Swamp Stomp 2014: Bright Light Social Hour, Roosevelt Collier, and the Tobacco Road Gang
Photo by Alex Markow Austin's Bright Light Social Hour stompin' the swamp at Tobacco Road.
Swamp Stomp Music Festival
With Bright Light Social Hour, Roosevelt Collier's Phunk Phactory, and others
Tobacco Road, Miami
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Better Than: The sound of alligators and mosquitos lurking in the dark.
As you look toward the sky from the Tobacco Road parking lot and see the multitude of industrial cranes further turning Miami into a cityscape out of Bladerunner, it is easy to forget this was all once swampland.
But the sixth annual Swamp Stomp Music Festival was aimed to remind attendees of our simpler, perhaps more dangerous past.
Photo by Alex Markow
On Saturday night, Swamp Stomp delivered its main show, a second night of programming that'd been billed as "American Roots and Rock 'n' Roll" after Friday's opening reggae night.
With the fest's two stages just a stone's throw apart, the main and patio stages were synchronized so tightly -- from Rachel Brooke's opening notes at 8 p.m. until the headlining Bright Light Social Hour finished an epic rendition of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" at 1:30 a.m. -- that the Tobacco Road gang never had to wait more than a minute to hear live music.
See also: Swamp Stomp 2014 at Tobacco Road: Day One (Slideshow) and Day Two
Photo by Alex Markow
Of particular note was Roosevelt Collier's Phunk Phactory.
Throughout his set, Collier playing his steel guitar moved and grooved more than anyone we'd ever seen in a seated position. And dubbing its sound "church on a Saturday night," the Phunk Phactory included a bassist, percussionist, drummer, keyboard player, and eventually even a guy on organs and harmonica.
Most of the group's songs were strictly instrumental, a balanced mix of funk and jazz. But toward the end of the night, Collier and crew veered into bar-mitzvah-band territory with covers of Sly and the Family Stone's "Thank You" and George Clinton's "We Want the Funk." Those were the songs, though, that had the crowd most involved. And entertainers gotta give the people what they want.