Word to the monkey elevator man
Fear not, dirt twirlers, spinners and snake charmers, 2002 looks to be the return of the “good time” band. Juice, which used to wow crowds with creative lyrics and a thumpin’ band, is now back as Harpoon. Buffalo Creek has stuck it out through the lull and is in a prime position to lead the pack with its tight harmonies and strong songwriting skills. Soul Maze is beginning to work some originals into its array of soul and Motown classics and can jam a song better than Smuckers. Loose Booty is an all-star band that features many talented players but crushes the weak of heart with Gary Dutra’s terrorist guitar licks. Chocolate Hukah Rebirth has appeared out of left field with a great debut in the field of R&B funk. Another worthy band on the scene that will hopefully stay together through the summer is Chingus, which features the guitar wizardry of a young upstart named Gonzo. The solid vocal and guitar work of Sloan makes Nine Balls Deep and any of his side projects worth pursuing. Jeff Pershing has worked long and hard to get his band sounding so stellar. Brown House, A Dog Named Blue, Spark ‘n’ Cinder, Kozmic Engine and many others are also adding to the thick of it.
On the reggae front changes are underway. Mystic Roots is about to head south and relocate closer to the Mexican border, where bassist Chris Henderson has already settled in. Levi Jr. and Cornerstone are calling it quits with a final free show in the park. Bassist and the most important herald of reggae in the North State, Jay "Boomshot" Langworthy, has finally gained escape velocity and is Maui bound, so catch Dub Revolution while you can. Nuff said.