No rain, no pain
A Features showcase

By Kevin Elliot Reynolds

Ivan the Terrible, what an understatement! This has been one of the worst hurricane seasons in recorded history, and in the days the storm moved northward leaving tornados, flooded communities, and almost 30 dead in its wake. Some of you may be asking, “What has this got to do with music?” Unfortunately, the storm’s path of destruction came just close enough to Lexington to shut down the planned outdoor rock fest known as Rock the City. The safety of the fans and the four bands set to take the stage had to come first. Z-Rock 103 and the Downtown Lexington Organization apologize for the inconvenience and are looking into possible dates for rescheduling. But music fans didn’t let a little storm get them down; there was plenty of music offered up in the Lexington scene to enjoy, indoors. But if that outdoor music festival fever keeps sweating you, this weekend has the prescription, and it’s not a cow bell. The 2004 Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival will take place this Thursday through Sunday at Terrapin Hill Farm in Harrodsburg and will offer some the best in folk and jam music. So worry not, there are no hurricanes on the radar, well, none that should affect this weekend’s festival, anyway.

Even with the cancellation, not all of Rock the City’s excitement was lost. Since the festival’s headliners, Tony C. and The Truth, had already made the trip from New York, Z-Rock and Avio pieced together a last minute show to be performed at The Verve Concert Hall. For those lucky few that heard of the change on the radio, Tony C. and friends put on an intimate and explosive show that will not soon be forgotten.

Saturday night offered plenty of entertainment choices as well. Including UK’s first home game against Indiana. Due to ill-timed scheduling, the rock show kicked off at the same time as the game. The Cats put on a powerful show of force, as did Crossfade, though the Cat’s attendance outnumbered the band’s by nearly 1,000 to 1. The show’s timing surprised quite a few fans whom tried to fit in both the game and the show. Usually the opening band does not get going until 10 o’clock, nine at the earliest, then the headliners grace the stage till closing. Especially now since the closing times have been pushed back, many thought they had ample time to see the band perform. Regrettably, the show was over by 10:30, to the dismay of many fans. But, only a few blocks down Main, a memorable show was just getting started. The Dame welcomed music fans to a trio of entertainment brought to you courtesy of Giants! of Industry, The Coke Dares, and The Features. The Coke Dares were second to hit the stage bringing a performance unlike many had ever seen. Twenty-five songs in 30 minutes! These punk rock virtuosos blended humor and fast paced rock into a short but volatile set which created the phrase for the night in “Thank You.” This was screamed violently and quickly as each of their short songs concluded. But the big story of the night was the smoldering Emo rock of The Features as they celebrated the release of their latest album Exhibit A. There was barely standing room as they belted out jam after jam . This enthusiasm continued through the weekend and the hopeful excitement of the Breaking Benjamin show Tuesday night helped both students and the working class through another Monday. The hope was well placed as Tuesday’s show at Avio was well worth the wait. Breaking Benjamin brought with them an unrelenting high-energy hard rock/hip-hop fusion that thrilled elated fans.

Another great week of music awaits you as the scene heats up with local and national talent alike. The most talked about event this week is, of course, The Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival. The annual festival has been held for the last three years on Terrapin Hill Farm, just outside Harrodsburg, KY. The festival was created to promote environmental consciousness and community awareness along with some of the best in folk and jam music. Bands performing this year will include Bob Marley’s legendary reggae band The Wailers, the Steve Kimock Band, the Bluegrass, or “Newgrass” jams of the John Cowan Band, American roots enthusiasts Railroad Earth, and the eclectic sounds of Kentucky’s own Goose Creek Symphony. Also included in the lineup will be many hot up-and-coming acts such as Chicago’s Groovatron, Nashville’s Foggy Bottom and Old Union, and many local faves including Zoe Speaks, funk masters Barnhouse Effect, Grateful Dead tributaries Born Cross Eyed, and Phish lovers Phiasco. The festival also offers a variety of other activities including drum and dance workshops, speakers, and parades. The four-day camp-out event is family-friendly and designed for all ages to enjoy. Take the trip to support your local farmers, local musicians and hell, you may learn something!

Other shows worth checking out this weekend include The Scourge of the Sea with The Pine Club, and The Middlemen Thursday night at The Dame. The post-alt sounds of Sunday Valley will enlighten fans Friday at The Dame as The Swells take their garage rock to High On Rose. Saturday will offer a must see show in Buddy Miller, The Yonders and Slo-Fi at The Dame while The Zombie Cowboys will rock the foundation of High On Rose. So get out and give that sofa a break, your soul mate will not come knocking on your door. Enjoy the scene, be safe, be responsible and as always…Support Local Music!!!! n