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Cloudy With A Chance of Goblins: Primus & Mastodon in the QC Last Night

Cloudy With A Chance of Goblins

It’s spring and outdoor concert season is in full swing. Who doesn’t enjoy a show under the stars on a warm, breezy May evening? I was wondering if that would be the case as Primus and Mastodon brought their tour to Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater. Blue skies at showtime, but some dark clouds looming in the distance threatened to make their presence felt.


All Them Witches - 14

Opening this night was Nashville based All Them Witches. The previous sentence also encompasses everything I knew about them prior.

All Them Witches - 13

Their brand of bluesy, psychedelic tinged rock isn’t something I listen to often, but it think it really worked in this context.

All Them Witches - 15

Rocking, but still a bit mellow, I thought it really fit with the early vibe and helped ease the crowd into the harder stuff to come.

Mastodon - 18

As Mastodon took the stage, some clouds rolled in producing a short drizzle that didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm.

Mastodon - 15

The rain didn’t last long and the band got right to it, with bassist Troy Sanders quipping, “We gotta lot of songs, let’s cut the bullshit.” No bullshit was to be had as they powered their way through an hour and fifteen minute set.

Mastodon - 11

Mostly drawing from their most recent album, Emperor of Sand, there was also enough material from earlier albums to emphasize that is a band that continues to evolve and isn’t just recording the same song over and over again.

Primus - 01

While many artists strive for a unique sound, Primus have unquestionably achieved it. I questioned fans as to how they would best describe that sound and we couldn’t come to any consensus. It is funk? Progressive?

Primus - 08

A little jazz? Some kind of avant-garde experimental fusion alternative rock? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. Frontman and bassist Les Claypool’s rubber band, trippy bass riffs are are the center, but drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander has enough skill behind the kit to keep pace while guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde weaves in and out of the rhythm section.

Primus - 09

Throw in lyrics that are usually deeper than they appear at first listen, done in Claypool’s distinctive vocal style, and the end result defies easy categorization.

Primus - 05

But how were they on this particular date? In fine form. Warming up with a few older songs, including my favorite, “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” the band then proceeded play their 2017 album The Desaturating Seven in its entirety. Based on Ul de Rico’s 1978 children’s book, The Rainbow Goblins, about evil goblins who feast on rainbows, it would seem to be an odd choice of source material, but by Primus standards, it’s fairly straightforward and one of their more accessible albums. The music was accompanied by illustrations from the book playing on five video screens.

Primus - 15

The bright, vivid colors made a stark contrast with the dark sky overhead, as the clouds had started to gather again. Still, the only thunder was coming from on-stage as Claypool and company were nearing an hour and a half set time. Which would prove to be not enough time as they switched back to fan favorites, having to truncate “Welcome to This World” to squeeze in “My Name is Mud” and a very abbreviated version of “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” before reaching the hard cutoff of 11 PM. So while there were chants of “Primus Sucks” no encore was forthcoming and I begrudgingly began my trek to the parking lot.

Primus - 12

Overall, I highly recommend snagging a ticket if this tour is coming your way. Mastodon and Primus are veteran acts that are in their prime and know how to put on a great show. All Them Witches added some sonic variety and at four hours overall, any rock fan should find something to like.

See full gallery of the night!


Remaining tour dates:

Mastodon - 10

Date City Venue
May 20 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater
May 22 Reading, PA Diamond Credit Union Theater at Sandtander
May 23 Lewiston, NY Artpark Amphitheater
May 25 Glen Falls, NY Cool Insuring Arena
May 26, Providence, RI Bold Point Park
May 27 Portland, ME Maine State Pier
May 29 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
May 30 Philadelphia, PA Penns Landing
Jun 01 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summerstage
Jun 02 Baltimore, MD Pier 6 Pavilion
Jun 03 Coney Island, NY Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island
Jun 05 Columbus, OH Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheater
Jun 06 Chicago, IL Huntington Back Pavilion at Northerly Island
Jun 08 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Jun 09 Sterling Heights, MI Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill
Jun 10 Indianapolis, IN Farmer’s Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River
Jun 12 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
Jun 14 St Paul, MN Myth Live
Jun 15 Bonner Springs, KS Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Jun 16 Camdenton, MO Ozarks Amphitheater
Jun 18 Lincoln, NE Pinewood Bowl Theater
Jun 21 Bonner, MT Kettlehouse Amphitheater
Jun 22 Seattle, WA Marymoor Park
Jun 23 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheater
Jun 25 Troutdale, OR Edgefield
Jun 26 Jacksonville, OR Britt Pavilion
Jun 28 Avila Beach, CA Avila Beach Resort Amphitheater
Jun 29 Berkeley, CA The Greek Theater at UC Berkeley
Jun 30 Lincoln, CA Thunder Valley Casino
Jul 02 Magna, UT The Great Salt Air
Jul 03 Las Vegas, NV Downtown Event Center
Jul 05 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater
Jul 06 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater
Jul 07 Phoenix, AZ Commerica Theatre

Once an aspiring male model, Kevin quickly realized he had a face that was better suited to being behind the camera. When he's not at a concert, he can often be found at sci-fi conventions or preparing for the coming zombie apocalypse.

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