Any doubt that jam band culture is alive and healthy in Los Angeles was extinguished at Hollywood Palladium on Saturday night. Here, the heads of the greater L.A. area assembled for the experience of collective sonic ecstasy that is a Sound Tribe Sector 9 show.
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It wasn't your typical Hollywood crowd; that said, the typical jam band aesthetic was perhaps slightly less exaggerated than one might find at, say, Colorado's Red Rocks or Wisconsin's Alpine Vallery. Still, there were the dreaded guys, the gorgeous women wearing long skirts and minimal makeup, the hardcore fans that drove down from Oakland, (where they had seen the band the night before), the old dudes rolling solo and dancing with their eyes closed for the entire set. All together, it was a multi-generational, multi-ethic collection of friends. "Everyone at Sound Tribe shows is so fucking nice," said a woman who also really wanted to talk about the Wakarusa festival. "You just know that if they're here, they're on the level."More »