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In the few
days prior to our first music festival endeavor, wave after wave of
bad news seemed to hit us like a tsunami. After months of planning, everything
was going good until the Tuesday before the fest. We watched in disgusted
horror as the worst tragedy in our nation's history unfolded before our
When the dust cleared we were faced with flight cancellations, diminished
morale, and the impending decision of whether or not to call off the event
the President declared the day before to be a "national day of mourning."
we got the call from Salmon: their drummer, Jose, was stranded in Seattle
couldn't make the gig, and to make matters worse, vocalist/guitarist Vince
dealing with an unfortunate illness with a family member and it was looking
they might have to cancel. Then, to top it all off, our power generator
backed out on us at the last minute! After much discussion we decided
we had no
choice now but to just go through with it as planned, and we went to bed
night expecting the worst.
day offered a ray of hope, though. We got another call from the band.
They ran into a drummer in Austin, Pat Mastellatto of Mastica and King
fame, who sat in with them at Stubb's the night before. When they asked
he wanted to come to Lubbock he replied, "Hell yeah let's go!"
was able to make it too and they all showed up in good spirits. The problem
the missing generator was solved by an electrician who came out to the
range venue and re-wired the juice from one of the floodlights in the
lot 200 yards down to the stage just as the sun went down. Everything
together at the last minute--the end result? An all-out free-form filthy
hoedown in the Texas flatlands! Salmon came out donning Buddy Holly replica
glasses and proceeded to rip it up. Unfortunately, this turned out to
Vann's last complete show before he was diagnosed with cancer. Electric
Kool-Aid is extremely saddened to hear of his passing and we extend our
sympathies to his family, friends, and fans.
some unfortunate circumstances this event was a success in our eyes and
will be remembered as a great day in the wake of troubled times. We hope
enjoy this little slice of Salmon history...
Nathan Schmidt, Apu Naik
The Electric Kool-Aid Music Fest
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