The 10 Best Things From Bear Creek’s Return In New Orleans

first_img2. Foundation Of FunkIt’s almost impossible to talk about funk music without hearing George Porter Jr.‘s name mentioned, and for good reason. He and his rhythm partner from the Original Meters, Zigaboo Modeliste are the Foundation Of Funk, and, with special guests John Medeski and Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds, the foundations showed how much the godfathers of the groove have left in them. Check out an epic “Cissy Strut” below.3. LettuceWith the past firmly covered, Lettuce came into the festival with a head of steam from a summer of wowing crowds across the nation. The band is a true symbiosis of superstar talent and a complete lack of musical ego that is both rare and amazing to see in action. Taking funk into the future, Lettuce is on the cutting edge of space age super funk, and the appreciative crowd was more than happy to follow them into the outer reaches of the jam. Blast off with the band below: After two years of silence, the mighty heart of Bear Creek beat once again, loud and proud on the Bayou in New Orleans, Louisiana. Bands like Lettuce and Dumpstaphunk that had that championed the beloved festival flocked to Crescent City to once again take the stages at the Bear Creek Bayou Festival, alongside other alumni like George Porter Jr., Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Soulive and The Heavy Pets. With an eye to the future, new acts ranging from The Floozies to The Flaming Lips made their debut, alongside the much anticipated arrival of the mothership that is George Clinton’s Parlianent-Funkadelic.With three stages situated around the waterfront landmark venue Mardi Gras World, Bear Creek picked right back up where it left off. Our own Rex Thomson was allowed to roam the festival and capture what he could photo and video wise and has returned from his funk odyssey with tales of the ten best things he experienced over the weekend. Check out the stories, photos and videos below.1. George Clinton’s Parliament FunkadelicP-Funk’s arrival in the park was long overdue, and the anticipation was well warranted, as the two hour mixture of classic tunes and more modern, hip-hop influenced songs had the crowd dazed, confused and smiling ear to ear. As always the stage was packed, with the old guard from the way back good old days supplemented by a fresh crop of eager musicians, all working to create the finest funk possible. Overseeing this effort was the man himself, George Clinton, bespoke and ready to flow to the grooves being laid down.Check out their stellar version of the classic “We Want The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)” below: 4. DumpstaphunkAs mentioned earlier, Dumpstaphunk has been a pillar of the Bear Creek spirit, and their two sets over the weekend were easily some of the funkiest sounds laid down over the weekend. Occasionally dueling on the bass with bandmate Nick Daniels, multi-instrumentalist Tony Hall put on a clinic in how to keep things funky. Covering the drummer stool once again, Nikki Glaspie of The Nth Power kept the beat alive for band leader Ivan Neville, whose organ and key board game is as strong as it ever has been. Give a listen to a get down version of the band’s tune “Water” below: 5. Flaming LipsAn old tenant of show biz is “Never follow a kids act,” since any mis-step will invite unflattering comparisons. That said, it’s been decades since the Saturday night anchors The Flaming Lips worried about anyone upstaging them. Since their founding under legendarily sketchy circumstances, Wayne Coyne and crew have pushed the boundaries of fusing art and psychedelia, creating a sonic dream-scape that can be…unsettling. But to the initiated and open minded, each show is a sacred right of love and hope.While some mistakenly focus on the theatrics and the similarity of set lists (They’ve closed with the same song, “Do You Realize,” for more than a decade), what they’re missing is the planned progression of emotional states the band is trying to lead the crowd through. Wayne Coyne is a master at guiding fans along the path of hope and harmony, using musical dissonance as a tool to unsettle and inspire at the same time.From the cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” his crossing of the crowd in a plastic bubble to the endless blasts of confetti from the canons and one-shot launchers he was well armed with, every action taken by Coyne was part of a carefully planned whole. While their music may not be for everyone, their core concept certainly is.The symbolism of his being held aloft in his bubble as he made his way, thanks to the out-stretched hands supporting him, showed what we could all do if we choose to lift instead of tearing down. Ot was a beautiful reminder that we are all in this together. We hold up others now, so that when we need to be lifted, there will be hands ready to raise us towards the stars. As messages go, there are few finer.6. Chali 2na & The House Of VibeAnother long time friend of the Bear Creek, Jurassic 5’s baritone master of flow Chali 2na was on hand with his band The House Of Vibe to kick mad flows and show how much magic could be made melding a live soul band and one of the best rappers of his generation. Using his set to showcase the young in body, not in spirit members of his band 2na showed the science and rapid fire skills that made him a legend were still strong within him. Give a listen to the wicked wordplay he laid out below:7. Zach DeputyThe one man band that is Zach Deputy broke with type and played his first set with his band The Hashtags before doing a more traditional looping set of his island flavored love music. He’s been playing the Bear Creek Festival since his beginnings and he was clearly happy to be back on familiar turf, even if the location was different. It seems a little weird to see Zach not making every little bit of the sound coming from the speakers, but it spoke volumes to his musical dexterity. Have a listen to his full band sound below:8. Karl Denson’s Tiny UniverseThe funky force of Karl Denson was in full effect at Bear Creek, with his whole band stepping up at various point. Guitarist DJ Williams was on fire, even contributing a song from his upcoming record to the show. Denson switched freely between flute, percussion and his trademark sax, all in an effort to serve the song. Fellow sax man Skerik came out to have a spirited guest stretch that morphed into a fierce back and forth between him and his host. Check out the fireworks below: 9. Nigel Hall BandSoul singer, ivory tickler and frequent Lettuce collaborator Nigel Hall provided a fun set of his own tunes and some choice covers to get the ball rolling on Saturday with a well received set. With a couple of last minute subs, guitarist Adam Smirnoff and saxophonist Khris Royal stepped up admirably and elevated the party to even higher heights. Give a listen to his set closing soul surprise:10. The PeopleWhile surely the music is the most important thing to most, attendees of a music festival Bear Creek has become a family affair over the years. After their first visit, most fans fall in love with the festival and count the days between, preparing for the next chance to gather with the families they have built by sharing their mutual loves and, of course, the dance floor. All around the grounds of Mardi Gras World there were people embracing much missed friends, sporting shirts from previous iterations of the fest and making new friends along the way to the next stage.Speaking of the next stage, a pleasant surprise before the Saturday night headliner The Flaming Lips was the staccato sound of one of New Orleans’ finest traditions, a drum line marching through the grounds. Music fans eager to enjoy the very visceral experience of seeing music made inches away were delighted to find that the source of the sweet sounds was The Roots Of Music, a band that exists as the public face for a local non-profit that uses music and musicians to help steer at risk youth away from the pitfalls of life in an admittedly tough town like New Orleans.While a portion of VIP ticket sales were allocated to this fine cause, their hat was filled by appreciative on lookers as the band showed chops far exceeding what one would expect given their ages. Check out what is surely the first steps of the next generation of funkateers below:This is just a small sampling of the highlights that popped off all over the grounds over the course of the two days of the funktackular return of the Bear Creek Music Festival on the bayous of New Orleans. The spirit of the festival was as strong and as true as ever with familiar faces greeting first timers in the crowds and on the stages with love and fellowship. Seeing the embers of the festival reignited into a raging blaze of musical fury was a truly welcome sight, and the future looks funky indeed.last_img read more

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first_imgMore: 10 best things to do in Madrid: a local’s guide2. BerlinBerlin prides itself as being Germany’s hub of culture and creativity. The city has over 400 galleries and numerous other museums. Head to the UNESCO world heritage site, Museumsinsel (Museum Island) where you’ll find five of the most famous museums that cover everything from the dawn of civilisation right up to the modern age. If you want to discover the more bohemian side to this diverse city, rent a bike and explore Kreuzberg, the heart of Berlin’s alternative scene. Highlights include the East Side Gallery, a freedom memorial that is a 1.3km section of the Berlin Wall that has over 100 paintings. It is an interesting snapshot of the feelings in the city when the wall came down. Nearby you’ll find Aufbau Haus, a former factory that is now an artistic centre, filled with galleries, cafes and workshops. Happier admiring some Renaissance art than relaxing by the pool? Prefer exploring the ruins of an ancient civilisation than sipping a cocktail on the beach? Well we can now reveal the best cities to get your cultural fix. These cities have the best art, history and museums that will leave you feeling truly intellectually satisfied by the end of your trip.1. MadridMadrid is a city for art lovers. El Paseo del Arte (the Art Walk) is a 1km stretch where you’ll find three of the world’s best galleries – El Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza. El Prado – the most famous of the three – is home to a fine collection of Flemish and Italian art as well as an unrivalled collection of Spanish works including those of Velázquez, Greco and Goya- a true highlight being Goya’s Pinturas Negras – a deeply disturbing and eerie collection of oil paintings from the later years of his life. Thyssen-Bornemisza has a vast and varied collection of paintings including the works of Van Gogh, Monet and Caravaggio. Finally the modern arts museum, Reina Sofía, is home to Picasso’s most famous and moving piece, Guernica, that details the bombing of the town at the start of the Spanish Civil War. Madrid also has plenty of cultural events in the evenings, with a growing theatre scene and plenty of bars and venues showing traditional flamenco. Visit Spain’s capital during one of Madrid’s major festivals such as San Isidro and La Paloma where the streets are alive with people, music and events. 5. MarrakeshImmerse yourself in the mayhem of central Marrakesh’s Djemaa El Fna and take in the sights and spice-scented air of this frantic city. This large square is full of cafés where you can enjoy a traditional cup of mint tea and watch street performers juggle or charm snakes. For a true insight into Morocco’s past make sure you visit El Badi and El Bahia palaces. El Bahia, meaning ‘brilliance’, was constructed in the 1800s and its beauty truly lives up to its name. Wander around and admire the intricate carvings in the arched entrances and its wonderful mosaics. El Badi on the other hand is a ruined palace from the 12th century that in July hosts the Festival of Popular Arts where you can witness Maghrebi culture at its most enjoyable. More: 10 best free things to do in Berlin10 top things to do in Berlin: a local’s guide3. RomeRome is the kind of place where you’ll find something interesting around every corner. Its ancient ruins, religious buildings, art collections and Italian charm offer endless possibilities for the culture vulture. Explore the city’s well preserved ancient structures such as the Pantheon, the Arch of Constantine and of course the Colosseum. Take a day drip to Vatican City, as regardless of your religious beliefs, seeing how emotional it is for some people to be in Saint Peter’s Basilica is something completely unforgettable. Afterwards you can visit the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s fresco. More: 10 best things to do in Rome: a local’s guide4. AthensSince the 2004 Olympic Games the city has been undergoing serious renewal, but it is the crumbling monuments that this city is littered with that remind you of its important history and the legacy of its powerful ancient civilization. The Acropolis sits above the city and its most important building – the Parthenon – is considered to be the most important structure from the Athenian Empire. The New Acropolis Museum houses the largest collection of Greek architecture, sculptures and statues. On the south-side of the Acropolis you’ll find the Thiseion Cinema, a charming open air cinema with such incredible views that you probably won’t be able to concentrate on the film! Need destination inspiration? Get it at the touch of a button with Skyscanner. See where you can go tomorrow with our unique Everywhere search and get inspired for your next trip with our Travel News & Features.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedDaddy Cool: 5 Fantastic Fathers’ Day DestinationsDaddy Cool: 5 Fantastic Fathers’ Day DestinationsBest of Barcelona: things to do in the Catalan capitalBarcelona boasts striking architecture and beautiful city beaches that keep the tourists flocking in, but dig a little deeper and you’ll also find a distinctive Catalonian culture. Uncover the best of Barcelona with our insider tips on what to see and do.Tapas and teatro: 10 great things to do in MadridWant to visit Madrid like a local? From tempting churros and tapas bars to experimental theatre, we bring you the best things to do in Madrid beyond the Plaza Mayor…last_img read more