Jam Central Station 11.03.12: The Werks – 10/31/12 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Hey all! Hope you had a great Halloween, and for you east coast folks, I hope you weren’t hit too bad by the storm. We lost trick or treating on Wednesday, but obviously that’s been rescheduled. Other than that, Ohio made it out OK with just a few power outages. And luckily The Werks came to town to turn things around for a huge crowd as well. Let’s check it out!
It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to witness the elevation of a band first hand. I’ve had a couple of bands that I followed from their local days all the way up through national success. I’ve seen the signs that point to an upcoming breakthrough and drastically increased success. I’ve watched what happens when bands are able to devote 100% of their energy towards making music and begin to make a living with their talent. It’s a pretty spectacular thing to be a part of, and I’m ready to say that we’re getting ready to see it again. I may be a little later to the party than some, but, after seeing The Werks on Halloween at the Beachland in Cleveland, I’m ready to say that The Werks are absolutely ready to take their music to the next level.
To start the night off, openers Aliver Hall put on a solid jam/rock set with a great groove. The band has been beefing up their regional tour schedule recently, and there’s good reason for it. They’re a lot of fun, and they certainly fit the bill to kick off the party for The Werks. They’ve been making the rounds on smaller festivals for the past couple of years and released a new album a few months back. They’re definitely an up and coming band worth checking out.
Everyone was there for one band, though. The Werks wasted little time getting things started, taking the stage just before 11 and ripping through the first set. This was probably the best Werks set I’ve seen to date, with the band mixing in high-energy extended jams into some great songs. I still need to study up on my Werks catalog, but I certainly enjoyed the entire set. I’m a sucker for cover songs, and the band pulled out a great first set cover with “Fly Like An Eagle” by the Steve Miller Band. They took the song on a 15 minute journey before bringing it back for the final verse.
The second set started off a bit more mellow than the first, but the band picked things up again with another unexpected cover. They did a funk-laden version of “Salty Chocolate Balls,” the infamous Chef song from South Park. It may be a novelty song, but that doesn’t mean the band didn’t kick some ass with it. The kept with the funk for much of the second set, but definitely dabbled in some heavy psychedelic jams as well.
Unfortunately we had to leave about halfway through the second set (that’s the curse of a Wednesday night show and day jobs), but it was a great way to spend Halloween. The crowd was decked out in full Halloween garb, with original costumes and the obligatory sexy ladies. The band played it up with costumes, a costume contest, and obviously some fun covers. The Werks are doing everything right right now, building a solid fan base and delivering every time they get on stage.
So there’s nothing from the show on YouTube yet, but here’s a link where you can watch most it. Worth checking out, no doubt!
RIP Larry Bloch
Larry Bloch passed away earlier this week at the age of 59. Bloch was the founder of The Wetlands, a club in New York City. Not only was The Wetlands an iconic venue in the 90’s, but Bloch also used the club to fund a non-profit Center for Social and Environmental Justice. Bloch’s passing has been memorialized already by many of the artists who played his club.
Umphrey’s McGee announce tour
Umphrey’s McGee announced their first run of 2013 dates. The band will tour with Papadosio and Mike Dillon Band from mid-January to mid-February.
January 16 Buffalo, NY—Town Ballroom
January 17 Syracuse, NY—Landmark Theatre
January 18 New York, NY—Beacon Theatre
January 19 Providence, RI—Fete Ballroom
January 23 Winston-Salem, NC—Ziggy’s(*)
January 24 Charlotte, NC—The Fillmore(*)
January 25 Raleigh, NC—The Ritz (Formerly Disco Rodeo)(*)
January 26 Richmond, VA— The National
January 30 Knoxville, TN—Tennessee Theater
January 31 Lexington, KY—Buster’s
February 1 Grand Rapids, MI—Orbit Room
February 2 Detroit, MI—The Fillmore
February 8 St. Louis, MO—The Pageant(^)
February 9 St. Louis, MO—The Pageant(^)
February 10 Bloomington, IN—The Bluebird
February 15 Columbus, OH—LC Pavilion(^)
November 8-11, 2012
Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL
Performers include: Umphrey’s McGee, Soulive, Lotus, Perpetual Groove, Break Science, The Heavy Pets, and many others.
Strings & Sol
December 12-16, 2012
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
Yonder Mountain String Band will perform 3 shows, and Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, and The Infamous Stringdusters will each be performing 2 shows.
Warren Haynes Christmas Jam
December 15, 2012
US Cellular Civic Center
Performers include: Warren Haynes Band, String Cheese Incident, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sheryl Crow, Trombone Shorty, and many others.
December 16-19, 2012 (Bahamas)
December 19-23, 2012 (Jamaica)
Departing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Performers include: Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, James Murphy, Sleigh Bells, and many others.
December 17-21, 2012
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, and STS9 will each perform two shows. STS9 will also perform a special midnight set commemorating the beginning of the new Great Cycle of the Mayan Calendar.
January 7-12, 2013
Performers include: moe., Medeski, Martin, Scofield & Wood, Funky Meters, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Univers, Big Gigantic, Lettuce, ALO, Tea Leaf Green, Greensky Bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum, and many others.
Island Exodus IV
January 16-20, 2013
Gov’t Mule will host the event and perform multiple sets. No word on other performers.
Panic En La Playa Dos
January 27-31, 2013
Hard Rock HOoel & Casino
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
This event will be the return of Widespread Panic to the stage after a year-long hiatus. Tickets go on sale August 24.
Jam in the Sand
March 1-5, 2013
Breezes Grand Resort
Dark Star Orchestra’s first Jamaican event. This event will feature multiple DSO shows as well as three Keller Williams sets and other activities
April 12-14, 2013
April 19-21, 2013
Governors Ball Music Festival
June 8-9, 2013
New York City, NY
Newport Folk Festival
July 27-28, 2013
Newport Jazz Festival
September 6-8, 2013
Austin City Limits
October 4-6, 2013
October 11-13, 2013