah, it is!  This is our home away from home!!!”  A shout out to Ziggy Marley, and then “Come Original!”  I always dance to this one.  Not enough artists come original these days!  I am always a sucker for a reggae beat, especially mixed with rock and roll!  Another great song from Uplifter, “It’s Alright” keeps the energy high.  When Uplifter first came out, I listened to it a few times all the way through, and found a few tracks that stood out as ones that I couldn’t wait to hear what they did with them live.  As usual, 311 does not disappoint!  Ever since the first 311 album, I have never heard one I did not like.  Uplifter is no different, and over time, the whole album grew on me, and I couldn’t wait to hear all of the tracks played in concert! Read More »

Concert Sutra: Down & Dirty With Snoop Dogg

2008 No Comments »

Concert Sutra: Down & Dirty With Snoop Dogg

by terri sapp

Photographs by terri sapp

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Snoop Dogg toasts

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July 26, 2008 turned out to be the most perfect time for my man Noel to come with me to his first 311 show!  Besides the fact that 311 is a killer live band, there are two words to describe what set this night apart from any of the other many 311 shows I have witnessed…SNOOP DOGG!!!  What a perfect lineup!  Snoop Dogg and 311.  Some might not think them a likely match for playing a show together, but Snoop Dogg brought his A game to the Lakewood Amphitheatre in the A town as well as the best live band I have seen support a Hip Hop artist in all of my adult life!!  Over the years, I have made it my goal to see as many concerts as possible of all genres.  At some hip hop shows (including previous Snoop Dogg performances I have attended), you just get the artist, the supplementary rappers, and a DJ.  The very special nights are when you get the Hip Hop played truly live by real life musicians!  It makes all the difference in the world.  Even a music snob like Noel had to give it up for Snoop Dogg’s band!  THEY ROCKED IT OUT!!!  I can only give you two more words…Carlos McSwain, the drummer with the chops to match the greatest drummers in the world!

To get the party started Snoop played a recording of the theme song from his TV series, Father Hood.  The stage is set with a big oversized marijuana leaf, a tricked out low rider bicycle, a huge cut out of the back of a woman’s body, an enormous bottle of Cognac, and a giant bong.  To top it all off, there were security type of guys on each side of the stage dressed to the nines just standing around and holding it down.  Read More »

Concert Sutra, Healing With 311

2008 No Comments »

Concert Sutra, Healing With 311

by terri sapp

Photographs by terri sapp

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p-nut 2008

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As most of you know, any time 311 gives Concert Sutra the opportunity to include them in our coverage, we ALWAYS take it happily!  On July 26, 2008, 311 came to Atlanta with the ever popular and exciting performer Snoop Dogg, which is a real power house lineup for any one night at Lakewood Amphitheatre.  The result of such a combination is a night that will not soon be forgotten!  Once Snoop Dogg was done with the masses of fans huddled around to witness this high entertainment, 311 was able to slide right in drive home the good vibes to all who were there to receive them. 

I always get extra nervous when Leah is unable to come to the show and shoot, primarily when it is the band that gets my heart a flutter, 311.  From the press pit, I was struggling to contain myself during the first song, Transistor favorite “Beautiful Disaster.”    I have come to think that this is one of the 311 guys’ favorite song to play live, because I can’t really remember a show in the past several years, since that album came out, that they did not include it on the setlist.  Always notes I want to hear, the beginning of “Freeze Time” from the 1999 dynamic album, Soundsystem, tim and chad 2008gets me going every time.  This song is especially fun live, because of the crowd participation…always a good time.  Flawlessly into what has been deemed the “happy slam dance song” “Do You Right.”  I have always loved the upbeat reggae beats of this one, along with the effect it has on everyone around.  As I made my way back to the wonderful complimentary PIT area standing room only non-seats where my man (and 311 virgin, until this night), Noel, was holding it down for us just inside the gate with a beer and a smile, I heard in the distance “Taiyed,” “Love Song,” “Hive,” “Freak Out,” AND “Sick Tight.”  The only drawback to photographing from the Press Pit at Lakewood Amphitheatre is their rule about having to come in and out of the venue and be escorted out back to deposit equipment and go back in the front gate (if you have a ticket).  I always hate missing the songs that inevitably get missed.  This time, I missed more songs, due to the fact that I had had major back surgery, and was moving a lot slower than normal… Read More »

PARDON MY FREEDOM !!! (chk chk chk)

2007 4 Comments »

PARDON MY FREEDOM !!! (chk chk chk)

by terri sapp

Photographs by Leah Yetter

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Nic Offer

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I can still remember the first time I heard the band called !!! (chk chk chk).  Particularly I remember the song, “Pardon My Freedom” from the album Louden Up Now, which caught my every sense’s attention.  It has been love and admiration from then on.  I always find it fascinating when bands and artists name themselves with symbols, or in this case punctuation.  Immediately it becomes clear to me that these are the shows I will want to experience.  If you are wondering how to pronounce the name of this particular band, I am to understand that you should just make three short staccato sounds of your choice, most commonly (chk chk chk), also acceptable is (pow pow pow), (uh uh uh), or (bam bam bam).  No matter what you call them, or what combination of guys/gals they have collaborating, !!! (chk chk chk) makes up one of my absolute new favorite live shows to see, and one of the most inventive acts around.  Current !!! (chk chk chk) members include Nic Offer (vocals), Paul Quattrone (drums), Shannon Funchess (vocals), Allan Wilson (horns, percussion, keys), Mario Andreoni (guitar), Tyler Pope (bass, electronics), and Dan Gorman (horns, percussion, keys).

First, let me say that I intended to have this awesome coverage to the public WAY before now, but alas, !!! (chk chk chkchkchk_5527chk) was Concert Sutra’s last outing before I was forced to submit to the neurosurgeon’s knife for a major back surgery.  That said…on October 6, 2007 at the 40 Watt in Athens, Georgia, a select group of excitement lovers (including the Concert Sutra girls, and six of our friends) gathered for a rare intimate look into the brilliance that is !!!.  Even though I was in terrible pain, and struggling with ruptured discs and pinched nerves, I was forced by the shear genius on display to stand at the very front of the stage with Leah and her wonderful Canon in order to catch every second of the show that night.  I was terribly sore afterwards, but never regretted one bit of time spent on my feet that night.  The lineup of !!! (chk chk chk) who performed for us at the 40 Watt on that wonderful night in October, 2007 was comprised of Nic Offer (vocals), Jerry Fuchs (Marietta, GA native on the drums…Cobb County in the house!), Shannon Funchess (vocals), Allan Wilson (horns, percussion, keys), Mario Andreoni (guitar), Tyler Pope (guitar, electronics), Justin Van Der Volgen (bass) and Dan Gorman (horns, percussion, keys). Read More »

Concert Sutra Spaces Out With The Subliminator

2007 No Comments »

Concert Sutra Spaces Out With The Subliminator

by terri sapp

Photographs by Leah Yetter

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talking with The Subliminator

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Concert Sutra (CS):                First, tell me how long you’ve been on the music scene.

 

S:         Oh, Jesus!  Off and on for a very long time.  Long enough to know better.

 

CS:      What originally inspired you to do this musically enhanced, spoken word type of performance that you do?

 

S.:        I spent years in space rock bands, most notably Spaceseed.  I did vocals.  They always had a resident poet, and that is the role that I filled with Spaceseed.  That is where the twisted vocals came to be.  Back in the day I was actually a classical guitarist, but the hands are to beat up to do that now, at least in public.  So Theremins… an instrument you don’t actually have to touch.  If your hands are achy, it really doesn’t matter.  One thing led to another.  The solo set I put together in ’05. Read More »

Concert Sutra Celebrates Transistor with 311

2007 No Comments »

Concert Sutra Celebrates Transistor with 311

by terri sapp

Photographs by Leah Yetter

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SA 2007

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            I can remember the very day, August 7, 1997, when 311 released their most experimental album to date, Transistor.  I rushed to the local music store in Macon, Georgia (I was finishing up in college), bought a couple of copies (one of which is still in the wrapper), and cuddled up with my CD player.  I pulled the lyrics booklet out, and pushed play.  From beginning to end, I read along with the music and was blown away.  Up to this point in their recording career, we only got traces of the side of 311 that would elevate even the most focused Buddhist monk.  Transistor was the first time 311 really stepped out of the comfort of the heavier sound that dominated the first few studio albums.  I believe that the success of the blue self-titled album allowed them the freedom to create something truly original and test the waters, with the heavy grassroots following they had accrued, with styles and flows we were not used to at that point.  Transistor, in my experience, has always been the most controversial album among fans of 311.  Most either love it or try to hate on it.  I personally LOVE it!  Of course, I am the kind of 311 fan that has really never heard one note that I did not respond to from them.  I felt then and now that Transistor is a brilliant collection of songs that spotlight the versatility of the band that I most love to spend my time with.  You can imagine how happy I was when Nick Hexum announced, “Now, seeing as this is the ten year anniversary of a record we made called Transistor, we’ll play a couple songs off of it.”  At that point, I screamed…and had a glimmer of hope that they might finally play my song, “Running,” in Atlanta…after ten years of begging… Read More »

Concert Sutra With Friends and Family at Trash Monkey Studios

2007 No Comments »

Concert Sutra With Friends and Family at Trash Monkey Studios

By terri sapp

Photographs by Leah Yetter, Photographer

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Russ and Noel

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In the past couple of months, Leah and I have had the delight of getting some time in Macon, Georgia’s Trash Monkey Recording Studio.  The local Atlanta act, Pop! On Command is currently recording there, and has been kind enough to allow the Concert Sutra girls hanging rights in the Mephisto Tape Sessions!  Owner and Proprietor, Russ Kennington offered some time for an interview as well.  This last month’s session brought a very special guest down from Atlanta, Vietnam’s Stan Satin.  Check out the following interview to hear about our fun with the boys!

To catch a glimpse of the good times, visit:  http://www.leahyetter.com/cstrashmon0107/.  Leah is back, and ready to shoot!  We are looking forward to a great year with friends and kicking live music!!!  Read More »

Concert Sutra sizes up The Liabilities

2007 No Comments »

Concert Sutra sizes up The Liabilities

by terri sapp

Photographs by Leah Yetter

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The LiabilitiesConcert Sutra’s Photographer, Leah Yetter, lives in Macon, Georgia, a historically musical town in middle Georgia, known for many great artists as well as the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.  When deciding on our feature for this month, I asked her what was hot around Macon.  Her first response was The Liabilities!  Made up of Aaron Irons (vocals, guitars), Justin Smith (vocals, bass, cigarettes), Brandon Fickler (vocals, lead guitar), and Josh Smith (drums), these guys are making their way around and keeping busy pleasing the fans and working the crowds.  Due to scheduling conflicts, our busy multi-talented and high demand asses were unable to actually attend a show this month (what a bummer), so pictured are The Liabilities on the night of their CD release at the Hummingbird, candid and “Elph-stye (camera type),” rocking it out.  Live action all the way!  Totally inspired and off the cuff “gotta get a photo” action.  Ladies Love The Liabilities!  To check out for yourself what touches the Concert Sutra girls about The Liabilities, visit them at www.myspace.com/iamaliability.  I had the opportunity to ask lead singer and guitar player Aaron Irons some questions.  It went something like this: Read More »

Concert Sutra catches up with Squat

2007 No Comments »

Concert Sutra catches up with Squat

by terri sapp

Photographs by Leah Yetter

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carl

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            In what seems to be a very rare event these days, Leah and I both attended a show together!!!  We have been keeping a look out for something to grab us both to want to work it out, but also to settle in with both our schedules.  Apparently, with the exception of the Scared Records crew (i.e. Vietnam, the Subliminator, and Greg Connors), quality live shows (in my opinion) have been few and far between lately.  And then, it happened…I was perusing the Creative Loafing, and saw an old favorite from our days in Macon, Georgia together, jazz boys extraordinaire, Squat.  These guys have been in our music lives since we first knew each other, but the Concert Sutra never featured them.  We felt that was odd, and that we should fix that problem right away. 

            The last time I remember seeing Squat was during Bragg Jam a couple of years back.  I was happy to see that pleasant part of my Macon past still standing strong and playing better than ever.  Now in 2007, Trey Wright (acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards), Carl Lindberg (upright and electric bass, percussion, guitar, and vocals), Tommy Somerville (piano and keyboards, percussion, guitar, and vocals), and Darren Stanley (drums and percussion, sequencing) dazzle audiences all over with their abundant talents and overflowing charm.  On March 24, 2007, many gathered at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta, Georgia for the release of the Athens/Atlanta jazz quartet Squat’s CD, “Squat.”  Read More »