Soundcheck: Venice Gas House Trolley's 2012 Fall Carnival (of sorts)
Post by Carell Casey on 9/18/2012 1:30pm
Come as you are. Or not! Costumes are highly encouraged at this Carnival. "Dress as anything you would want to be," says Venice Gas House Trolley's (VGHT's) front man Adam Gregory Pergament aka Flowpoetry.
Suggestions include masquerade, formal wear, or prepare to have yourself decorated by local body painting artist Dawn Marie Svanoe. "Naked counts as a costume," adds drummer Josh Pultorak.
(ed: Darwin Sampson from the Frequency says: "There can be no exposed flesh, so they have to be body painted BEFORE they come, or they'll have to be painted out of sight and then return.")
VGHT's music has been described as what would happen if Frank Zappa and Steely Dan had a love child and it grew up to be a jam band. At their shows you can expect to experience "lots of ups and downs lyrically and musically," Pultorak says. "We cover a large range of emotion. We can get rather heavy, then light airy atmospheric and maybe one right after the other. We're into contrasts."Pultorak has been playing drums in rock and jam bands since he was 13 years old, and his love of Caribbean and Latin percussion is evident. In this band you get to "do what you want, we're not funneled into any particular style. We're multi-stylistic. At our shows you can have a goth next to a hippie next to a librarian," he says. "They all seem to like the freedom of expression."
And, in fact, as a band, they are influenced by a wide array of different musical styles, artists, and genres including the Grateful Dead, Medeski Martin & Wood, Led Zeppelin, Cat Stevens, AC/DC, Pat Metheny, Hendrix, Cypress Hill, jazz, and prog rock. "I'll listen to anything. Noise. Whatever. It's music and the world needs more music" says Pergament.
In previous incarnations Pergament has been a baseball player, a world traveler and continues to enjoy reflecting on the diversity and beauty of world cultures and artistic expression. He feels that music can create community and a sense of the interconnected human experience. "People have said our shows are spiritual, sacred, and a transformative experience. It's humbling," says Pultorak.
If you want to get the most out of a VGHT performance, "come with an open mind and be ready to have fun. Be ready to experience something different," says guitarist Nikk Cramer. "It's something different than the current carbon copy stale music." Come with a willingness to hear what happens, to go places. "Sometimes we go places we don't expect to go. There's beauty in experiencing that. It reminds me of a surfer riding through a wave before it crashes on them," Cramer continues.
"When you take chances you're bound to crash and burn sometimes, but those can be real creative moments," Pergament adds.
"So can the recovery from that crash and burn. Luckily we have enough talented musicians to triage and recover," Cramer concludes.
The guys do a fair amount of regional touring, playing lots of festivals in the summertime. "We've had some great times on the road" Pergament says. "It's a true American experience, being on the road, the road trip. Going to small towns, meeting like minded people wherever we go. There are creative people everywhere and it energizes us when we see that." he says.
"The lineup for this show is sick" said Cramer. "It's one of the most diverse and fun events I've seen promoted in Madison recently. Brainchild is stupid good. They're a jam band with amazing musicians, definitely one of my personal favorites on the Midwest scene right now. Sean Shiel is a singer/songwriter who has a great stage presence, does some looping and other fun stuff that pushes the limits of a one man band. I love the both of these acts."
"Hewn is local gypsy rock outfit. I have nothing but the highest respect for what they do. It's going to be a great show," says Pergament.
Venice Gas House Trolley's 2012 FALL CARNIVAL (of sorts)
with HEWN, BRAINCHILD, SEAN SHIEL, and DAWN MARIE SVANOE
At the Frequency, Friday September 28, 9 p.m., $7, 18+ (costumes encouraged)
Proceeds Benefit the Rainbird Foundation, working to end child abuse
To find out more about:
The Rainbird Foundation: http://rainbirdfoundation.org/
Venice Gas House Trolley: http://www.vght.net/
Sean Shiel: https://www.facebook.com/seanshielmusic
Dawn Marie Svanoe: https://www.facebook.com/dawnmariesvanoe
Carell Casey is a contributing writer for dane101.
She is also a musician (both solo and as a singer/songwriter, and guitarist in local band Fire and Love), is a Holistic Life Coach and Intuitive Counselor, and advocates for Animal Rights, Peace, Equality, Justice, and Racial Healing.
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