The first set of the 15th was a little slow starting for me. The energy seemed to be lacking. But the Brown Sugar sure was smokin' hot! Yea yea yea oooo! I'm not a Jackie hater but I'm not a Jackie lover. I have respect for his musical talent. It really all depends on what he wants to give to the audience. I have seen some less that spectacular Jackie performances but this night was not one of them! I thought he reminded me a little of Warren Haynes with his teases and groovy guitar licks! And in that second set he shined!!!!! The second set had to be the single best musical experience of my life! I have never experienced such a skull fuck before! I loved every second of it! You really could not tell where the songs and jams were going. We were riding a huge musical spiral of notes and songs were just spewing out left and right! It was simply the best! Bobby, Jackie, and Phil have a deep musical connection and you can totally see that when they play together. And I just wanted to add a note.....people think they heard a Slipknot tease but it really was King Solomon's Marbles....
Saturday started out with Brunch at Terrapin with Stu Allen and Pete Lavezzoli. Pete is the drummer in JGB....and boy does he have soul!!!!! I was thinking that while he was singing some songs....towards the end of the show he said time for some Pigpen and I knew he was the man for the job!!! The duo was perfect! Had people dancing laughing and smiling on a sunny Saturday Afternoon.
Saturday night's show was probably my least favorite of the three. I'm not sure why but the energy of the crowd may have had a lot to do with it. Non stop talking. I couldn't believe it. And even after being asked to be quiet still yap yap yap. And tonight I noticed that people do not respect Phil's place they just throw their empty cups and bottles down on the small dance floor. I had these slip-on shoes on that night and there was so much spilled beer that my shoes were sticking to the floor and my feet kept coming out of them while I was trying to dance.....not good. I could not dance or move. I just didn't seem to have any fun that night at the show. But the Queen Jane was nice and the whole second set up til UBC was very nice!
Waking up on Sunday was a little sad knowing this was my last day in the amazing state of California! Another music filled Brunch at Terrapin with the Terrapin Family Band. Real nice crowd was in the house for them. Everyone is dancing and shaking their bones all through the restaurant. What a wonderful way to start the day! Then after brunch Moonalice played a free show at Sweetwater which we got to catch a little of. The back to Terrapin for the closing show of the anniversary.
My goal for this show was to be on the rail.....which was gonna require standing in line a little while before the doors opened. Well I finally discovered the TXR rail game.....get there early in the morning set out a chair, sweatshirt, or towel of your choice in line then leave for the rest of the day and come back an hour before doors and wait in line. I put my sweatshirt down in line around noon and got 5th in line. Expect there was a mad rush as the doors opened and 20 people got in front. But I still got my spot on the rail by Jeff....I was trying between Bobby and Jeff but that didn't work. Even before they opened the doors one of the ticket people came out and said Jill doesn't want the big blankets set out tonight. One item laid down on the floor per person. I can't wrap my head around why they allow this? The same people are in the front for every show. Can't they let some out of towners get front row for a night....guess not. That has to be my only complaint. And if you aren't in the front for the show you have to deal with the talkers, the beer spillers, and the people going back and forth. Gets to be a pain and a major distraction from the music. Just one show I want to be at were the whole crowd is in sync with each other. And the love is just flowing from one to another....but I have a feeling those days are long gone. Damn I'm such an old soul. lol
But the show Sunday night ROCKED!!!!!!! From start to end I'd like to take that ride again! The first set was smokin hot!! You can't ever go wrong opening a show with a Stranger. Then Women are Smarter! Hell yea! And they played DANCIN!!!! I must say the sweat started to pour after that one and I need some much needed fresh air. But I still had my sweatshirt down on the rail to hold my spot.....hahaha. Second set was great. Bobby was a star with that Estimated! He was howling at us and we were howling back at him! Magic! The jam in Cassidy was pretty mind blowing! I was surprised to see them pull out Mountain Song. I just had to sit back and see how this one was gonna go. Stu seemed a little hesitant at first but once the song started flowing he did a wonderful job! Was missing Sunshine and Jeff sing back up on that one. Sunday's show had the best set list by far! Excellent excellent excellent! I can't wait to give this a listen again!
Every trip to California is such a blessing! And I want to thank every single of you who where there and made my journey a grateful one! I love you!!!