Monday, July 18, 2022

Douro Jam- Carazeda de Ansiães, Portugal July 16th, 2022

This was a free festival about 175km north from where I live in Portugal and featured 4 bands:

Dans Revival 18:30
GeoDudes 19:45
Travo 21:00
Madmess 22:15

I arrived about 15:30. Sadly, the festival site had to be moved from the usual location down at the Douro River valley due to the high fire risks at this time and so many active fires. It was moved to a close by local down square.  When I got there the organiser (Nuno) and his crew were getting the food and drink area ready, setting up a few tables, etc..  I sat at a table with the Dan´s Revival guys and soon Travo was here as well.  Super nice people. Stage was up and the PA and mixing desk and they needed to do some cables but were more or less ready for bands to soundcheck.  I should mention it was insanely hot and the stage was right in the direct sun… 42C in the shade…  

They wanted Madmess to soundcheck first (since we play last) and all bands were going to use more or less the same backline. Sadly, Madmess were really late and did not even arrive until 17 so the rest of the night was fucked up…  We finished soundcheck at 18 and went to the local pool for a swim (cost 1.5€) and that is just what we all needed. Travo showed up but they were closing in 10mins. We got an ice cream as well…  Felt a bit more refreshed.  We were very disappointed when we got back and no one had even stared playing yet… 

Travo, Madmess and friends

After we split every band set up and took down their gear for a soundcheck so Dan´s Revival did not even start until 21!!  2.5hrs late….  I was very unhappy as it is just too late for me and no one seem to be in any kind of hurry. They had hoped to be done with the live bands at midnight but had a permit until 0200..

Anyway, Dan´s Revival were a guitar (also sings) and drums duo playing dirty, nasty, sometimes hard rocking blues rock type stuff…. They need a bass player or at least a guitar run thru a bass cab to give the sound some more balls… They played 30mins or so.

GeoDudes were a PT quartet of bass, drums, keys and a guy from Brazil who played flute and saxophone. They stared off with very traditional jazz quartet stuff. They all play very well but it was nothing original at all. I filmed some of this. Sadly, I should have filmed the last 20mins or so as it was great and more funky and jamming.. Cool band and nice guys…

I was really looking forward to seeing Travo as I dig their latest CD a lot and I had spent half the day talking with the guys and they were all super nice….  They had a horrible sound to start. Only bass and drums, no guitars…..  It took the soundman some strong words from the bands friends to sort out the sound but in the end it was sounding great but not for the first few songs. Also, in the middle of the set, the drummer put a hole in the kick drum. They tried to duct tape this and it held for the rest of their set but was not looking good..

Madmess, we started at 00:30, fucking late. They started off the set and played 2-3 songs and then I joined in on the last 3 and then we had a jam. I think we played for 80mins about including the breakdown in the middle of the kick drum again. I dig playing with these guys.  We had some great comments from Travo and the fans of how well I fit in with the guys to add a new psychedelic dimension to what they do. They especially liked the last 20min jam… It was fun but was so tired. IT was 42C on this day. 

A fun time and the party was still going on at 0300 when I tried to find somewhere to sleep.  I had put my sleeping bag and mattress out under a tree in what was called the camping area on the other side of the library building. Only 4 other people had planned to sleep there but it turns out fucking sprinklers came on and my sleeping bag was soaked completely so now I was left to sleep in the fucking car…. Nightmare.  Slept 2hrs and drove home at 7 in the morning.. Fucking wrecked but it was fun… too old for this shit… Thanks to Nuno for putting this on. Maybe Doctors of Space can play next year. Peace.

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