Elevated Rail 5: 2016 Was A Million Years Ago (Pt. 3)

And we’re back. This latest mix once again picks up just after where the previous one left us, blasting off with Dinosaur Jr. jamming a bit on 1985’s “Mountain Man.” Next, Mike Keneally jumps between guitar and keys with shocking dexterity as he & Beer For Dolphins tackle “The Dolphin Suite” (the middle section of which is where this micro-series gets its name) before REM’s Mike Mills & violinist Robert McDuffie lead a chamber ensemble + rock band through a section of their ‘rock concerto.’

Mary Lattimore uses her harp to bend space/time in a rock club, easing into a Highly Rare (terrible pun definitely intended) unedited excerpt of the set that spawned Makaya McCraven’s 2017 record of the same name. Marc Ford leads the Neptune Blues Club through a Neil classic, ripping as only he can and dropping us off at Hamid Drake & Michael Zerang’s annual Winter Solstice celebration.

I wanted this 2016 retrospective to feature music I hadn’t yet shared, and am happy to report we’ve pretty much tapped out my archives for that strange year. | j berk

Elevated Rail 5: 2016 Was A Million Years Ago (Pt. 3)

Artists / Provenance

1. Dinosaur Jr. – Mountain Man – 10.8.2016 @ The Metro, Chicago, IL | J Mascis – guitar / vocals, Lou Barlow – bass, Murph – drums
2. Mike Keneally & Beer for Dolphins – Them Dolphins Is Smart > 1988 Was A Million Years Ago > Yep, Them Dolphins Is Smart, Alright – 10.22.2016 @ Reggies Rock Club, Chicago, IL | Mike Keneally – guitar / keyboards, Bryan Beller – bass, Joe Travers – drums
3. Mike Mills & Robert McDuffie with Fifth House Ensemble – Stardancers’ Waltz – 11.7.2016 @ Harris Theater, Chicago, IL | Mike Mills – piano / bass, Robert McDuffie – violin, John Neff – guitar, William Tonks – guitar, Patrick Ferguson – drums / percussion with Fifth House Ensemble, Eli Chen – Conductor
4. Mary Lattimore – Otis Walks Into the Woods – 11.19.2016 @ Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL | Mary Lattimore – harp / electronics
5. Makaya McCraven – Highly Rare (unedited excerpt) – 11.20.2016 @ Danny’s, Chicago, IL | Makaya McCraven – drums, Junius Paul – bass, Nick Mazzarella – alto saxophone, Ben Lamar Gay – cornet / diddley bow / voice
With Gira Dahnee – background voice
6. Marc Ford and the Neptune Blues Club – Lookout Joe [Neil Young] – 1.23.2016 @ SPACE, Evanston, IL | Marc Ford – guitar / vocals, Mike Malone – keyboards / vocals, John Bazz – bass, Phil Jones – drums
7. Hamid Drake & Michael Zerang – Sunrise Duo (excerpt) – 12.22.2016 (26th Annual Winter Solstice Concerts) @ Links Hall . Chicago, IL | Hamid Drake – percussion / voice, Michael Zerang – percussion

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