thought i was going in slightly early but came to find out they'd just hit the stage. i had missed the first verse of the opener greatest story ever told, a personal fave of mine, was pissed at myself for a little but the line getting in was taking a little longer than usual and i should have allotted more time. sound was still being dialed in, they fumbled around during the jam a bit too, seems to happen frequently with this one, could use some rehearsal time. no direct transition to bertha but it was fun, nice work by everybody, sound still being tweaked a bit. althea was really nice. good tempo, very smooth playing, only thing lacking was full crowd energy. seemed to be barely anybody moving in the floor level. i was in the front row of the loge overlooking the band and crowd all night, a great vantage point. mama tried, yes! they don't play it all that often and bob was right on with it. nice contributions from jc and jk with russo keeping that steady folk beat. bob brings things down to a halt before non-chalanty starting up big river. a classic pairing of two bobby "cowboy" tunes, well done. this simple, repetitive song allows each and every member to shine. the half step caught me by surprise but i really loved it. that sweet sweet outro with sunshine and jeff providing the backups is so nice. they tune up and phil tells the crowd with his riff it's bird song time. great version, the jam bouncing around from genre to genre like a superball. you can tell how well these guys are listening to each other up there, everybody playing off of everybody, group mind. they wind down but blast into a forceful deal, great set closer, it ripped. jk adding building and building the solo. at one point it looks like he's ready to cut it but phil and bob are not ready, and he takes one more ride, smoking the place like a joint right before they step off. this set's song selection was very grateful dead-esque.
GSET, bertha, althea, mama tried>big river, half step, bird song>deal
as soon as deal ended i was up and in the lobby milling around, a very friendly atmosphere for furthur and it's fans. got out to the smoking section to hang out, felt a little wiped out from all the dancing. kicked it with the forum crew and unfortunately my piece was dropped and broken during and a fellow named dan who felt responsible (who wasn't) insisted i have his galaxy pendant. the very necklace he was wearing. i plead that he keep it but after his sincere want for me to have it i accepted it. it's very cool, and pretty powerful. dan the man, thank you. went back in to walk around some more then settled down for the 2nd set.
a bubbling lost sailor to open up the set, nice choice. i actually thought that's where we were headed earlier in the show where half step popped out. bob navigates us through the seas of this one and amidst the storm the st. of circumstance is born, rapidly firing right out of the gate. tonight i crossed the line. they roll through this weir classic, one that takes attention and precision. a short stop and it's the china>rider. another classic pairing. they're layin' 'em out tonight. where's the dang scarlet>fire? they rip thru, the rider really getting the crowd going. 2nd set crowd energy was enormous in comparison to the first. could have been the playing itself or maybe their drugs finally kicked in. they cruise right to terrapin, another full suite. awesome work on lady with a fan by jk, especially his MIDI work on that solo. bob picks us up there at terrapin station but sunshine and jeff lay some powerful harmony to "INSPIRATION", was wondering if NYE would be a rare occurance for that. the backend of the suite is played wonderfully. russo spearheading the entire thing, and the band just totally in sync with the two alternating grooves. this is one of the better terrapins i've seen. and right as it comes to a close we're standing on the moon. good work by weir, i love his vocals on this. was great to see jk do it at terrapin crossroads but i don't mind bob's take. eyes was unexpected this late in the set for me but it was nice, had everybody swinging again. phil almost repeats a verse but quickly catches himself. we spiral to the sugar mag i was hoping for, not as long of a sunshine daydream as i like but it's to the point. what an awesome set, more elements of a grateful dead like setlist. they let it all hang out.
what else but a saturday night, thanks for the reminder. expected but rockin as usual, left us blown away from 3 nights of greatness. sound in the oakdale took time to find the right levels but when it did things were smooth. could have also been from my seat.
raging scene after the show, full blown shakedown with very little to no security presence. great night for all!