No matter what you did last weekend, you weren’t having as much fun as the several hundred people at Fete Music Hall in Providence, where Green Jellÿ (and/or Green Jello, for those in the know) brought their punk-rock-puppet-show to town as part of a stacked bill for Freakfest 9.
Green Jellÿ founder/vocalist Bill Manspeaker began the set with recruitment efforts.
He hand picked 20 or so volunteers from his audience. This freshly recruited crew were humble audience members no more, they were invited to join Green Jellÿ onstage to don large duct tape created puppet heads resembling well know celebrities, a Cow God, various other original creations, and one that appears to be Manspeaker himself.
Then, like a real life deranged drill sergeant, Manspeaker commands his new puppet army, along with the crowd at-large, through a set of participatory punk-rock. This organized chaos begins as a party on-stage that immediately spreads to the rest of the room. (Yes, even to those of us in the “old guy” section).
Half of the dancing punk-rock-puppet crew moved from the stage to the show floor where a full mosh pit ensues, as well as a circle pit around, and in worship of, the duct tape Cow God. For me personally, taking in a Green Jellÿ set always serves as a reminder that rock and roll should be, and can be, first and foremost, fun.
Can you imagine what it would be like if Green Jellÿ was able to connect with Rhode Island's own Big Nazo Lab?
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