Concert review: Arts Goggle – Funky on the Green

Funky on the Green at Arts Goggle

Saturday, October 12th.

1100 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth, Texas

Posted 12:59pm on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013

Last Saturday was Arts Goggle time, with arts and music on every street corner in the near southside. I already had my folding camp chair packed in my car to go to Magnolia Green, since Keep Fort Worth Funky had set up camp there with bands all day and vendors, for Funky on the Green. But it was raining, so I kept putting off going till the rain cleared. I arrived just in time to catch the end of Kites and Boomerangs’ set.

I only got to hear one song before they had to pack up and head for the Crown and Harp in Dallas, but they were as good as I remembered. The band consists of Josh Garcia (guitar, vocals, drums), Donnie Simmons (drums, vocals, bass), Eoin Donovan (bass, guitar, vocals) and William Appleton (guitar, vocals).

The sky was now clear, and we had a nice first quarter moon shining down on us as the Royal Savages set up. They are Addison White on guitar and vocals; Lauren Moore, vocals; James Hughes, bass; and Ben Coker, drums.

These guys peddle a blend of folk, pop and rock that’s easy to listen to, and yet still intriguing. The musicianship is quite good, and the vocal harmonies are well done. Lauren’s voice needed to be featured more on the leads, except maybe when the song required a bit more gravel. I found myself wishing that they would just give the part to her on several occasions. Still, this band sports some nice songwriting skills and they certainly made me want to listen to their art in an environment where I could get into the lyrics. Live sound in a field makes them difficult (if not impossible) to follow.

Closing out the Funky on the Green show was the every-so-mighty Panic Volcanic. The band consists of Ansley “The Destroyer” Dougherty on vocals; Zach Tucker, bass; and Chris Cole, drums.

I’ve been listening to Panic Volcanic’s CD in my car nearly every day for at least a month now. It’s an amazing piece of work, but I’m convinced that Ansley’s voice is too big to be reproduced by a laser. This is high-energy rock ’n’ roll done with a unique edge to it. Leads and bass are performed at the same time on the same bass guitar, and in this case, Zack Tucker’s bass rig crashed at the beginning of the set, and they had to bypass his amp to feed directly into the front-of-house system. The feedback was tremendous when Zack wasn’t playing, but luckily, there was scarcely any time he wasn’t playing. The band ripped out original after original, along with Jimi Hendrix’s Fire, and finished out its set with a positively apocalyptic version of the Beatles’ Why Don’t We Do It in the Road. Since it was getting late (due to the rain delay), the band cut the set short and rushed off to Lola’s to do a reprise of its Deep Purple covers from the Fort Worth Rock Assembly.

With the show in the park shut down, I headed out to see who was still playing on the street. Sally Majestic was finishing up a set at SiNaCa Studios on Magnolia. The band members are P.J. Fry on bass and vocals; Scott Vernon, guitar; Tim Cowdin, drums; and Ben Napier, guitar. I got there just as they were about to launch into Bust a Move by Young MC. Scott handled the rap part and former Sally guitar player John Stevens grabbed up Scott’s guitar and joined in. No better way to finish off another great (if soggy) Arts Goggle.

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