Marcus Singletary's The Sonic Admiral - Live! contains an energetic set of vibrations from California's PharmaFest, an event which, ultimately, found growers, smokers, and cops all standing together side-by-side in peace.
Because of the gig's impromptu nature, Marcus was backed by the members of Soul Bud Stew, a jam band that shared the bill. The musicians include Singletary on guitar, piano, synth, and vocals, V'Cenzio "Rufus" Jenkins on bass, and San Diego Sanchez on drums, augmented by multi-instrumentalists Dick Bobb and Rob Lapkis.
Apart from the expected excitement of the classic rockers, the concert offers plenty of surprises, including a handful of a cappella vocal landscapes featuring Marcus' voice mutated through a TC-Helicon unit, several guitar improvisations ranging, tonally, from introspective ("Green Sky Guitar>Sonic Admiral") to abrasive ("King Astrohead"), and a recitation of poet Walt Whitman's classic Civil War-era composition, "Look Down Fair Moon."
On the Silver Screen, Roll it OneMore Time, I'd Like to Find Out, Danger Ahead, We Trust in Our Leader, Magic and Carnal Delights, Green Sky Guitar>Sonic Admiral, King Astrohead, Look Down Fair Moon, Comin' Home to You, Subversive Birds