Camp Barefoot Artist Showcase
Featuring ELM w/ The Fat Catz
Live at The 8x10 - Baltimore, MD
Camp Barefoot Music & Arts Festival, now coming up on its 10th installment, has once again brought one of the premier festival lineups on the East Coast. Now that we are entering festival season, Camp Barefoot took it upon themselves to plan some artist showcases in various markets around the region, and Baltimore was lucky enough to land a great one of these Camp Barefoot Showcases! Local jam stalwarts ELM (Electric Love Machine) were set to headline The 8x10, and The Fat Catz made the trip from Blacksburg, VA to join them on the bill.
The Fat Catz brought an extremely energetic set to Charm City, utilizing extended group improvisation to build into explosive, raging climaxes. The band’s improvisation tended to not focus on one single instrument, but instead represented a communal effort to bring the music to new heights. The early crowd reacted extremely positively to the visitors from Blacksburg, dancing like mad and shouting for more after the end of every tune.
Now, let me tell you a little something about this band called ELM. When this band takes the stage in their home town of Baltimore, there is an intense anticipation in the air. Everyone in the crowd knows what is coming; what they have been warming up for all evening. The quartet gets situated at their instruments, fully prepared to guide the audience on a communal journey. From note one, The 8x10 floor is bouncing along with the sea of energetic beings in front of the stage.
The band absolutely blew the roof off the place. They kicked off the night with a slew of originals that left us all reeling and screaming for more. “Dance Floor Politics” kicked off the night, getting the crowd movin’ and groovin’, followed by the epic saga of “Tron’s Legacy” and a psychedelic trip down the “Rabbit Hole.” Although I had experienced ELM previously in a live setting, I still could not believe the raw emotion their music extracted from my body. At one point, I looked over at the person next to me and said, “This is how music is supposed to make you feel.”
“Tomorrow Knows” led into a blistering cover of Van Halen’s “Panama,” and then we were roped back into the zone with the mind-massaging “Oceans.” “Opus 89” skyrocketed us into oblivion, as “Looper” took over and led into Prince’s “Darling Nikki.” “Electrotica” closed out the set in the name of funk as the crowd clamored for more. The band came out for an encore and the ecstatic opening chords of “Binary Soul” filled our hearts. The quartet led us down one final wormhole, and every single person left the building satisfied and enlightened.
I said it to the person next to me that night, and I’ll say it again. This is how music is supposed to make you feel. ELM does not simply play music. This band brings everyone within earshot to new heights, ensnaring every single one of them before they even know what hits them. Charm City is extremely fortunate to have ELM representing them on the live music circuit, and I am extremely proud to be a part of their scene and their city. That’s right, I’m officially a Love Machine, and I’m never turning back!
The 8x10 - Baltimore, MD
Dance Floor Politics[st_break_line]
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