The I AM Festival sought to mix things up this year, moving the annual music festival off the waterfront and bringing it to two outdoor and two indoor stages in downtown. Despite some threatening weather forecasts, the show went off without a hitch.
This clip is another one put up by Andrew Proctor, or NewLondonBandTube as he's known on YouTube. Proctor has added several videos to the website from the I AM Festival, and this one shows the Brooklyn group Sean Bones as they perform on the Parade Plaza stage.
The band has a certain reggae sound to it, and indeed the band describes its genre as "tropical disease" on its Facebook page. It also lists quite a roster of band members: Sean and Mikey Bones as the "instigator" and "biece," respectively; Ryan "Tugboat" Thornton and Dave Butler on drums; Mark Phillips and Jon Shaw on the keyboard and piano; Merida Gorman, Saara Untracht-Oakner, and Ashi Rawat on vocals; Joe Russo and Jack Dolgen on percussion, with the latter also doing bass and acting as engineer; and Patrick Southern on Bass.
The band recently released its second album, Buzzards Boy, after short recording sessions spread between "rehearsal spaces, bedrooms and eventually to the West Coast." It looks to emphasize an open, loose feel with the description saying, "It's easy to imagine hearing this album outdoors, at night." The first album, Rings, came out in 2009.
Sean Bones' next tour dates take the band to several venues along the East Coast. If you're interested in seeing them, the closest locations for their next shows are The Met in Pawtucket, R.I. on Oct. 6 and The Space in Hamden the next day.
As for the I AM Festival, organizers are already looking forward to next year. The festival's latest post on Twitter says the event will return on Sept. 7 of next year.