heARTbeat Collective (Jamaica Plain, MA) w/ MelodeegoPosted on March 4, 2012 with 1 comment
Just when we thought we were done with concerts for a bit, my friends from the Boston-based band Melodeego kindly invited me to play an opening set for their next show, in Jamaica Plain. Seeing as it was a pretty short drive from home and that I've been wanting to see these guys live for years, it was an offer we couldn't refuse.
The show was at a place called the heARTbeat Collective, in a sort of garage/barn-like building behind the house - one of those places that you sort of feel like a champ just by managing to find it and arrive there at all, so everyone there automatically has an immediate sense of being part of the exclusive club that managed to hunt down the location - or at least that's how it seemed to me! Melodeego's fans/friends were really cool and really nice people, just like the band members themselves.
They are the only band I know of that, in an effort to practice what their lyrics preach, runs their PA on pure green energy in the form of stationary bikes which power the speakers and lights. It's also a pretty cool way for the audience to be directly (literally) involved in the show. Steph and I took a solid hour-long shift on 2 of the cycles while enjoying Melodeego's high-energy set. We were super grateful to get to be part of such a fun evening, and it was really fun to share some of our music with a totally new (to us) group of people. We hope to see you again, Melodeego-ers! Thanks for a great time!
Here are some photos from the show, courtesy of a really creative professional photographer named Joe Jarvis.
A cool shot of the stationary cycles in front of the stage just before the show.
My hands were too frozen to play well, but by the 4th and final song I finally got warmed up - and/or all the people in the barn had warmed up the air by then, not sure which! In any case by the time Melodeego was done it was pretty hot in there.
Greg groovin' on the bass.
Peter belting it out
Those lights are 100% human/bike powered!
Layin' down the beats...
Mark tearing up a solo
The front line...
...and the FRONT front line! Fans pedal-powering the sound system and lights. Pretty cool.
Thanks to everyone who came, and thanks for reading! Back to work on the kalimba album for me, we'll let you know when it's ready!