Monday, November 12, 2007

KELLER WILLIAMS, WMD, THE MUSIC FARM IN CHARLESTON S.C.


Charleston, South Carolina is a truly great city with character, history, and charm to amuse even the most jaded traveler. Excellent dinning spots, chic shopping, nearby beaches, and music.
Yes music. Charleston's Music Farm is a fantastic place to hear music. the Music Farm has been Charleston's venue for large-scale acts and memorable nights downtown. The room is very large, with lofty brick walls, a high trussed rounded wood ceiling, and the house sound system is well designed . Over the years, such acts as the Talking Heads, Widespread Panic, De La Soul, David Cross, Ween, and many more have graced the stage.
The Music Farm is also known for its edge; don't be surprised if you see something shocking.

The staff is very professional and friendly. The bar staff and security are dedicated and diligent.
Sound engineers Todd and Scott have been respected in Charleston for quite some time and do a fantastic job of delivering a perfect mix to the house.

The Music Farm is located at 32 Ann Street between King Street and Meeting Street. Just look for the green sign and you can't miss it. Come to Charleston and get down in a barnyard of good times at the Music Farm.
The Music Farm
32 Ann St.
Charleston, SC 29403
843.722.8904


I had the pleasure of seeing Keller Williams and the WMDs at the Music Farm on Friday .The WMDs feature Williams on guitar and vocals, Keith Moseley on bass (The String Cheese Incident), Gibb Droll on guitar (Marc Broussard), and Jeff Sipe on drums (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Trey Anastasio, Susan Tedeschi, Phil Lesh), the guys had such a blast at their four summer festival plays, that they’re back for more.

Keller Williams

The WMD’S tour started in Baltimore on November 2.
This band is extremely talented. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. I had never heard Gibb Droll before and his virtuoso guitar stylings reminded me of my favorite Chick Corea album, Hymn of the 7th Galaxy, which featured Bill Connors on guitar. This is not to suggest the style is derivative but rather there was something about the spirit and tonal quality that struck me as similar. Bassist Keith Moseley and Drummer Jeff Sipe laid down the rhythms solidly and
contributed much more than the average rhythm section.
Keller Williams is a bit of an enigma doing very unusual things on guitar, guitar synth, and with his voice. For this outing he relied on the excellent live band more than loops to create the foundations for his songs. The set list was mostly material from the Keller Williams catalog, with a few cover songs and some Gibb Droll originals.

Bassist Keith Mosley - Remarkable!

While many different genres were exhibited, the underlying pulses seemed to be straight up funk. Keith Moseley’s exquisite bass grooves were largely the cause of that, reminiscent of funky forefathers Bootsy Collins or George Porter, Jr.

Drummer Jeff Sipe


Jeff Sipe on sticks and skins raised the rhythmic consciousness of the proceedings.
His drumming propelled the band in unpredictable directions.
This ensemble took the the audience on an intergalactic ride that was really fun to experience as Keller's humor was often evident . The sense of dynamic balance revealed a seasoned intelligence at work as well.
The mind-blowing guitar prowess of Gibb Droll was perhaps the most startling surprise for most. It remains a mystery as to how this man is relatively unknown. His skills frequently prompted incredulous looks throughout the audience and on the faces of his fellow band members.

Stunning Guitarist Gibb Droll

With the WMD’s, Keller has found a way to reinvent his songs and breathe new life into his act. Their cohesiveness as a group is quite extraordinary considering they’ve only played together in this configuration since June. A testament to the tremendous talents of these four individuals. A night with this live music dream team promises not to disappoint. Highly recommended.
Again it was a wonderful show in a great venue.



Concert Dates For The WMDs



Keller Williams & the WMD's
Keller Williams
Jeff Sipe
Keith Moseley
Gibb Droll 11/16/07
Georgia Theatre Athens, GA


Keller Williams & the WMD's
Keller Williams
Jeff Sipe
Keith Moseley
Gibb Droll 11/17/07
Zydeco Birmingham, AL


Keller Williams & the WMD's
Keller Williams
Jeff Sipe
Keith Moseley
Gibb Droll 11/18/07 Sun Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC WMD's 01/19/08 Sat The Pageant St. Louis, MO

Keller Williams & the WMD's
Keller Williams
Keith Moseley
Jeff Sipe
Gibb Droll 01/26/08 Sat La Zona Rosa Austin, TX


Keller Williams & the WMD's
Keller Williams
Gibb Droll
Jeff Sipe
Keith Moseley 02/23/08 Sat Sugarloaf (King Pine Room) Carrabassett Valley, ME

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