HyperionICE at the Vogue Theatre: A mini Hyperion Music Festival in January
Hyperion Music Festival just couldn’t wait for festival season. HyperionIce featured two festival veterans Ultraviolet Hippopotamus and Kaleidoscope Jukebox with Yo Mamas Big Fat Booty Band on January 31st at the Vogues Theatre in Indianapolis Indiana.
Traits of the festival went deeper than the lineup, visual artists Julie Young, Benjamin Church, and Nicholas Love were there among others. Jeff Lowe’s Liquid Lights projected crazy symmetrical patterns on the entire walls, adding to the Hyperion Characteristics. The characteristics that reminded the crowd they were in a Hyperion microcosm that had been revived since hibernation followed the festival in early September last year. The Vogue Theatre was prepped accordingly, BuddaBone’s Jelly Fish were hanging in the middle of the venue, Hyperion and Kaleidoscope-esque patterns were displayed on the television sets, and Jeff Lowe’s lights stretched across everything else. Oh yeah, and there were lights, lots of them.
The show started off with Kaleidoscope Jukebox who is a smooth and organic sounding DJ with 808’s that go straight to the boogy bone. His first set lasted about 45 minutes and then he played another 20 minute spot later on in the night. His music made for very smooth transitions into Yo Mamas Big Fat Booty Band and UV Hippo, but it is begging for more attention. KBox’s second set, though short, got straight to the point, and it was notably in half time and very upbeat,more than the first set. Big things will be coming from this Jukebox, trust me, and as far as I’m concerned his talent is definitely on par with Beats Antique. One of my few complaints about the night was the fact that they had him off to the side of the stage, plus they could have undoubtedly turned him up.
Following the bliss of KBox came Yo Mamas Big Fat Booty Band, and they wouldn’t get the funk out of your face. Seriously, it’s accurate to say that half of their set was played on the dance floor and not on the stage. That was almost as cool as a trombone that is hooked up to distortion pedals, or almost as cool as the drummers shirt that said “Funkin Gonuts,”which seemed fitting. They played hip hop oriented Trunk Fallin’ Off, from their new album Onward, and @$$, otherwise known as Badonkadonk. . .
This band is versatile. One minute Derrick Johnson is playing the trombone, and then when you turn around he’s spittin’ flows in your face on the dance floor, or Mary Frances will take the keytar for a walk. Literally, she will walk around and shred a portable keyboard/synthesizer. HyperionIce got to see her do just that, but behind her back, jaws were on the floor.
Fun Fact: Bassist and Vocalist Al Al Ingram is afraid of Jelly Fish, and wasn’t afraid to make that clear in front of the HyperionIce audience, that stood under 20 foot long jelly fish suspended from the ceiling…
The main attraction of the night was UV Hippo, and they came into this show hot and heavy with a very bluegrass and samba saturated set. The entire thing was about as entertaining as the bassists facial expressions. I have never seen anyone look so happy to play their instrument.
UV Hippo setlist from HyperionIce: Chorale>Square Pegs Round Holes, The Scar>Matt’s Atlas>InterGalactic CyberSlut*>Run Rabbit Run>The Scar, Reality, Motel, Use Me**, Metaphorical Pipe>Drums>Move Your Ass***, Songs for the Reaper… Encore: No Light
For their encore they brought out Yo Mama’s trombone player Derrick with Audrey Usina on vocals and Cameron Reel on bass. After a show like this the only thing I can look forward to now is what Hyperion 2014 will have in store!
Check out the end of UV Hippo’s set at Hyperion 2013 below