I have mixed feeling about the whole thing:
When I was on the Phil and Friends mini-tour last November, I found the Capitol theater to be MUCH to small for, even, a crowd the size which Phil and Friends can draw, much less Furthur; in-fact around the time of those shows was when I first heard the rumor of a Furthur run at the Capitol, and every time it was brought up I just winced and hoped, like the lion share of other venue rumors, it would drift away into non-realized nothingness.
I am happy that there are more Furthur shows for this year, it always brings a warm feeling to look at the front page and see promises of future activity; but when I saw that they had announced 8 nights at the Capitol, I was filled with the same feelings of disappointment and apprehension that I experienced when they revealed that they were going to play the Ogden before Broomfield; it's great that they are playing, but for those of us that like to dance to their music (imagine that) these small venues take allot of enjoyment out of experiencing the music as it's made. I no longer do drugs, so now a-days when I'm in a show, I derive my enjoyment, and take my night to the next level, by spinning to the music, when I am just another sardine in the venue, and have no room to breath, it greatly reduces my ability to partake it my last form of transcendental-during-show activity
One event that happened at one the Phil and Friends Capitol theater shows last November, really left a sour taste in my mouth: My girlfriend and I got in 10-15 minutes before the scheduled starting time, staked are place right in the back of the place, well out of the way, and proceeded to stretch; about half way through the first set, a group of rude loud Negatively Stereotypical New Yorkers, comes up right next to us, talking and yelling over the music, at times actually getting in between my girlfriend and I even though we were clearly dancing together, one of the guys dancing right next to me and getting ever closer (I had myself aligned with my lady's jacket on the floor behind us, so I know that I stayed in the same place) actually pushed and yelled at me, as though I had walked up right next to HIM and started dancing and invading HIS space, he kicked me in the shin on purpose several times, to the point that my girlfriend had to sit down because this guy had pushed, and kicked, us into the corner. And it's not like the guy was just standing around watching the show while I danced and got in his way, he was dancing as well, and very in-expertly stumbling around like a new-born Bambi.
So of course, needless to say, I have a very skewed opinion of the Capitol theater. But in my experience problems like those I have described, almost inevitably occur when the venue is much to small for the pull of the band playing.
So in summary: Am I happy about the Capitol theater decision?, no; will I be there every night in giddy anticipation of the night when I'll get in and have the pleasure of experiencing the music being made, and to contribute to the total energy of the room?,