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The Eclectic Sound of Primus as
Sweet as Chocolate at Brewery Ommegang

Primus/ Dinosaur Jr.
Brewery Ommegang
Cooperstown, NY
July 31, 2015
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Review and photos by Johnny Hall

Under the Blue Moon in upstate New York, Dan Smalls Presents brought another stellar performance to Brewery Ommegang on Friday, July 31. This time, it was the funky and eclectic offerings of Primus with support bands The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and Dinosaur Jr.

The show started off with The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger taking the stage. Their sound has a dreamy feel, and they succeeded in taking the audience on a psychedelic trip with music and melody falling somewhere between Roger Waters era Pink Floyd and Perry Farrell's days with Jane's Addiction. The crowd seemed particularly enchanted by being in the presence of front man, Sean Lennon, the son of the late John Lennon.

Next up were veteran alternative rockers Dinosaur Jr. With the current lineup of original members J Mascis on guitar and vocals, Lou Barlow on bass, and Murph on drums, the band's distorted guitars and indie rock vocals were just the right sound to ease the crowd back into the 1990's era music that they had come to hear.

Headliners Primus took to the stage supporting their new album, "Primus and the Chocolate Factory." The stage, set with a giant screen at the back with two large inflated mushrooms flanking the sides, was the perfect backdrop for these legendary musicians. Members Les Claypool (bass and vocals), Larry LaLonde (guitars and vocals), and Tim Alexander (drums and backing vocals), started right off with fan favorite "John the Fisherman." Claypool, looking dapper in a marching band coat and a derby cap, played his "pachyderm" bass as only he can. Larry LaLonde's guitar playing was as solid as ever and Alexander, tight on the drums, proved that Primus are masters of their craft who continue to impress crowds with their masterful control over their instruments and vocals.

Playing favorites such as "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver," and "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," and newer songs like "Oompa Augustus," Primus drove the crowd into mayhem. Highlights included Claypool playing a Whamola during the drum and bass instrumental. This avant-garde, single string instrument is sometimes used by jazz fusion musicians, and Claypool put his own spin on this already unique instrument by slapping it with a drumstick while wearing a rubber chimpanzee mask.

Primus is not to be missed. Their well refined musical abilities are second to none, and their "Primus and the Chocolate Factory” tour creates a soundscape so surreal, that concert goers feel as though they are on a magical rollercoaster ride with Willie Wonka himself.
Set List:
John the Fisherman
American Life
Wynona's Big Brown Beaver
Moron TV
Harold of the Rocks
Over the Falls
Lee Van Cleef
Oompa Augustus
Mr. Krinkle
Jilly's on Smack
Drum and Whamola Jam
Spaghetti Western
Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
Southbound Pachyderm
My Name Is Mud

Too Many Puppies (Hello Skinny Constantinople Tease)
Eclectic Electric

Related articles:

Les Claypool - Exclusive Interview - Jan. 2009
Les Claypool / Tim Fite - Concert review - Milwaukee, WI - Mar. 2008
Primus - Concert review - Milwaukee, WI - Nov. 2006
Primus - They Can't All Be Zingers CD review - Nov. 2006
Hedgpeth Music Festival (Primus) - Festival review - Twin Lakes, WI - July 2006
Les Claypool - Exclusive interview - July 2006
Lollapalooza 2005 (Primus) - Festival review - Chicago, IL - July 2005
H.O.R.D.E. Festival (Primus) - Festival review - East Troy, WI - Aug. 1997

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