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Bowlive IV Recap Including Day & Night 8 Reviews

We’ve officially been “Bowlived” for the fourth year as Soulive reached the finish line of their 4th Annual residency, Bowlive, on Saturday night. It’s a bittersweet feeling; similar to the feelings you get when you have to leave an amazing few weeks at summer camp. For the members of Soulive, seeing the regular faces and New York City fan dedication is a wonderful energy for them to play off of throughout the run. In turn, fans get to see their favorite artists night after night, performing exquisitely executed originals and crushing covers with spectacular guests. All the while, both fans and band dance around with each other, their friends, and other musicians in the audience who are there just to bare witness. Everyone smiles and engages each other, soaking up every glorious note. It’s a symbiotic relationship that is hard to fall away from after being dipped so deeply for eight nights. So, when the end comes, we must remind ourselves that these residencies are special because they only happen once a year! Soulive reminds themselves that they have something special to look forward to as much as the audience does. And each year, the audience witnesses the unfolding of a beautiful musical dynasty that Eric Krasno and brothers Neal and Alan Evans have created.

 Unlike the three previous year’s run, Soulive chose to focus their energy into eight shows instead of ten. This choice applies great pressure to any band who chooses to change the formula of a well-established and respected event. Bowlive fans expect a certain caliber of guests, a high level of surprise sit-ins, and some spectacular musical experiences that sometimes end up being a once-in-a-lifetime moment.  Soulive knows this to be true and always takes the time to consider such factors. How about having Mod dancers bust out into the bowling lanes during the second set of Night I?! It was just go time at that point!

Over the course of eight nights, guitarist Eric Krasno, bass keyboardist Neal Evans and drummer Alan Evans provided a stage and support for fantastic and exciting artists. They played endless jams in multiple styles across the musical spectrum, which is an important goal of the residency every year. Special guests included rocking Southern Blues brothers, guitarist Luther Dickinson and his brother, drummer Cody Dickinson, the 1970’s soul vocalist, Lee Fields and his modern day counterpart, Nigel Hall. There was the unmatched pedal steel slide guitarist Robert Randolph, legendary jam scene DJ, DJ Logic, and The Shady Horns lent their wall of sound during the second week with the help of crushing saxophonist Bill Evans one night. Some of America’s most outstanding keyboardists, 1970’s Memphis blues keyboardist, Booker T. Jones, mad scientist and keyboard wizard, John Medeski, and the ever experimental Marco Benevento, dominated their time on stage. Stepping in to melt faces on guitar was the astonishing Los Lobos’s David Hildago and The Meter’s Leo Nocentell. Soulive closed out their epic week playing with America’s most famous funk bassist, George Porter. Jr.

Another exciting element of Bowlive each year is the choice opening bands Soulive picks to set the audience’s mood each night. Due to a benefit at the Brooklyn Bowl on Night Six, there were only seven opening groups, all delivering a variety of musical power. The ridiculous ragers who make up Kung-Fu opened the run with so much fury. It was a perfect choice. The rocking Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, The London Souls and Leroy Justice got the dance floor grooving. It was also a great pleasure to see two powerful females amongst the male-dominated residency by way of Alecia Chakour (The Alecia Chakour Band) and Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow). The soul and flavor of love got shot to our hearts with The Nigel Hall Band, the Alecia Chakour Band and Cocheme Gastulum’s The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow. You’re encouraged to read about them all in the previous night’s posts.

Then, you have the unannounced guests who are a separate list of continual, crushing talent. The Allman Brother’s southern rock guitarist Warren Haynes and slide guitarist Derek Trucks surprised the audience with a secret full third set on Night Two. Trombonists Sanders Sermon (Tedeschi/Trucks Band) and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastatio Band) and trumpeters Maurice Brown and Igmar Thomas, and saxophonist Cocheme Gastulum (Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings), enhanced the wall of horns over the run on various nights. Behind everything, the chemistry and talents of Eric Krasno, Neal Evans and Alan Evans, are what make Bowlive possible.

Perhaps the most special show for many Soulive fans is the Kids show. Soulive held another KidsBowl performance early Saturday afternoon from 2pm to 3pm. These specific types of shows bring Soulive’s music to both the fans children and the unknowing adults who bring their kids to bowl on a Saturday, not knowing what a treat they are in for.  For dedicated Bowlive fans, the kids show is a wonderful way for the individual dancing alone at night to bring his or her family to meet one another.  The reality of life becomes evident as the adults were in “parent” mode, not “party” mode. Babies were crawling on the dance floor and children of all ages were running around in bowling shoes. The lights were on and bumpers were out. In their hour, they performed a few Soulive originals and brought Meter’s bassist, George Porter, Jr. It was when the set was over that the real raging began, however, when the children were allowed on stage to play with instruments and dance.

KidsBowl Set:

Uncle Jr.

Vapor

Hat  Trick

Turn It Out

Hey Pockey Way (w/ George Porter, Jr.)

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

 It was back to party time with the evening show and The Alecia Chakour Band opening. Her blues siren vocals backed by Neal Evans on keys, bassist Alex Chakour, drummer Caito Sanchez, saxophonist Cocheme Gastulum, and trombonist Dave “Smoota” Smith, were perfection.  After a lovely instrumental intro, Chakour sang seven band originals, including “Runaway,” “Over Again,” “You Didn’t Tell Me,” and “The Sun.” Each member of her band taking solos and leads amongst her sweet sounding vocals. This was a fantastic group of soulful musicians and a perfect choice to transition into the funk-filled evening.

Opening Set:

1. Instrumental

2. Runaway

3. Over Again

4. You Didn’t Tell Me

5. The Sun

6.Ghost

7. Shirley

8. Everything Time I See You (Stevie Wonder Cover)

The important point of all of this, simply, was the music. Music that creates a passion within Soulive and luckily, that passion is extended to the fans. For the final evening of their amazing residency Soulive would play host to their mentor in funk, Meter’s bassist, George Porter Jr. But not before bringing it home for the Soulive purists, proving once again what a sick power trio they truly are.  The first set was pure fire, and with help from the Shady Horns, there was nothing to divert our thoughts from what was most important.  The set was full of sick Soulive originals, “Uncle Jr.,” “Aladdin,” and “One in Seven.” “Lenny,” a Stevie Ray Vaughn cover and highlight of any set, allows Krasno to open up a can of whoop ass upon your ears. He broke his string during his ripping solo. Enough said. The London Souls’ Tash O’Neal (guitar and vocals) and Chris St. Hilaire (drums) joined for the a “cover” of their own “Steady Are You Ready” then stayed on to help deliver a crushing version of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killin’ Floor” in the vein of Electric Flag’s version. Remember, as we learned on Night Four, Krasno is a huge Tash O’Neal fan, so you can imagine the chemistry.

Set I:

Uncle Jr. (w/ Shady Horns)

Aladdin (w/ Shady Horns)

Come Together (Beatles cover)

Lenny (Stevie Ray Vaughn cover)

One In Seven

Steady Are you Ready (London Souls cover w/ Tash O’Neal & Chris St. Hilaire)

Killin Floor (Howlin’ Wolf Cover…Electric Flag Version w/ w/ Tash O’Neal & Chris St. Hilaire)

 Soulive performed a beautiful rendition of “El Ron,” before George Porter, Jr. was introduced for Set II, continuing on as one of Bowlive’s greatest musical mainstays.  During this tune, the Shady Horns, with the help of guest saxophonist Cocheme Gastulum, broke off into an extended improvisational blowing session with Alan supporting on drums. For lack of better words, it could best be described as a drum line for horns. A Hornline, if you will?! The entire second set evolved into of slew of classics from The Meter’s catalog.

“People Say,” kicked off a funk-fueled set with James Casey delivering a rousing solo. Casey has carried a saxophone around his next all week and when he plays, it’s clear that he was meant to blow a horn.  However, it must be mentioned that over the run, Casey provided grooving percussion on the congas for many songs. It was a dance party for “Hey Pockey Way,” as Porter announced that, “Everyday should be Mardi Gras!!!”  Then, audience participation time for the fun tune, “Hand Clapping Song.”  The next Meter’s original, “Out in the Country,” was performed in the style of Porter’s slow emotional arrangement from his It’s Life album. This was a gorgeously played ballad that tugged at the heartstrings of the crowd in a deep way. From a personal perspective, it brought tears to my eyes, almost opening the floodgates until I reeled it back in.  I wasn’t alone in this outpour of emotions. Again, acknowledging that this super-stimulating, night time version of summer camp, full of friendly faces, is like ending an addiction cold-turkey. Bowlive is an institution in the Jam Band universe at this point, it lasts longer than many music festivals, and it’s not easy for the die-hards when it ends.

The set ended and no one moved.  There was just endless screaming and shouting of Krasno and the Evans brother’s names. Then, Brooklyn Bowl owner, Peter Shapiro, stepped onto the stage. On the last night of every Bowlive, right before the final encore of the run, Peter Sharpio does something special for Bowlive’s loyal audience in an effort to show his gratitude for their support of live music.  At the end of the first Bowlive, 700 shots of tequila were handed out from the stage.  He kept it entirely mellow last year by passing around Aromatherapy plants: Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, asking that the audience to grab sprigs of each plant and inhale. This was to encourage a revitalization within our body, mind and soul for the energy to dance on for one more song. Not missing a creative beat, Peter Shapiro took the mic on this final night and thanked us for our loyalty in proper rockstar fashion. He alerted the audience that this was a milestone 40th show for Bowlive and that the he had had made t-shirts with “40” on the back and “BOWLIVE” on the front. XL shirts went flying around the venue and Shapiro asked that the audience put them on right away before Soulive would deliver us our double encore of “He Bite Me (The Dragon)” and “Ain’t No Use.” The gifting of the shirts was a smart and fun way to end this year’s Bowlive.

Set II:

El Ron (w/ Shady Horns and Cocheme Gastulum)

People Say

Take A Chance

Hey Pockey Way

Jezebel

Hand Clapping Song

Out In the Country

Encore:

He Bite Me (The Dragon)

Ain’t No Use

Soulive has truly cemented their reign as a musical dynasty. A talented trio on top of their game in this unforgiving musical bastion of NYC. The magnitude of music overheard during the last two weeks was dynamic and inspiring.  The guests and the musicians solos were magnificent, diverse and captivating. Soulive always gives us something to look forward to every single night of Bowlive and this year was nothing less.

On personal note, I hope these reviews have helped supplement the wealth of musical knowledge that Soulive bequeathed upon us during Bowlive IV.  It is a delight and a  privilege to witness Bowlive every year and count Soulive and the Brooklyn Bowl as part of my local music scene. It also goes without saying that it is an honor and a true highlight of my career to be blessed to write for this amazing phenomenon called Bowlive. Thank you to Peter Shapiro, the Brooklyn Bowl, all the staff and production crew. Thank you to Royal Family Records for the opportunity to cover such a delightful event. A giant thank you to all the guests who lent their sound to the stage. Finally, the biggest congratulations and thank you to Alan Evans, Neal Evans and Eric Krasno for making it all possible. Your fans eagerly await to see what you have in store for Bowlive V!

Karen Dugan

tinyrager.com

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Bowlive IV Night 4 Recap w/ Booker T, David Hidalgo & The Shady Horns | Tonight Hidalgo Returns, Marco & The Shady Horns

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Dedicated music lovers brought themselves out to the Brooklyn Bowl for the start of Soulive’s second week of the Bowlive IV residency. Guitarist Eric Krasno, bass keyboardist Neal Evans and drummer Alan Evans are back with a new week and new musical adventures.

_DSC4418Last week’s roster was packed with sit-ins by southern blues rock guitarist Luther and percussionist Cody Dickinson (The North Mississippi Allstars), the fierce harmonica playing of John Popper (The Blues Travelers), the 70’s flare of vocalist Lee Fields and his Expression Horns, the pedal steel slide guitar styling of Robert Randolph (Robert Randolph and the Family Band), the soul-filled flavor of vocalist Nigel Hall and the spinning talents of DJ Logic. Surprise guests included the amazing Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks and trombonist Sanders Sermon (Tedeschi/Trucks Band).

One of the highlights of Bowlive this year has been the killer opening bands kicking off every night. Kung Fu absolutely blew the roof off the first night, setting a pace of rage for the rest of the week. The second night followed with the powerful 8-piece Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds who kept the energy high and the Alecia Chakour Band delivered their sultry sounds on Saturday. You can read about those shows in earlier posts here on TinyRager.com.

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Following one of the best first weeks in Bowlive history, the formula would to remain the same. The high powered, high energy, talented horn-crunching musicianship of saxophonist Cochemea Gastulem (Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings) and his band, The Electric Sounds of Johnny Arrow, showcased a different style of music to Soulive fans. The sounds of Africa’s Fela Kuti and 70’s baritone player Lekan Animashanu provided influence to the tunes. One’s hips couldn’t help but begin to grind to the pulsating percussion infused music. After the opening set, there were members of the audience who could be overheard discussing these new sounds that Soulive had introduced to their Bowlive roster.

Set List:

Dark City
Carlito
Impala 73
You’re So Good To Me
Heleyos
Lluva Con Nieve
Fathom 5
No Goodbyes

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The theme for the rest of the night was simple. Play one strong, satisfying Tribute to Stax Records with one of the coolest, hippest, electric blues keyboardist of all time, Booker T. Jones (Booker T. and the MG’s.) However, the audience had to be patient. Soulive purists still needed to see their favorite trio stand alone. Alan, Neal and Eric performed “Outrage” and “Dig” before the Shady Horns joined the stage. Baritone saxophonist Ryan Zoidis and trumpeter Eric Bloom (Lettuce) and James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band) brought another layer of funk to the vibe with “Hatrick” and even more horns joined when Cochemea’s baritone saxophonist Freddy Deboe and Lee Fields band’s saxophonist Mike Buckley sat in on “For Granted.”  Their powerful horn solos overwhelmed the speakers causing feedback that took a minute to control and it was back into full funky rage.

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When Booker T. Jones came on stage, the crowd went wild. To experience an entire set with Booker T. and Soulive was liberating. However, to see how excited Soulive was, well, that was just icing on the cake of what was a delicious remaining night of music. Krasno put it best as he spoke to the audience, explaining that as much fun as it is for the fans, it’s equally as fun for Soulive, as they are fans themselves. Fans that have the distinct pleasure and honor of inviting their mentors and influences on stage to join them. The passion for Booker T. was also evident as you looked around the audience and saw other famous Jam-world faces such as Erik Kalb (Deep Banana Blackout), David Bailis (Pimps of Joytime), and Alecia Chakour (Alecia Chakour Band).

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Booker T. and Soulive crushed out iconic Booker T. and the MGs hits “Hip Hug Her,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time is Tight,” and more. They then played “Born Under A Bad Sign,” which Albert King made famous but was written by Booker who along with the MG’s and The Memphis horns appear on that studio version. There was the catchy instrumental versions of Cee Lo Green’s “Crazy,” and Lauryn Hill’s “Everything is Everything,” with each instrument on stage taking the lead on each song.  It was sharp, stunning and solid. The Booker T’s Memphis Soul Sound was supported wonderfully by Soulive, all three of whom were grinning from ear to ear throughout the entire set. Finally, it wouldn’t be Bowlive without a surprise special guest. Guitarist David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), in town a night early for his Wednesday night Bowlive appearance, would pop out halfway in the middle of tunes then disappear again. This would continue through the set, teasing us with what would be seen on night five.

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The Booker T. encore was the most recognizable tune of all, the instrumental classic, “Green Onions,” with its ripping Hammond Organ line were both Neal and Booker T. enjoyed trading licks on their keys. That song threw everyone, of all ages, back into the soundtrack of 1993’s The Sandlot, back riding around in their 1962 Chevy Impala Convertible with the top down. It is a song that defined the ages and every one of all ages was invested.

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Capping off the night, the trio stood alone on stage for “Tuesday Night Squad,” a nod to the night and perhaps Soulive’s way of naming the dedicated tribe who supported them on such an early weeknight.  The Tuesday Night Squad we became and Bowlive fanatics should hold that badge with honor, the same way Soulive was visibly honored to perform for us last night with such an amazing icon of music.

Last night’s tribute to Stax Records was a pleasure.  Tonight get there on time for another stunner of an opener with the ever-rocking London Souls and guests Marco Benevento (keys) and guitarist David Hidalgo (Los Lobos).

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Set List:
Hip Hug Her
Hang ‘Em High
Born Under A Bad Sign
Crazy
Time is Tight
Something
Everything is A Everything

Encore:
Green Onions
Tuesday Night Squad

Written by Karen Dugan
Tinyrager.com

Photos By Andrew Blackstein & Allison Murphy

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Soulive members, the rhythmic Evans brothers Neal and Alan and guitarist Eric Krasno transformed The Brooklyn Bowl from a guitar god’s wet dream to a world of funk and Beatle Mania on the third night of Bowlive III.

However, before the show could start, there were a few adventures I went on that I would like to share.  The most silly adventure was first. On Jam Cruise this year, a girl named Harmony held a pet adoption with stuffed animals (mostly sheep) of varying styles and sizes. What first occurred at The Catskill Chill Music Festival on a small scale last summer had now made it’s way to the Jam Cruise world on a large scale. As a result, musicians and their children, like New Orleans trombonist Big Sam (Big Sam’s Funky Nation) and Marco Benevento‘s daughter Ruby, adopted animals. Big Sam adopted a sheep and named her…what else? Harmony!

What's with the stuffed animals, you ask?

What’s with the stuffed animals, you ask?

Front row rage with Jessica, Laurie and LUCY!

Front row rage with Jessica, Laurie and LUCY!

Jam Cruisers and their animals were all over the Bowlive scene during the ten day residency but Big Sam is the only artists who engaged in the enjoyment of his adopted pet publicly. Before the show, I was with a friend who had brought her lamb, Lucy. We ran into Big Sam and asked about Harmony. He had her in a plastic bag in his hand. Right then and there, Harmony was brought out and Lucy and she “played” and “danced” a bit together before Big Sam took Harmony backstage! Over the run, Lucy (NY), Smiley-Face (MD), Harmony (NOLA), Fluffy (VA) and Jimmy (NJ) would make their way from various parts of America with their adoptive parents to enjoy Bowlive shows from the front row.  Big Sam’s Harmony, however, was the only one who engaged in the back stage rage and got to dance on stage. Enjoy the clip:


At the end of the day, this new vein within our scene is representative of the curiosity and connection that we all posses and/or seek. Just as The Karma Wash and Fan Club Headquarters are relevant, so is this fun idea. Amazingly, lots of people have mascots and the addition of this adoption program has spawned multiple mascot meetups and adoptive front row rages around our scene. Be sure to look for a stuffed sheep or mascot near you and share a dance 🙂

Neal Evans (Photo by Phrazz)

Neal Evans (Photo by Phrazz)

The previous two evenings, the trio infused their sounds with special guest southern slide guitarist Luther Dickinson and jazz great John Scofield. On this night, Karl Denson (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe), Sam Williams (Big Sam’s Funky Nation), and Rahzel (The Roots) graced the stage with their flute and saxophone, trombone and beat boxing, respectively.

The organ-based jazz trio kicked off their set with “Steppin,” off their 2010 Live at the Blue Note Tokyo album and “Uncle Junior,” 2007 Get Down album. As the three core leaders of Bowlive, they immediately established that there would be no slowing down. By the middle of “Aladdin,” all three men on stage were fully invested.  Krasno was taking his solos at the edge of the stage, sometimes rising onto his toes, while Neal Evans dominated the song with his bass keys and organ play and Alan Evans slammed his drums with ferocity.

Karl Denson (Photo by Phrazz)

Karl Denson (Photo by Phrazz)

Karl Denson was announced as the audience was told that he “just got off a plane and walked on this stage.”  Karl Denson is one of the hardest working musicians in the business and his passion for his craft drips off every note he plays. He is a fast, funky band leader who is always consistent in his delivery.  “The Swamp” and “Rudy’s Way” followed with Denson choosing to add his flute to the beautifully composed songs.  The addition of Karl’s flute to the sound of our favorite trio added another dimension of emotion to the songs.  They continued with “Shaheed,” off their 2001 album Doin’ Something where Karl’s flute provided a softness to the hard-edged song. Krasno raged his guitar till the strings broke and had to change to a new guitar and Neal Evans kicked a drum solo into the audience’s guts.

Alan Evans, Karl Denson, Big Sam, and Eric Krasno (Photo by Phrazz)

Alan Evans, Karl Denson, Big Sam, Eric Krasno & Nigel Hall (Photo by Phrazz)

Joining the foursome on stage next was Nigel Hall (The Warren Haynes Band) and Sam Williams (Big Sam’s Funky Nation). There can be no doubt that the danceable and excitable energy that Big Sam brings is something you can’t find in many artists. The New Orleans native, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, danced out on stage with his horn, picked up a stage prop that he had brought (his stuffed sheep named Harmony) and began to dance all around the stage. Nigel and Big Sam began grooving it together and the entire audience couldn’t help but beam over the energy of it all.  These are serious performances but it’s ALWAYS appropriate to have a good time and with just his presence; Big Sam will lift any crowd. The powerhouse of funk on stage slowed the rage down for the soulful, “Leave Me Alone,” sung by Hall. Karl Denson changed to his saxophone and kicked us a lightning fast solo to end the set.

Rage (Photo by Phrazz)

Rage (Photo by Phrazz)

Rahzel Set Break Set (Photo by Phrazz)

Rahzel Set Break Set (Photo by Phrazz)

Straying from the formula of the first two nights, during this set break the audience would not be staring at an empty stage waiting for the first set to start. Instead, Beat Boxer Rahzel, the “Godfather of Noyze,” came out to keep them engaged.  Watching the audience react to this amazing addition to the night was almost as exciting as watching Rahzel. Specialize in the “fifth element of hip-hop,” Rahzel’s instrument is himself and a microphone.  He is a vocal percussionist who uses his breath, mouth and body to imitate sounds, instruments and voices.  He projected unmistakable beats from the Wu-Tang Clan and Run DMC. He became a DJ scratching records, created a buzzing insect around his head and brought Optimus Prime (Transforms) to life on stage with his robotic sounds. His signature song, “If Your Mother Only Knew” is always the highlight of a Rahzel performance. Rahzel simultaneously sings the lyrics and works the beats. It is quite difficult to even comprehend how Rahzel does what he does!  AMAZING!

Rubber Soulive Album

Rubber Soulive Album

Before Beatle Mania could kick off the first set, Soulive joined Rahzel on stage and performed “I Am the Magnificent” and it was just that, magnificent.  The entire first half of the second set consisting of songs chosen off Soulive’s latest album, Rubber Soulive.  “Come Together,” “Eleanor Rigby,” and I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” The audience sang along to the first song while the psychedelic lights and trippy sounds emanating off stage for “She’s So Heavy” was reinvented through the jazz trio.

Karl Denson, Big Sam, Nigel Hall and Lenesha Randolph (Photo by Phrazz)

Karl Denson, Big Sam, Nigel Hall and Lenesha Randolph (Photo by Phrazz)

Questlove (Photo by Phrazz)

Questlove (Photo by Phrazz)

Big Sam, Karl Denson, Nigel Hall and now, Lenesha Randolph (Robert Randolph and the Family Band) joined the stage for “Too Much.” Randolph and Hall sang the up-beat tune while Karl and Big Sam took their turn at the mic delivering some of the hardest, funkiest horn solos that Bowlive audiences will experience this run.  They kept up the pace with Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and Questlove (The Roots) replacing Alan Evans, who picked up a guitar.

Full Stage Rage (Photo by Phrazz)

Full Stage Rage (Photo by Phrazz)

The entire crew of Soulive and their special guests kicked off the end of the set with “Tuesday Night Squad.”  Big Sam dominated a 3 minute long trombone rage, Alan was back on killin it on the drums, Nigel was on the Bongos before heading over to Neal where the pair did a little dance, if you will, shifting back and forth past each other to manipulate the various levels of keys that Neal’s kit provides.  Hall sang James Brown’s “Beweildered,” a deep, soulful song that required Nigel to reach the top of his range, and then he walked off stage.  It was back into “Tuesday Night Squad” to close the set.

Nigel and Neal Rage the Boards (Photo by Phrazz)

Nigel and Neal Rage the Boards (Photo by Phrazz)

There was never really an encore because every musician on stage was so into the music and feeling the audience’s energy that they chose to just play through and give their fans that extra five minutes of music that every audience desires.

Download Night 3 Sound Board Audio Here!

In three days Bowlive III had now brought us jazz, soul, psychedelic rock, New Orleans funk, hip-hop and southern-style blues in only three nights. The following evening, the party continued with Karl Denson sticking around for a second night and Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) joining with her funky trumpet and soulful voice.

Pictures by Phrazz

Videos by: I can’t believe there are no videos for this entire night. If anyone finds some, send them my way

Words by The Tiny Rager

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February 2011 Music Calendar

February 2011 Potential Show Run Down

Calendar updated daily!

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

  • (Free) New York Funk Exchange @ Club Groove
  • ($10) Talib Kweli @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($30-$40) Saxophone Summit: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane @ Birdland

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

  • (Free) Nigel Hall Residency @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($5) Zongo Junction & Ikebe Shakedown @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25) Todd Snider, The Storyteller @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($25-$30) Abraham Inc feat. David Krakauer, Fred Wesley, Socalled @ Le Poission Rouge
  • ($30-$40) Saxophone Summit: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane @ Birdland

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

  • ($10) Charlie Hunter Solo Residency @ Rose Live
  • ($10) Donna The Buffalo @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10-$13) Lotus @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($23.50 – $33.75) Ozomatli @ Irving Plaza
  • ($25) Todd Snider, The Storyteller @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($30-$40) Saxophone Summit: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane @ Birdland
  • ($45-$85) Bebel Gilberto (Bossa Nova Singer) @ The Allen Room

Friday, February 4th, 2011

  • (FREE) Sister Sparrow And The Dirty Birds w/ Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10) Roots of Creation @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($11) Some Cat From Japan (Part of Freaks Ball) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($21) Buckwheat Zydaco @ BB Kings Blues Club
  • ($25-$30) Lotus @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($30-$40) Saxophone Summit: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane @ Birdland
  • ($40-$85) Joan Osbourne @ The Allen Room (Lincoln Center)

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • (FREE) Sister Sparrow And The Dirty Birds w/ Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10) Sam Kinninger @ The Blue Note (Late night)
  • ($10) Railroad Earth @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($17-$21) Brothers Past & Nutritious @ The Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($20) Eric Krasno’s Chapter 2 and Big Sams Funky Nation @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($27.25) Lotus @ Terminal 5
  • ($30-$40) Saxophone Summit: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman & Ravi Coltrane @ Birdland
  • ($35-$175) Idina Menzel’s New York Philharmonic Debut @ Avery Fisher Hall

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

  • ($30) Allen Toussaint @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland

Monday, February 7th, 2011

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($32-$202) Prince @ Madison Square Garden

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

  • ($35-$50) Cowboy Junkies @ City Winery

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

  • (FREE) Nigel Hall CD Release Party/Residency @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($25-$35) Larry Campbell and the band presents: The Music of Neil Young, Live Rehearsal show @ City Winery
  • ($15 ~ includes copy of CD) Brad Shepik Quartet w/ Mark Guiliana @ 55 Bar (Special CD Release Concert for “Across The Way”)

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

  • ($10) Charlie Hunter Solo Residency @ Rose Live
  • ($10) Cornmeal & Greensky Bluegrass @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($45-$150) Neil Young Tribute @ Carnegie Hall

Friday, February 11th, 2011

  • ($5-$10) Mike Borgia & The Problems w/ Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($20) Either/Orchestra 25th Anniversary Concert w/ John Medeski, Matt Wilson & more! @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($20) Eric Lindell @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($20-$24) Bernie Worell @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($22-$32) Emilie Autumn @ Gramercy Theater

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem (Late Night)
  • ($5) Sushi Grade Panda + Nutritious @ Bowery Poetry Club
  • ($10) Red Baraat @ Barbes
  • ($10-$35) Brother Joscephus CD RELEASE PARTY @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($12) Dangermuffin @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($20) Tea Leaf Green & The Bridge @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($55) Steve Miller & Friends: Celebrating the Jazz Guitar @ Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

  • ($7) Afro Funky Party w/ Zongo Junction, Top Shotta & DJ Offbeat @ Cameo Gallery
  • ($30) Allen Toussaint @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland
  • ($80-$350) Andrea Bocelli @ The Metropolitan Opera

Monday, February 14th, 2011

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

  • (Free) Nigel Hall Residency @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($22) Funky Meters @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($32-$112) Branford Marsalis w/ New York Philharmonic (Classical) @ Avery Fisher Hall

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

  • (Free) Tall Tall Trees @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10) Charlie Hunter Solo Residency @ Rose Live
  • ($10) Jimkata featuring UV Hippo @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($22) Funky Meters @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($27.50) Jim Weider’s Project Percolator w/ Garth Hudson @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30-$64) Interpol @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($32-$112) Branford Marsalis w/ New York Philharmonic (Classical) @ Avery Fisher Hall

Friday, February 18th, 2011

  • ($10-$12) Melvin Seals and Jerry Garcia Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Big Gigantic @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($15) Charlie Hunter Duo & Daniel Bennett Group @ Triad Lounge (A Jazz Benefit Concert for Abingdon Theatre Company)
  • ($20-$35) Pat McGee Band @ City Winery
  • ($30-$88) Branford Marsalis w/ New York Philharmonic (Classical) @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($30) Dr. Dog @Terminal 5
  • ($30) Buster Williams @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30) Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($50-$150) John Mellencamp @ Radio City Music Hall

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($10-$12) Melvin Seals and Jerry Garcia Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($12-$15) Orgone @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($30) Bill Frisell & Vinicius Cantuaria @ Le Possion Rouge
  • ($30-$42) Big Head Todd and The Monsters @ Irving Plaza
  • ($30-$60) Slightly Stoopid @ Hammerstein Ballroom
  • ($30) Mingus Big Band @ Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Buster Williams @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($37-$115) Branford Marsalis w/ New York Philharmonic (Classical) @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($50-$150) John Mellencamp @ Radio City Music Hall

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

  • ($5-$15) Zen Tricksters @ Brooklyn Bowl (Wetland’s Benefit)
  • ($25) Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Allen Toussaint @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($30) Buster Williams @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland

Monday, February 21th, 2011

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($55-$200) Lady Gaga & The Scissor Sisters @ Madison Square Garden

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

  • ($5) The Constellations @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($12) Post-Trey Anastasio Show w/ Wyllys and The New York Hustler Ensemble @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($45) A Very Special Acoustic & Electric Evening with Trey Anastasio and TAB @ Terminal 5
  • ($55-$200) Lady Gaga & The Scissor Sisters @ Madison Square Garden

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

  • (Free) Nigel Hall Residency @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10) Apollo Run / David Rogue @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($40-$100) David Gray @ The Beacon Theater
  • ($75-$90) Meat Loaf @ Irving Plaza

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

  • ($10-$12) Bustle In Your Hedgerow Featuring Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Dave Driewitz and Scott Metzger @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Leroy Justice @ The Canal Room
  • ($30-$300) Bon Jovi @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($30) Girltalk @ Terminal 5
  • ($70) Itzhak Perlman @ Metropolitan Museum of Art

Friday, February 25th, 2011

  • ($10-$12) Bustle In Your Hedgerow Featuring Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Dave Driewitz and Scott Metzger @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($55-$65) Smokin’ Jazz Sessions: Taj Mahal Trio @ Lincoln Center

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem (Late Night)
  • ($15) Nels Cline Singers & ROVA perform The Celestial Septet @ Le Possion Rouge
  • ($20) Post Galactic/Trombone Shorty Show with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($30-$40) Mardi Gras Madness Galactic / Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Special Guests Corey Glover (of Living Colour) / Cyril Neville / Corey Henry (Rebirth Brass Band) / Ivan Neville plus High and Mighty Brass Band @ Terminal 5
  • ($100-$250) New York Celebrates George Harrison Feat. Roberta Flack @ New York Society for Ethical Culture
  • ($75) Smokin’ Jazz Sessions: Taj Mahal Trio @ Lincoln Center/Allen Room

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

  • ($10-$12) Julia Easterlin, Flearoy, Sammy Miller and The Congregation, The Whiskey Collection, Jonathan Batiste @ The Knitting Factory
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland

Monday, February 28th, 2011

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard

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~ Read show prior: Phish @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) @ Saratoga Springs, NY (06.19.10) ~

DAY III of Tour / Night II of SPAC

Happy Father's Day chill session behind our hotel

Happy Father's Day chill session behind our hotel

You know when you fall in love with something all over again?  Something that you had slightly begun taking for granted?  I woke up in this most comfortable bed, surrounded by lovely friends, in this gorgeous hotel, feeling the first few days of events course energy through my veins and all I could do was start tearing up. I always get so emotional when I am at my happiest.  In that moment, as I closed my eyes and relived the last few days, I feel in love with the scene all over again. I fell in love with my life all over again.  I fell in love with my people all over again.  And so, I teared up, overwhelmed with happiness and knowing that this world existed for me to retreat to when I needed it.

Isaac, Wayan, And Mat jammin!

Isaac, Wayan, And Mat jammin!

Today, my third day of tour, was going to be my last before I had to return to the real world.  I was dreading it but at the same time , felt rejuvenated and safe.  Rejuvenated through the love, the dancing, the music.  Safe, because in our wonderful music world you always get what you need.  Even safer still because I knew I could always find our little piece of  music heaven anytime I needed it.

Happy Father's Day ~ If they only knew...

Happy Father's Day ~ If they only knew...

The real world had crept into our lives as today was Father’s Day.  (I LOVE YOU DADDY!!!) The restaurant in the hotel was over flowing with Father Day’s reservations.  Since I was not with my father I got a glass of champagne in his honor.  That sparked the party and by noon, everyone was awake and by that I mean all sprawled out over the Golf green where I had birdied the hole only six hours earlier.  Members of The Lead Heads and some other friends combined to play us Phish and Dead tunes as we relaxed into the afternoon.  It was lovely to see random families walk through and little children watch the musicians with amazement.  These families had no idea why we were there without our parents jamming out on the green.  Yet once again, music had drawn different worlds together on a special day.

Unfortunately, I was running around meeting up with our ride home for the night and talking to my father and connecting with others to hear all of the jam.  I invited the Zegs family to join us at our hotel which ended with them having a lovely brunch before they enjoyed their daughter’s first Phish show as a family.  Love!    I heard that they ended the jam session with a KILLER Tweezer Reprise. Even more Love! 🙂

View from the "Ho Chi Mhin Trail" @ SPAC

View from the "Ho Chi Mhin Trail" @ SPAC

View from the "Ho Chi Mhin Trail" @ SPAC

View from the "Ho Chi Mhin Trail" @ SPAC

The day literally consisted of connecting with people arriving for the day and just relaxing.  The show was slated to start again at 7pm.  The night prior, the scene at The Shakedown was grimy and wooked-out, having turned into Tank City.  Never a place I want to be.  So, we decided to check out The Shakedown by way of the Ho Ci Mhin Trail, now that it was light out.  Remember how I told you about us tackling that bad boy last night in the pitch dark?  Just hundreds of hippies praying they find the other end!?

Tapestries on Shakedown

Tapestries on Shakedown

Unsure of the real name, it’s a trail/path that goes around the outside of the venue and takes you to the other side.  We could have all easily gone THROUGH the venue but where is the fun in that?  It was here where my suspicions were confirmed of the danger it presented and again, I was thankful that no one fell down or tripped last night.  And then beauty of the scene quickly flooded my mind.  Why do I live in a city again?

View of Lot from Shakedown Bridge

View of Shakedown from Bridge

Find this shirt for me and I'll pay you $1 Million dollars!

Find this shirt for me and I'll pay you $1 Million dollars!

I love a good Shakedown Street.   It’s a completely different monster when it inhales a parking lot vs. setting up in the middle of a music festival.  Like a traveling circus on acid.  This Shakedown consisted mainly of food like hummus wraps, pizza, grilled cheese…your typical hippie grub.  There were cops riding horses trampling through the sea of wooks as far as the eye could see. There was beautiful jewelry and lovely handmade clothing.  We walked to the other end and not one place had incense to sell me.  CAN YOU IMAGINE?  I was shocked, to say the least and there we lunched for another hour or so.

Venue prior to rage time!

Venue prior to rage time!

Tiny Aprtment Man's Digs - Day II

TTAM's Digs

Tonight we would end up having enough spots for 18 of us to roll together, around and behind us.  It was nuts how this night worked out in terms of getting everyone together.  A ton of friends had come in from the city to join us and we would all be returning home to wake up at 8 for our nine-to-fives.  UGH!  We all walked in.  I still never had a ticket and never needed one.  We walked around and said howdy to Tiny Truck Apartment guy near the tour buses.  Our seats were a bit closer for this show and for that I was grateful.  The closer the better, IMO. But this was just far enough away

Saratoga Performing Arts Center ~ Saratoga Springs, NY (06.20.10)

SPAC Night I ticket!

SPAC Night I ticket!

Trey Anastasio ~ Guitar

Jon Fishman ~ Drums

Mike Gordon ~ Bass

Page McConnell ~ Organ

Oh man, what a GREAT beginning into the show for Father’s Day.  Phish started out playing Brother. The lyrics spouting:

Whoa!whoa!whoa!
Somebody’s jumping in the tub with your brother

Half way through the song, they slow down the chorus and out came a large tin washtub brought to the front middle of the stage.  The song continued as one by one, each of the band member’s,to include Chris Kuroda‘s daughter, got into the bathtub 🙂 And then Phish jammed out their song for a few more minutes, the whole while, the children crammed into the tub.  Trey then introduced them as each exited the stage, pointing out “One boy, one boy!”  HAHA!  It was SO CUTE!!!  HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO PHISH and all the other father’s out there!!!!

The vocals were a little shot on both Brother and AC/DC Bag.  I don’t expect it to be great but AC/DC Bag lost me to the crowd and friends.  I don’t even remember that song being played till I looked at my notes to be honest.  They were definitely warming up.  Back on the Train brought me and all of us back UP!  Trey’s jam during this song finally solidified that the night had begun.  It was time to Party!  The sun was going down and I took my first of a million trips to the pavilion bathrooms and caught some AMAZING shots with my dinky little camera!

One of my favs shots of the run...

One of my favs shots of the run...

Amazing. Felt so Massive.

Amazing. Felt so Massive.

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

And so I continued to walk around the venue.  This being my third show, I was beginning to relax from the high of it all.  The music fading into the background as I became glued to the lights.  I am completely addicted to Chris Kuroda’s talent.  His lights made me wander around the building the entire show on this night.  I was becoming much more aware of my surroundings.  Not to say I hadn’t been already, but now I was focusing around me on purpose.  The two prior articles were purely from a ridiculous memory recall ability I was granted for three days.  I normally forget things that happened earlier in the day but because everything was so intense it has been seared into my brain. I never took a single note.  As well, I didn’t take any this night either but I did see things in new lights and wanted to explore the venue.  Wanted to see what everyone else was seeing.  The lights were intoxicating.

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

It was still light out during Undermind so I ran around the lawn and the pavilion, saying hi to friends. The song providing a nice background music for our conversations.  Certainly didn’t hold the attention of my dancing feet. It was during Cities when the sun finally set and the lights were able to take full hold of our eyes.

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

I finally started paying attention again when Trey spoke:

“We’re going to do something that we’re really excited about now that I hope you” enjoy as much as we.  Let me just tell you a quick story here!”

And so, Trey proceeds to describe this lovely friend of Phish.  During Trey’s first night EVER in Vermont, he went to see Big Joe Burrell and the Unknown Blues Band.  And the man on stage, Tony Markellis, was playing bass in that band.  They became friends and have been ever since.  Tony Markellis played at Trey’s wedding and is also in the Trey Anastasio Band.  Back to the front

Tony Markellis joined the stage

Tony Markellis joined the stage

And so back to the front it was to see just what this Tony guy was all about.  The song was Gotta Jibboo, written by Tony.  Phun fact #43: This was the first time ever that Phish has played with Trey and Mike both on guitar.  The song was jumpy, a simple pretty tune with minimal lyrics allowing for room to really rage, which they all did.

Tony Markellis joined the stage

Tony Markellis joined the stage

See that portal of light? It bugged us out haha

See that portal of light? It bugged us out haha

The heavy bass in Roggae was great.  Once again. Mike’s sound soaking into my ears on top of the other instruments.  The singing was kinda horrible again and I was not really diggin’ it other then the bass.  The song comes with some great lyrics though.  “If life were easy /and not so fast/ I wouldn’t dream about the past.”   Ouch, but the vocals. Ouch! But I didn’t care.  The light show that Chris Kuroda put on for us during this song was gorgeous.  Each light striking with the hit of each key by Page.  Each beam moving with every strum of Trey’s guitar like they were reading each others mind.  It was talent at its best.

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Such a chill first set in my opinion.  I was running around a lot, not being held in place by the music.  I didn’t mind.  It was lovely music, I just wanted my face ripped off as I always do.  I wanted to see the lights from every angle and level.  Sleep Again was another slow jam with beautiful piano by Page towards the end.

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Lawn Boy was next.  A song that reminds me of a whiskey bar, slightly jazzy mixed with lounge-y vibe through the sound of Mike’s bass and Trey’s strumming. Run Like An Antelope brought the full rage finally IMO.  Glow sticks were flying everywhere.  You got to be careful not to look up in these type of situations.  Balls and balloons were everywhere.  I was stuck in place watching the light show.  My jaw on the ground more for Chris Kuroda then anything but the music at this point was tight, jamming and gearing up for a ridiculous ending.  I could feel it build for minutes until Trey’s guitar just screamed into his fast strumming, Page’s keys were pounding a mile a minute and the bass was thumping all over the stage.  It was on-point chaos.   Everyone was jumping around, the wind was blowing, the balls and balloons were flying around. It was MASSIVE!  And the glowstick war over my shoulder was huge.  “You’ve got to run like an antelope, out of control!!”  Pretty much what was going on…

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Carini Had a Lumpy Head continued the fire from the ending of the first set with the heady rock strum of Trey’s guitar which he manipulated to space out with Page and Mike at times throughout the song.  Transitioning the space jam right into the The Mango Song, Mike’s bass thumped behind the guitar and plunking keys. I don’t remember much but I know I was having a great time.

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

A classic and always a crowd pleaser, and I say this having listened to tons of live Phish shows even though this was only my third live one in person, Wilson just brought it.  Everyone loves this song so everyone was singing and screaming the lyrics.  Kuroda’s lights were out of control ,as was the band as they were clearly having so much fun.  Trey and the members of Phish truly do feed off the energy of their audience.  There is nothing more awesome.  When I can FEEL that shit coming off the stage and hitting me…that is my version of church.  I don’t judge the music. I evaluate how it makes me feel.  Music is music is beautiful music.  But how it makes me feel is totally different.  Everyone was singing, Trey was smiling so wide.  A genuinely nice and happy guy.  “Can you still have fuuuuuun Wilson?!?!”  Trey teased Dixie at the end of Wilson before heading right into Drowned. Made me think of all my friends down south who were going to be raging with the band soon enough.

Drowned kept the vibe up considerably as Trey physically bounced throughout the whole song.  Page’s key rage on this song was ridiculous and the lights matched tempo.  This was one of my favorites of the night just because it was a pure, tight jam.  That is what I LOVE from Phish besides Kuroda.  Sure, they have cute stories within lyrics and are actually pretty good singers when they want to be, but when they just let loose and fade into their jams….oh man.  I fade away with them.

View From Second Level!

View From Second Level!

View form second level!

View From Second Level!

Jay and I ran up to the second level for a few songs.  It was so hard to keep still with this much space to run around and this music lifting me up.  I am pretty sure it was during  Swept Away that we crept away because we were antsy and it was a slow jam.  We got to the bridge and it was just us and the ticket guy. We danced all over it before moving into the second level for a look down. I liked this view.  Swept Away is one of those songs that shows you that the band can hold a round, hold a tune, hold a melody.  I am thankful they did so.  Steep continued the slow vibe into Makisupa Policeman which raged it up with its total reggae-vibe.

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

The intro to Piper was interesting as they inserted words from Makisupa Piper, which to me sounded like a round.  I didn’t realize what was going on at first so I just bounced around. I snapped the picture below during this whole ball rage being passed around the crowd.  There were many more but this shot came out the best. (I really need to stop buying concert tickets and upgrade my camera). The lights strobed and spun out of control on stage and over the audience as Trey just went to town on his jamming.  It was all over the place and hard to find a beat to dance to one way to but that  is why I loved this guitar player. He really was one of the greatest.  Where and when Trey changed things up, the band followed so tightly.

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

Phish @ SPAC ~ Night II

I ran to the restroom at this point, Piper having kind of lost me.  While I was washing my hands I heard it.  THE MOST FUN PART OF THE WHOLE NIGHT!!!!  THEY WERE PLAYING THE FUUUUUUNK!  Also Sprach Zarathustra!! As I came FLYYYING up the stairs,  I saw the most amazing things.  The video below is clearly taken from someone on the top level. I was standing directly under them on the first as the scene was unfolding.  It was the great.  The funky version of 2001’s A Space Odyssey was ringing through the rafters and the funk was killing us.  The vibe totally changed and people’s dancing shifted into a deeper grind.  The glow stick wars were everywhere, the pavilion wars were specifically brutal, blasting up constantly, people barely waiting for the major beats.  Balls and balloons were flying everywhere . And finally, Chris Kuroda’s lights. Once again, reading each others mind the band put on a KILLER 2001 rage.  I wanted to stand there the entire timewatching it unfold from above but knowing it was my friends favorite song, I had to get back down in that mess to dance with them.

You Enjoy Myself was a great closer to the set.  Such an upbeat tune which Trey rips into after a semi-slow start to the build.  The colors Kuroda threw at us went from brilliant and bright into chaos of raging reds and purples… the reds and purples enforcing the chaos until Trey would again touch his guitar bringing out the bright colors again.

For the encore, they all re-entered with Page coming to the front of the stage on a Keytar.  And then it was into a 5 minute rendition of Edgar Winter’s Frankenstein.  The Keytar made an odd synth-y sound and the rocking cover sounded great.  Spacey.  It was raging rock-n-roll and we were head banging and throwing up our rock fists. Why not.  They closed it out with someone everyone knew.  I would have loved them to close it out with 2001. And I am happy that didn’t try adding anymore Tweezer Reprise in the mix.  Again, they know what they are doing 🙂 And they do it well!

Page raged a Keytar during Encore

Page raged a Keytar during Encore

Page raged a Keytar during Encore

Page raged a Keytar during Encore

Page raged a Keytar during Encore

Page raged a Keytar during Encore

Set 1: Brother, AC/DC Bag >, Back on the Train, Undermind, Cities, Gotta Jibboo, Roggae, Sleep Again, Lawn Boy, Run Like an Antelope

Set 2:  Carini >, The Mango Song, Wilson >, Drowned >, Swept Away >, Steep, Makisupa Policeman, Piper >, Also Sprach Zarathustra >, You Enjoy Myself

Encore: Frankenstein

Download: Phish @ SPAC Saratoga Springs, NY (06.20.2010)

Almost immediately, we were packed into a car almost heading back to New York for Monday’s workday.  These three nights with Phish solidified my mental insertion into Phish Land.  Or perhaps I should say, solidified my insertion into the touring world.  Just like Jam Cruise, it doesn’t matter who’s playing, get on the damn boat.  Am I right?

I only went a few hours in different directions and crossed a few states lines but the tiny little taste I got of what ” going on tour” might entail.  Watch out now.  I am thinking about becoming a teacher to have my summers off and just go to every festival, every show.  I have the energy.  I just need the time.  The gears working in my brains right now are ridiculous.   I sit here and wonder who else I would want to follow so intently as this community follows Phish.  What other community of followers would be this fun, dedicated and genuine?  Personally, side from the obvious, I can’t think of many more communities like this one touring the world with a raging jam band.  I miss Jerry.

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