Weir gonna have a great weekend!
Driving down Thursday.
I'll be checking out Ratdog with some friends in August at the Tweeter Center, Camden NJ. It's gonna be a great time!
wow. that made my night! I will be hard to miss,even in a crowd of hippies. I have *alot* of hair.
I'll be at San Diego & LA Greek.
me, scamperoni, and playdead..... anyone else?? (and two friends of mine who are also here but very quietly so no shoutouts yet.)
Long live Ratdog, as they have come a long way!
"Welcome all you Deadheads, Hippies, and kind folks to this Grateful place, where Garcia fans will be Gathering!
I get to see Bobby in Sandy Eggo!!!!!
Life's too short to be blue...
Great review - sounds like quite a night!
Thanks Bobby Ace for the review!
I enjoyed reading it.
I went from New York to Boston and back last night. Why? Because i got front row seat to a private benefit he did. And when I say front row, I mean front row; we were basically on the stage. I couldn't have been more than three feet from the man. I was pretty much sitting in his lap. I was there by special invitation from a couple I know (THANK YOU SALLY AND DOUG), who got my good friend Bryan and I right up in the heart of the action. Bryan's 30th b-day, incidentally.
The sound was incredible; we weren't hearing the PA, just the amps on the stage; it was like being in the band (we couldn't hear Bob's vocals so well because he doesn't have a vocal amp, just the ear-monitors). It's a completely different vibe: the sound is split; there's no two-sided mix, there's just Mark on the left, the the bass stack, drums, bob, Kenny and Jeff: you get the sound coming from where the musicians are. When someone does a fill or some sick line, you hear it straight from them.
They sounded fantastic; the set was Jam>Playin> TNK> Jus' Like Mama Said>Dark Star>Odessa>Dark Star, Fever@ (amazing), Peggy-O@, Silvio/Tequila>Aiko Aiko>Stuff>Sugaree>GDTRFB. E:Ripple
Dark star was very nice, Odessa rocked as usual. Fever is a favorite of mine, ever since Bob & Rob in the early 90s. Aiko was a barn-burner, Sugaree was fabulous, Mark was on fire, the dynamics were really tight.
They had a guest Alto Sax guy, a friend of Kenny's judging by how they were talking and laughing all night. The guy could play! His solo on Aiko was unbelieveable; Bob gave him a big grin afterwards. And Bob doesn't do much grinning.
The show was two full hours, which is a hell of a treat for a tiny benefit with 250 people. We actually missed the end of GDTR: Bryan looked at his watch and we realized that our bus left in 25 mins! We ran out, jumped in a cab and made it to the bus with 3 mins to spare