All Interviews

Mondo Gecko

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Mondo Gecko Logo
This past Saturday I had the pleasure of attending BreakFEST, a single day, four band chillfest. Our gps led us to a barely marked dirt road somewhere in the middle of New Hampshire. We arrived at the gate to the festival which was marked with only a single balloon, a Mondo Gecko sticker and a “Private Drive” sign. We had to laugh. In front of us was a seriously steep dirt road, full of rocks and uneven terrain. Our sedan would not be climbing this hill. So we grabbed what little gear we brought and began trekking up the mountain. I was delighted to find wild raspberries growing all along this little road.

As we walked, we started to faintly hear some music. It grew louder as we walked and our anticipation grew. Finally I could make out what the band was playing. It was an awesome rendition of the classic Grateful Dead song Bertha!  Later I found out that Tim Palmieri and Jordan Giangreco from The Breakfast were sitting in with Mondo Gecko for this tune).  At this point I was jumping up and down with excitement and knew that Mondo Gecko was in full swing, jamming away. We continued up the road and arrived at the festival grounds. A small clearing on a fairly steep hill, complete with a small stage, merch tent, an outhouse, and about 40 tents. This place was cool. Really small and relaxed, no hassles at all (well except for getting there). The band kept going and played a stellar version of The Lizards, by Phish and rounded it off with a hefty handful of original tunes as well. My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the music created by this four piece Boston band out of Berklee School of Music, known as Mondo Gecko. Their seamless blend of funk, jazz, and psychedelic rock is upbeat, infectious and more than enough to satisfy a craving for some fun jam music. After their show, I was able to sit down with the band and talk with them about how they got their start, their musical influences, and their plans for the future. Read the interview here

An Interview Railroad Earth’s new bassist – Andrew Altman

Friday, May 14th, 2010

I was able to sit down with Andrew Altman before the Railroad Earth show in Providence, Rhode Island on May 14th, 2010. We spoke about his musical background, his thoughts about the band, his thoughts on the Livenation – Ticketmaster merger and more. Read more…

An Interview with Jason Hann and Michael Travis of EOTO & SCI

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

EOTO rocked the house on Saturday, May 8 at The Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA. I was able to sit down with Jason Hann and Michael Travis before the show and spoke with them about life on the road, summer time String Cheese Incident, and more. Read more…

An Interview with Drew Heller – Toubab Krewe

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Start with a strong sense of tranditional West African music, stir in the extended solos and exploratory melodies of American Jam music, add a dash of creole and surf music and you have one very unique sounding band: Toubab Krewe. Toubab Krewe is a five man internationally touring American instrumental jam band from Asheville, NC. Though a relative newcomer to the scene, Toubab Krewe has already made a name for themselves playing at such festivals as Rothbury, Bonnaroo, and the famous Festival au Desert I was lucky enough to sit down with Drew Heller, guitarist before their show in Boston, MA and speak with him about the background of the band; musical influences; a new album in the works; the band’s experience at Festival au Desert (in the sahara desert); the band’s summer plans and more. Read more…

An Interview with Railroad Earth

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Railroad Earth just completed a 2 night run at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA. I was lucky enough to sit down with the members of the band before their Saturday show and spoke with them about how they formed, their influences, life on the road, Rothbury, and more. Read more…

An Interview with Jason Hann of EOTO & SCI

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

EOTO played to a sold out house on Saturday, October 17 at Harper’s Ferry in Boston, MA. I was able to sit down with Jason Hann, drummer for EOTO and percussionist for The String Cheese Incident, before the show and spoke with him about dubstep, the growth of EOTO, their new album: Fire The Lazers, the future of SCI, Rothbury, and more.

An Interview with Jason Hann (SCI & EOTO)

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

I sat down with Jason Hann of EOTO (Jason Hann & Michael Travis) before their show and talked with him about his first encounter with The String Cheese Incident, his musical influences, his current project: EOTO, and wrapped it up with some questions about the upcoming String Cheese performance at Rothbury. Read more…