Greenhouse Lounge, Vlad the Inhaler Set for 10/30 at 1904
Looking for a great way to close out the last week of October with a magical Friday night? Then 1904 Music Hall in Jacksonville is for certain your destination, because they have a tremendous double-header lined up.
Outside on the patio, Vlad the Inhaler will remind everyone why he is such a badass as DJ/producer. There is a reason Vlad has always been a mainstay at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park events — back when we could have them — he rules.
Inside the confines of 1904 will be Greenhouse Lounge. We wrote about this band back in November leading up to their show with The New Deal. Then COVID-19 interrupted our flow… and theirs. So we shall reiterate:
Greenhouse Lounge has been on my radar ever since my first Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival in 2009. Their livetronica has always been impressive. They graced Bear Creek and AURA several times and played a fabulous set at Reunion: Campground Concert Series, all at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. In December of 2015, they announced their last club date before they would go on hiatus, playing a special show at Crowbar in Tampa for Julia Stewart’s Moongoddess Productions at the MG Holiday Charity Drive. It was awesome.
Then, at AURA 2016, the band played their last festival date (03.03.16), and they crushed.
Greenhouse Lounge saved their best for last. They had played their last club show in Tampa in December, and this AURA set would be their last for the foreseeable future. MusicFestNews photographer David Lee, whose superb work accompanies this article, was camping near them and had a nice time talking to them. They simply found themselves heading in different directions. We always prefer harmonious separations. Here is the GHL Facebook message:
“Lastly, we thank all of you for the love and support all these years and through our hiatus. We will be back and promise it will be that much better. Thank you for your understanding as we take this break to grow as individuals and better ourselves so we can return and bring new life and renewed energy to our music.”
Their set was pure dynamite. You could have seen their smiles from space. There were sit-ins from artist-at-large Scotty Zwang (Dopapod) and from Jason Hunnicutt. For one of the tunes where they chose to play on top of a recorded track, they picked “Oye Como Va,” the original by Tito Puente. We look forward to their return.
And they are back! [That return was in November.] As noted, the band includes Steve Honig, guitar; Will Begley, keyboards, synths; Dave McSweeney, bass; and Jason Hunnicutt, drums. [Original keyboard/production man Zach Weinert has now paired with twin brother Jason in MZG, and they work out of Colorado.]
A word about Jason Hunnicutt. In addition to playing just about everything with a wide variety of bands, he put together 1904 Music Hall, truly a musician’s paradise. The name comes from the fact that the building was erected in 1904. Looks pretty good for 115! [OK, 116 now!]
A word about Steve Honig. He is the monster bass player in S.P.O.R.E., and he also plays in Cowford Town Band.
A word about Will Begley. He plays bass in superb Jacksonville band Side Hustle, and he and Anton Laplume have produced two dozens episodes so far of a great podcast called Bottom of the Bill worth checking out on Spotify.
And a word about Dave McSweeney. This man is a beast. Purple Hatter’s Ball 2018. McSweeney was playing with Hive Mind — and he was on crutches or bouncing around with out them. What? Toubab Krewe needs a bass player for their set on short notice? Go that covered, too.
This will be a great night. Social distancing and masks will be the order of the night, so ticket sales are limited. It’s candy time: be a SMARTIE, not a DUM-DUM!
VLAD THE INHALER