Banyan @ The Mint

I like music. A lot. I like it when musicians are not limited to one place to explore their musical talents and abilities. My favorite band is Wilco. The current guitar player, Nels Cline is one of the best guitar players ever. Hands down he is one of the best live guitar players I have EVER heard. There are moments that I know I just experienced something that I might never hear again. Cline is a LA native and plays with artists/musicians that are not Wilco. I’m down. I’ll check them out.

Some friends and I went to the Mint and experienced the Art, Noise, Jazz, Experimental band Banyan. “The core of the group features Stephen Perkins (Janes Addiction & Porno For Pyros) on drums and Willie Waldman (Memphis Horns & Snoop Doggie Dog) on Trumpet. The rest of the roster is a rotating of amazing guest musicians who happened to be Mike Watt (The Minutemen) and Nels Cline.

The experience that I had was amazing. Simply amazing. It was a night that I know that I won’t be able to experience again. It was spiritual. It was beautiful. It was life changing. It was these things because the music was chaotic and uncontrolled. The guitar playing of Nels was breath taking. It changed me and challenged me. He plays with a fluidity that is so rare. I love seeing live shows that you get lost in the moment of the music and you don’t worry about who is around you and what they are wearing but that you experienced some amazing musicianship and a man who creates/paints in the moment. I loved it.

There was nothing about Wednesday that I didn’t LOVE. Amazing. Simply amazing.

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