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New Weather Machine tackles Dark Side of the Moon

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Local progressive/ psychedelic rock rock band The New Weather Machine with special guest Jesse Plessis on piano played to a packed house at the Slice, Feb. 1 which even included mayor Chris Spearman.

I caught them in the middle of a hot set of ”70s sounding originals featuring Jon Martin on lead guitar and vocals, Jason Oakes on guitar and vocals, plus a crack rhythm section of Paul Holden on bass and drummer Brad Brouwer. New Weather Machine’s Jon Martin. Photo by Richard Amery

And Jesse Plessis playing piano in the shadows on the left hand side of the stage.They played a huge, ambient original “Waiting for Tomorrow” and ended  their set of originals with a big riff rocker.

 The next set had been hinted at in promo material for the show. They decided to take on playing Pink Floyd’s epic “Dark Side of the Moon” from beginning to end.

 This was impressive. A spotlight shining on a mini-disco ball hanging from the Slice lights, which  put stars on the walls and which added the psychedelic air to the atmosphere.

 They even had the sound effects of voices and the cash register from the album.
They did a credible job of the CD with Plessis playing some excellent piano, and Martin adding  note for note guitar solo.

 His voice even sounded like  a combination of Roger Waters and David Gilmour.
“Money” was a highlight,” yet they still managed to put their own stamp on the music.
“Us and Them” turned into a psychedelic jam.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:13 )  
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