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NMF: Riley Jantzen and the Spirits / John Calvin and the Cavalry / Montu

Train-whistle rock, pop/rock/folk and electronic jam grooves

My second dose of Riley Jantzen came at the Brewhouse, with him fronting his new band, Riley Jantzen and the Spirits. They play what I call train-whistle rock'n'roll: twangless country rock that crunches pretty hard, but not in the modern rock sort of way. Whatever you want to call it, Riley Jantzen and the Spirits are incredibly good at it. I got shivers twice during their set, and it's rare for me to feel goosebumps once during a good show. It helps that Jantzen's voice molds perfectly into whatever genre he wishes, and that his songwriting sensibilities are razor-sharp. His supporting cast is also a critical element; the bassist get props for being especially vital. I can't recommend this band highly enough to you; if you take nothing from NMF but Riley Jantzen, you're gonna be doing alright.

My second go-round with John Calvin came at Michelangelo's, where John Calvin and the Cavalry played their final show as an entity. Members may be leaving him for far-off places, but they didn't show any signs of distraction in their locked-in, 90-minute set of rock, pop, blues and folk.

John Calvin is most fun performer in Oklahoma to photograph, because his guitar faces are just absolutely incredible. He can make guitar faces because about half of the fun of a Cavalry set is listening to Calvin totally wail on his acoustic guitar, which he turns into an electric with a combination of pedals. He let no opportunity go un-soloed in this set, too. Calvin has come a long way since his first shows, and his current versions of his oldest songs show it. "Song to Make the Stars Fall," one of his oldest songs, sounds completely transformed, from a nice pop tune to a tour-de-force. It's a shame that the Cavalry is splitting up, because they certainly know how to turn a tune inside out.

The set felt a couple tunes too long, but when you're headlining a stage at NMF and it's your last show, you pretty much have permission to throw in the kitchen sink. It was a blast, and the band looked like it was having as much fun as the audience.

Montu's electonic jams brought the audience out to Jagermeister stage. I stopped in to check out the sound, and I thoroughly enjoyed the few tunes I caught. They will be headlining Groovefest next weekend, so if you haven't witnessed their clubby, electronic, party grooves, it will be a good opportunity to see them. Melodies and rhythm galore.

by Stephen Carradini 05.05.2011 3 years ago
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Still groovin’

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Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws, Norman
groovefest.org
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Noon- 9 p.m. Sunday
Andrews Park
201 W. Daws, Norman
groovefest.org
Free
 
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Groove for good

More than just a free festival of live music, Norman’s Groovefest turns the spotlight on human rights issues.


Features

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Groovefest
noon-10 p.m. Sunday
Andrews Park
201 W. Daws, Norman
groovefest.org
514-0781
free
 
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Groove it


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Gazette staff

Do you find human rights to be “bitchin’” and the arts “far out”? If so, we recommend Groovefest, the world’s longest running human rights music festival. Artists include Jahruba and The Broke Brothers, Osage, Songbirds and more. The music starts at noon Sunday at Andrews Park, 450 S. Flood Ave. in Norman. Call 514-0781 or visit groovefest.org.

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