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Show Review – Blossom Blast (ekoostik hookah & The Macpodz), 4/30 – 5/1/10, Nelsons Ledges, Garrettsville, OH

Brennan Andes from The Macpodz

Brennan Andes from The Macpodz

Article and Photos by GRETCHEN GREGORY –gretchen.gregory@gmail.com

NELSON LEDGES — Happy-go-lucky with a hint of jazz infused music and improvisational rock could describe the Macpodz as they played to a decent-sized crowd at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park last weekend, and they’re hoping to bring the same excitement to Cincinnati’s Mad Frog Thursday night, May 6.

From the start of their set Saturday afternoon, it was clear these guys are happiest when on stage, playing to a crowd. Nick Ayers (percussion, vox, and flute) Griffin Bastian (drums), and Ross Huff (trumpet) got people up on their feet dancing to some upbeat songs filled with jumpy melodies, and Saturday’s perfect weather just added to the mix.

Never mind the short five-minute rain shower in the afternoon cause it didn’t even matter; it’s just not a true music festival without a little rain.

Bassist Brennan Andes’ fast-paced bass lines kept the music trucking throughout Saturday’s lively set, while Jesse Clayton’s keys kept bouncing right along to “You Got Me,” a personal favorite. Continue reading