Fresh from his weekend set at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival, Primus frontman, noted author, and now purveyor of fine wines, Les Claypool made Stubb's BarBQ his first stop on a long spring and summer tour that will see him at a number of other festivals as well as solo gigs.
Ostensibly supporting his 2009 solo release Of Fungi and Foe, Les just seems to enjoy touring and playing for his fans especially in Austin, this being his 6th time to play here solo in 5 years. It could also be that he wants to get the word out on his new Purple Pachyderm Pinot Noir, though nary a drop was to be found in the merch booth.
Drawing a solid crowd despite the overcast skies, cool temps, and chance of rain, Primus shirts were much in evidence in the crowd as Les plowed through his catalog of solo work stopping now and again to throw in a cool cover. Reaching all the way back to his Sausage album Les fired off crowd favorites from Purple Onion and Of Whales And Woe as well as songs from the last disc.
Opening for Les was the Bay area DJ duo Beats Antique whose swirling ethereal trancelike songs can either set you dancing in a primal way, or lull you off to sleep depending on your mood or mode.