SIMGE Staff Photographer Phil Shepherd:
It was a full Friday night of music at The Saint on Nov 14, six bands included in the billing of an “Early Show” and a “Late Show”. Either way, one night of music with a small break in between.
The first half of the evening featured A Small Planet, Pepperwine, who came in with a brand new rhythm section, and Alex Brumel who traveled down from Jersey City. The Early Show headliner, from Vermont, was folk artist Caroline Rose. Currently in the middle of an Eastern US tour Carolyn Rose is a very innocent looking young lady who has an incredible voice and the songwriting talent to back it up.
A short break and a load in, and the second half was kicked off with From the Ground. Some really talented young men with a progressive rock/funk/reggae feel, graduated high school in 2011. If they stick to it good things will come to them.
BIG Something was the headliner of the night and they are just finishing up a small tour of a few northeast cities before getting to the brunt of their schedule in the southeast. Much to like about this 6 piece funk rock group that hails from North Carolina.
This big time party band was on their second trip to NJ, came with Big Sound, a Big Groove and Big extended jams, and as a bonus they threw in a cover of The Who’s “Baba O’Riley:. It was great to experience such a professional group of entertainers and being able to share in their night.
Be sure and check out the SIMGE survey with drummer Ben Vinograd for more on BIG Something.