I had a great time at the 3 shows. Surrounded by friends from all
over the country, many of whom have been close for 3 decades, we
reveled in the beauty of the scene.
Musically, highlights for me were: Friday: The Wheel, and Eyes of the
World which soared, and Scarlet-Fire and I Know You Rider in Set II
which got the place jumpin'.
On Saturday, my brother joined us (a non-deadhead, and he had a
blast-how could you not with the scene we were in?).
Musically very solid: Loved Candyman, Big River, Bird Song and a
smokin' set closing Passnger.
In set II Box of Rain was sublime; I love the expanded version of that
wonderful song. The Dark Star had some nice spacy exploration, with
Chimenti synth and rhythm and tempo changes that I always like Furthur
to do, so I was into it. There was a beautiful jazzy piano solo by
Chimenti prior to Days Between as I had heard him do in Atlantic City.
Shakedown and Not Fade Away once again got us dancing our butts off
and smiling ear to ear.
Sunday's Here Comes Sunshine opener was languid and delightfully
stretched out, and the transition and subsequent Crazy Fingers were
just right. Cumberland, Wharf Rat and Sugaree also did it for me.
The 2nd set Playin' on Sunday was so smooth, just flowing.
Then the rest of the set was just spot on: every song: Uncle John's,
St. Stephen (at a nice clip) an emotional Comes a Time with Sunshine
harmonizing on the whole song, Let it Grow and Help Slip Franklins were
just about as much fun as is possible.
The US Blues encore was slightly blown by Bobby but we made up for it
by singing along.
At times the band's pacing was a bit plodding, which can be the case,
but they always work their way through it and end up delivering.
A number of my crew are picky Deadheads and have their complaints
about Furthur, but the bottom line was even the picky ones came to have
fun with their friends, and nobody sat with their arms crossed. We
all danced and laughed and loved.
I'm not going to go into a whole lot of analysis of Furthur vs GD,
John K vs Jerry, whether Phil or Bobby are jerks to other former band
members, I don't know any of the backstory and the comparisons have
already been hashed over. I just love being in that beautiful scene
with my friends with our beloved songs played live and with feeling,
so we can celebrate our short time together on this earth.
Thanks Furthur for setting the stage for an unforgettable weekend,
and one I will treasure forever.
"When there was no dream of mine
You dreamed of me..."