I had high expectations for this show. A new amalgamation of people I love, and I loved who was in it. I did end up having a great time and it was a good show. However, it was also quite lacking in what it could have been. It's all about the expectation. It was free for me because I'm a member. I didn't even have to wait in the long line to get in.
It was listed as doors at 10, show at 10:30, but ended up having delays getting people in. I was in early, and at some point there as a 13 yo kid on stage impromptu opening for us. I was a little bored and conserved my energy by sitting over in one of those big cushy chairs by the photo-booth bathroom area with some friends.
I enjoyed the band when they came on. Anything Medeski touches is worthwhile. He was doing it for me as always. The music in general was nice and worth coming out. Then, toward the end of the 2nd set, the 13 yo kid came out and it got great. It brought intense Stanton out, and it really went somewhere. I wanted that kid to stay the rest of the show and give us something to reminisce about. The kid was much better then. I think part of it was Papa Mali was lacking. I've seen that guy in so many guises and he's unbelievably talented and oozes with soul. But, that night and when I recently saw him in NOLA, things were lacking. I presume he's just having a little dip and I send him good vibes for the return of that mojo that I know still exists in him. I will say people were calling that kid the next Derek Trucks. I would say he was quite good at that sit in, but Derek Trucks is a whole other thing. We were just really happy to get that show.
After that, they were finishing up the 1st set. The music was still good, I just realized it was time for me to go home, happy to have attended.
Equifunk & Nolafunk Present
The M & Ms:
Medeski, Mali, Mercurio, Moore
M&Ms melt in your mind, not in your hands.
John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood)
Papa Mali (7 Walkers)
Rob Mercurio (Galactic)