I went to four shows, at three venues. The crowds varied quite a bit between the venues, although there is definitely a larger percentage of younger people at these shows in general than the Phil and Furthur shows I've seen in the last year or two.
The first show I saw was the first HOB show. I was in the front of the loge. The show was very strong from the beginning and stayed about the same level the whole show. The sound was excellent. The band seemed very professional. Not a lot of overt energy - they seemed like a jazz quartet, very focused on what they were doing. Mike Gordon was a fun guest. The crowd where I was was mostly older dead heads. Very few talkers, with the exception of some college age males directly behind me. Even they werent too bad. The HOB staff I encountered was very nice and there was no search on the way in - very different than the reviews I've read.
Burlington was different. I was i the sixth row on the aisle. I was in the middle section, on the right, but you couldnt hear the left stack of speakers at all - the sound was clear but not nearly as good as the HOB. The crowd was a mix of older heads from Vermont and a lot of younger people. The younger people struck me as if they had never been to a show before. sort of hipster like. They were mostly quiet but I did have some talking episodes around me. Not too bad. I thought the band was again sort of inward focused but the show was more up and down than HOB. Parts of it seemed like they werent that into it but other parts like Estimated and Wharf Rat were amazing. More uneven than HOB overall - the lows were not as good as HOB but the highs were even stronger.
The Capitol shows were stronger than both of the other two. I was dead center about twenty feet in front of the board both nights and the sound was excellent, except for a massive feedback loop the first night, bad enough so the band had to sop playing. Both shows had really good crowds and the band showed a lot of overt energy. The crowds were again skewed younger and were seemingly different than the crowds at Phil and Furthur shows. I have been to a lot of Cap Theater shows in the last year and usually encounter a huge number of the same people - these shows had a different bunch of people. Almost no talkers at all. The first show was very strong but was somewhat strange in some ways. It was one of those shows where they kept playing things that seemed out of place, songs that werent my favorite choices, yet the songs were done so well I ended up thinking wow that was awesome (KC Moan, Bombs Away, She Said). Shakedown was so slow it was weird but it evolved into a great jam. The second Capitol show had just as much overt energy but was more obviously a good show.
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