Rick Galusha's Pacific St. Blues and Americana

Since inception (1989), Pacific St. Blues & Americana strives to be a discerning voice helping roots fans sift through the mountains of music released every year. We are not for everyone; we want to engage active, critical listeners that hear beyond d'jour. Interviews include: Johnny Winter, Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Jerry Wexler, Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton, B.B. King, Dr. John, Robin Trower, Robben Ford, Mato Nanji, Joe Bonamassa, Harry Manx, Sue Foley, Marshall Chess, Billy Lee Riley, Charlie Louvin, Kim Richey, Radney Foster, Eric Johnson, David Clayton Thomas, Al Kooper, Phil Chen (Wired, Blow By Blow), Ian McLagan, Art Neville, Southside Johnny, Miami Steve Van Zant, Nils Lofgren, Bruce Iglauer, Charlie Musselwhite, Studebaker John, Chris Duarte, Smokin' Joe Kubeck, Hamilton Loomis, Peter Karp, Roomful of Blues, James Harman, Hadden Sayers, Malford Milligan, Melvin Taylor, Otis Taylor, Dave Alvin, Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery, Marsha Ball, Maria Muldaur, Shelby Lynne, Magic Dick & J. Geils, Lil' Milton, BuddyGuy, Aynsley Lister, Matt Schofield, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, James Cotton, Robin & Jesse Davey, Hugh Coltman (Hoax), Sean Kelly (Samples), John Entwistle (The Who), Mark Olson (Jayhawks), Walter Wolfman Washington, Anthony Gomes, Bob Malone, Chubby Carrier, Buckwheat Zydeco, Murali Coryell, David Jacob Strain, DeAnna Bogart, Michael Lee Firkins, Guy Davis, Jason Ricci, John Doe, Little Feat, Matt Woods, MikeZito, Peter Buffett, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Corky Siegel, Todd Park Mohr, Watermelon Slim, Magic Slim, Corey Harris,- - - - - - ------------------------Radio archives: http://www.kiwrblues.podomatic.com/. Playlists: http://www.omahablues.com/ Reviews featured in http://www.blueswax.com/. Email: KIWRblues@gmail.com Live online; Sundays 9 a.m. (-6 GMT) http://www.897theriver.com/

Friday, January 18, 2008

Spirit - Peter Buffet's native American epitina

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Peter Buffet’s, Spirit – the Seventh Fire

Award winning musician Peter Buffett’s “Spirit” presentation is a mix of Bowie-esque multi-media stage extravaganza, Chip Davis’ Fresh Aire, and a Native American version of Riverdance. Staged in a huge (air conditioned) tent with tiered seating, located on the banks of the Missouri River, Spirit tells the story of a young professional Native man that is drawn back to his native roots and culture in a spiritual awakening.

While the story line is cliché Buffett’s use and setting of Native culture adds a beautiful and unique twist to the story. Admittedly I am a neophyte stage critic and am unable to distinguish kitsch from class; however, Buffett’s use of dance, music, film and setting combine to draw the audience into the experience completely. Since the performance includes members of numerous tribes the audience is treated to a wide variety of Native culture costume and dance. The beauty is in the admiration of the culture.

Buffett’s music is a rock-based presentation with a heavy (Native)use of drumming (*). There are times when the entire band participates in mixture of chant and rhythm with spoken word over the top. All in all this is a bountiful experience and I would encourage readers to check out, ‘Spirit – the Seventh Fire.

It was during Buffett's performance that I connected the heavy use of drums within Native culture and role of former Indigenous Conga player Horse; who was a second percussionist in a four piece band. Like an epiphany, I realized that Horse's role within the band was based upon their cultural experience. Sadly Horse's substance abuse became a full time occupation and he is no longer with the band.

-----------------------------------On a happier note, Mato's third child was born this week. -----------------------------------

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