Today, being yesterday, which was Saturday, was a great day. It was the second day of Jay Rodger’s birthday celebration at the Max Canada. The music was both Friday and Saturday nights with proceeds going to support the Athens Human Rights Festival. Perfectly, this coincided with my own birthday on Friday. Jay managed to pick the right bands for the weekend. It was a perfect mix of roots rock, Americana, southern soul, and ska/punk/reggae, and hip-hop party music. The crowd was great, new friends were made, and we all did our part to help further the Human Rights fight, all with the mighty sword of rock n roll.
I am a little bit of a late bloomer when it comes to the punk, ska, and reggae scene. Although Sublime was a large part of my early twenties, bands such as Social Distortion, the Clash and Danzig are fairly recent additions to my musical rotations. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones pop in and out from time to time, but for the most part ska and reggae are not part of my regular intake. However, with the rebirth of my workout routine, these genres have been added to the play lists to help get this old man through a few hours of painful exercise every day. Now that my love affair with the jam band scene is quickly coming to an end, I am realizing how much fantastic music I have been missing out on. Last night’s Lowdive show, reinforced the fact that I need to get off that sad, whiskey soaked, alt country train and put some more fun, upbeat, happy music into my diet.
Looking at the words thesaruas.com lists as synonyms for fun to find the right description for Lowdive, I think I will go with boisterous, diverting, merry, and witty. The word fun does not touch the tip of the iceberg for the performance these guys put out on Saturday night. The song selection was wonderful. Songs about booze, mouth tumors, tits and Liz Taylor are all originals; some reggae, some ska, some punk, all fantastic. These guys are high energy all the way and had the crowd rocking. An old friend told me once you can never go wrong with a three guitar attack. After watching Lowdive’s show, if I did not agree with my friend before, I do now. Josh Perkins, Dede Giddens, and Colin Hatmaker, all on guitars, brought the heat, mashing it all up with Jay’s bass, Scotty Nichols’ keys, and that beast of a drummer, Tanka, hammering that shit down my ear hole to the point of a rock n roll orgasm. Top all that off with the balls to cover songs by the Police, Prince, the Who and Ice Cube, and they nailed all of them in their own funky kind of way. Lowdive blew me away and sent me home satisfied with a huge smile on my face. I cannot wait to see them again
Every time I hear Ice Cube’s “Today Was a Good Day”, it always puts my life in a better perspective. It reminds me of how truly blessed I am. I am one lucky son of a gun to live this amazing life full of fantastic music and celebration. Maybe one day we can convince Lowdive to put out their own version of this song from the early 90’s that we can all sing along to happy and guilt free.
Happy Birthday Jay Rodgers!
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