Charleston, South Carolina
August 20, 2010
"I think, therefore I jam."
After an afternoon of torrential rains and flooded streets, Perpetual Groove came to the Music Farm to bring their jam to residents and students of the Holy City. Students of the College of Charleston and other institutions of higher learning were pouring, like the rain, into town for the start of a new school year and a special treat awaited those who ventured out to the show.
The Music Farm is a great setting for a show and holds nearly 1,000 at peak capacity. Friday evening there were upwards of 400 in attendance, leaving plenty of space for everyone to dance without stepping on their neighbor’s toes in the process. There is also a balcony that serves as a place for those who prefer to take in their music in a more subtle manner. The venue’s stage is at one end of the building with a wide viewing area at its feet for the faithful to get close to the stage. It is apparent this venue was designed for the music.
The band opened with "Space Paranoids," a spirited instrumental jam that provided a segue to "Downside," a track has been in rotation for 18 months and is a key track on PGroove’s latest studio release Heal.
Peter Gabriel’s cover of "Sledgehammer" would follow shortly thereafter. This tune has been played more frequently since Perpetual Groove’s annual "festival," Amberland, this past Memorial Day weekend when they played it alongside bassist Adam Perry’s brother, Damien.
"53 More Things to do in Zero Gravity" would prove to be the showcase tune for John Hruby; the interplay between his electric piano and Brock Butler’s guitar made for a truly definitive moment in the show. Crowd
pleaser "Three Weeks" would wrap the set.
The second set opened with a muscular and synth heavy "Mayday," which was actually debuted at the Music Farm on New Year’s Eve in 2006. PGroove made their way through a catalogue-spanning set including older gems "TSMM" and "Robot Waltz" along with fresher tunes in "Noise" and "Cairo."
"It Starts Where It Ends" finished the set, showcasing the ever-building relationship between Bassist Adam Perry and drummer Albert Suttle who kept the beat steady while the duo pushed the sound forward in near-perfect unison. Through this musical comradeship, they were able to demonstrate the fact that a rhythm section as strong as this one is an unlikely find.
The encore provided the most serious and extensive jam of night with "Speed Queen," which segued into The White Stripes "Blue Orchard" (A first time cover,) and eventually back into itself. The 20-minute long "Speed Queen > Blue Orchid> Speed Queen" showed this outfit in their full form, raging as only PGroove can. All in all, a good time was enjoyed by everyone which was no surprise as this is a usual scene at a Perpetual Groove gig.