A little rain -- scratch that, a lot of rain -- wasn’t able to dampen Rubblebucket’s lysergic dance-party set at Mountain Jam 2013 on Thursday night (June 6).

Playing to a decent collection of ponchos, despite the inclement weather, the band -- which features singer and baritone saxophonist Kalmia Traver (think Katy Perry’s hipster twin sister with a massive side-braid) and trumpeter Alex Toth, as well as a trombonist, guitarist, bassist and drummer -- kicked off its main-stage performance with the upbeat and aptly titled ‘Raining,’ which immediately got the audience moving.

Other notable numbers included the reggae-ish ‘Bikes,’ which arrived with a la-la-la intro and gave the mountain dwellers a reason or five to bob and sway.

Rubblebucket, who formed in Burlington, Vt., now reside in Brooklyn, the hipster capital of the Northeast. Their sound evokes everything from modern disco-pop artists like CSS and Broken Social Scene to world-music-era Paul Simon -- i.e. a little bit of everything.

And they arrived at Mountain Jam with a favorable position, opening, in a sense, for alternative oddball gods Primus, who played amid much harder-falling rain on a by-then-grass-less mountainside.

Paul Brasil
Paul Brasil