Last Wednesday Greensboro’s jam apparatus, The Mantras, returned to Boone, North Carolina’s Boone Saloon in new form for a funky 4/20 throw down. The recent transition back to a five man lineup from the previous six man was approved by eager fans as a fresh sound and noticeable increase in band cohesion was witnessed on stage. Keeping things relevant with the widely celebrated “Holiday”, the band whipped out a stellar jam sandwich during their first set with “Soft News > Hits From The Bong > Soft News”. Peter Tosh’s “Legalize It” was also loaded into the second set’s arsenal of musical fire. As always, visual projection designer, Dustin Klein, accompanied each song with a unique and psychedelic display of colorful imagery that kept the audience on their toes for what was to come next. To conclude the killer night of music and dancing, The Mantras sent us home early Thurday morning after a crowd favorite, “Metrognome”.
Written and photographed by Jameson Midgett